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App Icons
A Reference Guide
New to working with apps? Tablet apps have developed their own icons used for features within apps. When unfamiliar with using tablet devices, it is easy to become frustrated when you do not recognize the common icons. That is why we have assembled a quick reference guide to ensure easy interaction with common app interfaces.  It can also be helpful to ensure your students are familiar with the most commonly used icons.

IMG_0313You can find the add icon by itself or on top of other icons. It represents a button that will add a new page, document, or element to the app in which you are working.

IMG_0313The camera icon is used in some apps instead of the image icon. It indicates a button to take or upload a video within the app.

IMG_0313This is the generic close icon. When an annoying add or a settings prompt is open, a close button will be available in order to close it out.

IMG_0313The compose icon is used in many email apps and extensive writing apps. It indicates the function of adding text to the current document or page.

IMG_0313The crop icon is found in most photo apps and in many apps that allow manipulation of images. It provides in option to cut out a selected part of an image.

IMG_0313The delete icon is most commonly found on the iPad keyboard. It is also used as a button within many apps for the same purpose of deletion.

IMG_0313A download icon indicates where a created document can be download to either the photo library or iBooks shelf. Where there is no download icon, the same feature can be found with the export or share icons.

IMG_0313 Within apps that allow for creation of images or documents, the export icon provides a list of options to export the new file. These files can usually be shared through email or the photo library. This icon is inter-changeable with the share icon.

Full Screen
IMG_0313The full screen icon is found in most apps that include video playback. The icon indicates where to tab in order to allow video to fill the entire screen.

IMG_0313 This icon mostly speaks for itself. The home button within an app will return you to the home screen or home menu.

IMG_0313The image icon includes a drop-down list that provides options for taking a picture with the device camera or choosing an existing picture to import into the app.

IMG_0313 There are many apps that can process specific information based on your current location. A location button will assist the app you are utilizing to help find your current location.

IMG_0313The search icon indicates where you can find a entry field to search for keywords within the app.

IMG_0313The setting icon represents where the settings menu for the current app. It is advisable to review the options within a setting menu before a lesson. You may find options you are unaware of that can improve the student’s experience or instruction.

IMG_0313The microphone icon indicates where audio can be recorded and placed into an app. The scored audio can be used for a movie, or some apps use this icon when dictating audio recording into text.

IMG_0313The share icon can be inter-changeable with the export icon. The icon indicates a menu of methods for saving a presentable version of your project. A share button menu will often include options for sharing your project on various social media platforms.
IMG_0313The trash icon will work the same as the trash can on most personal computers’ operating systems. The icon indicates deleting the current file or project you have selected. Unlike your desktop, in most applications you will not be able to retrieve deleted items.

IMG_0313The view icon is used less frequently than any other on this list. It is used to indicate a live preview of your current project within an app.
IMG_0313The zoom-in icon is self-explanatory, but is a very common icon found within applications. Often, the icon can be tapped multiple times to zoom-in for a closer view of a project.

IMG_0313The zoom-out icon is self-explanatory, but is a very common icon found within applications. Many times,  you can tap the zoom-out button to keep panning out from a project.

Robert Heubach Robert Heubach
Rober Heubach is the Creative Director for the Institute of Innovative Community Learning at the University West Florida. He has been currently working in classrooms as a technology consultant and experimenting with various new apps in instruction. Read more about Robert Heubach and the rest of the Class With Apps Team.

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