Ode to my iPad

iPad-Decal-love_picnikIt’s been about a year since I got my iPad and I have to say that I LOVE IT!!! When I first heard of the iPad it sounded like a really cool toy, something that I would use here or there but not necessarily a power tool for me. After a year with my “toy”, I confess that I was wrong. It’s actually turned into one of the primary tools that I use for biblical studies, general reading, e-mail management, news and entertainment. Here are just a few of the ways that I use my iPad in life and ministry:

  • Current Events – Since I got my iPad I’ve actually started keeping up with the news through a couple of great apps. I use Editions to collect a daily magazine that I browse through. What’s cool about Editions is that it customizes the magazine for my personal tastes, so it only brings me stories that it thinks I will be interested in. I use The Early Edition to collect Newspaper stories from various newspapers that I like to follow. I use the Fox News app as well as the Bing app to stay up to the minute on what’s going on in the world.  I also just started using the Time app, which is a companion to Time Magazine, that gives you even more in depth coverage of the stories that the magazine covers.
  • Reading Books – I never thought that I would be a big e-book fan, but I have completely fallen in love with them. I definitely have not given up on the traditional book and in a lot ways I do think that "real books" are better than e-books, but for light reading e-books are outstanding! I usually have between 4 and 5 e-books that I’m reading at a time (mainly in kindle format). I also use the iPad to read most all of my magazines.
  • Bible Study – I still do most of my Bible Study with "real books" on my desk, in my study but I also find myself doing quite a bit of study using the Logos app that gives me access to thousands of my titles wherever I’m at. I’ve been a logos user for many years but ever since I got my iPad, I’ve become much more of a power user. Nothing beats the convenience of going home after work, playing with the kids, getting everyone to bed and then pulling out my iPad and making my way through a technical commentary. What’s even better is that all of the highlighting and note taking that I do on my iPad syncs wirelessly to my desktop, so all of my notes are there right when I need them.
  • Presentations – I’ve been a PowerPoint user for years, but when Keynote came out for the iPad I had to give it a try and I have to confess that I love it!!! I’m working on a way to use the iPad’s Keynote for a Sunday morning service, but one thing that I already use it for is counseling. I’ve put together a couple of presentations that I use frequently in counseling situations (like Peacemaking and laws of communication), which have turned out beautifully. I will usually face the iPad towards the couple I’m counseling with and use my phone to control the slides as we work our way through the material.
  • Task ManagementI use Awesome Note to do all of my task management, integrating with Evernote on my iPad. This way I have my task list with me, wherever I go.

When the iPad first came out, the question everyone asked was what was it’s purpose. It seemed like a solution to a problem that didn’t exist. Having used it for a year, it’s definitely found a good purpose in my digital life and I’m sure over time I’ll find even more uses for it.

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June 04 2012 04:00 am | Digital Pastor

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