Tips on Touching Your iPad – Don’t Overdo It


I’m embarrassed to tell you this, but when I first started using my iPad I had trouble with swiping. After all, I’d been using and teaching others to navigate the iPod Touch for years. Turns out it was precisely because of this small screen experience that I had trouble on the bigger screen of the iPad. On the iPod Touch I’d generally used a big swipe across the surface of the screen to navigate. On the iPad, only small swipes (smipes?) or flicks  are required. These flicks also work well near the edges of the screen where your thumbs rest naturally. In apps such as iBooks, you don’t even need to flick. Just tap or touch the left or right edge with your thumbs to flip pages.

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About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.