Using the iPad2
You have a new iPad2 – now what?
The iPad (www.apple.com/ipad/) is a wireless computer tablet with a touchscreen – you use your
fingers to do everything (surf the web, type email, read books and switch between apps). When your
fingers touch the display, it senses them using electrical fields. Then it instantly transforms your taps,
swipes, pinches and flicks into lifelike actions. Every iPad is built with wireless technology that
automatically finds Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps.
Get started – Set up, sync and charge your iPad (www.apple.com/support/ipad/getstarted/)
1. First - download and install iTunes on your computer (laptop or desktop, Mac or Windows)
1. Go to www.apple.com/support/itunes/getstarted/
2. Note that a significant delay may occur while iTunes detects your computer’s platform
and operating system before offering a download link.
3. To see a video tutorial on how to download and install iTunes, go to
2. Connect your iPad to your computer using the computer’s USB port and the included cable.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions in iTunes to set up iPad – and sync apps, photos, movies,
4. Charge iPad using the included USB power adapter (Fully charged = approximately 10 hours)
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The iPad 2 comes with a one-year warranty, which covers anything that might go wrong not caused by
the user (such as hardware failure). Note that the eMINTS National Center purchased Apple Care giving
your iPad an extra year of coverage, totaling 2 years of warranty. Contact Apple Customer Service
directly at 1-800-275-2273. Be sure to have the serial number of the device when you call. The serial
number is located on the back of the iPad at the bottom under the Apple logo.
iPad technical support
1. Go to www.apple.com/support/ipad
2. Choose a topic (left-hand column) to find answers for questions about iPad.
3. For complete instructions and important safety information, see the iPad User Guide
Note - these devices are iPad2 iOS version 4.3
The iPad comes with a number of built-in applications, such as Mail, Safari web browser, iTunes, App
Store, Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Notes, Contacts, Photos and more.
Short videos (www.apple.com/ipad/videos) provide guided tours of iPad features.
Find additional built-in apps at www.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/#browse-all-built-in-apps
iTunes (www.apple.com/itunes/what-is/) is a free application that not only lets you organize and play
digital music and video on your computer, but allows you to download new music, apps and book
purchases across all your devices and computers.
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Set up Apple ID account (with or without a credit card)
You need an Apple ID to purchase and download content from the iTunes Store, App Store and
iBookstore. Learn how to set up an Apple ID so you can shop the iTunes Store at
If you already have an Apple ID, you can use it at the iTunes Store or Mac App Store. You already
have an Apple ID if you have bought something at the Apple Store or registered an Apple
To create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card, you must make sure you are in the
App Store, not the iTunes Store and must be prepared to download and install a free app (such
as Dropbox). Learn how to set up an account without a credit card at
Find free content on iTunes
1. Go to www.apple.com/itunes/how-to/
2. Open iTunes and click Free on iTunes in Quick Links
3. See a gateway to the free apps in the App Store. All of the podcast and iTunes U content is free,
as are many of the apps in the App Store.
iTunes technical support
1. Go to www.apple.com/support/itunes/
2. Choose a topic (left-hand column) to find answers to questions about using iTunes.
About iPad apps
More than 140,000 apps are available for the iPad (www.apple.com/ipad/from-the-app-store/). The App
Store helps you browse through the apps via Featured, Categories, Top 25 and Search tabs. Tap on the
Featured tab to find current lists of the top paid, top free and top grossing apps. Tap on Categories to
find apps sorted for business, education, entertainment, games, lifestyle, news, social networking,
sports and travel. Or locate the app you want by typing its name in the Search window.
Try out iPad multimedia
Watch “Teaching in the 21 Century” which features some big ideas about 21 century skills and
teaching with technology (originally created as a summary of the ASB Unplugged Conference in
Mumbai, India 2010). Launch the Safari browser and go to
iPad Resources for Administrators
The Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center (MHRIC) provides a list of iPad apps recommended for
The Essential iPad Guide for Principals
Created by a Seattle school principal, this guide illustrates how the iPad can increase an administrator’s
effectiveness, how to use some of the most essential apps, how to evaluate additional apps and how to
conduct walkthroughs with the iPad.
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Using the iPad for Paperless Walkthroughs
Learn how a principal in Seattle uses EverNote for organizing walkthroughs and giving feedback via the
EverNote allows you to capture and organize ideas, notes, snapshots and recordings. Key features
include ability to create text, photo and audio notes; auto-synchronize your notes to your Mac, PC and
Web; magically makes text within snapshots searchable; mark notes as "favorite" for quick access; and,
all notes include geo-location information for mapping and search.
Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites
Find links to a variety of iPad guides, tips and information – and other educational resources – from
Cybraryman, an internet catalog for students, teachers, administrators and parents.
Apps in Education
This blog lists some of the apps in the iTunes Store listed under the education banner, sorted by key
learning areas. Popular posts include: 50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks, 10 Best Apps 4 Teachers and
10 Free E-Book sites for iPad.
TC Geeks: Daily tablet computer tips and information
This is another website that describes iPad features and information.
Revised December 12, 2011
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