I have to admit, I don’t use my Android tablet much except to surf the internet or read in bed (when I really should be getting to sleep).
As a minimal tablet user, I wanted to try out the video classes planned for our Maximize Your iPad (or Tablet) for Genealogy one-week workshop, taking place online June 23-30.
I watched “Using Your Tablet on a Research Trip” by workshop instructor and self-professed tablet-aholic Kerry Scott.
When she said that she no longer brings her laptop computer on research trips, I was hooked. Boy would I love to stop lugging that thing around at conferences, trying to use it half open on a plane when the guy in front of me reclines his seat, and getting possessive about the single electrical outlet within walking distance of wherever I am.
Kerry uses her tablet when planning a trip, while traveling, and while researching at the library or archive. Here are a few ways she does it:
- She puts all her travel documents, confirmations and notes in Evernote and shares them with her husband.
- Downloads reading material and music, as well as PDF versions of research guides for the place she’s going
- Makes a lookup list of records in Excel (which she likes for its sortability) and saves it to the cloud (Dropbox, in Kerry’s case; I’d keep mine in Google Drive). These are her newspaper lookups:
- Downloads a flight-tracking app such as FlightTrack, plus the airline’s travel app (which usually lets travelers quickly rebook when flights are canceled or delayed)
- Downloads traffic apps for states along the driving route, a restaurant-finding app, and news apps for big cities on the itinerary (you know, in case the place shuts down due to a grasshopper plague)
- Uses Evernote’s camera feature to capture record images (such as from microfilm) along with source information for easily pairing the record with its citation. Her video has a demo of how this works.
- Uses a family tree app for quick lookups while at a repository
- Downloads apps for libraries she’s visiting (if available) for catalog searches
- Downloads a note-taking app, which would be a biggie for me. Kerry uses a stylus to “write” notes on the tablet, like so:
The tips will work for both iPads and Android tablets—Kerry mentioned apps for both, and the course has videos for both. Now I can’t wait to check out the rest of the video courses and chat about apps on the workshop message board.
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