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Text Entry Tricks for the iPad!

New to the iPad? There are tons of tips and tricks we’ve shared on our blog about the best apps and shortcuts to know when utilizing your iPad. Today, we’re sharing some tips and shortcuts for entering text into your iPad. Whether you use your iPad as a word processor, for emailing, or for just surfing the internet, these tips will help you enter your text quicker and more efficiently!

  • Tap the space bar twice to end a sentence with a period and start the next word with a capital letter.
  • Touch the shift button and slide to a letter to capitalize it (faster than individually taping shift then the letter).
  • Touch the 123 button and slide to the number or punctuation you want to enter, then let go to enter the number and immediately switch back to letter (ABC) mode.
  • Touch and hold down a key to see variant characters. For example, hold down on “e” to see “è” “é” and more, or “$” to see
  • Touch the exclamation point button (!) and flick up to quickly enter an apostrophe (‘)
  • Type a double character at the end to auto-correct in contractions. For example, weree by default will autocorrect to we’re, saving you from having to type the apostrophe.
  • Put two fingers on the keyboard and pull them apart (like you do when you want to zoom in on a web page or photograph) to split the keyboard in two and make it easier for thumb-typing. (Pinch your fingers to bring the keyboard back together again).

For even more tips and tricks for using your iPad, click here! And if you are new to the iPad, or want to learn more about the best apps and other ways to put it to use, feel free to contact us!

New to Apple? Here are the best (free) apps to get you started!

Have you just started using an iPad? Are you feeling lost? If you are new to Mac products, your first iPhone, iPad, or iPod can be a little overwhelming…where do you begin with the apps? There are so many to choose from, so it can be a little difficult to know exactly what you may need or want right away. We have created a list of some of the best (FREE!) apps that will help you get started using your new Apple device! To view the entire list, click here.

Evernote
This app is one of the most effective apps for organizing and remembering everything that is going on in your life. Take notes, jot down ideas, take recordings, and synchronize all information with a computer or other mobile device

Sundry Notes

With Sundry Notes, users can write text, draw anywhere, research with the internet, import PDFs, images, and documents from Evernote, GoogleDocs and Dropbox, and share notes via Facebook, Twitter, or Google. Make it a multimedia note-taking experience by recording audio.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This app provides users with access to all the definitions from the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Additionally, users are able to use voice search to look up a word without having to spell it.
Flipboard
Earning the name of Apple’s iPad App of the Year, this app is a great and beautiful way to go through news, photos, videos, and social media updates. Flipboard is like your own personal magazine, with everything you want to see in one single space.

Facebook
Facebook finallay released their app for the iPad, and its interface boasts simple navigation on your apple devices!

If you like this list, you’ll love our Best of iPad Apps website, site dedicated to providing you with the scoop on the best apps for a variety of categories-from the best apps for writing to apps for various specific educational topics, this website will give you a little insight on the best of what’s available to you!

What’s new with iOS 5?

Apple recently launched iOS 5, and we’ve got the scoop on what’s new. Here’s a quick crash-course on the new and changed features of iOS 5:

  • Newsstand: Found right on the home screen, this is a new feature that delivers your news and other subscriptions directly to you!
  • Twitter Integration: Tweeting is easier than ever-simply sign in once with your Twitter account in settings, and tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps.
  • Enhanced Photo Features: Take pictures instantly without using the camera app-simply click the volume-up button to snap a picture, or access the camera app directly from the lock screen! There are also new editing features and the ability to organize photos into albums.
  • Notification Center: The notification center is simply a central location for you to view what you want to see-emails, messages, reminders, and more. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen from any app or location, and the notification center will appear.
  • iMessage: Similar to Blackberry’s BBM feature, iMessage gives users the ability to communicate instantly with other iOS 5 users on any device. Send unlimited messages, including video, photos, and contacts.
  • Reminders: This built-in application allows users to easily jot down and organize tasks in a “to-do” list form, and view and track tasks by date.
  • Safari: Safari now offers tabbed browsing, and users can create reading lists, where they can save web pages to read later on.

We’re all about iPads!


One thing you may have noticed this school year is students coming to class with not only their laptops and smartphones, but a new shiny tool-the iPad. The iPad has proven itself a valuable tool for education-the thousands of apps available for students and educators are some of the best tech tools available.

Check out our iPad apps site here to see some of the best iPad apps organized into categories. From free apps for education to the best apps for research and writing, you will be sure to find some great resources for your students and yourself. Be sure to share this site with your students and colleagues and check back often-we are always looking for the newest apps to add to our lists!

iPads are now available for faculty to check out! We have 2 iPads in the Media Lab (BRK 180) available for week-long checkout to faculty.

iPad 2 Smart Cover