Monday, 2 December 2013

Limiting time on the iPad to help with sharing / turn taking

Ever wish there was a way that you could limit the time a person uses the an app on the iPad when you are using it as a reward or to help enforce turn taking? Here's how ...

Step One: Turn on the Passcode



Most schools will already be using the Passcode. If not, go into SETTINGS then GENERAL and select PASSCODE. You will need to enter a 4 digit number choose something you can remember. I use the first four digits of the school telephone number. Even if you already use Passcode, check the setting in step two.

Step Two: Turn off ERASE DATA



This is important. If this setting is turned on it will erase all of the data on the iPad if an incorrect Passcode is entered ten times. Although unlikely to happen in school, it's better to be safe rather than sorry. Turning this OFF will stop any data being erased no matter how many incorrect attempts are made at guessing the Passcode.

With the Passcode set, you can now come out of the SETTINGS. The only difference you'll notice is that you will need to enter the Passcode when you want to use the iPad.

Step Three: Set the time allowed


Open the 'CLOCK' app, the one that comes with the iPad. You don't have to download anything special. Touch the 'TIMER' button at the bottom of the screen. Set the time that you want the student to have on the iPad.

Step Four: Set the alarm


Touch the alarm sound (it's in the bottom centre of the screen) and scroll down to select 'STOP PLAYING'

That's it. All you need to do is start the timer and quit the 'CLOCK' app.


The student can now use the iPad in whatever way you wish. The timer will continue to run in the background. When the timer reaches zero. the iPad will stop and return to the Passcode screen 


The correct Passcode must be entered to continue using the iPad.

I've been using this with many of the schools that I am working with for those students who find it difficult to finish or share an activity on the iPad.
It works great!

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