By Johan Geertsema
In this presentation I will share some of my experiences teaching with the iPad, focusing in particular on its usefulness for taking notes. I will share how I have been using the iAnnotate app for marking up class readings and commenting on student work. Academic articles and books can be loaded and read in class. Annotating articles and essays in PDF format and backing them up to a computer is very useful, as is the ability to find passages instantaneously. When it comes to writing, while the device has inherent limitations due its size, which militates against extensive text production (e.g. lengthy papers), nevertheless it is ideal for providing feedback on student papers. Additionally, I will briefly look at the advantages and drawbacks of apps such as Bluefire Reader and Kobo, which allow one to read and annotate DRM-protected ePub files. Finally, I will highlight my use of apps such as Soundnote and Evernote, which are helpful for the kind of writing at which the iPad excels: taking notes.