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iPad: Make your battery’s charge last longer

Want to make your battery last longer in your iPad [or iphone, for that matter]?

  • Turn off as many Notifications as you can
  • Decrease the brightness of the display
  • Tell the Wi-Fi NOT to ask me to join new networks
  • Turn off the “Motion” setting for backgrounds
  • Turn off automatic app updates
  • Go into “Background App Refresh” and disable a bunch of apps. The more you disable this feature, the longer your battery will last.

Another tip to make your battery last longer: Charge it to full as often as possible. That’s the official word from Apple.

So put it on your charger EVERY night.

Original article HERE

iPad Setup: August 2014 edition

Here are the concise instructions for getting the first part of your iPad setup.

Click here –>iPad handout 2014
if you’d like the PDF version of today’s presentation.

1. If your Moodle/email password does NOT have

  • at least one uppercase letter
  • at least one lowercase letter
  • at least one number

Then you need to create an “iCloud” password from your Moodle password by :

  • if missing an uppercase letter –> Make the first letter uppercase
  • if missing a lowercase letter –> Make the first letter lowercase
  • if missing a number –> Add the number 1871 to your Moodle password

Call this your “iCloud” password. Write it down.

2. Join a wireless network

  • Settings –>  Wi-Fi
  • Select a network [MDS-Student if on campus]
  • MDS-Student should popup a login page

3. AppleID setup, part one

  • Settings –> iCloud
  • Click the button to create a new account
  • You’ll have a multi-step dance to waltz through. Use your common sense and follow the directions.
  • Use your MDS email address [] plus your moodle password [or your modified moodle password from step 1].
  • The security questions are used if you forget your password.
  • IF you get an error message that says something like “this email address has already been used” –> you have already used your MDS email account on another Apple device. In this case, log in using the fields at the top of the screen. If you don’t know your password, retrieve it [Click the ‘I forgot my password’ button]

4. Mail setup

Although you can check your email at, it is much easier to check it using the Mail app. To set it up:

  • Settings → Mail
  • Add Account
  • Google
  • Email is
  • password is your Moodle password
  • Description – I use “MDS”
  • Click NEXT
  • If you see four checkmarks = It worked!
  • If you get an error message “Username or Password incorrect”, then you probably typed something incorrectly.

5. Setup Google Drive

  • Search for “Drive”.
  • Click it to crank it up
  • 1st login screen: JUST mds email. Don’t bother with your apssword – it’s going to ask for it again.
  • 2nd login screen: email & password
  • You will probably have to agree to the terms and conditions.

6. iCloud setup, part 2

  • Find MAIL app.
  • You should an email from Apple. Open it.
  • Click on the Verify link
  • Login to AppleID site using your mds email address and Moodle/Modified Moodle password
  • Once that’s done, switch to Settings → iCloud
  • Click Storage & Backup button.
  • Turn on iCloud Backup.

7. Meraki Systems Manager – MODIFIED Thursday 08/14/14

  1. Find the Meraki MDM app and start it up.
  2. IF –> you see a list of networks, click “All iPads”. You will see a series of boxes asking you to install. YES, you REALLY DO want to install it!
  3. IF –> you get an error, and then an area to type something in [and a couple of buttons including one that says QR code], then type this number in: 016 989 9899 and press REGISTER
  4. You MIGHT get a box saying that Location Services must be turned on for this App. It Click the “settings” button, and you’ll be taken to Location Services. Turn it ON [make the slider green]. and then move the slider next to MerakiMDM.
  5. If it asks about Weather using location services – that’s up to you. Turning it on for the weather app will let the app give you the weather for your current location.
  6. Switch back to the meraki app, just to make sure that there’s a checkmark by “All iPads”. If there is, you’re done!
  7. If this doesn’t work please check with me in the ARC Tech Cave.


The Great iPad TurnIn Event: 2014 edition [Middle School]

We’ll be taking your iPads up on MONDAY, MAY19 during the school day.

This is a LONG message – please read ALL of it!


Here’s the list of what’s below:

  • WHAT to turn in:
  • WHEN:
  • WHERE:


WHAT to turn in:

  1. iPad
  2. Charger
  3. Charger Cable


  • Monday, May 19, during the school day.



  • Your teachers will know on MONDAY. They will not know before then, so DO NOT BOTHER ASKING THEM!



  • Bring it on Tuesday.



  • You could go out and buy an equivalent replacement, say from PeachMac.
  • or Your parents will be charged $30 for it.
  • You should go look again.
  • Try looking inside the couch……or under your bed……or in the doghouse.
  • I suggest you go do some extra work, or get a job.




  1. On your iPad:
  2. Go through your pictures and delete everything you don’t want to keep.
  3. Make sure your Google Drive App is setup –> Fire it up, and login if it asks you to.
  4. If you’ve never backed up your pictures:Create a new folder. Call it “2014 pix” – or whatever you like. Open it up.
  5. If you HAVE backed them up before: open up the folder you used before.
  6. See the big plus sign in the upper right corner? Click it.
  7. Click “Upload Photos or Videos”
  8. Click “Camera Roll”
  9. Click 4 or 5 rows of pictures/videos – you should see a blue checkmark show up on the picture icon.
    [If you do too many – say, 100 pictures – it will take much longer and might crash]
  10. THEN click the bigger blue checkmark at the top right corner.
  11. You should see a message {1 of 5 files uploading} show up at the bottom of the screen.
  12. Keep going until you get everything uploaded.
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Notability notes

  1. Fire up Notability.
  2. On the opening screen, click the GEAR icon, bottom left.
  3. Click the Auto-Backup Button
  4. Click the Google Drive button.
  5. Login, YES give Notability access [it’ll ask].
  6. You should see a message stating that your notes will be backed up in PDF format. Click OK, but that is NOT what we want.
  7. Next to the Google Drive button you should see a gear icon. Click it.
  8. Change the File Format to NOTE.
    That way you’ll be able to re-import them into Notability if needed.
  9. Click back out of the settings menu.
  10. Wait a while. Make sure your notes have been backed up by switching to your Google Drive and peek inside the Notability folder.
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IF YOU WOULD LIKE PDF COPIES of your notes, do this:

  1. Go back to the first/main/opening screen in Notability.
  2. Click the “All Notes” bar, at the top.
  3. Click the EXPORT button, top left. It looks like a rectangle with an arrow coming OUT of it.
  4. Click the “All Notes” bar again. All the notes should highlight and have checkmarks on them.
  5. Click the Export button again.
  6. Select where you want to send them – email or Google Drive. I suggest Google Drive!
  7. So click on Google Drive.
  8. Set the folder where you want to save them – I suggest the Notability folder.
  9. The formats: Choose PDF.
  10. Paper – YES if you want the backgrounds to match the notes. NO if you want a white background.
  11. Recordings: YES if you want the audio to be exported as well….if you have any notes with audio.
  12. Click the “SEND TO GOOGLE DRIVE” button.
  13. Wait a while. If you are at home and have a lot of notes, wait a LONG while.
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