Faculty Development & Learning Assessment

iPad as a Daily Tool

posted by Joan Van Duzer on 11/01/2011

Guest blogger, Buddy White, Housing & Dining Services, describes his favorite iPad apps …
I currently use my iPad for all different needs in my current role in Housing. Gone are the days of note paper and a pencil!

PlainText logoI now use my iPad for all note taking and word processing on the go, through an app called PlainText (http://bit.ly/a3TLr2, free). And, what’s really special is the fact that all the note taking data syncs across all my devices: iPad, iPhone, office computer and home computer. If I need to take a note on my computer, it’s there on my iPhone. If I need to take a note at home, it’s back on my office computer and iPad. I’m never in a situation where I can’t take a note for whatever reason. PlainText is simple and “plain” for those who just need typed notes without the bells and whistles.

ToDoQueue logoAnother work function for my iPad is a to-do list with the app To-Do Queue (http://bit.ly/s3mhpl, $1.99). Although much the same idea as the note taking app, it offers a to-do list format with the ability to set priorities, add additional notes, and have different lists for projects or classes. This is another app that syncs across all my devices. Having both these apps is a huge organizational asset for multiple projects.

dropbox logoHowever, the full potential of both of these apps wouldn’t be possible without another app that connects and pushes the data to all devices: Dropbox (http://bit.ly/38tJ6q, free). Dropbox is an app where you store data in the cloud. You can use it like a personal flashdrive in the sky for all kinds of files: photos, movies, PDFs, word documents … the possibilities are endless. And on the Dropbox website are more apps that connect to Dropbox like the two I mentioned above. It’s a great service if you need all devices to have the same information.

These are just a few apps that I use for work. Simple, easy and fun!

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