Monthly Archives: November 2015

How to Use Split View & Slide Over on iPads

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When Apple introduced iOS 9, it was more of a refinement than an overhaul. However, two of the more useful features for iPad users are Split View and Slide Over. These multitasking additions let you work on more than one thing at one time. Not everyone can take advantage of these new features, and they don’t work with all apps, so here’s what you need to know to get started.

What’s the difference between Split View and Slide Over?

Slide Over lets you momentarily switch to another app by quite literally sliding it on top of the one you are currently using. It appears when you swipe in from the right-hand side of your screen, but it will only take up about a third of your viewing area. When you slide a new app on to your screen, it becomes the active app and the one you were using previously is greyed out and cannot be used until you swipe the Slide Over app back to where it came from. It is a useful way to quickly see your Twitter feed, add a quick note, or check something on your calendar.

Slide Over on the iPad

Split view takes things to the next level by allowing you to have two active apps open at one time. You engage Split View by swiping an app in from the right-hand side of your screen, just like you do for Slide Over. However, if you grab the bar in the middle of that app and pull it to the left, you will be able to snap that app side by side with the one you had open. Once you have the two apps side by side you can switch navigate through each one independently. This is useful for taking notes at the same time you are looking at a website.

Split View on the iPad

Can I Use Split View or Slide Over on my iPad?

Maybe. Slide Over is available on the iPad Pro, the iPad Air (or later), and the iPad Mini 2 (or later). Split View is a little more demanding, so it is only available on Apple’s newest devices – the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 4. The other thing to consider is that not all apps support Split View or Slide Over. Developers have to enable this functionality in their apps to allow it to work in this way. That said, many of the apps you are most likely to want to use this way have already been updated to allow the use of Split View or Slide Over.

How can teachers and students use this in the classroom?

Split View and Slide Over are essentially productivity enhancements. They speed up your workflow and let you be more efficient at completing tasks that you may otherwise have found easier to do on a Mac or PC. So, things like taking notes while browsing the web is now a lot quicker on the iPad. Teachers might have a spreadsheet of results on one side that they are ready to input into a web based gradebook on the other. The YouTube app works in Slide Over view, but you can use Split View if you visit m.youtube.com if you want to take notes side by side with a video.

Split View may also be useful for a classroom backchannel on one side of your screen and a notetaking app on the other. This could be Today’s Meet in a web browser or the new Padlet app. You can use Slide Over in the Camera app for video projects if you need to quickly check on your shot list or a script that you have been working on. You can also put things like Word and PowerPoint side by side so that you can turn your notes into a presentation. The possibilities are seemingly endless and they become even more relevant on a larger screen like the iPad Pro.

Can I disable Split View and Slide Over?

However, as useful as Split View and Slide over are, these features are not necessarily for everyone. Younger students may find it frustrating to have these apps appear when swiping around on the screens of their favorite apps. You can fix this by disabling them under Settings > General > Multitasking > Allow Multiple Apps if required.

The video below has a quick visual tutorial on how to use Split View and Slide Over, as well as a few additional tips.

How to Download, Listen & Subscribe to Podcasts

how to listen to podcasts

Do you listen to podcasts? A growing number of people do. According to a recent survey, 46 million Americans over the age of 12 have listened to a podcast in the last month. That’s 17% of the population, (aged 12 and over). Personally, I am not surprised. I love listening to podcasts. It is a great way to expand your knowledge of the world, grow your PLN, or just be entertained for a while. So, if you have never listened to a podcast before, keep reading and discover how you can get started today.

A podcast is like an internet radio (or TV) show. It is an episodic collection of audio (or video) files that you can subscribe to for free, and get new content delivered to to your device as soon as it is available. If you have ever subscribed to blogs in Feedly or Google Reader, it is much the same idea. In fact, they share a common technology – the RSS feed.

There are a number of different ways to access the podcasts that you are most interested in, but you will likely listen on either your computer or a mobile device. Here’s how to set up your podcasts on a computer or a mobile device.

How to Listen to Podcasts on a Computer

The largest library of podcasts is curated by Apple and can be found in iTunes. You can download iTunes for a Mac or a PC and use this software as a way to subscribe, listen and rate the shows that you want to hear. You can search for specific shows, or browse through the store by category, new and noteworthy, featured collections and more. When you find the podcast you want to listen to, you are only a few quick clicks away from subscribing.

The instructions for how to find and subscribe to podcasts are slightly different depending on whether you are using iTunes on a Mac or a PC, so here are a couple of links that include step-by-step instructions for each device.

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