Te(a)chnology: Controlling iPad Settings

This month’s Te(a)chnology ideas come via the All-Member Forum in the CECommunity from CEC members who are sharing how to use technology in the classroom to enhance access for all students.

Question from Carrie:  I work in a classroom for children with autism. We have such difficulty with using the I-Pad as an instructional tool, or as a reinforcer for two reasons: 1) we cannot set a limit on the volume, and so many of our students REPEATEDLY crank up the volume until it's unbearable.  I have searched everywhere on line and I can't find out how to set a maximum allowable.  No one at our school knows either.  and 2) the children don't want to stay on the page we are working on.  Is there a way to lock out the other apps while we are working with one?  Does anyone have experience with fixing these issues? Thank you!

Answer from Lorraine:  MacWorld has an article that describes controlling volume via Settings at 
http://www.macworld.com/article/2030115/how-to-control-the-volume-in-ios.html.

Answer from Judy: If the children are independent workers that you could trust to work if you don't hear the iPad, you could have them work with ear buds.  Each student could have his or her own ear bud assigned (you can get them at the dollar store).  hat way the children can play the sound at their own comfort levels. I think that the iPads can be locked, but don't know the technology involved. Another option would be to take the other apps off with the exception of the one that you want to use on that occasion. Just press and hold one icon. They will all "wiggle."  You'll see an X in the corner of all of the apps you can delete. The apps will remain in your itunes.  When you sync, they'll reappear.  Good luck.

Answer from Michelle:  You can buy an app called Volume Sanity for $1.99 to lock down or set a volume control. Other than that, you can only control music settings within restrictions.

Answer from Pamela:  Have you heard of Guided Access? Set your volume and enter the game. Before giving the iPad to the student, push the home button 3 times in rapid succession. It will ask you to start Guided Access. Once started, the volume and game are locked in until you push the home button 3 times again and enter your password. As long as the student does not know your password, you should be able to lock the volume and game.

Editor's note:  Apple created a lot of wonderful features in iOS 6. One of them is Guided Access (single-app mode), which you can lock down into single app only. It makes your iDevices far more useful at school, therapy and home.

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