1. CREDIT CARD: Unless you want to pay for apps yourself, do not register your Apple ID with a credit card. Here are instructions for setting up an Apple account without associating a credit card. These instructions are also good if you already have an existing account.
2. CONNECTING IPAD TO A COMPUTER - CHOOSE CAREFULLY: Before I say anything more, I want to tell you I have one iPad and I don't connect it to my computer to sync information. I only connect it rarely to back it up. Okay...You can manage your iPad without connecting it to a computer, but you may want to connect it to back it up, or if you have purchased more than 1 iPad and want to sync all apps quickly. Once you connect your iPad to a computer, it is attached to that computer and you can't connect it to another one without having to reset it. If you decide you want to sync your iPad with a computer, you can follow these instructions to complete the task.
3. WHAT ACCESSORIES TO BUY: There are so many covers, stylus choices, apps...how can you even get started? I have put together a list of all accessories that I would recommend.
- iPad Covers for students - Trident Kraken...$39 from Amazon
- iPad Cover for teacher (includes keyboard) - Logitech Keyboard by Zagg ...$85
- iPad Stylus - Amen Swessi Designs...$15 for 2 on Amazon
- Dano 2 - Crayon App Stylus $9.99, get them for $3 if you contact the company
- iPad Stylus for older students and teacher - Adonit Jot Classic...$16 on Amazon
- LapWorks Handler...$30 on Amazon (to carry your iPad around while teaching)
Projection to Model - this connects your iPad to your projector (here are some options)
- -ReflectorApp (installs onto your computer) $15
- -AirServer … (installs onto your computer) $14.99 (discounts for qty purchase)
- -VGA Adapter... $30 (my least favorite way to project)
- -Apple TV... $99 (need an HDMI cable too...about $30)
4. WHAT APPS TO BUY: You could spend a lifetime looking for apps. Here is a guide that shows you how to navigate the iTunes store and shows you what apps I have on my iPad.
Finally, here is a guide for using the iPad I put together.