ECC iPad Resource Guide


The recommendations on this page are meant to improve ECC faculty and staff productivity through the use of iPads for business activities on campus.

Wireless Login Exception (service for faculty and staff only)

To avoid having to login to the campus wireless network with your Portal login name and password each time you want to connect to the Internet, bring your iPad to the ITSS Service Desk located in MLIB 142 (library breezeway). The Service Desk will look up your iPad's MAC address (by going through Settings -> General -> About ->WiFi Address to get a string that looks something like: A4:D1:D2:4A:A6:3F) and create a request for permanent WiFi access.

VPN Client

Be sure to configure the campus VPN settings on your iPad to ensure a secure encrypted wireless connection to the Internet, and make it a habit to connect via VPN before you do anything on a wireless network!

Recommended Apps (grouped by category):

Category Recommended App(s)
MS Office equivalent/alternative Numbers
Numbers - MS Excel equivalent
Pages Pages - MS Word equivalent
Keynote Keynote - MS PowerPoint equivalent
Prezi Prezi Viewer (free) - MS PowerPoint alternative
Cloud On CloudOn (free) - run MS Office on the cloud using your iPad!
OnLive Desktop OnLive Desktop (free) - run a PC desktop with MS Office on the cloud using your iPad!
News/RSS feed reader Flipboard Flipboard (free) - read your news (and/or RSS) feeds using a magazine-like interface, including your social media (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) updates ...
Currents Google Currents (free) - Google's response to Flipboard
Zite Zite (free) - a variant of the Flipboard offering
Note taking Evernote Evernote (free, unless you subscribe to Premium service) - take notes and access them on your desktop or any other mobile device
GoodReader GoodReader - PDF reader/annotator that allows one to add text/comments on PDF documents
iAnnotate PDF iAnnotate PDF - PDF reader/annotator that allows one to add text/comments on PDF, Word/PowerPoint files, and images
File access/sharing Files Connect Files Connect - facilitates connecting to our campus Bay file server, or any other remote servers (e.g. Blackboard Learn via WebDAV, campus Unix servers, etc.)
Google Drive Google Drive (free) - Google's response to Dropbox ...
SugarSync SugarSync (free) - access files from multiple computers using a browser or your mobile device
Dropbox Dropbox (free) - one of the most popular cloud file storage systems
Remote desktop Citrix Receiver Citrix Receiver (free) - allows you to access campus Virtual Software Library (VSL) system
Team Viewer TeamViewer (free) - allows you to connect to, and control, a remote desktop


Recommended places to look for Apps:

  1. iTunes App Store:
  2. App Annie, Top Charts Overall USA for iPad:

Additional references and resources:

  1. ITSS Knowledge Base: iPad and Tablet Support,
  2. ITSS: Chico State's Cisco VPN Client download (for MS Win and Apple Mac),
  3. ITSS Knowledge Base: Configuring VPN on an iPhone/iPad,