We use the internet so often that sometimes when there’s a glitch, it can be a little difficult to cope. (Trust me; I know…my internet has now been working at my home for the past two weeks!).
I remembered an app I had talked about before because of its ability to make situations like this just a little more bearable. I downloaded one of these and it really helped me out so much during this situation, so I thought it would be worthwhile to share in the event that your internet goes out unexpectedly and you do not feel up to spending hours on end at Starbucks.
Here are a few options for offline reading!
This app (formerly known as Read It Later) is free and simple to use. Pages that are saved for offline viewing are all tied to the same account so you can access them from any of your linked devices!
Another free option to try out! Use the built in browser and save pages offline with the icon. Save entire pages including the formatting and images!
This is one of the most notable and dependable apps in this area, and if you plan on doing a lot of offline reading, this is your app! Use the built in button within the app’s browser to save pages for offline viewing at any time.
Keep in mind, these apps are great for situations other than losing internet connection unexpectedly—think traveling on the airplane, while driving, etc.! Now you can be so much more productive in your “internet-down” time!
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately scouring the internet and finding some of the best and most functional iPad/iPhone apps for higher education. It is truly remarkable how much some of these apps can do and after trying some, you may find yourself wondering how you were able to function without it. Here are 5 (FREE!) iPad/iPhone apps that both educators and students alike will find to be extremely useful.
As one of the most convenient apps for the iPad, Sundry Notes allows users to write text, draw anywhere, research with the internet, import PDFs, images, and documents from Evernote, GoogleDocs and Dropbox, and share notes via Facebook, Twitter, or Google. Make it a multimedia note-taking experience by recording audio.
This app allows users to sync and share files online and across computers. Simply said, yet extremely practical.
This app is highly valued amongst avid iPad users for its effectiveness in organizing everything that one may need to remember. Through notes, recordings and synchronizing with other computers or devices, you won’t forget that deadline again with Evernote.
Spend a lot of money on your new iPad but don’t feel like forking over extra money each month for internet service? Offline Pages is the app for you. Users can save entire web pages to be reviewed for offline reading when that beloved Wi-Fi is unavailable.
I’ve blogged about TED before, mostly because I just can’t get enough of it. This app offers users access to talks from fascinating people all over the world; from medical marvels to business gurus. There are over 700 TEDTalk videos available, with more constantly being added. Users can create playlists, and select to watch videos when a network connection is unavailable.
And a bonus-GoodReader
Although this app is not free (it costs 99 cents), it is a valuable companion for note taking. Open large PDF files and markup, annotate, highlight, and then share with others. Definitely well worth the 99 cent price tag!
Posted in Helpful Tips, Software, Web App
Tagged Apps, Dropbox, Evernote, GoodReader, iPad, iPhone, Offline Pages, Sundry Notes, TED