App of the Week: Eponyms

Eponyms for the iPad is an application used for Medical Students.  It is a longstanding tradition in medicine that rewards people by naming diseases, procedures, and other noteworthy discoveries after them.  But remembering them all is a huge headache for anyone who’s studying medicine or any related field.  Eponyms for the iPad is an app that makes the job easier by providing a searchable catalog of more than 1,600 medical eponyms.  The main screen lists 28 categories arranged by medical specialty, including special ones for syndromes, signs, and procedures, and one that lists all the eponyms in alphabetical order.  Once you’ve selected a category, an index on the right side lets you jump to any letter, and a search icon at the top lets you look for eponyms than contain specified text. Tapping on an entry shows a brief description of the eponym along with its creation date.  This app is free for students and very useful for those trying to remember all the different medical terms.

The iPad Challenge!

If you are currently using your iPad merely as a mobile social device, while reserving serious tasks for your laptop or desktop, then you are not alone. Although many people are still buzzing over the iPads, they have yet to release their firm  grip on their traditional machines. When they need to do more than send a few emails, take notes and browse the app store, they immediately turn to standard desktops and laptops. Have you ever attempted to use your iPad as your main computerized device?  If you are willing to use your iPad only for at least a week, please document your experience and share it with all of us on the iPad blog.Your story may be just the inspiration that we need to see if the iPad can replace our laptops and desktops. You may also help us to discover why we may never fully release our desktops and laptops from our clutches.

Are you willing to take the iPad challenge?

iPad Meeting Highlights

Here are some highlights from the iPad  meeting which took place this month.

iPad 2.0

The new iPad was released March 11, 2011. Here’s how it compares to version 1:

  • 33% thinner, and slightly lighter than the iPad 1
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Resolution is the same as the first one
  • Equipped with HD video
  • Faster and “snappier” than the original iPad
  • More sensitive to rotation
  • Upgrading to the radio feature will allow for a better signal Continue reading

GoodReader App

The GoodReader app allows you to read PDF files on your iPad. GoodReader handles large PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and rendering of 100 mb and more with great speed. You will have the ability to mark up PDF’s because now you can use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. The latest version of GoodReader lets you sync your files with remote servers!

Compatible Sync Servers:

  • iDisk
  • Dropbox
  • Sugar Sync
  • Any WebDAV or FTP server

Ultimately, the GoodReader app is one of those apps that make the iPad better.  It is a very productive app that one can use in a variety of ways. How can you use the GoodReader app?

The price of this app is $4.99

iPad integration in Biology Department laboratory courses

The Biology and Health Sciences Department at Pleasantville has been exploring ways to integrate iPad applications in the Biology laboratories in order to replace obsolete technologies and provide up to date interactive laboratory modules. Some of the programs that have been tested by Professors Krucher and Wier include Molecules and iProtein. Both programs allow the students to better explore the chemical and biological properties of cellular components that are being taught in Biology 101 laboratory modules.

In Biology 335, Cell Biology (Professor Krucher), as well as Biology 480, Research in Biology (Professors Krucher, Horne and Wier), a number of applications have been of great use. Some of these applications include:

iPathways– Allows for viewing cellular pathways with links to genes of interest and publications

Papers-One of the better resources to searching the primary literature with the ability to link and download research articles

Filterstorm2-An image processing program that is easy to use for editing data figures or preparing images for presentations. This program used in conjunction with Dropbox allowed for students to quickly transfer images taken in lab, upload them and then edit them on iPad or their iPhones. Below are a couple examples of figure made with Filterstorm:

Accessibility on Your iPad

Let me start off by saying VoiceOver is not an application, it is a feature that comes already installed on the iPad.  It is also the world’s first gesture-based screen reader for the blind.  Instead of memorizing keyboard commands or pressing tiny arrow keys, you can simply touch the screen to hear a description of the item under your finger, then double-tap, drag, or flick to control your iPad. VoiceOver speaks over 30 languages and works with all of the applications built into iPad, as well as many of the iPad apps already in existence.  To enable this setting all you have to do is go to your settings and in the general tab click on the accessibility button, then switch the VoiceOver feature on.

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