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If you've decided to use your iPad inside your classroom, there's a few security settings that we should review. Now, I would never like to think that one of my students would ever be so bold as to walk off with my iPad. However, there's a few things that we as educators can be proactive with to make sure that this situation never happens. The first thing is I always make sure that my iPad has a passcode on it. Furthermore, I make sure my students recognize that I'm putting the passcode in. This way, just in case a student ever had the idea that they might want to borrow your iPad. They would know that they would need a passcode and it's going to help deter some of those behaviors.
To do this click on the Settings icon and then choose General under the Settings menu. Under the general settings there's a section for Passcode. I'm going to go in and click on Passcode. Here the very first option is to turn the Passcode on. When you do this it's going to ask for a four digit Passcode. I'm going to go ahead and type in a four digit Passcode. It's going to ask me to confirm it, I will type that Passcode in again. And the passcode has now been added to my iPad. So for example, when I go out of my iPad and then come back into it, and I try to unlock my iPad, it's going to ask for a passcode.
I'll go ahead and put in my passcode and now I can actually access all the features. The next thing to double check is to make sure you have Find My iPad turned on. This can be found under the Privacy tab on the left-hand column of the settings. Here we're going to click on Location Services, and at the very bottom is the option for Find My iPad. With Find My iPad on, if for some reason your iPad's misplaced, if you left it in a different classroom, and you just can't remember where it's at, you can take an iPhone out, or you can even login through iTunes. And you can use the wireless setting inside your iPad to pinpoint its location.
With Find My iPad turned on, you can then lock the iPad remotely, send a display message to whoever is near it, such as," Please return this iPad to room, whatever room number you're in". And you can even wipe the memory from the iPad all remotely. The iPad can also be told to play a sound. So if you're at home and you've misplaced your iPad, you can simply send a sound to the iPad, it will sit there and make, kind of, a submarine dinging sound until you actually locate and turn it off. So both find my ipad as well as having a passcode are great tools to make sure your ipad stays safe as you start using it in the classroom.
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