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Hello. I am Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson, the Assistant Director/ Technology Specialist of Disability Support Services. My job is to assist students so that they have access to online learning and digital content.
My desk includes gadgets which span 8 years. The iPod is a 2nd Gen 2003 model; the phone is a Droid X 2010. The work computer runs Windows XP OS, and the laptop runs Windows 7 OS. Each communicates with the other, except the iPod.
I get up and check my e-mail and calendar on my iMac via our university webmail. Running on the left side of the window in the background is Google Task. FireFox Sync allows for my browser settings to sync with my work computer and iPad.
Today I am reading up on NVDA. This is saved to my DropBox and I will start reading this in the morning and continue through the day on each device. The same can be done with the foreground application: Evernote. I am starting an article for our local IT newsletter.
I use the iPad for RSS feeds in the morning. Pulse allows me to read feeds with a great user interface.
While software such as DropBox allows me to sync documents over wireless networks; each also connects to the computer for quick transfers of my pictures, music and movies.
Even if I am only charging my phone, I get a basic understanding of what is on my phone through Windows 7 OS. I appreciate the quick information to know whether or not I need to empty space for pictures or PDFs.
While I am working on my computer my calendar alerts me to a meeting. This is standard on most email clients. It is great that each device does the same while on the go with an audible alert. I don't care for clutter, so even my desktop icons are fenced in with Stardock Fences.
My phone alerts me to meetings as well as e-mails. I also bike to work, so there is also an application for not only weather (Weather Bug), I also use Rain Alarm OSM which tells me the chance of precipitation in the area.
Alerts for appointments also pop-up on my iPad. With a quick touch I can access the web, mail, my calendar (which syncs with my Google Calendar, my work calendar, and even a couple shared xml calendars), Pulse, Evernote and my GeeTasks (Google Task List).
iPad at hand, I am ready for spontaneous meetings. I don't often carry the keyboard, but with it the iPad truly becomes a replacement for the laptop. Once I type my notes into Evernote, they sync with the other devices.
I have had great luck with Google Tasks. In FireFox it is open as a panel. Gtask gives me access on my Droid X, and GeeTask gives me access on my iPad.
On my lunch I did some research in the stacks. After finding some useful information I typed more to my article in Evernote. I used to carry a laptop and did everything from an iBook G4. Now, my iPad does it all.
I spend much of my free time reading journal articles. Because scanners are now commonplace, I can scan in an article, use Adobe Acrobat Professional on my laptop to create an accessible document and then upload it to DropBox to read on my devices. I use iAnnotate PDF here to highlight a PDF.
I use OSMAnd, an Open Street Map client, to look at campus. The GPS takes me to my spot in front of the library and because so many users have tagged campus; I can see details of each building including accessible entrances.
In college I walked campus with a book in hand; as a professional I walk campus and check my email. Neither task is safe around cars, but today I get so much more done.
I see students no matter where I am on campus. Rather than head back to my office to look up information on our campus shuttle stops, I pull out my iPad to help James.
Many iPad cases allow for the device to sit at an angle to typing on the touch screen. Thanks to clients like TweetDeck, I can check my Twitter feeds and catch up on friends and professionals in the field.
I take pictures with my phone and save and tag them in Evernote for viewing later on. Often times when I find a group of books in the library, but don't have the time to read them, I take a picture of the call numbers and save them for later.
Phones are still great for talking to people. The one device I have not had much luck with is a bluetooth headset. Kansas is a windy state and my calls rarely come out clear through an ear piece.
The danger of mobile computing is that work is never more than a pocket away.
Many cases are available for easy phone portability. I use the Droid X Shell/ Holster Combo. With iPad in hand I am out the door. No files to remember or spiral notebooks for notes. Everything I need is always ready!
Even presentations can be done with portable devices. Keynote for iPad allows one to connect to a VGA port and present slides.
Thank you for spending the day with me. Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson: Assistant Director Disability Support Services, Kansas State University. Twitter kiwijt, Skype jason.maseberg-tomlinson, or gmail/ chat with me at firstname.lastname@example.org (also works with msn chat).
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