Get to know your iPad

An iPad is a touchscreen tablet computer created by the company Apple. It was first debuted in the year 2010 and has since become one of Apple’s most popular products. This portable device allows users to access various media sites, communicate with loved ones, watch videos, and even read books. 

If you are just starting to learn how to use an iPad, this a great place to start! In this lesson, we will be discussing what an iPad is in more detail, along with what the buttons on an iPad do, and how to navigate the touch screen on an iPad. If you have been using an iPad for a while, you can always skip to the next lesson, but you are also welcome to join us to brush up on your iPad skills!

Awesome stuff! We are just about ready to move on to our first topic. But first, let’s view some key technology terms. These are terms that will be used throughout the lesson. Don’t worry about memorizing these terms, we just want to you to become familiar with them.

Key Technology Terms

  • iPad: tablet created by the company Apple.
  • Tablet:portable computer that uses a large touchscreen display. Includes a rechargeable battery and Wi-Fi radio and may include a cellular radio to enable internet access. A commonly used tablets are iPads from Apple and Android tablets produced by companies like Google and Samsung.
  • Touchscreen:  A type of display that allows you to interact with the device by using a combination of finger gestures and taps directly on the display surface.
  • Wi- Fi: is the short form of Wireless Fidelity. Wi-Fi is a type of wireless network technology using radio waves to connect multiple Wi-Fi enabled devices together in a small area such as a home or office building. This can allow computers, smartphones, or other devices to access the internet or communicate with each other without having to physically connect them together with a cable.
  • Cellular Data: allows you to access the internet through a connection to a cellular phone network. This enables devices to wirelessly access internet over a much larger area than Wi-Fi, such as across cities and countries. The largest Canada wide cellular providers are Rogers, Bell, and Telus.