Teaching and Research: There’s an App for That

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With more than 2 million apps in the AppStore, it can be hard to know where to start. Below is a list of eTech-recommended apps for teaching, research, and productivity. Most are free, but some are paid or require University accounts.

If you would like to know more about setting up your iPad or using it as a teaching or research tool, you can visit the eTech iPad page or schedule time with an eTech consultant.

Productivity

Adobe Reader

PDF reader with the ability to annotate, sign, review, and share documents — Free

Airsketch Pro

Project photos and PDF documents (such as exported PowerPoint or Keynote slides) to a computer and  annotate them in real time, all from your iPad — Paid

Box

The unlimited cloud storage services provided to UA faculty, staff, and students. Box is accessible on desktop and mobile devices, and it is encrypted, making it a viable option for teaching and research — Free

Microsoft Office Lens

Office Lens turns your phone into a document scanner, with the ability to convert photos of notes and whiteboards into readable text files — Free

Microsoft Outlook

OIT-recommended app for UA email, calendars, and task lists — Free

Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Microsoft’s productivity suite for document, spreadsheet, and presentation creation, with the ability to sync files across devices and collaborate in real time — Free with University-issued Office 365 account

MindNode

Mind-mapping tool that allows you to organize and share your thoughts in an intuitive way — Paid

Nebo

Notetaking app with the ability to write, draw, edit, and organize notes, and convert them into digital text files — Paid

Pages, Numbers, Keynote

Apple’s productivity suite for document, spreadsheet, and presentation creation, with the ability to sync files across devices and collaborate in real time — Free

Shortcuts

The official program for shortcuts and task automation on iOS devices — Free

Audio and Video

AudioNote

Notetaking app that synchronizes notes and audio, allowing you to jump to parts of the recording by tapping specific words or drawings — Free

Google Duo

Google’s video calling app, an alternative to Skype and FaceTime — Free

Voice Memos

Apple’s built-in voice recording app that allows you to record and sync notes across devices (iPad, iPhone, Mac) — Free

Zoom

Cloud-based app for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars — Free through OIT

Education

Blackboard

Blackboard’s mobile learning app for faculty and students — Free