I am continually amazed at how much I love my iPad. Almost every day I find a new use, app, or have some fantastic experience.
First, let me tell you about Zite. This app is by far (right now), my favorite. It's incredible because it's a magazine, that gets smarter the more it's used. After reading an article on whatever the topic, I can choose to "Give me more from..." and then voila, the magazine pulls other articles into my magazine. It's genius. If I choose to share it, built into the app are links to Evernote, Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper, LinkedIn, Delicious, Read it Later, and email. I have categories like: Gadgets, Mac News, Photography, Social Media, College Football, Education, Google and more. It's worth checking out. Oh, did I tell you the cost? It's FREE!
If you have attended a webinar on your desktop or laptop, it's time to download this FREE app as well. It's called Adobe Connect Mobile for iOS. I experienced using this app today and it was smooth, responsive and worked quite well. I could type in the chat room, listen to the conversation and I was even able to speak, when the host gave me microphone rights. I don't know what else it can do, but I loved it. Like I said in my opening line, each day I experience something new...
Here's an app that will allow me to connect to my computer and control it. It's called Splashtop. So basically, whatever is on my computer, I see on my iPad. I can then use my iPad to control my computer. It's just like a mouse. Think of this...I can use an interactive whiteboard application (on my computer) and walk around the room, holding my iPad, because I'm connected. So I find myself at the back of the room and I don't want to walk up to the front because I'm standing by the student at the back (who needs to be stood by because of behavior or he/she just needs help)...I can still pick my pen, highlighter or whatever and manipulate that whiteboard. I believe this one had a $4.99 price tag. But I think it's only on sale (maybe $19.99 regularly). It works on Macs or PCs. I also had to download a little application on my computer that allows the iPad to connect. It wasn't bad setting up, so don't let that scare you.
I am a fan of NPR and I think they have a great app. I can not only read articles, but listen to the audio (on some)...but not all. There's a button on the bottom of the app, "Hourly News" where I can just tap and listen. There's a Directory where I can search by title or topic. The cost....FREE!
So get that iPad into your hands, search for new apps and enjoy what you find!