How to Use the iPad’s Native Apps in Your Classroom

By Sam Gliksman

You’ll find tremendous value in the apps that come with your iPad, whether you’re at work, school, or home. Here is a quick breakdown of a few of the other apps you’ll find when you first power up your iPad.

  • FaceTime: FaceTime enables you to make video calls with other FaceTime users on iPads, iPhones, iPods, and Mac computers. To call someone using FaceTime, you need his phone number or email address. Add that person as a contact and then simply tap his name within the FaceTime app to call.

    FaceTime uses the front-facing camera as its default, but you can also tap and switch to the rear iPad camera during your call and show your surroundings.

  • Messages: Yet another way to avoid cellular fees is to use Messages as an alternative to text messaging. Because Messages also uses a Wi-Fi connection, you can send unlimited free text and multimedia messages to other Apple product users. And if you have more than one iOS device, Messages keeps the conversation going across all of them.

  • Reminders: If you’re loaded with too many things to do. then you’ll appreciate Reminders helping you keep track of your tasks. It’s simple to add any sort of To-Do, a due date, and time, and Reminders will alert you as needed.

  • Photo Booth: Pose for a photo and add an effect with Photo Booth. Whether you take a photo of a flower with a kaleidoscope effect or a shrunken-head self-portrait, Photo Booth puts some creative fun in your photos.

  • Music: Who doesn’t love listening to music? Hum your way through the day with the iPad’s Music app. It can sync with your other devices to ensure you always have access to all the songs you download through iTunes.

  • Videos: Download videos from the iTunes Store or transfer them from a computer. Either way, they’ll look great on the iPad, and you can watch them with the Videos app. You can even connect your iPad to a TV via cable or Apple TV and turn your iPad into an entertainment hub.

  • App Store: Whether you want to play games with maladjusted birds or order a pizza delivered to your front door … as you’ve heard, “There’s an app for that.” The place you’ll find those apps is the App Store. There are literally more than a million apps you can run on your iPad.

They say that timing is everything, and that includes when you purchase your iPad. Apple is now bundling the iWork and iLife suite of apps with new iPad purchases. If you bought your iPad any time after October 2013, you’re fortunate enough to get the following list of additional apps … free!

  • Pages: Apple’s powerful word processing app for creating letters, reports, resumes, and all other types of documents.

  • Keynote: Create beautiful presentations with images, charts, transition effects, and more.

  • Numbers: The spreadsheet app that makes number crunching easy and … well, almost fun!

  • iPhoto: View, share, and edit your photos.

  • iMovie: Apple’s popular video-editing app.

  • GarageBand: The easy and fun way to create music on your iPad — whether you’re a seasoned professional or a complete novice.