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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.
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):
|MS Office equivalent/alternative||Numbers - MS Excel equivalent|
|Pages - MS Word equivalent|
|Keynote - MS PowerPoint equivalent|
|Prezi Viewer (free) - MS PowerPoint alternative|
|CloudOn (free) - run MS Office on the cloud using your iPad!|
|OnLive Desktop (free) - run a PC desktop with MS Office on the cloud using your iPad!|
|News/RSS feed reader||Flipboard (free) - read your news (and/or RSS) feeds using a magazine-like interface, including your social media (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) updates ...|
|Google Currents (free) - Google's response to Flipboard|
|Zite (free) - a variant of the Flipboard offering|
|Note taking||Evernote (free, unless you subscribe to Premium service) - take notes and access them on your desktop or any other mobile device|
|GoodReader - PDF reader/annotator that allows one to add text/comments on PDF documents|
|iAnnotate PDF - PDF reader/annotator that allows one to add text/comments on PDF, Word/PowerPoint files, and images|
|File access/sharing||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 (free) - Google's response to Dropbox ...|
|SugarSync (free) - access files from multiple computers using a browser or your mobile device|
|Dropbox (free) - one of the most popular cloud file storage systems|
|Remote desktop||Citrix Receiver (free) - allows you to access campus Virtual Software Library (VSL) system|
|TeamViewer (free) - allows you to connect to, and control, a remote desktop|
Recommended places to look for Apps:
- iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/
- App Annie, Top Charts Overall USA for iPad: http://www.appannie.com/top/ipad/united-states/overall/
Additional references and resources:
- ITSS Knowledge Base: iPad and Tablet Support, https://wiki.csuchico.edu/confluence/display/help/iPad+and+Tablet+Support
- ITSS: Chico State's Cisco VPN Client download (for MS Win and Apple Mac), http://www.csuchico.edu/caus/vpn/
- ITSS Knowledge Base: Configuring VPN on an iPhone/iPad, https://wiki.csuchico.edu/confluence/display/help/Configuring+VPN+on+the+iPad+and+iPhone