A recent poll of Digital Union staff members has led me to some fantastic apps! After researching the list of DU staff’s favorite iPad apps and trying them for myself, I realized they know what they’re talking about. I am pleased to say that they have discovered plenty that are useful AND fun, so I will be disclosing this valuable information in a 3 part blog post.
To kick it off, I have made a list of the favorite Instructor Productivity apps to keep everyone organized and efficient. These apps are also valuable to non-instructors
Dropbox is an online database that allows you to store your documents, images and photos and view these files from anywhere. The free version comes loaded with 2GB of storage, and upgrades are available. You also have the ability to share folders with friends and coworkers, which creates an easy way to work on group projects or share photo albums.
This task manager app allows you to keep track of your schedule and to-do’s from virtually anywhere, as it is online accessible and integrated with the iPhone, iCal, iGoogle, and Windows. You can email yourself a daily todo list (and overdue list!) and with Jott.com integration you can convert voice to text and send appointments and reminders to your account on the go.
For anyone using Desire2Learn tools, this app is a simple way to access and update your class content, grades, discussion board, and other tools. You can also easily and instantly email D2L questions with a simple tap.
The Gmail app gives you a simple interface to view your Gmail account. You can organize your email, create a priority mailbox, and see your entire Gmail-box. The app also has auto-completing of contacts and the ability to label messages.
This app could change education as we know it. Inkling allows users to view virtual versions of textbooks that include interactive (and some HD) diagrams and videos. The Inkling app makes it easy for you to highlight and make notes within your text, and view hotlinks to other related sections or subjects. The only downside is the limited textbook selection. So professors, start publishing.McGraw-Hill’s iPad-enhanced eBooks by Inkling
This handy app allows you to connect to and navigate your desktop computer from anywhere via a Gmail account and the internet. You can access everything on your desktop computer, including your internet browser, photos, text documents, and email. Since there is limited storage space on an iPad, this app could be very useful.Remote Desktop on the Apple iPad