iPad Tip - Guided Access

One of my co-workers taught me an iPad trick that has been SUPER helpful! It's called 'Guided Access' and prevents your students from exiting the educational app you want them to work on and going into other non-education apps. 

Here's how it works:

This has been extreeeeemely helpful when letting my toddler play on my iPad and will also be very helpful for my students. My personal iPad is my classroom iPad, so I really don't want my students going into all my things or trying to buy something from my Amazon Wishlist (...or do I?!). 

Did you already know about Guided Access or is this new information for you too?

{Check out our other iPad posts: here and here.}


The Colorful Apple said...

I don't have a classroom iPad (sad face), but this is a great tip!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Kristen said...

oooo...I didn't know this, thanks Natalie! I have the same issue as I use mine in my classroom like you. Thanks again!! :)

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

I starting using this last week on our set of 5 and I officially became the meanest student teacher EVER! It was fantastic. :) So many friends would come up to me and say "It won't let me off _____." My response, "I know. Isn't it great!"

So glad you are sharing this awesome tool! :)

The Brown-Bag Teacher

Jessica Goodrow said...

Thank you for the tip! How does it work as far as getting out of the app when you do actually want students to go to something else?

Literacy Spark

Laurie said...

I haven't used this feature yet...my kiddos have been pretty good about staying on the app I ask them to go to.

First Grade Lyons' Den

Elizabeth said...

I saw this the other day and it has completely changed my life! I'm so glad you blogged about it so that I can send my friends this link :)

Fun in Room 4B

JennyB said...

This tip is awesome!!!! Thanks so much! I can't wait to share this with the other teachers at my school. They will be amazed!
Keep 'em coming! :)

Thanks again!
One Berry Blog

Alan Wade said...

One of the ways I keep up to date on the industries I work in is RSS feeds. I used Google Reader almost religiously until I discovered that some standalone apps did offer more features and a better experience.
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city said...

thanks for share...

Kristina said...

That's awesome! This was new info for me as well. It will help in my classroom, and at home for me too!! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

Awesome Tutorial. Thanks for making it easy.

Annie Moffatt said...

Super helpful!! Thanks for sharing!!

Kelli :) said...

Such a great tip!!! I have been using iPads for 3 years in my room and didn't know this!!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Kelli :)
Castles and Crayons

Mrs. Burgen said...

GREAT TIP! Thank You!
I also turn off the internet when my students are using the ipad apps. This stops all the annoying pop ups and allows the students to stay focused.

Sara said...

I'm piloting iPads this year and this is such a great tip! Thanks!

Mrs Penna said...

How cool! Thanks for the share!


Ashley Ann said...

What a great tip!! I can't wait to get to school tomorrow to share that with all of the teachers. We have been running into that problem a lot lately :-(

I just love your blog! I am using your poetry pack this month and wrote about it on my blog at Sparkling in Second


My kids LOVE their poetry books! I'm heading over to TPT to leave you some love now!


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