So, many of you know I teach in addition to writing. For years I taught English to middle school students, which allowed me a unique insight into the types of books they love and which authors they like to read. However, this year I’ve switched to teaching a “Smart Tech” class where my students all have iPads. Basically, I scour the app store finding cool, educational apps to use with my students and then create projects around them.
The very first app, Book Creator, is simply fantastic for creating picture or photo books. The control you have over the lay out and graphic design is simply amazing! The options allow you to create a truly professional design. And then the book can be exporting and made for sale on iBooks. Fun!
The last app, Blogsy, probably applies to writers/bloggers the most. My students have a WordPress.com blog, and simply put, the WordPress app wasn’t cutting it. So after some research I switched them to using Blogsy, which does have a bit of a learning curve. However, the app comes with several built-in tutorial videos. It allows for greater text formatting, inputting of media like photos and video, and is far more effective than any other blogging app I’ve seen, but it is still far from perfect!
As a writer, I am not thrilled with writing directly on the iPad. I even have a roll-up portable Bluetooth keyboard but I still don’t like it as much as as my good old laptop. I find it as portable as my iPad, but far easier to type. And there is something about the tapping of my keyboard keys that is reassuring. I don’t get near the same feeling on the soft, rubbery keys of the portable keyboard.
I recently met writer Dr. Terrence Webster Doyle, winner of nine Benjamin Franklin Awards! (And a close friend of the late Bruce Lee… yes, that Bruce Lee!) New to the iPad, he was very keen on using his to write but was worried about the lack of a decent keyboard. I agree it takes quite a bit of getting used to.
For those of you with iPads, what about you? Where do you do most of your writing? And have you tried any of the publishing tool apps yet?
I’d love to hear what is working for you as well as any great apps you’ve come across!