Using a second monitor increases productivity, makes cutting and pasting easier, allows for side-by-side comparison, and more! Many of us may have two monitors in the office but what about at home? If you already own an iPad this may be an inexpensive solution to a second screen. Below are two apps that allow you to use your iPad as a second monitor.
Duet Display ($18.99)
Air Display 3 ($16.99)
You can never have too many monitors!
I often use my smaller screen for email and searches. That way, I have quick access to the information always able to see if a message has come, while my larger screen is used for productive work, for creation or for typing or writing. I hear that many people use their smaller screen for social media, like twitter feeds or facebook etc. It took a long time for me to try two screens (longer than most of my colleagues) but once I did, there’s no turning back! Pretty neat trick to turn your ipad into your second screen. Very cool idea Nicole, thanks!
I really appreciate the hints you have provided through the Faculty Corner. I am often working in complex applications like Photoshop that require many palettes open to be productive. Having a 2nd screen can be a big help in this instance. However, I think that what Kathi talks about presents a possible problem with using multiple screens: having your 2nd screen open to social media provides an easy way to be distracted, the “oh a shiny thing” problem. And you’re off down the rabbit hole of the web.
Here’s an op-ed piece from the New York times that addresses this: