to scan QRCode on cameraphone,

  • SMS ‘CODE’ to 710 to download inigma if on Vodafone NZ
  • get Upcode http://www.upcode.mobi/
  • or Download Kaywa Reader http://reader.kaywa.com
  • or you can send a SMS (text message) to: +358 50 3100075
  • iPhone users: download the free app "QR App" from the iTunes Store
  • Android users: download the "Barcode Scanner" or "I-nigma" apps from the Android Market

Decode QRCode to get link to wiki notes on cellphones


The 'computer for your Mum' - the iPad has been surprisingly useful and addictive so far. My wife loves it! I've replaced my physical diary with Evernote, and checking emails and RSS feeds on the iPhone has become somewhat less attractive. The 10 hour battery life is great, and using the additional VGA adaptor allows me to substitute the iPad for a laptop for web-based presentations (except Flash - no Prezi editing :-( DOH). Of course there's plenty of annoying quirks with iOS on the iPad, not least being the restrictive file management that forces every media application to use a unique directory - so sharing documents and media between apps is extremely painful. The online sharing via iWork, Google Docs, MobileMe is cool - great for backups, but each has limitations - iWork will only share docs with less than 50 pages, Google Docs has a meager Word Doc file size limit, so the MobileMe iDisk or DropBox seems the best so far.

iPad & iOS Myths

Here's a link to a great overview of 8 common myths by Tony Vincent - recommended reading:


Class Blogs

Click HERE (http://www.google.com/reader/shared/user%2F13181339701233158043%2Flabel%2FALF2010) to view an example summary RSS feed of the class blogs. Click HERE (http://www.google.com/reader/play/#item/user%2F13181339701233158043%2Flabel%2FALF2010/1) to view a slideshow of the class Blogs. These examples use a shared folder of RSS blog subscriptions in Google Reader (http://reader.google.com) .

iTunes Account

Synch Your iPod/iPhone/iPad Your iPod/iPhone/iPad is designed to be synchronised with only one computer! iTunes is used to synch various media from your Home folder to your iPod/iPhone/iPad, including iTunes libraries, videos (imported into iTunes first), Safari Bookmarks, Addressbook entries, Calendar events, Podcasts, etc... Your first synch will require you to create an Apple ID - which will be used if you later want to purchase songs through the online iTunes store. Remember your username and password!

You will also be asked to VERIFY your account via the email address that you create or sign-up with.
You will need a credit card to create a New Zealand iTunes Store account. If you do not own a credit card you can buy a Prezzy Card - starting with $25 credit, and use this to setup your iTunes Store account: http://www.nzpost.co.nz/Cultures/en-NZ /ProductsAndServices/P/PrezzyCard/AboutPrezzyCard.htm
Because Prezzy Cards are anonymous, the cardholder name that you should use is Prezzy Card (first name) Holder (surname).

No Credit Card?

NOTE the iTunes Store on a Computer, OR directly using the AppStore App on the iPad, will let you create an account without a credit card for downloading FREE applications and PODCasts. Simply choose a free app from the iTunes Store (or iPad App Store) and then choose "Create Account", select 'None" under the payment options. When you later want to purchase paid iTunes Store items you must then update your iTunes account with credit card details OR use an iTunes store voucher. Whenever you synch your iPod/iPhone/iPad using iTunes, you can choose what media is synchronised from the iPod/iPhone options in iTunes. Software updates for your iPod/iPhone/iPad are also downloaded using iTunes - a note will pop up when you plugin your iPod/iPhone/iPad if there is new software available.

iPad Apps

A short list of iPad apps I've found useful so far.
  • Whitcoulls I may never have to buy another book - and WAY cheaper!
  • StudioTrack 8-track audio recorder - doing this cost me $2500 for the software in 1995, and my computer could only play back 6 tracks at once! StudioTrack cost $49!
  • EyeTv Stream media from EyeTV devices
  • ReelDirector iMovie on the iPad! http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/IPadTips The main limitation is that video clips currently must be synched to the iPads 'Photo' directory using iTunes, as ReelDirector has no access to the video folder on the iPad, and not direct USB transfer yet, and GoodReader cannot send files to ReelDirector either.
  • BlogPress
  • Expedition Present web pages via VGA - best app for least delay to VGA
  • Marvel
  • QuickOffice Syncs to Google Docs, MobileMe, and Box.net
  • BibleReader
  • GoodReader View almost any document and display on external screen via VGA adaptor, copy files from Mac via wifi web server, AND also copy files via USB from Mac or Windows PC using the free GoodReaderUSB application, http://www.goodiware.com /gr-man-tr-usb.html#GRUSB_ShowDetails you can then use Goodreader to share files with other iPad apps, so GoodReader acts as a substitute File Manager app for the iPad AND the iPhone!
  • NetNewsWire Great RSS reader
  • Twitterrifica great Twitter client for the iPad
  • Google Earth
  • Pages So much nicer to use than QuickOffice or Docs2Go - but limited to iWork synch and email sharing of docs tvGuide Box http://www.box.net client for free cloud storage
  • Time Magazine
  • Evernote Great electronic diary that supports all mobile platforms, and can be used to record audionotes and as a blog editor via email Google App Shortcut to Google Mobile services
  • m-connect Turns iPad into UPnP server for viewing media on TV And all the built-in Apple Apps of course! Particularly Mail and Safari, plus the App Store for making it so easy to find new apps. iDisk Store and synchronise files with a MobileMe account, costs $$
  • Flipboard the best way to read RSS feeds and turn your Twitter and Facebook feeds into an interactive magazine.
  • Talking Tom speech recognition with a twist! You can even create original video messages and upload them to your blog!

iPhone Apps I would like to see iPad optimised:
  • iBlogger Best mobile blog editor, supports Vox
  • Blades of Fury
  • UStream
  • Amplitube - now updated!
  • PixelPipe
  • Fring
  • FiRe
  • Comic Touch
  • Cool Iris
  • Band
  • AudioBoo

Core Communication & Collaboration Tools

Two of the core tools we will use on the iPad are:
  • Twitter - e.g. Twitterriffic
  • RSS - subscribing to each other's blogs etc... e.g. NetNewsWire

Creating an ePortfolio

Use the following apps
1. Gmail - Set up a Gmail account if you don’t already have one. It is preferred that you use gmail as your email provider but you can use an existing email address.
2. Typepad OR Blogger OR Wordpress for Blogging
3. YouTube - Go to www.youtube.com and set up an account.
4. QIK live video streaming – Go to www.qik.com and set up an account
5. Picasaweb - for geotagged images and slideshows.
6. Pixelpipe - for uploading media to all your web2.0 sites.
7. Twitter - for communicating and collaborating.
8. Google Reader for subscribing to the RSS feeds of your classmates web 2.0 eportfolio sites.
9. Update your Moodle profile with these account addresses.

Blog Options: So - which to choose?

Well there's really not a lot of difference between Typepad and Wordpress anymore, and your choice either way will be fine, however I'll outline what I see as the key differences (PS, I have, and still use: Blogger since 2004, Wordpress since 2006, and Vox since 2007, effectively keeping three copies of blog posts and tweaking each site for different audiences).
Unfortunately none of the current free options provide the range of functionality that made Vox so useful for collaborative student projects, however this can be achieved by using a 'bricolage' of tools - i.e. Typepad or Wordpress for student blogs, turning on the Auto Tweet option for posts in Typepad & Wordpress for creating community and social networking, using RSS subscriptions to follow activity (e.g. using Google Reader), and using Flickr or Picasaweb for hosting and presenting images, and Google Docs for collaborative documents.
Both Typepad and Wordpress feature the ability to create static pages associated with your main blog, and their themes are more customisable than Vox with both offering add-on free widgets. They are both also more iPhone/iPad friendly than Vox, and provide limited free blog-view statistics options.

1. Typepad:

Typepad includes a 'follow' option that is similar to Vox's 'neighbourhood' feature for building online community. Only the Typepad 'Micro' option is free - however the import from Vox feature appears to give free users more feature access than standard Typepad Micro, and is add-free. Typepad's more powerful customisation and community tools are paid upgrades. There are several iPhone/mobile editing apps available for Typepad blogs, but no free iPad editor yet. The paid Typepad options offer more flexibility than Wordpress.
Mobile version: http://itypepad.com Also support for email upload and blogging

You can upload/post to Typepad from your mobile phone in several ways:
1. Use the mobile browser http://i.typepad.com
2. Email upload – find your Typepad upload email in your Typepad profile and add as a contact on your phone – then either MMS to it or use GMail on your Phone to mail posts to Typepad.
3. Download the Typepad App from either the iTunes App Store (iPhone/iPad), or CellSpin from the Android Market (Android Phone), or CellSpin from the OVI STore (Nokia) on your phone
4. Install Pixelpipe on your phone & link to Typepad as a ‘Pipe’
5. Install the HelloTXT app on your (iPhone/iPad, or Android) phone
6. See http://help.sixapart.com/tp/us/typepad_mobile.html for more options.

2. Wordpress:

Wordpress offers more customisation for free than Typepad, although media hosting for free is limited, including no video (you can still embed YouTube etc in posts for free) - paid upgrades provide video hosting and larger media allowances on Wordpress. There are a couple of free iPad Wordpress Blog editing apps available. Wordpress uses custom embed code for externally hosted media - that can take getting used to. http://en.wordpress.com/products/
Mobile version: http://m.wordpress.com Also support for email upload and blogging

You can upload/post to WordPress from your mobile phone in several ways:
1. Use the mobile browser http://m.wordpress.com
2. Email upload – find your WordPress upload email in your WordPress profile and add as a contact on your phone – then either MMS to it or use GMail on your Phone to mail posts to WordPress.
3. Download the WordPress App from either the iTunes App Store (iPhone/iPad), or the Android Market (Android Phone), or from the OVI STore (Nokia) on your phone
4. Install Pixelpipe on your phone & link to WordPress as a ‘Pipe’
5. Install the HelloTXT app on your phone

Updating Your ePortfolio

There are multiple ways to connect to and update your online ePortfolio directly from the iPhone, here are a few options:
1. Email Create a blog & social network email contact list and update via email You can upload media as attachments to these email updates. NOTE: as Gmail uploads are blocked on Unitec Wireless network, you can configure the iPads email accounts to have more than one smtp (Email sending) address. In the iPad "Settings" , choose "Mail, Contacts, Calendars", Choose your Gmail account, Choose "Outgoing Mail Server"/SMTP, and under "Other SMTP Servers" Add mail.unitec.ac.nz and turn it "On" for use while on the Unitec wireless network for sending email.
2. Evernote via email Use Evernote to compose your update, then use the send note via email to send the update to your social network email contacts as above.
3. PixelPipe Web Page or iPhone app
4. Hellotxt, linking to: Seesmic Ping.fm Vox
5. Individual Apps http://ctliwiki.unitec.ac.nz/index.php/IPadTips e.g. Twitter, Wordpress, etc...

File Transfer
File transfer to and from the iPad can be complicated - there is no simple way to do so as the default is to synchronise media and documents via iTunes on your computer. Here's some options: iTunes synching Connect the iPad to a computer with iTunes installed, drag media files onto the appropriate application in the iPad view.

Web server apps
Several applications include a built-in option for creating a web-server for transferring files via WiFi to their local media directory - unfortunately you can only access one applications media folder at a time. However, one useful application that allows moving files between applications is GoodReader. GoodReader also allows USB direct transfer of files between the iPad and a computer.
You can email documents and media to yourself and save them from the iPads email application
Cloud storage
Cloud storage saves your documents and media on web accessible servers - great for backing up and sharing files, particularly files that are too big to email (Most email services usually limit attachments to 10MB)
Google Docs Box.net iDisk (A MobileMe account is required) DropBox (2GB free) Any WebDav folder
Web Media
Safari on the iPad will let you click and hold on most web media items to bring up a save menu.
Camera Kit
The Apple Camera Connection kit provides USB and SD card access for the iPad.

Music on the iPad



There are many music creation and playback apps available for the iPad. You can plugin external audio sources to the iPad and use it as:
  • a guitar stompbox
  • a multitrack recorder
  • a midi synth
  • an analogue synth
  • a guitar tuner

The iPad also makes a great music sheet and guitar tab reader

iPad Recording Apps

  • AudioBoo (http://www.audioboo.fm) AudioBoo is an awesome FREE application and web sharing utility for the iPhone. It supports attaching images (and new images from the camera), GPS and Google Maps location, announcing new Audio recordings via Twitter etc... To enable the Geotagging feature of AudioBoo, make sure you turn on "Use Current Location" in your AudioBoo Account settings on the iPhone, and then whenever AudioBoo starts, the application will ask "AudioBoo would like to us your current location" - click "OK". Finally, AudioBoo provides embed code for inserting your recordings into your Blog, an RSS feed, an iTunes PODCast link, comments, and a 'Follow' feature - use these features to follow and comment on each other's AudioBoo posts! Its main limitation is that there is no direct download of your uploaded mp3 file, although there are ways around this (e.g. Use Safari and the 'activity' window to download the mp3 from its AudioBoo webpage). Synch your AudioBoo RSS feed to iTunes as a PODCast show, and then add it to your iPhone. Once the AudioBoo feed is synched to your iPhone you can download any AudioBoo updates directly to the iPhone. See the demo video here: http://www.screentoaster.com/watch/stU0hVRkJIR11dQF5VX1NdUl5Q
  • QuickVoice A FREE audio recorder for the iPad and iPhone from iTunes store, allows email upload of recordings up to 2MB
  • Voice4Fun $2.59 An audio recorder and editor - allows email sending of recordings
  • iProRecorder $1.29 iPhone Voice recorder with great features
  • iTalk Lite Free
  • VR+ $2.49 Social Network integration, geotagging etc...
  • Four Track (iPhone) or StudioTrack (iPad) $13.99 FourTrack is a four track audio recorder for the iPhone. It is quite useful, particularly if the rumour re version 2.2 of the iPhone software will include support for external microphones to be connected to the iPhone! Allows transfer of recordings via wifi by accessing your iPhone URL in your web browser. FourTrack website: http://www.sonomawireworks.com/iphone