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Introduction to Tablets and Their Capabilities

  • Derek FranceEmail author
  • W. Brian Whalley
  • Alice Mauchline
  • Victoria Powell
  • Katharine Welsh
  • Alex Lerczak
  • Julian Park
  • Robert Bednarz
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ecology book series (BRIEFSECOLOGY)

Abstract

In this chapter we provide a few introductory notes on using and optimising tablets for fieldwork learning. Tablets come with few instructions, however some users are not used to exploring the operating system or realise that you can achieve a result in a number of different ways. Supporting documents are available e.g. for iPads at Apple (2014) as well as number of basic guides, see Turner (2014). While this chapter is not a ‘how to’ manual it seems appropriate to provide some extended notes relating to the fieldwork functionality of tablets with regards for example, connectivity, accessibility and data storage.

Keywords

Tablet computer iPad Field-ready Functions Internet connection 

References

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Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek France
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. Brian Whalley
    • 2
  • Alice Mauchline
    • 3
  • Victoria Powell
    • 1
  • Katharine Welsh
    • 1
  • Alex Lerczak
    • 1
  • Julian Park
    • 3
  • Robert Bednarz
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Geography and International DevelopmentUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  3. 3.School of Agriculture, Policy and DevelopmentUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  4. 4.Department of GeographyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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