iPad Apps (Dropbox, Noterize) and Pogo Sketch Stylus Pen

By Kerry Wisdom, Technology Resource Checkout Graduate AssistantImage of iPad Apps

Dropbox was founded in 2007 by graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dropbox  is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. which uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. Dropbox offers both free and paid services and offers a large number of users’ client including the mobile operating system such as iPad.

iPad App – Dropbox

With the latest update to the Apple mobile application, Dropbox users now have access to an app that is viewed as an improvement over Apple’s own idea of how files should transfer between devices. Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share files online and across computers. The beauty of the iPad is that everything you need is available from the slate computer itself: the iTunes Store, the iTunes App Store and, of course, the Web. App updates are available over-the-air too, so there is very little that actually requires you to plug in your iPad to your Mac or PC and sync it like the giant iPod Touch that it is.

The introduction of this new service makes great use of the extra screen real estate afforded by the iPad and takes advantage of both portrait and landscape modes. A few other features that are included in the iPad version are, creating a slicker appearance overall and implementation on the larger device. This application also makes use of popovers in the main view to email and copy links and accesses your favorites. Also, it is now possible to export documents to native iPad apps such as Keynote and Pages.

Dropbox eliminates those cumbersome solutions and in their place delivers a high-resolution, elegant app worthy of the iPad itself. You can view files right in Dropbox whether those are word processing documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, photos, videos, music, PDFs or other files. And your favorite files can even be synced for offline viewing.

With the updated version of Dropbox installed, iPad users can access all their stored files and folders without having to sync files via iTunes first, as is necessary with Apple’s own iWork suite of office applications. Those files can then be viewed in Dropbox itself or opened using third-party software programs.

Features

  • View photos, videos, documents, and presentations in your Dropbox on the go.
  • Save photos and videos taken with iPhone’s camera to your Dropbox, including HD videos on iPhone 4
  • Share and send files via email, or copy and paste links to share with another app.
  • Export Dropbox files to other iPhone and iPad apps.
  • “Favorite” files to download them for fast, offline viewing.
  • Swipe your way through photo galleries

Use of the Dropbox iPad App in Education

Dropbox is free service that provides 2GB of space to store and be accessed anywhere with a web connection and across devices. Additional space can be purchased through a monthly fee.

Advantages for Teachers

It’s free: All educators like free tools, and the basic Dropbox account is exactly that. You get 2GB of free storage to sync, store and share your favorite files

It’s convenient: Once you get Dropbox app on your iPad and start to use it on a regular basis, you will quickly love how easy and convenient a system it is to use.

It saves you time: Dropbox can be your new backup solution. It negates the need for you to make those tedious backups to the server every week.

Share files: You can share files, or even folders, with other Dropbox users who have iPad. So, if all the teachers in your building get Dropbox, you could, for instance, create a folder to share links.  Whenever one teacher adds a new link, it will be available for everyone to view.

Use it with students: Students can use it to submit assignments, and store their e-portfolios. Once they finish an assignment, they can share the file with you by sending you a link. The teacher can then read the file, highlight and leave comments on it, and save the annotations for the student to read later.

For more information on Dropbox, visit https://www.dropbox.com/.  To download the Dropbox iPad app, visit https://www.dropbox.com/ipad.

Noterize

by Amanda Richards, Interactive Multimedia Lab Assistant

Noterize is an iPad application that is rated as one of the Top 10 Best-Selling productivity application and can be used in business as well as in education. The program allows for easy annotation as well as clean-cut organization. The application can be purchased at the low price of 2.99 from the iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com/app/noterize/id364906681?mt=8.

Some of the features include:

  • Annotating, adding sticky notes, and bringing files directly from the web to your iPad.
  • Add pages such as blank pages, white lined pages, yellow lined pages, graphing pages, or add files from sites such as box.net, Dropbox, a Docs folder, or a file/picture directly from the web.
  • Begin audio recording at the beginning of a meeting or lecture to allow you to focus completely on note taking. Noterize will keep track of what the audio should be assigned to which notes. You can also bookmark the pages of important audio.
  • Noterize also allows for easy web sharing through programs such as Google docs, email, Facebook, twitter, box.net, and drop box. You can choose to share your complete files, or specific pages of notes. The program also offers password protection.

Stylus Pens

To go along with applications such as Noterize, Stylus pens allow for scribbling notes and more exact selection. The Pogo Sketch stylus pen has a special tip that will mimic the touch of your finger, but have a considerable amount less surface area. The pens are currently priced at $14.95 and can be seen below.  For more information or to purchase, visit http://www.tenonedesign.com/sketch.php

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