• iPad/iPhone Recommended Applications and Settings

    Recommended Applications and Settings



    First and foremost you should set your device up so that if it should get lost or stolen that someone cannot access your information. You can do this by following these steps to deter access and to find the device if lost or stolen.

    Turn On "On Screen Passcode" (Highly Recommended)

    1. Settings > Passcode > Enter a Code or Change Your Code

    Turn On "Find My iPhone/iPad" (Highly Recommended)

    1. Settings > iCloud > Find My iPad
    2. This should be on on all of your Apple devices. This will allow you to find your device if lost or misplaced.

    Configure Mail

    Here at school we use Google Apps (Gmail) for our email. You can configure your device to sync with Gmail by setting the following options:
    Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Choose Microsoft Exchange (Not Gmail)
    1. Email: enter your email address
    2. Domain: ppps.org
    3. Username: enter your username ie. jadoe
    4. Password: enter your Google Apps password
    5. Description: name this account so you know what it is in case you have multiple email accounts ie. jadoe Personal or jadoe Work
    Tap Next, the device will verify the information and then ask you for the server. The server is: m.google.com
    By default Mail, Calendars, and Reminders are set to ON. I highly recommended that you turn on Contacts as well so you have all the school email addresses on your device. When you turn on Contacts you're presented with a message asking you what to do with your existing contacts. Choose "Keep on My iPad/iPhone"

    Tap Save and now your Email has been configured on your device.

    Set Up Apple ID

    You'll need to create an Apple ID in order to download free and paid for applications. Follow the steps on your device. If you already have an Apple ID created on another device, you can enter that same information here to alleviate multiple accounts. It is recommended to use a personal email address when creating your Apple ID rather than a school issued email.

    Settings > App and iTunes Stores > Apple ID
    Once you have your Apple ID set up, you can go to the App Store and install applications.

    App Store

    Recommended Applications (not definitive by any means, updated 9/24/15)


    • Notability ($) - Note taker, records audio, draw, type, take pictures, App of the Year 13,14,15
    • Gmail (Free) - Your email account native app
    • Google Drive (Free) - Unlimited online storage for photos, files, and videos, plus all of your files from school
    • Evernote (Free) - Searchable note taking from anywhere
    • ToDoist (Free) - To do lists on all devices, can add it to your email


    • Common Core (Free) - Michigan Standards
    • Khan Mobile (Free) - Good educational Stuff
    • Seesaw: The Learning Journal (Free) - Student driven digital portfolio
    • Google Classroom (Free) - Deploy, submit, discuss, and grade assignments
    • ClassDojo (Free) - Classroom management tool
    • Macul Recommended Apps - By subject area


    • iBooks (Free) - Book reader
    • Kindle (Free) - Book reader
    • Nook (Free) - Book reader


    • Yahoo News (Free)
    • News (Free) - Native app on all devices, all your favorite news agencies
    • NPR (Free)
    • USA Today (Free)
    • Flipboard (Free) - Combine different sources of news


    • Amazon (free)
    • AppShopper (free) - Tracks applications you want to purchase to get the best price
    • Craigslist (free)
    • eBay (free)


    • Facebook (Free) - Classroom communication tool
    • Google Hangouts (Free) - Free virtual meeting tool, great for virtual field trips
    • Twitter (Free) - Best PLN, resource meca
    • Pinterest (Free) - Unlimited classroom ideas


    • ABC Player (Free) - Plays TV shows from ABC
    • CNN (Free)
    • DirecTV (Free) - Control/Records TV shows from anywhere


    • FlightAware (Free) - Track flights with an active map
    • INRIX Traffic (Free) - Realtime traffic status
    • Kayak (Free) - Plan a trip


    • MyRadar (Free) - The fastest radar updates I've been able to find.
    • SkyView ($) - Find constellations, satelites, etc...