Presentation: Using the iPad for Work and Research

I do not have (and will not be getting any time soon) the new iPad. The iPad 2 works so well for me I cannot justify the expense, even with a research budget to cover it. I do hope to get to play with one soon and by all accounts the screen is glorious for reading. Just be aware that updated apps which are “taking advantage of the Retina display” (as they often say in the App Store) are often TWICE as big as the old versions. This weekend I ran short of storage on my 32GB iPad when I realized it was all the updated iOS apps. Annoying….

Over on my other blog someone recently commented on this post from November. The link to the video of the presentation is now up and running, so feel free to take a look at this short presentation about using your iPad for research (and presentations, my Keynote was presented from my iPad). So, let’s enter the Way Back Machine to go a mere 5 months into history:

Last night [November 8, 2011] I gave a presentation at Penn State about how one can use the iPad for school work, whether that is as a student taking notes in class or an academic researcher. There are also two student presentations that are well worth watching (perhaps more than my own presentation). The first, is about how one of our honors students, working with another faculty member, used the iPad in the research and preparation of an article. The second presentation is about how a Civil Engineering student showed the company he was interning with how to use the iPad for design and business. The presentation is now available online!

“Student Showcase: How Tablets and Apps Transformed My College Internship” will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday Nov. 7, in the Foster Auditorium (Room 102) Paterno Library. The event is being sponsored by the Penn State iPad User Group and the University Libraries. The presentation will also be streamed live and archived at

Christian M. M. Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College, will give the keynote address. Student presenters, including Mike Burkentine, majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering, and Lisa Lotito, majoring in history in the College of the Liberal Arts, will discuss how they used tablets and apps in internships this past summer and how knowing technology helped them to get a “leg up in the job market.” Ari Hiller, Penn State’s Apple student representative, will be there to demonstrate apps, and the evening will include a technology “petting zoo” after the presentations so attendees can see the apps more closely.

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One Response to Presentation: Using the iPad for Work and Research

  1. Samia Lee says:


    I have an iPad 2 and I often use my iPad at work especially for meetings.

    I used as note taking application EverNote and then Awesome Note for a long time and their ability to sync but both had a disadvantage ; the lack of features to accommodate tasks, to-do and make monitoring.
    So I was seeking an alternative application to save time for my meeting. I have almost tested all the apps on Notes/ ToDo on the APPstore and I must admit I am still surprised they do not fit with a pro use. I have just discovered Beesy, an note taking and management app ToDo which apparently include taking notes with a business way. I have tried for several days and until now i’m really satisfied by Beesy. It’s really efficient and maybe the only disadavantage is you need time to use it efficiently. I guess this App really deserve we spend a little bit time to understand it

    I love shortcuts of Beesy’s icons in order to use it quicky and easily add notes. Also, the advantage is to submit easily by email minutes about my different meeting
    If you are interested you can google “Beesy” of go to the application’s website for more detailled information

    I think iPad for work can be as indispensable as a computer if we know how to use it well



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