A week ago, Ed Cabellon wrote a post on creating a budget for the technologies you would use as a Student Affairs Professional. One of the last items he mentions is software. This got me to thinking! What does everyone else like to use. Being a graduate student and a graduate assistant, I don't have a budget to even consider. I need to utilize things that are free and readily accessible. I also have an Ipad, so the apps I have need to be just as important and compatible with the computer (PC desktop) so that I may be the most productive.
Then, as a joke because I am the tech person in the office, I received a tweet to a website listing the top 50 apps to have, with the comment, "I wonder how many you have." I happened to have 19 and downloaded another 3 or 4, but that is besides the point.
So I introduce, as a conversation starter, my favorite apps that I use as a student and as a professional. No I am not going to list 50 apps, but I can give you 5. All of these are both web based and application based. I also am a part of Team Apple, so I imagine these to be for Droid, but I don't check these things.
1.) Google - Chrome and Drive
I know, Josh you have an iPad, why Google product, because it is outstanding. I can easily access my drive, which I can create docs to take notes, and collect them easily on my desktop at home. With the most recent update to Chrome, I have the ability to "print" websites to PDF and drop them into my Google Drive. No more need to try and bookmark my research, just print and fetch it later. These two are a huge time saver and great for productivity as a student.
Okay, Google Drive is my place for work, but many of my courses have course reserves with lots of PDF resources, and I can't have two open documents in the Google Drive App. However, I can save all those PDFs to my Dropbox and do a four finger swipe to alternate between Google Drive and Dropbox. I also house final copies of my assignments for the semester in my Dropbox. Google Drive does a lot of things, but I still find the need to polish it with Word.
My favorite "To-Do" style list. This is actually on my phone (IPhone), but none the less, a fantastic app. Have the phone/tablet upright, have a To-Do list with a quick audio add, or type in what you need. Tilt on its side, have a scheduler to put information out there in advance. Forget to get something done, it automatically rolls over to the next day. Like the sense of accomplishment of crossing something off, it has a counter of things you have accomplished. Back it up with a Chrome extension, and I can easily add and drop things from my "To-Do" list from wherever I am.
For someone on the go and not a whole lot of time at home at the desktop, Skype for Ipad is awesome. I have worked on projects with group members, participated in staff meetings, and so much more, all remotely.
5.) Nimble Quest
Yup, a game. A FREE game. It is all about work-life balance. This is a great break. Imagine the game "snake." Now instead of a snake, you have a hero out of the Final Fantasy Series. Now you go around the map like snake, but fight to earn gems and additional heroes. Best part, it looks like a 16-bit game. The gems allow you to purchase power-ups and other accessories.
What are your go to apps? Comment below! Thanks for reading!