Welcome Back iPad Users!!!!

Good Morning all and welcome back to school.  We have another exciting school year ahead of us and we hope you are ready to discuss more iPad related topics.  To start the school year off we have our iPad meetings, the dates are listed below.

10/12, 12:00-1:00: iPad Beginner’s Session

10/25, 3:45-4:45: User Group Meeting

11/29, 3:45-4:45: User Group Meeting

12/14, 12:00-1:00: User Group Meeting

All meetings will be held in Miller 16 in PLV and Civic E 319 in NYC, this year we will be video conferencing between campuses.  We hope to see you at every meeting.

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.

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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App of the Week: Molecules


Today I will be discussing a science app called molecules.  This app is exactly as the names states, it is a 3-D diagram of different molecules.   With the touch of your finger you control, interact with and move the 3-D molecules on the screen.  You can zoom in and out by ‘pinching’ around the image. You can easily manipulate the angle and size of the molecule simply by using your fingers.

Another neat feature is that you can go into the Data Bank and download additional molecules and their 3 dimensional structures to continue learning about various molecular structures.  You also have access to in depth information ranging from the amino acid or nucleotide sequence to the researchers who have studied and established the molecules structure.  You can select from several visualization.   Another feature with the iPad version of the app is the ability to drag new molecular structures directly to your device via iTunes.  Just go to the Applications tab, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the icon for Molecules.

App of the Week: Dragon Naturally Speaking

We are starting an App of the Week series and the first app we will be covering is Dragon Naturally Speaking.  Dragon is a very useful dictation app.  This app is simple to use and it can be useful to faculty and students in a wide range of disciplines. You can find this free app in the iPad store. Once you have downloaded the app and it appears on your desktop, you are ready to use Dragon. Continue reading

Getting started using your iPad

Getting Started

Hello all, this is the start of a weekly blog to get you all adjusted to using your iPads.  Each week there will be a post on different apps as well as tips and answers to all of your iPad questions.  This week we will provide you with the information you need to begin using your iPad. First, you must download iTunes on your computer in order to properly use your iPad.  If you need to download iTunes, please click here.  After you download iTunes you can plug your iPad into your computer, follow the on-screen instructions until iTunes displays the setup dialog. When you are asked to do so, you can create an iTunes account and register your iPad.  After you have created your account you can check the different on-screen boxes to sync songs, videos, apps or photos to your iPad, then simply click “done” and you’re ready to go.  Congratulations you are now ready to use your iPad in all its glory. Continue reading