Apple’s iOS 6 introduces a feature that will benefit teachers and parents alike. Guided Access is a new accessibility function on the iPhone and iPad that lets you disable certain controls within an app and prevents kids from navigating away. When I was a special ed. teacher, I would have loved something like this.
Guided Access lets teachers (and parents) disable certain app functions. It also locks an iPad into a single app, so that the Home button can’t be pressed, preventing a student from exiting the app s/he should be using. Here’s how to set it up.
In my experience, it works wonderfully. Disabled buttons do nothing when tapped. Additionally, pressing the Home button merely produces a message saying that Guided Access is disabled. I can’t leave the app without the passcode. To exit Guided Access, triple-click the Home button, enter the passcode and then tap “End” on the settings screen.
When orientation lock is disabled the access areas will change once switched from portrait to landscape or vice-versa. This happens because the regions remains constant on your iPad.
If you do to set a predefined password you will be prompted to enter it when launching this feature. Please make sure that you remember the password.
The lines drawn for restricted access can also be dragged to resize them accordingly.
Educating young minds was something that came naturally to me. Every moment in our lives has been a teachable moment and every story read a springboard to new height. I had to become a teacher! This has lead into the passion for educating staff and students in technology.