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iPad AirPlay Screen Mirroring Tutorial

AirPlay is a really cool feature of iOS that allows you to mirror the screen of your iPad or iPhone onto an AppleTV or Mac. AirPlay Mirroring is very useful in classroom settings. It is great for presenting educational material, demonstrations, and games. In this tutorial, you will learn how to enable AirPlay to mirror the screen of your iPad (or iPhone) onto an AppleTV.

Below are the steps to enable/disable AirPlay Mirroring. Please note that the screenshots are from an iPad with iOS 7. The same steps also apply to the iPhone. If you are on iOS 6, the steps are slightly different.

1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
* Note: On iOS 6, double-press the Home button on the device.

2. The Control Center will appear.
iPad Control Center

3. Press on the AirPlay button.
AirPlay button

4. Press on AppleTV and enable Mirroring to that device. Or press on iPad to disable mirroring.
Enable AirPlay Mirroring

When mirroring is enabled, the screen of your device will appear on the TV. Audio will also play through the TV (or connected speakers).
SpeakColorsHD on TV

 

What is an AppleTV?

The AppleTV is a small, black device, which connects to the HDMI port of your TV (or projector). In addition to AirPlay mirroring, the device also includes a number of apps for video streaming, such as iTunes Movies, NetFlix and YouTube. Music and photos can also be streamed to the device. It is connected to your network by ethernet cable or WiFi. The price of the AppleTV is $99. Overall, it’s a neat little device that is very useful. You can learn more about it on the Apple web site.

 

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iCloud Tutorial – Learn How to Free Up Space

iCloud
iCloud is an online data storage service from Apple for storing your photos, music, movies, apps, documents, backups and more. 5 GB of space is included for free for backups. 5 GB may seem like a lot of space, but you will run out if you take a lot of photos or videos. You will receive a warning message that iCloud storage is close to 5 GB and you should delete some backups or purchase extra storage. Additional space starts at $20 per year. Instead of paying for more space, you can easily manage and reduce the amount of space you use. Please continue reading to learn how.

For most people, the largest consumer of space is the Camera Roll. The Camera Roll includes all the photos and videos you take with your iDevice. Disabling the backup of the Camera Roll could save you a significant amount of space. But what about backups of the photos/videos?

Photo Stream, a component of iCloud, automatically saves your photos in an online album for 30 days, and also transfers the photos to your computer. There are no storage space limits with Photo Stream. One caveat is that Photo Stream does not work with videos, so you will need to manually sync your iDevice with iTunes.

The steps below describe how to disable the Camera Roll backup from being stored in iCloud. The screenshots are from an iPhone 5 with iOS 7. However, the steps are applicable to all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches with iOS version 5 and above.

8 Steps to Free Up Space on iCloud

1. Press Settings
iPhone Settings

 

2. Under Settings, press iCloud.
iCloud Settings

 

3. Under iCloud, press Storage & Backup.
iCloud Settings

 

4. Under Storage & Backup, press Manage Storage.
iCloud Storage and Backup

 

5. Under Manage Storage, press on the name of your device.
iCloud Manage Storage

 

6. Under Info, press the switch button next to Camera Roll.
iCloud Settings Info

 

7. Confirm the setting change, by pressing Turn Off & Delete.
iCloud Confirm Settings

 

8. Done. The Camera Roll will no longer backup to iCloud and therefore save you storage space.
iCloud Camera Roll Disabled

 

This tutorial described how to free up space on iCloud by disabling the Camera Roll backup. You can follow the same steps to disable the backup of specific apps. Thank you for for reading.

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How to enable the microphone on iOS 7

iOS7-logo

iOS 7 has new Privacy Settings, including restrictions on the microphone. When you use the microphone in an app for the first time, the app will ask you for permission to access the microphone. For example you may get a prompt such as:

“SpeakColors Español Pro” Would Like to Access the Microphone.

You are given two choices:
1. Don’t Allow
2. OK

If you selected Don’t Allow, the microphone won’t work and you will need to change the settings.

Please follow these steps to enable the microphone:
1. Press Settings
2. Press Privacy
3. Press Microphone
4. Enable microphone access for for the app:
Microphone Privacy Setting

This issue affects all iPad and iPhone apps that use a microphone, including our apps, SpeakColors and Speech Cards. If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you.

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How to Reset Audio in SpeakColorsHD

SpeakColorsHD has some features that allow you to customize the app to suit the needs of your child or student. One of these customization features is the ability to replace the pre-recorded default voice, with your own voice. If you decide that you want to restore the original pre-recorded default voice, then please continue reading. This tutorial will show you how to reset the audio in SpeakColorsHD in five steps.

Five Steps

* Note: These steps apply to SpeakColorsHD and SpeakColors Español. Click on the screenshots to see a larger image.

1. From the app’s home screen, press the Customize button.

Press Customize

2. From the Customize screen, find the sentence you wish to restore. For example, “I see a yellow flower”.

3. Press on the carrier phrase, color or noun. For example, press on the large yellow square.

Press the color

4. Press the Reset button (between the green + button and the microphone at the bottom of the screen).

Press Reset

5. Press Reset Audio.

Press Reset Audio

* Repeat the steps for each item (carrier phrase, color or noun) that needs to be reset.

Conclusion

Be confident in recording your own voice as it is easy to undo mistakes. The audio can be reset for the carrier phrases, colors and nouns included with the app. The picture and text for the nouns can also be reset.

The screenshots shown in this tutorial were from SpeakColorsHD. The same steps also apply to the Spanish version, SpeakColors Español.

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Speech Cards Tip: Transfer Flashcards

In this tip, you will learn how to transfer flashcards created in Speech Cards, from one iPad to another. Use the steps described in this article to share flashcards with your friends and colleagues. There are two parts to this article:

  • How to E-mail a Flashcard Deck from iPad #1
  • How to Import a Flashcard Deck on iPad #2

The screenshots are from the iPad version, but the steps for the iPhone version are very similar. Click on the screenshots to see a larger, clearer image.

How to E-mail a Flashcard Deck from iPad #1

1. Go to the Customize screen and select a deck from the list on the left.

Speech Cards - Customize Screen

2. Press the email button in the upper-right corner.

Email Button

3. Select E-mail Data.

Speech Cards - Email Choices

4. The Mail app will pop up so you can email the flashcard deck.

Speech Cards - Mail

How to Import a Flashcard Deck on iPad #2

1. Open the email sent from iPad #1.

Open Email with Speech Cards Attachment

2. Press on the cards.scd attachment and select Open in “Speech Cards”.

Speech Cards - Email Attachment

3. The Speech Cards app will pop up, allowing you to import. Choose one of the options to import the deck. Depending on which option you choose, you will have to select an existing deck, type a new deck name or it will just import.

Speech Cards - Import

4. When the import is complete, the home screen is displayed. If you have many flashcard decks, you may need to swipe left or right to see the imported deck.

Speech Cards - Flashcard Deck Imported

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Speech Cards Tip: Taking Notes

This tip demonstrates how to take notes about a speech therapy session in Speech Cards. The screenshots are from the iPad version, but the steps for the iPhone version are very similar. Click on the screenshots to see a larger, clearer image.

1. Go to the Reports screen. Tap on a record in the Session Summary to show the Detail Session Report screen.

Speech Cards - Reports Screen

2. The Notes area is in the upper-right corner of the Detailed Session Report screen.

Speech Cards - Detailed Session Report

3. Tap in the Notes area to pop up a keyboard. Type your notes. When finished, tap somewhere outside the keyboard to dismiss the keyboard.

Speech Cards - Notes

4. Notes are automatically saved to the report and can be edited any time by tapping in the Notes area.

Speech Cards - Notes Saved

5. A PDF of the Detailed Session Reports, including the notes, can be sent in an e-mail. Press the e-mail button to pop up the Mail app and send the report.

Speech Cards - Email Notes

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Speech Cards Tip: Save Student Voice Recordings

Speech Cards includes a button to record the voice of your student practicing their speech. The practice voice recordings are saved to the session report and can be listened to later for further review.

This tip demonstrates how to save student voice recordings and then listen to them from a saved report. The screenshots are from the iPad version, but the same steps apply to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

1. During the session, use the microphone button at the bottom of the screen to record the student’s voice.

Speech Cards

2. After the session is complete, a summary of the results is displayed. Press the green, Keep button to save the results, including the audio recordings.

Speech Cards - Session Results

3. Go to the Reports screen and select a student to show a list of Session Summaries.

Speech Cards - Session Summary

4. Tap on a session summary to show the Detailed Session Report.

5. On the Detailed Session Report screen, under the Audio column, are play buttons. Press a play button to listen to the saved voice recording. Please note that if a card does not have a play button, then there are no voice recordings for that particular card.

Speech Cards - Detailed Session Report

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Speech Cards Tip: Bing Image Search

One of the highlights of Speech Cards is that it is customizable. Did you you know that you can use Bing Image Search to discover and import photos into Speech Cards? Bing Image Search allows you to search through billions of pictures, photos and images from all over the Web. Use Bing Image Search to help you create your own speech and language cards from within Speech Cards. Bing Image Search is available in Speech Cards Professional and Speech Cards Lite with Professional Upgrade.

This tip will demonstrate how to use Bing Image Search from within Speech Cards. The screenshots are from the iPad version, but the same steps apply to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

1. Go to Customize and add or select a card to modify.

2. Tap on the picture or grey square area to pop up a menu. From the popup menu, select Bing Images.

Speech Cards - Photo Popup Menu

3. Type a query into the box and press the Search button. If the search is taking too long, you can cancel, by tapping anywhere on the screen. When Bing is finished searching, the results are displayed. Swipe up or down to view more results.

Speech Cards - Bing Image Search Results

4. Tap on a search result to download. If the download is taking too long, you can cancel, by tapping anywhere on the screen.

5. When the image has downloaded, you can crop the image. Drag your finger across the image to move it. Pinch your fingers together to zoom out. Un-pinch your fingers to zoom in. Press OK when done cropping.

Speech Cards - Bing Image Crop

6. Final image is displayed.

Speech Cards - Bing Final

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Speech Cards Tutorial – Part 1

This is a tutorial for the Speech Cards app. Speech Cards is an easy to use, customizable and versatile app for improving speech and language skills. Speech Cards is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store. In this tutorial you will learn about the basic functionality of the app. This tutorial uses the iPad version of the app in the examples. A future tutorial will show how to customize.



Speech Cards - Home

Speech Cards Professional includes 4 decks of cards. On the Home Screen, press on a deck to select it. Multiple decks can be selected. Swipe left or right to navigate to additional decks if they have been added.

StudentsScores for up to 30 students can be tracked. Students can be added and selected on the Students Screen. Press the blue Students button at the bottom of the Home Screen to show the Students Screen.

StartWhen you have selected your students and decks of cards, press on the green Start button to begin the session.



Speech Cards

Each card shows text and a picture. Press on the text or picture to play a voice recording. In the example above, the voice recording will say “dog”.

Practice speakingAt the bottom of the screen is a microphone to record your student practicing their speech.

Listen to Practice RecordingsTo the right of the microphone is a button for playing back the student’s practice recording. Please note that the play button is hidden until a recording is made with the microphone.

Navigate to other photos by swiping left or right on the screen or by pressing the left or right arrow buttons.



Speech Cards - Multiple Students Per Session

Student SelectorSpeech Cards Professional supports multiple students per session. Click on the person button in the upper right to quickly change students.

Keep score for each student. Full, zero and partial marks can be given.

Full Score Zero Score Partial Score

Practice speakingStudent practice recordings are automatically saved to the report for the session.



Speech Cards - Session Summary

At the end of the session, a Session Summary is displayed showing the students and their scores.



Speech Cards - Detailed Reports

View Detailed Session Reports for each student. Add notes and listen to practice recordings. Reports can be e-mailed as a PDF. Access this screen by pressing the Reports button on the Home screen.


Thank you for reading. Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for some additional information. Contact Us if you have any questions.

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SpeakColorsHD Tutorial – Part 1

This is a tutorial for the SpeakColorsHD app. SpeakColorsHD uses colors and photos of objects to help children improve their speech and language skills. SpeakColorsHD is available for the iPad in the App Store. In this tutorial you will learn about the basic functionality of the app. A future tutorial will show how to customize.



SpeakColorsHD

Press on the large colored square or photo to hear a voice recording of the color or object. For example, when the large yellow square is pressed a voice recording will say “yellow”. When the photo of the flower is pressed, a voice recording will say “flower”.

Practice speaking At the bottom of the screen is a microphone to record your student practicing their speech.

Listen to Practice RecordingsTo the right of the microphone is a button for playing back the student’s practice recording. Please note that the play button is hidden until a recording is made with the microphone.

Navigate to other photos by swiping left or right on the screen or by pressing the left or right arrow buttons.



SpeakColorsHD

SpeakColorsHD includes 9 sentence types to choose from. Press on the white button in the upper-left to reveal the choices. Press on a choice to select it.



SpeakColorsHD

7 Colors are included. Press the colored-squares along the top of the screen to work on sentences with that color.


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