Monday, August 30, 2010

iPad Apps we like

  • Safari (web browser, pre-installed on iPad)
  • Mail (email client, pre-installed on iPad and configured to your ND Google Mail account)
  • Calendar (calendar client, pre-installed on iPad and configured to your ND Google Calendar account)
  • Notes (app for typing short notes, pre-installed on iPad)
  • App Store (app for browsing apps to download and install on iPad, pre-installed on iPad)
  • iBooks (app for reading eBooks, FREE download from App Store)
  • Kindle (app for reading eBooks, FREE download from App Store)
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK (app for reading eBooks, FREE download from App Store)
  • Keynote (presentation app like MS PowerPoint, $9.99 from App Store)
  • Pages (document creation app like MS Word, $9.99 from App Store)
  • Numbers (spreadsheet app like MS Excel, $9.99 from App Store)
  • iAnnotate PDF (PDF annotation app, $9.99 from App Store)
  • GoodReader (PDF reader with nice features, but does not allow 'freehand' notes like iAnnotate, $0.99 from App Store)
  • Penultimate (app for taking hand written notes, $2.99 from App Store)
  • Sundry Notes (app for taking notes, FREE from App Store)
  • Dropbox (app to sync and share your files online and across computers, FREE from App Store)
  • Dragon Dictation (voice recognition app, FREE from App Store)
  • Evernote (app to help organize content and sync across multiple computers, FREE from App Store)


  1. Corey, I have a couple of comments. First, congratulations on the course. I am the president of the independent college association in California and love my iPad. I will read this blog with interest.

    Second, I also like Writepad for taking notes - converts script to text pretty well. I have not used Penultimate but will try it.

    Third, one problem which I have addressed to Apple and not yet received a response is note taking within iBooks and Kindle. In the Kindle one can take notes and then output them to a text file - I think that functionality is critical if the iPad is going to be successful in the academic environment.

    Finally, If I can be of any help from afar - please feel free to shoot me a note. I teach at USC in the school of Public Administration (as an Adjunct) but have not yet gotten to a completely electronic course. Bravo on your move!!


  2. Thanks for the comment! I'll give Writepad a shot and ask my students if they've tried it (I have 40 experimenters so inevitably some will have tried it). Agree on iBooks via Kindle comment. Try Inkling and see what you think (it only has a few books but it is exciting).