How to lock your screen orientation

This is one of the most searched-for functions among new iPad users who want their screen to stay in one place instead of bouncing between vertical and horizontal modes depending on what the gyroscope says. Fortunately, it’s easier to lock your orientation than ever before.

Double tap the Home button at any time to open your Control Center. Unless your Control Center has already been heavily customized, you should see the orientation lock in the upper right-hand corner — it’s a circling arrow around a lock icon. Tap that icon, and it will change color, letting you know that the current orientation has been locked. As mentioned earlier, you can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center.

How to do split screen

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If your iPad supports split screen capabilities for quickly comparing information or multitasking. If you want to split web page views, head to Safari. When you find a link that you want to move to a split screen, touch and hold the link until options come up to open it. One of those options should be Open in Split View. This will create a new side-by-side window for the link.

You can also open some other apps in a split screen mode for multitasking. An excellent example is the Messages app: No matter what you are doing, you can swipe up on the bottom of the iPad screen and access the Dock, where you can add the Messages app (or access recently opened apps). You can drag Messages up to the side of your screen, and it will pop up in a separate side window where you can view and respond to any new messages you have without losing track of what else you are doing.

This trick may not work with all apps, but many do have this handy functionality. Many apps also allow you to drag and drop images or files between them for quick pasting or saving while you are at work. You can also swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center, and see the most recently opened apps.

How to Setup Classroom App

Introducing Classroom
Classroom is an app designed by Apple to be a teaching assistant tool, helping teachers guide and manage students and their devices.

The app helps teachers to move students through lessons, see their current progress and provide actions to help keep them on track. It uses both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect and communicate with nearby student devices.

With Classroom, teachers can launch apps, websites and books to the entire class or specific students. Teachers can view screens, keep abreast of student progress or keep them focused by locking the devices into apps, books or the lock screen.



There are two options for classes:
1. Admin-created class
An “admin created class” is the term given to classes in which an Administrator utilises a Mobile Device Management (MDM) server to enrol devices, students and create classes.

2. Teacher-created class (THIS IS THE ONE WE USE)
A “teacher-created class” is where a teacher creates a class without any MDM server. They setup a class on their device and then enrolment information is broadcasted via Bluetooth to nearby devices. Students can simply join by entering a four-digit PIN provided by the teacher.

A student can add more than one class, created by the same or different teachers. Students can easily move from room to room with their iPad.

The recommended option is for schools to use teacher-created classes, as it allows the teacher to make on-the-spot changes and is suitable for both BYO and school-owned devices (provided access to join a teacher created class is not restricted by the school’s blueprint).

Setting up Classroom
The instructions below detail how a teacher can create a Teacher-created class.

Teacher setup:
1. Download and launch the app (ON TEACHERS IPAD)

2. Enter your details
Enter your name and add an avatar of yourself.
The avatar will be seen by students when they join the class, share files or when you are assisting them.






3. Create your class
i. Select Create New Class
ii. Enter a name and assign a colour to represent it.







4. Invite students
i. Click Add and give the invitation code to your students










ii. As students join your class, you will see their names and photos appear. Tap Add to add them to your class










Students do not need to download the app, only join the class:

1. Join class
Once the teacher has setup the class and has given the invitation code
i. Go to Settings > Classroom








This is where the student can configure the following options:
Join Classes: automatically or manually Allow the Teacher to: Lock Apps and Device and AirPlay and View Screen
Have the student configure these as desired.

ii. Under new class invitation, select the Class







iii. Enter the invitation code and click Add

Users must be logged out of iCloud before joining the school’s network

If a iPad is signed into iCloud. That iPad will constantly be prompting for proxy username and password. The constant prompting of username and password will drive everyone MAD! Furthermore, the student will eventually keep choosing ‘cancel’ and eventually the iPad will then not work on the network altogether!

If you are interested in the reason why the iPads do that here at school, it is because the iCloud network is blocked.

So please log out of iCloud before coming into school.

I have made a nice and simple How To guide to show you how to log out for all IOS devices here