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  • Getting Started with Your iPad Videos (3 Parts)

    iPad Resources

    iPad “How Tos”


  • App Tutorials and Resources

    Click on any item below to view detailed tutorials and resources for the app.

    Boise State Blackboard


    1. In the App store, search for the free Blackboard application.
    2. Once it has been downloaded, you login with the same username and password as you do for your BSU email, and desktop Blackboard.
    3.  All your courses should appear on the left hand side.    The menu looks very similar to the desktop version.
    4. If there are any documents posted by your instructor under Course Documents or Course Information, you may click on the document itself to open it. (To make the window bigger, just click on the square icon on the upper left hand corner.)
    5. Once the document is open you have several choices on how to save it or edit it.

    a. At the bottom of the window you will see the Dropbox icon.
    You may click on the icon to save it to your Dropbox. It will allow you to choose the folder. Once you choose the folder within Dropbox, just click Upload on the right upper corner.

    b. At the upper right corner you will see a little arrow pointing to the right. If you click on it, it will allow you to choose to open the document in Dropbox, or Google Drive. It also gives you the choice to open it in Notability. Notability allows you to edit the document, and even add pictures. Once you edit the document, you may email it, save it.



    How to Install and Use Dropbox on Your Computer

    1. Go to and create an account.

    2. Go back to the main webpage and Sign in

    3. Go to the upper right area and click on the FOLDER ICON WITH THE + symbol to add a folder and name it

    4. Go to the PAPER ICON to add a document, then click on Select document and browse your computer,select the document and OK. Repeat these steps to add more documents on the same folder. You can also select several documents to add them together. While the documents are being uploaded, you can not add more documents. You have to wait but you can use other web pages while you wait. It may take several minutes.

    5. Once you have some documents. Click on the folder (or document) that you want to share and do right click and then select SHARE LINK. You can also open the document to make sure that it is the right one or the last version and then click on SHARE.

    6. Import email addresses or type them and SEND. The other person or people will receive an email, they will open it and they can download the document, so they have them on their Dropbox forever.

    7. Right click on top of the folder or document to rename, delete or move. You can also just drag documents to move them but you need to do the right click to move one document inside a folder.

    8. In order to share your work with your instructor, share your folder or document with right click.

    In your iPad App:

    1. You can go to the Dropbox webpage and once it is opened click on the ARROW IN THE BOX, then click on Add to Home Screen. That way you will have this webpage ready to use at any time.

    2. You can use the Dropbox APP by going to the App Store and on Search Type Dropbox, then click on Free and then on Install App and Open.

    3. To create a folder click on the blue upper area on … and then on Create Folder.

    4. Name the folder

    5. You can not upload documents, just pictures from the camera is you are in the App. To upload pictures, click on the … and then + Upload.

    6. If you click the start you will be able to read a document when you are offline.

    7. You can email any document with the ARROW in the box and then click on Email.

    8. You can open the document in another App by clicking on the upside down arrow.

    What kinds of files can I open with the Dropbox app?

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    Click here to download the complete set of Langbot instructions

    What is LangBot?

    LangBot is one of the newest language learning tools offered to students learning a foreign language. It works quickly and efficiently to help you find the meaning of a word or a translation request, while giving you much more than a typical dictionary…

    How do I access LangBot?

    1. You must have an IM client like iChat (comes with Mac OSX) or instant messenger (AIM). If you currently do not have one, you will have to sign up for one. It is free to do so and can be done here: (Use LangBot w/your iPad, iPhone or smart phone too!)

    2. Once you are signed into your online chat tool, add “LangBot Spanish” to your buddy list.

    3. It should pop right up and lead you through a brief (4 minute), introductory interview. Once you “agree” to let LangBot Spanish record your entries, you are ready to use LangBot for learning (see options below).

    4. If for some reason it does NOT work, please email the researcher, Kelly Arispe at



    From the Notability website:

    Notability is so powerful that it will transform how you work: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, jot travel notes, teach a class, make a presentation and much more. With iCloud support, your notes stay up to date on all your devices!

    Write, illustrate and annotate using gorgeous retina ink. Notability’s zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail, while the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Choose the right pen and paper for any project.

    Import forms, contracts, worksheets, documents, presentations, and even books; then use the same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability to mark up PDFs. Do you have files in other formats such as doc or ppt? Notability can import these too thanks to Google Drive.

    Type an essay, create an outline, fill out an application, or make a list with Notability’s advanced word processor. Choose a font, style, color, and size that enhances your work. Even place text exactly where you want using text boxes.

    Record lectures and meetings, your own voice practicing a speech, or help a child learn to read with a recording. Also, audio recordings are an excellent review tool as they are linked to your notes; during playback, tap a word or picture and hear what was said at that moment.

    Finding information quickly is an important part of note-taking. Use search to quickly locate notes by title or content. On iPad, bookmark pages of a note, filter a PDF by annotated pages, or search your note for a keyword in the page navigator.

    Organize your notes by subject in the library and automatically backup all of your work to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or webDAV. Also, use these services, plus email and twitter, to share your Notability files with colleagues, classmates, students or teachers. iCloud will ensure that all of your notes are automatically up to date on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

    What kinds of files can Notability import?

    Notability can directly import files in PDF, RTF and Notability Note formats.

    Notability can import files in PPT, DOC, and XLS format by using Google Drive to convert them into PDFs. These files are not stored in Google Drive when they’re converted.

    Puffin Browser

    Puffin Browser

    Click here to download a copy of the Puffin Browser instructions

    About Puffin Browser

    ¡Puffin es un app que nos permite usar Flash en el iPad! Cuesta $2.99 en el app store. Puffin estará instalado en los iPads en E332. Si tienen un iPad personal y están usando la plataforma “CourseSmart,” tendrán que comprar este app para acceder su texto de libro.

    Aquí es un video que explica cómo navegar el app:

    Spanish Dictionary and Text-to-Speech

    Spanish Dictionary and Text-to-Speech

    Click here to download a copy of the Spanish Dictionary and Text-to-Speech instructions


    1. Go to Settings on your iPad and select General on the left hand column.
    2. Scroll down to Keyboard and then tap on Keyboards located in the middle of the screen.
    3. Tap Add New Keyboard… and select Spanish. Use the arrow labeled Keyboards at the top of the screen to go back.
    4. Tap on Spanish and confirm that QWERTY-Spanish and Spanish – ISO is selected.


    1. Go to Settings on your iPad and select General on the left hand column.
    2. Scroll down to Keyboard and then tap on Keyboards located in the middle of the screen.
    3. Tap Add New Keyboard… and select Spanish. Use the arrow labeled Keyboards at the top of the screen to go back.
    4. Tap on Spanish and confirm that QWERTY-Spanish and Spanish – ISO is selected.
    5. Go to Settings on your iPad and select General on the left hand column.
    6. Tap on Accessibility, then select Speak Selection.
    7. Tap Dialects and scroll down to Español. Select Español (España) or Español (Mexico).
    8. Tap the arrow containing Speak Selection at the top of the screen and drag the circle beneath Speaking Rate to adjust the speed.
    9. (Optional) If you’d like to see what words are being spoken as they are read, tap Highlight Words.
    10. To Use: In any app such as iBooks or Safari, press and hold a selection of Spanish text. Use the blue circle to adjust the selection, then tap Speak.

    YouTube Capture & YouTube

    YouTube Capture & YouTube

    As a way to easily view YouTube videos and to upload your own content, you’ll want to download the YouTube and YouTube Capture app from the App Store (both free.)

    YouTube Features:

    • Enjoy “what to watch” recommendations
    • Find videos and channels with voice search and instant search suggestions
    • Subscribe to your favorite channels for easy access from the guide
    • Sign-in to access your playlists and “watch later” list
    • Share videos via Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter

    YouTube Capture Features:

    • Easy, fast recording
    • Touch up videos with color correction, stabilization, trimming, and music tracks
    • Upload to YouTube, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter simultaneously

  • Getting Started with Digication

    The following resources will assist you with the creation and customization of your ePortfolio.

    Getting Started Video

    Tutorials and Resources

    Check out our new Student Reflection Video Showcase!

  • Mobile Learning Guide

    The Albertsons Library guide on mobile learning contains tabs about augmented reality, geolocation, QR codes, e-books specifically for mobile learning, and other relevant topics. 

    e-Book Guide

    The Albertsons Library guide on e-books is also useful. It provides information on e-books and access to several different e-book platforms available through the Library. Some are browser-based. Others can be downloaded to your device.