A school leader is always on the go. She needs to stay connected, have access to existing digital media, create new documents, collaborate, and communicate. An iPad is a great tool that allows users to have their email, calendar, communication tools, newsfeeds, presentations, teacher/student interaction documentation, and notes all on one small device! The number of apps can be overwhelming, so I always suggest having your main productivity apps on the first screen. Move your secondary, less important, and entertainment apps to a separate screen. Let's create a digital backpack with your iPad.

Backchannel Chat (share resources, comments, etc.)

Basic Necessities

-Saving a frequently-accessed Internet site as an app icon
-Creating folders
-Using NotePad
---Magnifying glass for text edits - when you are typing text, touch and hold to reveal a magnifying glass which lets you edit in the middle of a word, etc.
---Taking screenshots
**(If you'd like to review some tutorials on your own time, click here.


You need an Office suite of some type. Some recommendations are listed below in the productivity section. You also need to keep documents on your ipad. We'll explore Dropbox.
Finally, most principals take a lot of short notes (post-it notes, digital notes, quick photos, etc.). Use, and get used to using, Evernote - you'll find it incredibly helpful.

-Evernote - synchronized note-taking; portable basic notes, audio memos, photos, saved items
---Evernote Tutorial
---creating notes
---synching notes
---photo/video capture scavenger hunt

Must-Have Apps

(download and open this pdf in your iBooks app) Link
Pages (or CloudOn or Office HD)
Keynote (or above Office apps)

Google +

Maps (new version)
Inrix Traffic


Explore this iEar Site
Browse iTunes U

High School Apps:

Have text read aloud. Settings>>General>>Accessibility>>Speak Selection

(click HERE to see video on ipad)

Getting to know your iPad - the essential things you may not have discovered.