As an avid iPhone and iPad user for many years, I have used many different types of apps for both educational purposes, as well as for pleasure. However, the educational apps are the ones I've put to use the most considering I bought an iPad during my undergraduate studies for the purpose of using it to take notes in class without having to carry around all my books, or notepads, or even my laptop. The apps that I put to use the most during this time of studies were Pages, iBooks, Kindle, Dropbox, Notes, Reminders, the Bible app (for my biblical classes), and lately the use of Evernote and Audiobooks. Of these apps, some came with my iPhone as a part of Apple's standard software, including iBooks, Notes, and Reminders. The iBooks app came in handy when I needed to upload PDF files for school, such as a syllabus, research article, or lab manual, which I still use for professional documents in my work place today. Notes and Reminders are still my go-to apps that I use to write up quick thoughts throughout the day, as well as keep track of information needed for a later date.
All of the apps listed above are free educational applications, besides one. The most useful app that I purchased from above was Pages. It cost me about $10, but I have since put that money well to use. This app has enabled me take notes during lectures directly on my iPad or iPhone (which are synced together using the iCloud), then convert the notes to a Word document format and send via email to be uploaded online from my laptop. I can then use the same document on my laptop through Office Word to make changes and prepare the document to be printed or submitted as an assignment. This has come in handy when taking notes on a topic that was being used for research, or any assignment of some sort, since all I had to do was type it up on my iPad, send it to my email, upload it on my laptop, make changes, copy and paste information as needed, and create a whole new Word document that's ready to be submitted as my assignment. This technology greatly sped up my education due to the accessibility to the information from multiple sources through one application.
Another useful and noteworthy app is Kindle, which can be used to purchase and download textbooks (or any type of book) that shows up and syncs to my iPhone and iPad, rather than having to carry around various books to each class. Evernote and Audiobooks have been my most recent go-to apps due their great accessibility. Evernote allows me to write notes and sync them with other people's accounts to be shared instantly. This has been very useful for my coaching role at BHS, since the head coach will write up a practice plan for the day, and the rest of the coaching staff can prepare accordingly beforehand. The Audiobooks app has enable me to listen to educational books which I stream through my car's speaker system via Bluetooth while I'm driving to work and school every day.
All of these apps have greatly increased my learning experience through undergrad up until now. I can only imagine how it would have affected my high school education had I accessed them sooner. None-the-less, I would recommend the use of such educational applications to anyone pursuing an education in any area of life. If you have any questions about these apps, please feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading and God bless!
by, Steven Waite