5 Things Everyone Should Learn to do on Their iPad

Did you get a fancy new iPad for Christmas or have one that you want to harness for a little more power? Here are five skills that everyone should learn to maximize their iPad:

  1. Courtesy of Apple

    Courtesy of Apple

    Cloud sync your Calendar – The Calendar Application is key to maximizing your productivity on iPad. Learn how to sync that calendar to the cloud using your Exchange Server, Google Calendar, or iCloud. If you don’t like the layout of Apple’s Calendar, try one of the various third party apps such as Fantastical ($1.99). Cloud syncing will keep your Calendar up to date on all of your devices (computer, phone, and tablet) without having to think about it.

  2. Download an eBook Reader – Yes, I am a bibliophile and love physical books. However, eBooks have their benefits: you can take dozens (even hundreds) of books everywhere you go, minimize paper weight & transport costs (for the ecologically minded), enjoy large type books without buying large type books, take advantage of free books (many of the classics are entirely free or very inexpensive), and enjoy chapter samples of books before you purchase them. There are numerous options, the most popular are iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook reader. No need for new hardware and all of these applications are free! If you have a smart phone, you can even read across platforms (it will sync across devices via the cloud).
  3. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Download a Cloud Storage application – The Cloud allows you to access documents anywhere at any time. The cloud is here and is an amazing productivity tool. Now you aren’t stuck on the subway without access to an important file that’s on your work machine. Instead you can have the most recent, up to date versions of documents and files right on your iPad (again without manually syncing). Check out DropBox and Google Drive (both free).

  4. Learn to Annotate PDF’s on your iPad – PDFs have become ubiquitous documents. iPad will allow you to annotate PDFs (highlight, make notes, and even edit them). Learning how to annotate PDFs will allow you to increase productivity. Some of my favorite (and most robust applications) include iAnnotate, PDF Expert 5,  and PDF Pen Pro.
  5. Include something fun – Don’t be all work and no play! Check out a game (Angry Birds, Knights of the Old Republic, and many more), download a video streaming application (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, to name a few).

iPads are a powerful tool to enhance your studies and productivity at work. Devote some time to increasing your abilities on this tool and it will pay off!

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About Jennifer Carey

My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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7 Responses to 5 Things Everyone Should Learn to do on Their iPad

  1. pjimison says:

    Reblogged this on WJU EdTech and commented:
    Thanks, Indiana Jen, for posting this! I agree – these are great tips for new iPad owners.

  2. Audrey says:

    For a PDF writer, I am a big fan of notability.

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