Monthly Archives: October 2017

iOS 11: 3 new features to check out on your iPad

iOS 11 was recently released for iPhone and iPad owners. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system includes some useful new features that allow you to multitask easier, especially on the iPad.

If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 11 yet, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad. If you have an older iPad, your device may not be compatible with the latest update—check out this list of iPad models compatible with iOS 11 (scroll to bottom of page for list).

The Dock

iOS 11’s biggest innovation is bringing the Dock to mobile devices. If you’ve ever used a Mac, you’ll be familiar with the taskbar at the bottom of the screen that allows you to quickly switch between different apps. The Dock has made its way to iOS, and it behaves very similarly to its desktop counterpart—most notably, it can be accessed even while you’re using another app.

To reveal the Dock from any running app, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On the left, you’ll see your favorite apps you’ve pinned to the Dock. On the right, you’ll see several recent or suggested apps you can quickly switch back to. You can add apps to the left side of the Dock by going to the home screen and dragging apps onto the Dock.

Control Center

Control Center has been redesigned in iOS 11. To open it from the home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. If you’re already in an app, do the same thing, but keep swiping after the Dock is revealed until the Control Center appears. (Alternately, you can do a short swipe once to reveal the Dock, then swipe again to reveal Control Center.)

The new Control Center shows your running apps as well as provides you with quick access to commonly used settings. You can hold down on some settings to expand them and see more options. If you want to customize what buttons appear in Control Center, go to Settings > Control Center.

You can close out of apps from the Control Center by swiping them vertically. If you tap on an empty space in the Control Center, you’ll be taken back to the home screen.

Split View & Slide Over

Another new feature introduced in iOS 11 is the ability to view two apps at once in a split-screen view. To use Split View, open one app, then open the Dock and drag the other app you’d like to view to either the right or left side of the screen. The second app will expand and take up roughly a third of the screen.

Drag the bar in the middle of the two apps to adjust the proportions of the Split View. If you want to remove an app from Split View, just drag the slider toward one side of the screen until the app disappears.

Certain apps also support running as a small window on top of other apps as a Slide Over. To create a Slide Over, drag an app above the Dock and release it. You can move the app’s position by dragging the small bar at the top to the right or left. Drag the app down and then to either side of the screen to create a Split View, or drag the app off the screen to the right to dismiss it. The Slide Over app can be reopened by swiping in from the right side of the screen.

Both Split View and Slide Over seem to be limited to apps located on your Dock, so it’s probably a good idea to put frequently used apps there.

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Hoopla adds Pimsleur and Little Pim for Children!

Have you always wanted to learn Mandarin?  Perhaps Russian? Both along with 30+ additional languages are now on Hoopla! Learn your language of choice while driving or walking your dog. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Children can also enjoy mastering a new language with Little Pim. Each lesson contains 60 plus vocabulary words and phrases for them to practice at home.

To locate the list of 30+ languages use the keyword search “Pimsleur” or “Little Pim” in Hoopla’s search box.

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The search will reveal all of the language courses available to borrow using your Hoopla account and an SCDL library card.

To borrow an item from Hoopla, select the item to open.

Tap on the Borrow button to add the item to your Hoopla account.

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To locate borrowed item tap on the My Hoopla option at the top of the page.

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Locate the item in your list of borrowed items and then select item cover to open.

Select the Play button to begin learning a new language.

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Learn more about Hoopla and other SCDL digital collections by contacting your local SCDL location or visit online.

Need assistance? Set up an appointment with one of our Digital Trainers.

 

Book an Expert @ SCDL

Help with mobile tech devices, Microsoft, Google, Macs, Internet and more is available for you at your nearest SCDL location. Whether you’re a novice learning a new device or a power user looking to make the most of your technology, our trained tech librarians can help. You may set up a 55 minute appointment with a trained librarian at an SCDL location closest to you.

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Need additional time for learning, or are you someone that would like to take a technology class? Join one of our many technology classes that range from basic skills for beginners to more advanced classes in Facebook for Small Business or Creating Websites: Google Sites. Need office skills? Join us for our Job Skills Training Series in Microsoft and Google products.

To learn more about our Technology Training classes contact your local SCDL location to speak with a Technology Trainer or visit SCDL Computer and Technology Training. Registration for all technology classes can be done using our online registration. To register for recent or future classes visit SCDL Events use the search term Technology and expand the Date Range for up to 6 months.

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Hoopla: The Great Courses

Hoopla logoAre you a lifelong learner? The Great Courses, now offered on Hoopla, include college-level courses in digital format. Join us on Hoopla and discover the History of the Ancient World or explore Gothic cathedrals in the Cathedral series. Learn a new language or study math and physical science at your own pace. All are just a few clicks away. All you need is a device with Internet access and an SCDL card. Don’t have an SCDL card? Click here to apply today.

To locate the list of 1200+ titles with the keyword search “Great Courses” in Hoopla.

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The search will reveal all Great Course options to borrow.

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To borrow an item from Hoopla, select the item to open.

Tap on the Borrow button to add the item to your Hoopla account.

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To locate borrowed item tap on the My Hoopla option at the top of the page.

Locate the item in your list of borrowed items and then select item cover to open.

Select the Play button to enjoy your Great Course selection.

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Learn more about Hoopla and other SCDL digital collections by contacting your local SCDL location or visit online.

Need assistance? Set up an appointment with one of our Digital Trainers.