Getting Started: iPad Tutorials

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The iPad is known for being user-friendly and intuitive, but many people find learning the device on their own challenging. There are a variety of factors that affect iPad adoption, including:

  • Experience using traditional, desktop computers
  • Experience using mobile computers
  • Experience using Apple products
  • Support from family and friends
  • Vision, hearing, and mobility impairment 

There are plenty of informational resources available for free online (including a user guide from Apple,) but most online guides and tutorials are overwhelming for new learners.

The following resources have been designed for those without any previous technology experience. The pacing, sequence, and order of information is based off of years of teaching new users in libraries, retirement communities, senior centers, and throughout the community.

Since those people are unlikely to discover and learn from a webpage, we encourage you to use the following information to help guide your in-person sessions with new learners in the community and at home.


LEARNING THE BASICS

The Basic lessons introduce concepts and skills that are essential to using the iPad. The lessons cover the following:

  • How do you turn the iPad off and on?
  • What is the purpose of the buttons, openings and cameras on the exterior of the iPad?
  • How do you open and close the various programs (apps) on your iPad?
  • How do you control apps by touching the screen?
  • How do you type using the onscreen iPad keyboard?
  • What is Wi-Fi and why is it important to have a connection to the Internet?
The Basic lessons focus on foundational skills, such as typing on the iPad.

The Basic lessons focus on foundational skills, such as typing on the iPad.


CUSTOMIZING YOUR IPAD WITH APPS

The Apps lessons explain how to add programs, commonly known as apps, to your iPad. From brain training to medical journals, there are over 1 million apps designed for the iPad. 

The lessons cover the following:

  • What is an Apple ID and why do you need one to download apps?
  • How do you add apps to your iPad?
  • What are your options for authenticating app downloads?
  • How do you pay for apps that cost money?
  • How do you organize apps on the home screen?
  • How do you delete unwanted apps?
  • How do you adjust app notifications?
  • How do you adjust privacy settings for apps?
  • How do you customize your lock screen with select information from relevant apps?
There are over one million apps that can be added to the iPad.

There are over one million apps that can be added to the iPad.


SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION

The Search lessons explain how to use the Safari app to find information via websites. The lessons cover the following:

  • What is webpage? website?
  • How do you access websites on your iPad via the Safari app?
  • How do you search for websites regarding topics of interest?
  • How do you find a specific website?
  • How do you open multiple webpages at one time?
  • How do you close webpages?
Search is great for research, trivia, shopping, news and more!

Search is great for research, trivia, shopping, news and more!


COMMUNICATING WITH OTHERS

We cover the three of the most popular methods for communicating with others using the iPad - Email, Messages & FaceTime.

 

Mail

Email is a universal communication tool that’s great for sending and receiving written communications, photos, videos and more. The lessons cover the following:

  • How do you save contacts?
  • How is Email organized within the Mail app?
  • How do you send a new message?
  • How do you reply to a message that has been sent to you?
  • How do you forward a message that has been sent to you?
  • How do you delete emails?
  • What are email mailboxes? How do you move between them?

 

Messages

The Messages app is for on-going conversations with family members and friends who use Apple devices - iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac. The lessons cover the following:

  • How are messages different than email?
  • How do you send a new message?
  • How do you reply to a message that has been sent to you?
  • How do you send a photo via messages?
  • How do you message a group of people?

 

FaceTime

Using FaceTime on iPad is the next best thing to a face-to-face conversation; it is a live video call. Like the Messages app, you can only use FaceTime to call people using Apple devices. 

FaceTime lessons include answers to the following:

  • How do you initiate a FaceTime call?
  • What do the various buttons on the screen do during a FaceTime call?
  • How do you answer an incoming FaceTime call?
For many new users, using FaceTime to connect with remote friends and family is extremely useful.

For many new users, using FaceTime to connect with remote friends and family is extremely useful.


TAKING & SAVING PHOTOS

The Photos lessons introduce how to take photos and videos, organize them in the Photos app and share them. The lessons cover the following:

  • How do you take photos and videos using the built-in camera?
  • How are your images and videos organized in the Photos app?
  • How do you delete photos?
  • How do send photos using email?
  • How do you save photos that other people emailed to you?
  • How do you take a picture of the screen?
  • How do you save a photo from within an app?
Even if new users are not interested in taking pictures, many enjoy saving pictures from friends and family.

Even if new users are not interested in taking pictures, many enjoy saving pictures from friends and family.