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iPad trips and tricks…GUIDED ACCESS!

Published November 26, 2012 10:06 AM by Alexandra Streeter
 My latest favorite iPad trick is the GUIDED ACCESS feature which allows me to lock the home button in any given app.

Just as I have some little students who love to "shop" for toys in my room, I have some who are always hoping for some better apps on my iPad, and in the blink of an eye are out of an APP and clicking away on the home screen.

To prevent that, and to give me a little control (during speech therapy I tell the kids that I am the one in charge of the iPad!) I lock my home button. This is how I do that:

Make sure you have the updated software for your iPad.  The most recent software is IOS 6.0.1.

Then, go to: Settings > general> accessibility>learning>guided access "on".  At this point you will need to set a password so that once in guided access you can exit.

Return to "accessibility" and access "triple click HOME". At this point you have a choice of 5 options (more on that another time) and select "guided access."

Once in an app, triple click, and press "start"; this appears in the top right corner of your screen. At this point, you can no longer exit out of an app by pressing the home button.

When it's time to exit, triple click, and then press "end" in the top left corner!

Meanwhile, some of my latest favorite FREE apps have included:

Toca Hair Salon (this is not always free; check back frequently in the iTunes store because it changes.)

Toca Hair Christmas

My Play Home Lite

Which free apps have you been enjoying lately? And which accessibility features do you use with your students? Please comment below or on the ADVANCE Facebook page!

3 comments

In my last post , I talked about turning off the home button in apps through guided access. I have discovered

December 3, 2012 9:11 AM

PS I love Poke Me! by PencilBot Kids. It's really fun with the young ones. I use it to talk about location, food, actions....

Kimberly Scanlon, Speech Language Pathologist November 26, 2012 11:36 AM
Ramsey NJ

Awesom tip!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kimberly Scanlon, Speech Language Pathologist November 26, 2012 11:29 AM
Ramsey NJ

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