Monthly Archives: November 2015

IOS 9 Battery – get more day out of your iPad!

Here are some tips to make your iPad battery last longer – and make it easier to keep track of your battery.


Just make a habit of it!

Enable Low Power Mode

When your device reaches 20% battery life, iOS 9 will alert you to turn on Low Power Mode, which will turn off automatic mail fetches, background app updates, and other systemwide toggles in order to help you get a few extra hours of battery life.

Low Power Mode will remain on (though you can turn if off at any time) until the device has been charged to at least 80% battery life.

  • Settings —> Battery
    Enable the toggle for Low Power Mode.

The battery indicator in the status bar will turn yellow, showing that you are in Low Power Mode.

Get detailed power usage for each app

Sometimes you may want to know what apps are using the most battery life on your devices so you can tweak your usage habits whenever you’re in a low-powered environment. With iOS 9, you can see exactly what apps have been eating your battery life by following these steps.

Settings –> Battery –> Battery Usage
Select either Last 24 Hours or Last 6 Days, and then select the clock icon.

Turn off Background App Refresh

Settings –>General —> Background App Refresh

IPAD UNAVAILABLE – so I don’t have to do my homework, right?

  • “My iPad isn’t working”
  • “Mr. Rule has my iPad so I don’t have to do my homework”
  • “I tried to send my homework and it didn’t work so I don’t have to do anything about it.”
  • “My internet wasn’t working so I don’t have to turn in my homework.”
  • “I can’t get Google Drive to submit a file into Moodle so I don’t have to do my homework.”
  • “I tried to email the file but it wouldn’t go so I’ll just forget about it. It’s not my problem.”


It is up to YOU, the student,
to make sure things get done,

When something goes wrong, there is ALWAYS a different path you can take to get your homework in. Check with your teacher if in doubt – some teachers prefer some methods over others. AT THE VERY LEAST prove you tried to submit it:

  • take a screenshot,
  • show your teacher your Outbox that has the emails you attempted to send,
  • send an email WITHOUT the attachment to let them know you are trying,
  • Login to Drive on an ARC computer [] and email or submit the file from there. Remember that your Notability documents are being AUTOMATICALLY backed up to Drive. [If you have gotten your iPad updated they may be in iCloud as well!]

There are even MORE options for getting your work turned in. Talk to your teacher or Mrs. Andrews or Mr. Rule.


Options abound.

Acceptable excuses are rare.


……..and if you think that’s HARSH, just wait until you get to college. Ask Mr. Rule – he taught college for longer than you’ve been alive.

By the way, teachers can check the “iPad Hospital List” just like you can to see if your iPad is indeed being worked on.