Apple iPad

by Michael Kieca, Technology Resource Checkout Graduate Assistant

The idea for a mobile tablet was first introduced by Phillip L. Becker throughApple iPada specialized embedded operating system that he developed in 1993.  Despite constant development and trial and error, eSoft discontinued the product in 1998, but the idea was still very much alive.  With growing success of both the iPod and iPhone, Steve Jobs  introduced the Apple iPad in January 2010.  The iPad was an immediate success due to its mobility and accessibility.  It gives instant access to the internet through Wi-Fi or a 3G network plan, the ability to check e-mails, photos, videos, or even YouTube on the go, and can act as an iPod allowing you to listen to music and access the iTunes store to purchase audio books, apps, music, movies, television shows and more.

This mobile device gives uncharted access to everyone, everywhere through thousands of apps and they’re all right at your fingertips.


  • Capacity – 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
  • Safari (Wi-Fi or 3G)
  • Email
  • Photos and Videos
  • iPod and iTunes
  • App Store
  • iBooks
  • Maps
  • iWork – Keynote, Pages, and Numbers

iPad in Education:

  • Create presentations through the built-in Photos app or Keynote
  • Share documents between your iPad and any other mobile device or computer using the DropBox app
  • Create and revise word processing documents, spreadsheet, and presentations using apps such as Google Docs,  Keynote, and Pages
  • Download, read, and annotate books and texts through apps such as iBooks
  • Search and download hundreds of educational, and reference applications through the App Store

by Amanda Richards, Interactive Multimedia Lab Assistant

When learning in the classroom, assignments that include technology tend to be much more engaging. With that being said, the use of iPads could be profound for college students at WIU. Instead of purchasing text books and having to lug them from class to class, I would be able to just load my text books onto my iPad and start reading. Teachers always complain that getting students to read the material is a challenging task. By providing the convenience of an iPad, I would be able to study an extra 2-5 hours a week just by adding some study time to lunch breaks! Students also would be able to use the iPad for things such as creating presentations, virtual study groups, and easily accessible note taking. Before using the iPad I never would have thought that you would be able to type quickly enough to make it useful for notes in class, however after using the iPad I realized very quickly that typing is a synch! Now that I understand all the things I can do with an iPad I believe that using iPads and the technology that is associated with it would be a great tool for any student.

Apple iPad Tech Tip

by Amanda Richards, Interactive Multimedia Lab Assistant

Reading and Annotating Books on the iPad with iBooks

1.) In order to view your books open the ibook application and choose a book from your shelf.

2.) To change the page move your finger from right to left to go forward, or left to right to go backwards.

3.) Choose a section of the book and double touch. Drag your finger over a section to highlight it. When the section is selected you will see the following toolbar.

iBooks Toolbar

4.) With this tool bar you can copy the selection, use the dictionary to look up any word immediately, highlight important sections, create notes, or search the document for a specific word.

5.) If you create a note it will appear in the right column with the date. If you click on the note you will be able to read and edit your note.

Adding a Note to your iBook

6.) To search through out your book click the magnifying glass.

Searching a Word in iBooks

7.) Bookmarks show up as red bookmarks in the top right corner. To undo your book mark simply click the bookmark again and it will go back to it regular size and color.

8.) To edit fonts click A’s located in the top right hand side of your screen. Make the font larger or smaller, choose a font, and decide if you want sepia on or off.

Changing font size and color on the iPad

9.) Next to the font size is brightness. Click the symbol that looks like a sun to adjust the brightness.

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast in iBooks

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