More and more faculty and staff at the UW-Madison School of Nursing are using their portable devices (smart phones and tablets) for everyday office tasks. iPhone+iPad Club will meet once a month on Fridays at noon [see schedule below] to explore popular productivity apps that work on iOS devices. All interested faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend – these are informal meetings, so please feel free to bring your lunch, if you’d like to, as well as your iPhone or iPad. The selection of apps will gradually be expanded to include specific categories of apps that are of particular interest to faculty and staff – please email us your suggestions of apps or app categories that you would like to see included in future meetings.
2013 Spring Semester Schedule
- Friday, February 15, at noon – rm. K6-
165: changed to K6/265 iPhone Settings Review, Calendars, and To-Do Lists
Overview: During our first meeting we’ll hake a quick look at some of the new features in the most recent version of the operating system (iOS 6), especially notification options and “Do not disturb” feature; we’ll then focus on a quick review of two popular calendar apps (Fantastical and Calvetica) that offer a very usable alternative to the built-in system calendar; finally, we’ll explore a convenient way of managing and syncing to-do lists on iOS and your computer using two popular apps (Appigo To-do and ToodleDo) for a free online service ToodleDo. We’ll end with time for questions and suggestions / requests for apps to be added to our next month’s meeting.
- Friday, March 22, at noon – rm. K6-165: Reading on Your iPhone and iPad – Part 1
Overview: Reading on iOS devices is about more than just ebooks – you have access to thousands of blogs and news websites. During our second iOS Club meeting this semester, we’ll explore the most effective ways to find and read online content.
We’ll start by explaining the concept of RSS and look at popular blog subscription and reading service Feedly, which lets you subscribe to specific blogs and read online news content on your computer, phone (iPhone and Android), or tablet (iPad). We will also explore an app that adds an element of random surprise to the online reading process, called Flipboard, available for both iOS and Android devices.
Then, we’ll take a look at how you can quickly save interesting articles for reading later (or for archiving) using a popular read-it-later service and app called Pocket, that allows you to save web pages on your device (computer, phone, or tablet) and read them even when there is no fast or reliable internet connection (perfect for bus commuters). [The content of this presentation has been updated on March 22, 2013, to reflect Google’s recent announcement this month of closing its popular blog-reading service Google Reader in June 2013].
- Friday, April 26, at noon – rm. K6-165: Reading on Your iPhone and iPad – Part 2 / Photos for the Summer
Overview: During this meeting we’ll explore apps that let you read, annotate, and share with others PDF files and files in several other poplar formats, such as Office 2010 documents (for example GoodReader and Readdle PDFExpert, as well as Adobe’s free Reader for iOS). With the end of semester and summer approaching, we’ll also take a quick look at some of the best apps for taking, editing, and sharing photos.
What about Android?
This spring we are introducing the iPhone+iPad club, because Apple iOS devices are most popular among faculty and staff, and because there is a limited number of devices which work in a similar way. The Android market is much more fragmented, with many different devices running different flavors of several versions of the operating system, and therefore a similar undertaking would pose some challenges; even so, if there is interest in creating a similar Android Club, please let any of us in the academic technology group know, and we’ll consider this option for the fall of 2013.
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