Just following up on a previous blog to mention how to get the image (whihc you have edited) into a folder on dropbox to share with others … for comments, file storage etc.,
As mentioned before, the scenario is the student on field based work, capturing images on their DSLR, needing to selet some photos, undertake a little basic editing, and upload for storage, integration into reflective portfolios or share with peers / mentors. I’m interested in using the iPad to take advantage of the screen size, and mobility.
The upload part is very easy. Open dropbox (in a wifi cafe, with coffee, cake and a newspaper… I use to love field work), open the appropriate folder in dropbox, click on the camera icon in the dropbox menu area, select existing photo (only option as my iPad doesn’t have a camera), and select the photo to upload. Job done …..
I’ve been exploring the scenario where I’d capture a number of images (still photos) on field based work, transfer these from my DSLR to my iPad for reviewing, and some basic editing (straightening, rotating and cropping), and uploading the new version to my public (images) folder on Dropbox. I’d keep the un-edited file on my camera (SD card is large enough).
The world is full on iPad photography apps to edit your photograph. Based on reviews and comments I’m using Chop Suey. The image transfer from my camera to the iPad is through the USB adapter (although you can get an iPad Camera Connection Kit if you so wished).
Must say, very pleased with the outcomes, although I’ve not closed the loop by uploading to dropbox. I’ll need to work that step out later. Also, Chop Suey doesn’t seem to work with RAW type image files.
A required scenario for me on the iPAD is the use of mindmapping. I tend to set up lots of activities in workshops, project plans etc., where the outcomes are managed by mind maps. Therefore, if I was going to use the iPAD heavily (as a laptop replacement), I’d need it to mind map. After a little research I’ve gone for the iThoughtsHD app. First impressions are it is really good … very intuitive.
I was able to easily create a new mind map, the large screen enables me to quickly enter data and see the emerging map. I was able to upload this to the e-learning team’s dropbox as a PDF.
So the scenario of capturing groups input as an activity in a workshop would be as follows; pre-event create the mindmap, run the session (capture all those lovely ideas), export to dropbox for sharing with those who attended the session.
There are a large number of export formats, including … freemind, OPML, Mindmanager, iMindmap and Mindview. So it covers lots of options for import into desktop solutions. A model of use for me, as a Mindmeister user would be as follows … export as freemind (.mm), to dropbox, and then import to Mindmeister.
The feature list also includes you being able to view previous versions of the mindmap, so you can use this to re-vert to an earlier version without have to delete vasts amounts. Is this a problem? Not for me, I’ll be generating the ideas on the iPAD, and working them up / polishing them off via Mindmiester on the desktop. Why not use the Mindmeister iPad app you ask? My answer, the forums suggest it isn’t very good at the moment.
Some of the drawbacks … it is a very simple mind mapping tool (text only) … so don’t expect lots of features, including links, images etc.,
Well, I’ve followed the nudge from Aaron and updated the OS. So, it does kind of multi-task, ie., remember where I was in my keynote presentation when I flip across to Expedition to present a couple of bookmarked web pages. This is very useful.
The test was successful, although I’m still not happy about the navigation / display from the keynote – for some reason my iPad screen goes blank (black) and I see it all on the main projected screen.
The next question is, how to get the iPad to work with the turningpoint technology? I’m aware of responseware and the responseware app … so good for me, but what if students don’t have web enabled mobile devices? Food for thought ….
Wow, a big hand to Zak 🙂 Thanks 🙂
The issue was, how do I get my presentations onto the iPad to display via keynote in the simplest way, without using iTunes, iDisk or email?
The solution, is to use Dropbox as follows.
- Upload your presentation (ppt) to Dropbox (which is what I do anyway)
- on the iPad, open the presentation and mark it as a favourite (this will download the presentation to the iPad)
- in the iPad Dropbox app, click on the share icon (top right), a new dialogue button opens up, with “Open in … Keynote”
- click on this option and Keynote fires up with the presentation 🙂
Well, I’ve had a try at presenting from my iPAD. As expected, if it’s a powerpoint style presentation (with no links) I’ve been using the Keynote app. It works well … although I’ve not explored the use of Multi-media within the presentation.
I’m echoing the comments from Neil Ringan at MMU who feedback about keynote at a recent Heads of e-Learning Forum meeting … in the sense of its difficult to get powerpoints / presentations uploaded. It’s great if you use ITunes / iDisk … otherwise very difficult. I was disappointed to see Dropbox wasn’t webDav. Otherwise my model of upload the presentation to DropBox and pull down to the iPAD would have been perfect.
An alternative idea was to use the expedition app … which will open a web browser and display its contents 🙂 This is great, I tried running a presentation from slideshare. It worked, was slow (on wi-fi), and the software kept falling over 😦
In terms of displaying the web, WOLSEY was fine … but only tried a for a few minutes.
The other problem is the lack of multi tasking on the device. It wasn’t slick shifting between a presentation in keynote and the web and back.
So early days, the proof of concept is fine, it looks like working offline via keynote is the way forward. I’m running a workshop at Bury on Thursday for the library group, I’ll use the iPad and see what happens 🙂
The exploration continues …. this scenario is relatively straight forward, the real art is managing the ever increasing number of documents which are created.
The problem I found with the notes app on the iPad is getting the notes off the iPad into a place where I’d store them etc., The solution I’ve found is;
- extensive notes (text based) – use Office2HD – the notes can be moved to my Google Docs area 🙂
- mind mapping note style – iThoughts HD (a review to come) – note
- to do lists (bullets) – use NoteMaster – these are uploaded to my Google Docs area as a to do list