Monthly Archives: November 2014

Updating to iOS With iTunes on a Computer

This guide will walk you through the process of updating your iPad or iPhone to the most recent iOS version using the desktop version of iTunes.
This will be especially useful for people who do not have enough space to update on the device itself. By using iTunes the update is downloaded to the computer and installed on the device from there instead of the having to delete content from your device in order to download the update.
As with any major software change, you should make sure that your device has completed a full backup on either iCloud or iTunes.

Backup to iCloud — before you begin this process.

Open iTunes and Find the Preferences for the Application


This step and the next step are mostly necessary for computers that are shared with multiple users or if it is on a computer that is not used by the same person as the iOS device to be updated.

(1) Open iTunes

(2) Navigate to the menu bar and click on iTunes on the upper left corner of your screen.
(3) Click on “Preferences…”

Turn Off Auto Sync


(1) Select “Devices” from the options on the top of the window that just opened.

(2) Make sure that there is a check mark next to “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”
These steps will make sure that the content from the computer does not sync over to the iPad.

Start the Update Process


Make sure at this step that the iPad is plugged into the computer using the charge/sync cable.

You may see an option to either “Set up as new” or “Restore from a backup”. Make sure to select “Set up as new” and this will not erase the data on your device. Otherwise click “Continue” to start the update process.

Locate the iPad in iTunes


Look for “iPad” in the top right corner of iTunes.

**If you have the sidebar view turned in iTunes you will see the name of your device listed there instead**

Tell iTunes to Update Your Device to the Most Recent Version


Make sure that you click “Update”. Do not click “Restore iPad…” as this will erase everything on the device.

Click “Update” to Confirm


Review Features and Agree to Terms & Conditions


Let iTunes Download the Update


iTunes may need to download the most recent version of the software if it does not currently have a local copy. This process may take a little while depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Let iTunes Run the Update


Follow the Steps on the iPad to complete the process


After these steps your iPad should be all up to date.

Back Up Notability to Google Drive

This guide will walk you through the process of configuring your Google account to allow Notability to keep a backup of all your notes on Google Drive.

Locate the Notability settings


Tap log in next to Google Drive


Enter your e-mail and password


Tap Accept


Notability has to ask for permission to access information on your Google Account. This is an important step to make sure that you can properly back up all of your Notatbility notes. After you tap Accept you will be returned the the Manage Accounts page in the Notability settings.

Configure Google Drive Settings


(1) Select Auto-Backup
(2) Tap on the gear icon next to Google Drive

Configure Google Drive Settings (cont.)


With Google Drive backup you can configure a few different settings, but most people typically use the default settings.
(1) The default Destination Folder is /Notability/. Notability will create a folder called Notability in your Google Drive, but you may change this to any folder you’d like.
(2) Notability will backup in a variety of files formats, but PDF is the recommended if you want to be able to view the notes in other Apps.
(3) You can choose to backup all of your subjects or pick specific ones only.

Set Macintosh Screen Resolution for Projector


Click on the "Apple" menu, and select "System Preferences…"


Select "Displays" from the Hardware options.


(1) Be sure to select "Display" from the top menu options.
(2) FYI, you can disable screen "Mirroring" with this option.


800X600 is the default. Far too small.


(1) Select 1024×768 (70Hz, if given the option) to set the display to a more comfortable resolution.
If you have screen mirroring activated, this may distort the display on your main computer, but will look correct on the SmartBoard.
***PLEASE NOTE*** After making this change, you WILL have to re-calibrate your SmartBoard. This setting should be retained whenever you connect your projector, so you should not have to change this setting again.

Set Default Mail Account (iOS)

This guide will walk you through the process of chaning your Default mail account so that when you share a document or website from Safari, Notability, etc. you can make sure it is sent from your addresss.

Open Settings


Open the “Settings” app from your homescreen.

Changing Mail, Contacts and Calendars Settings


(1) Navigate to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” on the left side navigtion.
(2) Check to see what you have named your Dana Hall account. **This was done when you first set-up your e-mail account. Yours may not be called “Dana Hall” **
(3) Tap “Default Account”

Set Default Account


Make sure to tap on the accont name that you identified from the previous step.
Now when you share a document you can be sure it will send from your Dana Hall account and not your personal.

Ordering Apps From

This guide will walk teachers and students through the process of ordering Apple Apps from

Dana Hall Homepage


(1) Open Google Chrome and navigate to!
(2) Clicks “Parents” in the upper right corner of the Dana Hall School homepage.

Books and Merchandise


From the “Parents” page click on (1) Books and Merchandise, then have students (2) choose the appropriate link to
Middle School students and Upper School students have separate logins for


After choosing the appropriate link for either Upper School or Middle School:
(1) Enter Student First Name, Last Name, and e-mail address ( Click Add.
(2) Select “Division”. In this dropdown menu you will see either Upper School or Middle School
(3) Under “Department” make sure to select “Apple APPS”
(3) The only course option listed should be “APPLE APPS”

Select the Apps


For each application that is needed change the quantity from “0” to “1”

Shopping Cart


(1) Check to make sure all necessary apps are in the shopping cart.
(2) Click Check Out

Checkout Login/Signup


(1) Enter the e-mail address that will be used to receive the order.
(2) Click next

**Students that have previously created a account will select “I am a returning customer”**

Billing/Shipping Info


(1) Enter billing information *
(2) Enter shipping information *
**These will both use 45 Dana Road, Wellesley, MA 02482**
(3) Enter financial aid code. This will be “firstname.lastname”
(4) Click next

Confirm Order


After all apps have been selected and shipping/billing information entered you will then see the order confirmation page
Click “Next” and an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address entered in the previous steps.

MyPassword Management

Set up your reset questions and change your password via the Dana Hall MyPassword site. This system will allow you to change your password at any time, or reset your password if you have forgotten it. This system will not change or reset your FirstClass password.


(1) Open any web browser and navigate to “”.
(2) Click “Edit my Profile” to establish your security questions.


Enter your existing Dana Hall username and password for your account, then click submit.


Set up your three security questions and answers.
Click “Update”.


When back at the main selection screen:
Select “Change my Password”.


Enter your current username and password and click Submit.


Tell the system to auto-generate a password for you, or
Manually enter and confirm a password of your choice.
You cannot re-enter your existing password. If you do, you will be presented with an error “Exception from HRESULT…”
Click “Change Password”.