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Notability, iCloud, Docs gone, Google Drive

Friday 2:00 pm update: Waiting on tech support to get back to me.
Friday 2:30: Our issue has reached the front of the line and someone is looking at it.

Monday 7:30: Things seem to be back to normal. See advice below under “What You Need To Do” to prevent this headache from happening again.

The Symptom: ALL of your Notability documents disappeared.

The Cause: Some device policies were mangled by some system somewhere AND you had iCloud backup turned on AND POSSIBLY you didn’t turn your Google Drive backup on.

Additional Notes: Basically your access to iCloud drive got turned off. Because Notability had iCloud sync on, all your documents disappeared when iCloud access was blocked by a policy.

The Current Working Theory is that your iCloud docs are still safe up in iCloud. They should reappear when you get to a wireless network off-campus. [If they do not, please email ipad@……]

**IF** you had Google Drive backup enabled, then your docs should be safely stashed in Drive. To check, fire up the Drive app and look inside the Notability folder.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Wait until further notice. Tech support knows about the issue. This article will be updated when additional news is available.
  2. In the meantime, go into Notability –> Settings [gear icon, bottom left] –> Autobackup. MAKE SURE YOU ARE BACKING UP TO GOOGLE DRIVE.
  3. CHANGE THE FILE FORMAT – it’s at the bottom of that dialog box – to PDF + RECORDING
  4. If Drive Backup REFUSES to work, then bring it by the ARC, OR you can try going into Settings –> accounts & passwords. DELETE the MDS account from this screen [you lose NO data, just the iPad <-> account connections]. Add a new account, select type Google, and login. Then fire up Notability and setup auto-backup to Drive again.

iPad: The “Standard Apps List”

The list of iPad apps that all middle school students should have on their iPads:

Catholic New American Bible RE,
Checkers
Chess – Learn Chess
Chess Tiger
Drawing Desk: Draw & Paint Art
Duolingo
Firefox: Private, Safe Browser, Utilities,
GeoGebra Classic,
Google Chrome, Utilities,
Google Docs: Sync, Edit, Share Business
Google Drive,
Google Earth, Travel, Navigation
Google Photos, Photo & Video
Google Sheets Business
Google Slides Business
HMH eTextbooks,
HudsonAlpha iCell Medical
iMovie, Photo & Video,
Keynote Business
Laudate – #1 Catholic App,
MackinVIA, Books,
Math Duel – Two Player Split Screen Mathematical Game for Kids and Adults Training – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division! ,
McGraw-Hill K-12 ConnectED,
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Books
MSB Anywhere,
Notability
PowerSchool Learning
Remind: School Communication
Textilus Pro Word Processor Business

The list of apps that every Upper School student iPad should have:

Amazon Kindle, Books
Apple Books, Books, Entertainment
Bible Gateway, Reference, Lifestyle
Constitution for iPad, Reference, Education
Firefox: Private, Safe Browser, Utilities, Productivity
Google Chrome, Utilities, Productivity
Google Docs: Sync, Edit, Share, Productivity, Business
Google Drive, Productivity
Google Photos, Photo & Video
Google Sheets, Productivity, Business
Google Slides, Productivity, Business
History Today: This day in Historical Events News, Education, Entertainment
iMovie, Photo & Video, Lifestyle
iTunes U, Education, Reference
Khan Academy, Education
MackinVIA, Books, Education
Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD, Reference, Education
MSB Anywhere, Education
Notability, Productivity, Education
PowerSchool Learning, Education, Productivity
Remind: School Communication, Education, Social Networking
TapTyping – typing trainer, Games, Productivity, Word
Textilus Pro Word Processor, Productivity, Business
Voice Record Pro 7, Productivity, Education
x2VOL_, Education

Notability: Backup to Drive, Retrieve from Drive

Backing up Notability to Drive

Make SURE your Notability files are backing up to Google Drive

First, Open Notability.

2. On the screen where your documents are listed, at bottom left, click the gear icon.

Gear = Settings.
? = help.
i = app info.

3. Select AutoBackup.

4. if Google Drive has a checkmark, your files are being backed up. Look at the bottom of the box to check the location – the iPad Guy suggests /Notability/ as the location [i.e. inside a folder named “Notability”]

If there is NO checkmark, then click on the text Google Drive. Login.

Getting files from Drive into Notability

The import icon is the middle one.
The middle icon is “import”.

FIRST:

  • Get your Dividers and Subjects setup in Notability
  • Select a location[folder]  in Notability.
    THEN select what to import. Drive is organized just like notability was – if you had folders/dividers in Notability, then you will see folders in Drive, inside the Notability folder.
    Your Notability selection is WHERE the files will be imported to.
  • You will need to do this for each folder/divider you set up.

Once you get Notability setup:

  • Open up Notability
  • Click the icon, top right, that looks like a square with an arrow going INTO it
  • Select Google Drive
  • It should automatically show you the Notability folder on your Drive.
  • Select what you’d like to import.
REMEMBER THAT Folders on Drive = “Subjects” in Notability.

WANT HELP KEEPING YOUR NOTABILITY MATERIAL ORGANIZED?