It’s winter break, and I’m so happy to finally have time to play a bit with my iPad. I was scanning through some tweets from the top educators that I follow on Twitter, and I came across a recommendation from Vicki Davis for the Splashtop app that allows you to connect remotely to your computer or laptop (PC or Mac) and use any applications on your local computer on your iPad. The app is on sale for a limited time for $4.99, and since I had won an gift card to the Apple iTunes store at the Pre-CECA Day of Discovery in Meriden, CT in October, I decided to give it a try. It downloaded very quickly. My next step was to log into www.splashtop.com/streamer on my laptop and download the software. Once it was installed, I had to set up a security code, and it said I would be in business. Sooooo – I went into another room, opened my iPad, clicked on the Splashtop app, typed in my security code, and there it was – my laptop desktop right there on my iPad. Wow! is all I can say! Now, I can log into Discovery Education and stream videos from the main website on my iPad. I can open Word documents that are on my laptop and edit them on my iPad – and when I save, it saves to the document on my laptop. I also created a new document and saved it to the desktop of my laptop, and there it was when I checked later in the evening. In addition, I have a lot of music and videos on my laptop that are NOT on my iPad, and now I can stream that music through my iPad. Best of all, I have loads of folders of pictures on my laptop, and they are all accessible now, through Splashtop, on my iPad. That is awesome!In addition, using the screenshot feature on my iPad, I can easily add any picture to my camera roll. Granted, I have only tested it out at home from another room on the same wifi network, but supposedly, it should work, if I have a decent wireless connection, from a location in another town – another state. I’ll let you know. Right now, I am psyched that I don’t have to be tied down to my desk in my office in order to be able to do all of the above including watching (and manipulating) Flash content – on my iPad. The picture is a screenshot of my computer desktop as it appeared when I clicked on Splashtop on my iPad while I was composing this post on my laptop.