Category Archives: iPad tutorials

Setting up your ipad – twitter

Okay, I’m not going to go into great detail as there’s a fantastic document that you should read instead (below).

But probably your main question will be “Why would I want to be on twitter?” And all I’ll say is this. Have you ever sat having coffee with a colleague, and they’ve mentioned a recent lesson and you’ve thought “Wow, that’s a great idea, I must try that.” Well, being on twitter is basically like sitting and having coffee with 500 colleagues!

I have a purely professional twitter account – @mrsoclee – the only people I follow are to do with education, and the only things I post are the kind of things I would be talking about in the staffroom. Download the app, choose a username and give it a try!


Setting up your ipad – Evernote, Dropbox, etc

I’ll admit I was a bit sceptical about Evernote and Dropbox at first, but over the summer I have been using them, well, properly I suppose and I’ve become a bit of a convert…

Let me start by saying that I’m messy. To some of you, this will come as no surprise. Perhaps one of my worst crimes is to do with my pigeonhole – basically, I use it as a filing cabinet. “Ooh, that piece of paper looks important, but I’m a long way from my classroom so I’ll just leave it in there until I need it.”

Dropbox and Evernote do fairly similar things, so I’ll show you both then explain how I use them.

Dropbox first of all:

And Evernote:

I tend to use Dropbox for worksheets and other ideas that I come across on the web. If you are on your ipad and see something you like on the web or on twitter, there is usually an option to open and save it in Dropbox which makes it really easy to find new things. Similarly, if there is something on the school system that I might want to look at later at home, I can put it in Dropbox rather than email it to myself. It’s also very easy to share folders with other people, and there are lots of lovely people on twitter who have shared their own Dropboxes with me so I can steal use other people’s resources. Essentially I use Dropbox like I use “My Documents” on the computer – slightly disorganised, but I know everything is in there somewhere! (I should say you can of course keep things organised in your Dropbox using folders, but I might not always do so…)

Evernote I use in a slightly more organised fashion – I have lots of different folders, including one for each class. In each folder I have the scheme of work, maybe some lesson plans, any information on students that is important (like SEN statements). I use Genius Scan+, which basically turns your ipad camera into a scanner, to convert a picture of important documents into PDF files and save them in Evernote.

Those are just a few ideas, but download the apps and start experimenting! 

Setting up your iPad – Your Timetable

There are lots of fancy apps available to use for your timetable, and if you are going to use an online planner like iTeacherbook or Idoceo (more on them later) then you can have your timetable set up within those apps, but sometimes there will be an occasion when you just want to be able to see your timetable at a glance. 


You know, when you’re in the staffroom having a cup of tea and you’re pretty sure you know what your next lesson is but you’d just better check because it might be Year 11 and Oh God you really can’t face Year 11 and if it’s Year 11 next you might just need something stronger than tea…that sort of occasion.


The easiest thing to do is have a picture of your timetable (and how you get the picture is up to you, perhaps draw it out by hand and snap a picture of it with the iPad camera or (as I did) do it in excel, take a screenshot and then email that to yourself and save it in your camera roll). The key thing is to have a border round the timetable, so that the edges aren’t obscured, and then set the picture as your lock screen.


So now, whenever my iPad is awakened, I see this…timetable at a glance.


Setting up your ipad – Wi-Fi, Emails and Google Drive

Getting online at school – the school iPads should already be set up for you but just in case…

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and choose Staff
  2. You will be prompted to sign in using your usual username and password, and then choose ‘Connect to the Secure Network’.
  3. Click ‘install’ when prompted.
  4. You should connect automatically after a minute or two, but if not go back to Wi-Fi and choose BSG_SC

Getting your outlook messages

  1. Go to Settings > Mail,Contacts,Calendars > Add Account… > Microsoft Exchange
  2. Enter your email address, and password. Description is your choice, but something like ‘School outlook’ would fit the bill!
  3. On the next page, under Server put, under Domain put incents, and under Username put the username you use to log on to the computer.
  4. Finally, choose what your would like to sync. Mail (obviously) and probably calendars, but contacts and reminders are up to you. This should mean you can access your outlook mails from the mail icon, plus it will sync any outlook calendar items into your ipad calendar and, if you have chosen, sync your contacts and reminders as well.
  5. If you’re not seeing any emails, it is only set up to sync the last 3 days of messages. You can amend this in Settings.

Getting your school Gmails

There is a way to have them in the same mail app as your outlook, but IT haven’t yet filled me in on this one. However, there is something you can do in the meantime.

  1. Download the Gmail App from the App Store.
  2. When you first open it you will be prompted to sign in. 
  3. Sign in using your email address and password.
  4. It will then ask you to sign in again – you don’t need to reenter your password, just click ‘sign in’ and it will then give you a screen similar to thelp – sign in as you normally would on thelp. 

Getting your Google Drive

  1. Download the Google Drive App from the App Store.
  2. The sign in process is just the same as for Gmail above.
  1. Download the Citrix Receiver from the App Store.
  2. Add account – type in
  3. Type in your username and password, and the domain “incents”
  4. On the left, you can add the desktop and isams to access them anytime.
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