Monthly Archives: December 2013

iPads – printing at home

YES, you can print from your ipad at home, but you must have a wireless network active at the house, and your ipad must be connected to it.

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If you have an Airprint-capable printer with a wireless option, your iPad should be able to see the printer.

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If you have a Mac desktop running 10.6  or newer, you can purchase and install  HandyPrint [CLICK HERE]. That software turns your Mac into an Airprint server, so the iPad can see the printer.

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If you have a desktop running Windows 7 or newer,  CLICK HERE for an article about setting up your machine. It does involve downloading  Airprint Service Installer – but the article walks you through the process.


 

[Added 9/5/14)

CLICK HERE for a list of Airprint-compatible printers

CLICK HERE for a wikipedia article covering Airprint basics.

iPad Backups- how and why

Scroll all the way down to fetch a PDF version of this info.
CLICK HERE for an update about Notability.

At the risk of stating the obvious, you should have your data backed up somewhere just in case, because you’d be surprised how often “just in case” happens with technology.

If you search the web for a how-to, you will see a lot of instructions that do not apply here at MDS because of how our systems are setup. Please, DO NOT attach your ipad to iTunes. That doesn’t work with the MDS iPads, and will actually create MORE problems for you.

Here’s what to do:

Step 1:  Make sure iCloud backup is setup.

Go into Settings –> iCloud, and make sure your AppleID is setup and your iPad is being backed up. If there IS no AppleID in the field, then you never set up iCloud. Come see the iPad Guy for some help.

Click the images for the larger version.

iCloud 1

After clicking the “Storage and Backups” button, you’ll see this screen. You can see if anything has been backed up, when the next backup will happen, and you can start a backup right now.
iCloud 2

Step 2: Get copies of your docs and pix onto Google Drive

iMovie

Your version of iMovie may look different – NOT TO PANIC! Go the page where all of your imovie projects are listed. Look for the icon that’s circled below. Select it, and then send the movie to your Camera Roll. See below for moving Camera files to your Google drive.

imovie

Notability

You have a couple of options for saving Notability files – see the advice tips at the end of this section.

Click the “Sharing” icon, top left.

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Select “All notes”, left side.

Click which notes you’d like to stash in Drive. Everything you select will have a blue checkmark.

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Click the “Share” icon again.

Select “Google Drive”.

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Pick a Destination [what folder], a format [ PDF, RTF, or Note – see advice below], and whether to save any audio notes you’ve recorded.

Then click “Send to Google Drive”.

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noteability last

 Advice:
  • Save your Notability notes TWICE – once as a PDF, again as a Note.
  • RTF would only be good if you were to use the TEXT in a regular word processor on a laptop/desktop.

UPDATE:

Set Notability to AUTOMATICALLY backup your Notes to Google drive by

  1. Firing up Notability
  2. On the “Library” screen [where you see all your categories and Dividers], get into Settings by clicking the Gear icon, bottom left.
  3. Accounts–> Setup–>Google Drive. It’ll ask you to login, and you’ll have to give permission for Notability to access this and that and the other. YES, give it permission.
  4. Auto-backup–>Google Drive. You’ll see a message about “now backing up to Google Drive as a PDF”. Click out of it.
  5. Click the Gear icon to the right of Google Drive in the list. Change the format to NOTE – you don’t want PDF, you want NOTE format.
  6. That way if something goes weird, you can IMPORT your notes directly into Notability from Google Drive, and you won’t have lost anything.

Camera [Pictures and Videos]

Fire up Google Drive

Hit the Upload icon [left side of screen]

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Click the +, top right corner. Click “Upload Photos or Videos”

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Click “Camera Roll”. Click what you want to upload, then click the Checkmark above the pictures.

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After everything uploads, doublecheck in Google Drive that the pix are actually there.

Never trust a computer – especially when grades are involved!

 

How to backup ipad 2010108 – PDF version of this info.

Oh, no! My iPad is in Recovery mode!

Your iPad is in “Recovery Mode” when the screen looks like this:

ios-recovery-mode-indicator

Things NOT to do:

  • Do NOT attach it to iTunes
  • Do NOT try to restore it from a backup
  • Do NOT try to fix this yourself!

The instructions you’ll see on the web about getting your iPad out of this predicament are all helping people with their OWN iPads, not with iPads that are school owned.

Here’s what you SHOULD do:

  • Bring it by the Tech Cave [Upstairs Sheridan for high School, Library for the Middle School]
  • Middle School – you can also leave it with Mrs. Jones in the office. She’ll let the Tech Team know about it.
  • Put a post-it note on it with your name, and homeroom on it.

We will get it back to working order again.