What’s on Your iPad: Jennielle Strother

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What’s on Your iPad? A simple question but one that leads to some fascinating answers. This is another installment of our now-regular series of What’s on Your iPad posts. I enjoy these a lot because I love seeing how people put their iPads to use – and I find them a great resource for discovering new apps.

Today I’m very happy to share a great set of answers from Jennielle Strother – a work colleague of my wife’s and an ‘in real life’ friend. Here’s a little bio information on her:

Jennielle Strother is a wife, mother to 2 year old twins, athlete, latina, ex-college volleybal coach and is an enrollment manager at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX.  She has worked in higher education for 12 years.  At Seminary of the Southwest, she is responsible for overseeing recruitment, marketing, social media, admissions and financial aid.   Jennielle is the co-founder of #EMchat (Enrollment Management chat), a weekly twitter chat,  and the #EMchat blog, where higher education enrollment professionals have the platform to connect and share ideas about the enrollment management industry.

Here are Jennielle’s answers – questions are in regular text, Jennielle’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

iPad 2, WiFi 16 GB – We chose the WiFi because we pay for a “hotspot” on our Verizon phones, therefore we didn’t need the 3G option.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

The case I use is the Belkin Shield (clear), which works with the Smart Cover. The Belkin protects the back very well, AND because it is clear, you can place a decorative paper/fabric between the iPad and the cover for a customized look.

What’s on your iPad dock currently? Do these apps pan out as your most frequently used?

My dock contains: Safari, Settings, Mail, FeeddlerPro, Photos, Music.  Of the ones I listed, I only use Safari and Settings the most, so needless to say, I need to change my dock ASAP!

What are some of your other most-used apps / what’s on your first home screen? (and any reasons why you’d like to offer)

Most used apps: Twitter, Pinterest, Evernote, Netflix and FaceTime.   All of my folders and apps are on my home screen (I don’t have enough apps to have multiple screens!)

How do you arrange your home screens? Do you use folders at all / heavily?

I don’t have enough apps to use more than 1 home screen.
 
I use folders, mainly to organize the “toddler” apps/games for my kids.  My two year old twins know how to unlock my screen, and navigate directly to the “Kid” folder for their apps.  I will confess that I’m addicted to the “search” function. I will go there first before opening a folder.

What are some of your most used productivity apps on the iPad? Any that you use for work?

I use Evernote daily.  It is my favorite app of all time.  I use it to keep notes while in meetings.  I also use it to keep track of resources and websites when I am conducting research for committees I serve on. The Evernote Web Clipper is the best invention ever.
 
I have a long commute to/from work, and some of my best ideas are born while stuck in traffic. I use Evernote to record audio notes while driving.  If an idea pops into my head during my commute, I immediately open Evernote, and click “record”!

Do you read any newspaper or magazine apps on the iPad? Do you subscribe to any?

Yes! A lot of the magazines I get in the mail, now have an iPad version for subscribers. However, the magazine I access most is my Real Simple magazine subscription via my iPad.  I also download Pottery Barn’s catalog on my iPad.

How much, if any, book reading do you do on the iPad?

My book reading activity on my iPad has picked up significantly over the last 6 months, especially now that I can “check out” books from my local library.  The “Overdrive” app is great to download checked out eBooks and audio books from my library.

Any favorite iPad games or fun time fillers?

Since I share my iPad with my 2 year old twins, I’ll share their favorite iPad games:  FirstWords: Deluxe, Toddler Counting, Color Drops, and even though they are too young for it, they LOVE the UmiNumbers (Team UmiZoomi). Most of the apps/games above have “free” versions, except for UmiNumbers (darn Nickelodeon).

My favorite game/fun time filler: Draw Something!

Have you got a ‘hidden gem’ type iPad app that more people should know about?

I don’t think the Pandora app is a “hidden gem” because I think most people know about it.  However, I would classify it as my “secret weapon” for my twins’ nap time!  I set it to the “classical” channel, and within a few minutes, they are asleep.  Works every time!

Any killer apps you think are missing from the iPad App Store, apps you’d love to see come to the iPad?

I would really like to see the iBook app give users the ability to “share” books with friends.  I have heard that the Kindle allows users to “share” their purchased books with friends for a period of time. 

Do you tend to pay much attention to your home or lock screen wallpaper? Change it up often?

My home screen is always set to a picture of my kiddos.  There for awhile, I was changing it very often.  However, now that the twins are mobile, I’m lucky to get a good picture of them together, and when I do, it becomes my home screen wallpaper!

Huge thanks to Jennielle for doing this post with us. I like the creative use of the Belkin Shield cover and love to hear that even her toddlers are getting good use out of the iPad.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out the excellent previous entries in the What’s on Your iPad series too.

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Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

6 thoughts on “What’s on Your iPad: Jennielle Strother

    • I’m so glad to hear that others allow their kids to use the iPad! When mine were the same age as yours, I was amazed that they could unlock the screen. (I have many videos of them doing it…haha!)

  1. Heh! My kids are banned from using my iPad – “it’s daddy’s for work”(!)

    Doesn’t always work out though as I have the free Coloring and Carl & Gugl apps… Mostly though they love looking in the photo stream at photos and videos (I’ve imported my wife’s videos from her Kodak Zi8 to edit in iMovies) of themselves!

    • Daryl,

      I’m going to have to look into the apps you mentioned. I’m always looking for apps for my kids!

      PS: I’m going to try to use your line “it’s for Momma’s work” and see if I can get just a few minutes use out of it! :)

  2. I would love to see a “What’s on your iPad” segment with Ryan Block (gdgt.com).