By Tony Abraham on November 30, 2011
Over the past month, these articles have mentioned iAnnotate’s use in local government and schools.
- Murfreesboro, TN City Council purchased 10 iPads with iAnnotate for its council members. Their hopes mirror the goals of every city that has gone this route: increased productivity, elimination of printing costs, and making the neighboring city councils simply green with tech-envy.
- Hudson Oaks, TX City Council follows suit: “The iAnnotate software that the council and staff will now use to view the agendas provides council with more advanced electronic reviewing tools than were available to them in a standard PDF reviewer on a laptop,” Campbell-Husband said. “When they make comments, note questions they need to ask, these are automatically saved in the downloaded agenda on the iPad, making it harder for a council member to inadvertently lose their electronic notes prior to a meeting.” The article provided no solution for council members who may inadvertently lose their iPads.
- Edgewood, TX School Board will receive iPads to cut down on over 600 pages of printed material for each board member. The article goes on to cite iAnnotate’s use by students in completing and submitting assignments at a local high school: “The ability to tag books electronically and email or print notes has been a wonderful addition to our learning environment.”
By Tony Abraham on July 2, 2011
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Morgan Reed, director of the Association for Competitive Technology, testified before Congress recently on the importance of technology in improving the workflow in the House. He highlighted iAnnotate in a use case in which a Representative marked up a report on the plane home, synced the document when s/he landed, and collaborated with support staff on questions- all through iAnnotate.
Thank you for featuring our app in your presentation, Mr. Reed. If I were in your shoes, I’d follow iAnnotate with an Angry Birds Presentation, unless it was before the House Subcomittee for the Development of Green Jobs, Green Technology, and Green Pigs. Then I might choose something else.
By Tony Abraham on July 1, 2011
In 2008, the Hawaii State Legislature enacted the Hawaii Senate Paperless Initiative which reduced their paper usage from 8.3 million pages to 1.5 million over the past three years. With the Hawaii model in mind, the Vermont state legislature just completed its first “paperless” trial run using iPads and iAnnotate.
Duncan Goss, the IT director for the Vermont State Legislature, described the recent experiment to me on the phone. Legislators in Vermont’s House Committee on Government Operations received an iPad with iAnnotate installed to review bills, journals, and agendas. An IT staff member was present for a couple hours each day for the first few weeks of the session while the legislators became acclimated to the device.
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Mr. Goss chose the iPad because of its similarity to paper documents, 10 hour battery life, and user-friendly appearance. He chose iAnnotate as a default app because it gave the legislators the opportunity to do exactly what they would do with paper: mark it up, add notes, highlight, and tag important passages. This combination simplified the laborious printing and distribution of journals and calendars to a single click, saving man hours and reams of paper. Through this savings, Mr. Goss believes that the iPads initial investment will be balanced out within two years of use.
Mr. Goss considers the experiment a success. Committee members praised the reduction of clutter, the convenience in transporting their work, and the ease of use. Mr. Goss plans to bring more iPads to legislature in future sessions.