TurboScan, a $1.99 iOS app which also does multipage PDFs at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turboscan-quickly-scan-multipage/id342548956
Amazon was feeling the pressure from iPads and the new Google Nexus 7. They’ve dropped the price and increased the hardware speed on the standard Kindle and introduced a new Kindle Fire HD line starting at the $199 mark.
Should you run out and buy one immediately? I’d wait at least a week. Apple is announcing something on September 12, and a 7 inch “iPad Mini” may very well be part of that announcement. The Kindle remains an Amazon shopping and Kindle reading tool. There’s a faster processor and beefed up Wi-Fi, but I didn’t see any announcement of Bluetooth, front facing camera, or GPS. Update: Yes, they do now have Bluetooth and a front camera, but I don’t see any confirmation that the Bluetooth supports anything but audio pairing.
Keep in mind that you can’t read .ePub book formats or use anything other than Amazon’s Silk browser, which may not be compatible with all websites. I’d still suggest the flexibility of iPad at this point. There are more educational apps and a bigger variety of choices for bookstores. If you want to go with Android, I’ve been very satisfied with the Nexus 7. That said, your students may be making different decisions right now.
If you need some help deciding, come to the Ed Tech center and have a chat. We’d be happy to walk you through the pros and cons of each device. If you want to try out an iPad, the Help Desk has a few models available for two week faculty check-out.
Pinnacle Studio video editing app: Avid Studio is now Pinnacle Studio, and it’s a free app for a limited time: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pinnacle-studio/id552100086 and http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/04/avid-pinnacle-studio-ipad/
Piazza social learning platform for higher education: Jim McWard talked about Piazza at SIDLIT in August 2012 (http://c2conline.org/sidlit/sessions/2012/reverse-transfer-re-inventing-face-face-instruction-online-technologies). More on the Piazza app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/piazza/id453142230
Inkling platform for interactive books: Another free iPad app for textbooks and many other kinds of books, with multimedia and collaboration: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inkling/id379351586
From Brenda Edmonds: There is a way to connect your Dropbox account to iAnnotate PDF. In iAnnotate PDF, go to the library view, then click manage connections, then you can enter your Dropbox info. Then you can save annotated PDFs to Dropbox, then later go into ANGEL (I have been using ANGEL through the virtual desktop) and upload the PDFs from Dropbox.
iTunes U is available at JCCC.
iTunes U is a repository for college podcasts, including course-related material and public access material. To reach the publicly accessible podcasts, please click on the link below:
If you are enrolled in or are teaching a course at JCCC, you can also access course-related and departmental podcasts. To do this, log in to My JCCC. On the left side of the My JCCC screen in the “JCCC Links” box, click on the link to iTunes U.
When clicking on either of these links, iTunes will open automatically after a short wait. You should already have iTunes installed on your computer.
We’re working on migrating this content to the new iTunes U format. Please stay tuned.
A ranking of the major eReading apps for Android tablets from Marziah Karch at http://google.about.com/od/motorolaxoomcat/tp/Top-Ebook-Readers-For-Android-Tablets.htm
Have a new iPad and don’t know what to do with it? Take a look at some of these free or low cost apps that are useful for education (or just plain fun):
Atoms: A Periodic Table of the Elements: A portable periodic table with an abundance of information about each element
Documents to Go: Edit, create, and view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files (Office 2007/2008/2010); view PDF, iWork, and other files; access, view, edit, and sync supported files stored in Google Docs, DropBox, and more
Doodle Buddy: Paint, draw, scribble, and sketch – it’s a lot of fun!
Dragon Dictation: Voice recognition application powered by Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dropbox: Sync your important documents, photos, and videos on all your computers and your iPad
Evernote: Helps you to remember everything – like post-it notes for your iPad
Flipboard: A social news magazine aggregator
forScore: Organize your musical scores/sheet music and take it with you
Google Apps: Docs, Talk, etc.
GoodReader: Turn your iPad into a content creator…invaluable for research.
iMovie: Make movies on your iPad!
iThoughts HD: Mind mapping on the go!
iWork: Download separately as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to get these great Mac programs on your iPad
Kindle (Nook, Kobo): an eReader for your iPad – no need to worry about which one, you can have them all for free!
Mendeley: Academic software that indexes and organizes all your PDF documents and research papers; can also look up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details easily
Noterize: View and annotate PDF or PowerPoint documents, and record audio that is synced to your annotations
Photoshop Express: Use simple gestures to edit and share photos from your iPad
Skype: Video calling and chat
Sound Recorder Pro: Record anything!
SoundNote: Take notes in meetings or lectures – audio is recording while you write or draw; tap a word during playback and SoundNote will jump to the proper time in the audio recording
Team Viewer: Remote access to your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer
Wikitude: If you have the new iPad 2 with a camera, use this app to overlay your surroundings with location-relevant information (voted “Best Augmented Reality browser in 2010″ by Augmented Planet)
Wolfram Alpha: A knowledge base that lets you find information about any subject, solve equations, convert units, etc. Check out the online version at http://www.wolframalpha.com and click on “examples” above the search box to see it in action.
Wunderlist: Organize your to-do list and synchronize with your computers and mobile devices