This is the first part of a two part post which talks about essential iPad apps for Researchers and Academics. This post covers apps 1-5 and the second post which should be available in the next few days covers apps 6-10.
As a full time academic member of staff and a active researcher one of the most important factors as part of my workflow is efficiency. I am constantly looking for ways to make my work life easier and more efficient. Hence it should come as no surprise that for me the iPad is now an essential part of my life and my work.
A few years ago my house was burgled on my Birthday :(. Various Items were taken:
My sons Xbox,
A few Xbox games
The TV remote (I know!!)
While the other elements could be replaced quite easily the laptop contained my PHD, which by this time had become a considerable amount of work (three years). It was then that I realised there was no physical backup of my work on a USB, CD or on my work PC. For a fleeting moment there was panic, mad panic but then the calm descended when i realised I had a “virtual” backup on my Dropbox account.
When starting my PHD a few years ago (2009) one of the first challenges I encountered was the problem around reference management. My original plan was to store all my references in a Word document, and to amend and edit the document as and when needed. However as the research expanded and my reading increased this quickly became unmanageable and unsustainable. Hence it became important to develop a reference management process. I looked at quite a few different tools but mainly Mendeley and endnote.
When i first thought about creating this site i came to the conclusion quite early on that i need to have a site that has a clear purpose a sense of direction that can help me drive forward my professional interests and passions and a place which i could call my online home.
The main purpose of this site is for me to create a “safe” space on the web where i can freely discuss my research, its impact and how i intend to take it forward.Thus the intention is to update this site on a regular basis with discussion primarily focused on the following key areas:
1) Mobile teaching and research
2) Research methods
3) Culturally responsive teaching
4) Academic SEO
5) The use of technology within higher education
The plan is to publish once a week at least every Tuesday and if i have a lot to say then maybe twice! I am always looking for collaborative opportunities so if you are interested please do get in touch via my institution webpage.