This blog is devoted to automating much of the work and tasks I do on my iPad devices (12.9 inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 2). This work includes writing creating this blog from an iOS device and posting it to the web. This blog is being done as a as course development and teaching tool for me, educators, and students. All of the automation content, the workflows used to publish it, and the content of the posts can also be found in my iTunes U course: "Automating Your iPad Classroom" for those who would prefer to have the content in one self-contained source. If you have any questions, comments, or would like help with Workflow so that you can use it in your classroom (as a student or teacher) please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@bfoutty) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am writing and posting to this blog using the following iOS apps (all work has been done on an iPad Pro and an iPad Air 2):
Why I Am Writing This
I am writing this because I was inspired by the work of David Sparks (website)(Twitter) and Katie Floyd (website)(Twitter). Together they host one of the best podcasts available: Mac Power Users. The time I have spent driving to and from school everyday listening to the MPU podcast has been some of the best professional development I have ever had. Specifically, episodes 150, 176, 180, 183, and 192 have provided me the exact apps, tools, and workflows that have enabled me to automate many of the tasks that I must do when I am teaching or performing those much beloved (said sarcastically) administrative tasks that all educators must do. I am grateful to David and Katie for all of the work that they do so that I can share what I have learned from them with other educators.
Additionally, on MPU episode 156 I was re-introduced to Federrico Vittici who is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MacStories website (Twitter). I have been a frequent visitor and reader of MacStories since 2009, but I was not aware of the extent to which Federrico exclusively used his iPad to do most all of his work to publish and run his website - this process was further discussed on MPU episode 217. Through reading his work on MacStories and listening to the Connected podcast I was able to learn how Federrico was able to go exclusively iOS to get his work done. I knew that this iOS only approach to doing work (which does require some automation) would be perfect for me and many other educators who work in iPad 1:1, BYOD, or even 1 iPad classrooms. Federrico has motivated me to create the structures and workflows necessary for me to automate many of my work tasks and workflows. Federrico, thanks for all of the knowledge, help, and inspiration.
Note: Federrico Viticci has an iOS-centric podcast with Fraser Spiers(website)(Twitter) called Canvas. If you are reading this blog then I strongly encourage you to check it out as it is made for people like us working all or mostly on iOS.