Monthly Archives: October 2012

The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad

The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad.

This is an excellent guide to using iPad for annotating PDF’s online.   Most academic writing ends up as PDF’s so it makes sense to explore tools on the iPad that you can “mark up”.

This post differentiates three different types of pdf ‘reader’ and then recommends iPad tools for each one.  This is valuable especially to the new academic user.  I would recommend two choices that they do as well:  free (Adobe and pdf-notes free) and the pay version of Papers.

I have just begun using pdf-notes and so far I really like how it hooks up to dropbox for importing and exporting.  It also uses gestures in ways that work seamlessly with my workflow.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, the WKU English Tech Committee will be sponsoring a Tech Talk about iPad apps on Wednesday, November 14 from 3:30- 5:00 in Cherry 122.

As Jane said in her English bounce list missive, “Some of you said you could make it from 3:30-4:30 and others from 4-5, so by stretching it over that whole time for you to come and go as you can, it should work for 13 out of the 15 who responded.  For any who can’t make it, DELO will be recording it for us; we’ll post a link to the video on the Techknowledg- E blog when it is available.”

We will also be providing a space where you can add a wish list of questions to be answered, apps you find you ‘must-have’,  issues that make or break the iPad deal, and, of course, Hurricane Sandy.  Look for that in our next post here.

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press.

If you are looking to offer something extra for your lit classes or perhaps that new iPad needs a firm and full justification, then maybe you might want to check out the latest version of Eliot’s “Wasteland” for the iPad.

This is transmedia at its best.  You can get visual or written commentary.  Perhaps you want to check out Pound’s ‘edit’? Maybe you have been looking for Ted Hughes’ audio version for years. It is right here. And interviews.  And a ‘video’ adaptation. And Eliot’s kitchen sink.  Well…not that yet, but it seems pretty comprehensive as an introduction to Eliot’s masterwork.



Slow Tech, Digital Downtime, Tech Sabbath, Anti-Distraction, Information Overload: How Can We Deal with “IT” and Help Our Students as Well?

Jane Fife and I were discussing the video you will see below about ‘tech distraction’.  Since we have been given a wonderful ‘objet derangement’–an iPad–and given the call to make it work somehow in our classes and professional workflow, perhaps it is time to consider the larger issue here:  is technology an aide or a hindrance to the task of helping our students learn content, acquire skills, and otherwise internalizes processes that will help them live their lives as they see fit?

Slow Tech from Joe Kraus (mp4)

Jane and I both thought that it might be valuable to have a colloquium/uncolloquium or an informal ‘unconference’ (the latest buzzword for this is ‘teachmeet’) in November where we might discuss how we use technology and how technology uses us.  Jane will be following up with a survey to see when and if this might happen, but you can tweet me @tellio if you are interested.