Interesting Resources

Apps

Adobe Voice: Turn your story into a stunning animated video. In minutes!

Appinstitute: Another great tool for building (for free) your own apps, although you will have to pay to publish your app once it has been built. To see two apps built by a DIT lecturer using this site, download DITGetSmart and Prep4DIT.

Bonfyre: Private messaging/photo sharing app. “Bonfyre connects you directly with your friends, family, classmates, or professional network to chat and share photos and videos, without ads or interruption.”

Celly: Set up safe, private communication networks with students to encourage collaboration and communication.

Coggle : Create, collaborate on, and share creative mindmaps.

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard: “Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.”

Eteachingapps: Eteachingapps was developed specifically for Higher Education. Here you can build an app for your students for free, and it’ll be accessible across all operating systems. No programming skills required.

Explain everything : A great app that is a screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool. Using it you can “annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere” so well worth checking out.

GoClass: This web-based app, with accompanying mobile apps, allows you to build a lesson, project it to a screen in class and push it out to the students on their devices too, and you can include polls/assessments etc in it for them to answer. All the data relating to attendance and assessments results etc is viewable then from the web-based app. If you click through the ‘how it works’ steps on that link above you’ll get a good idea of how it goes.

Infuse Learning:  “a free service that allows you to create and deliver assessments on your laptop, iPad, or Android device and push individual questions, prompts, and even complete quizzes out to students’ devices in private virtual classrooms. Your questions and prompts can take on a variety of formats including multiple choice, true/false, and short answer style; it even allows students to respond by creating drawings or diagrams on their own devices” (http://bit.ly/1pnOPgS.)

MyScript calculator: Perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting.

Paper: by FiftyThree. Free sketch app for iPads. Create amazing sketches using a ‘pencil’, collaborate and share. You can even get you book of sketches printed for you.

Polling/Audience Response apps: Socrative , Nearpod, Getkahoot , Voxvote, Infuse Learning (see above), GoSoapBox

Screencasting softwares: Screenr, Screencastomatic, Jing

Storify can be used with Twitter to create stories or timelines. See examples of how Simon Lancaster has used it with his students to ‘store’ tweets here. (And see here for an example of how he embeds the use of Socrative – mentioned above – to support the flipped classroom approach).

Tellagami: Animate your message. Create a quick animated video.

Thinglink: Make your images interactive. (Can be used on the PC but there’s also an app)

TOPSY : Search and analyse Twitter. Find important tweets.

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos. Works with videos on YouTube and Vimeo amongst others. All the notes you type are automatically synchronized with the video and it integrates with Google Drive.

Vidopop: “Vidopop’s unique live cloud video recording technology lets you record and send video of any size instantly to anyone and any app.”

Wolfram Alpha: A computational knowledge engine.

 

Websites

MELSIG: The UK Media-Enhanced LearningSpecial Interest Group

Edshelf: Find the right educational tools for your needs. A discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning.

BYOD4L: Bring Your Own Devices for Learning

 

Articles

Designing Courses with Mobile in Mind

Mueller. J, Wood. E, De Pasquale. D, & Cruikshank. R (2012). Examining Mobile Technology in Higher Education: Handheld Devices In and Out of the Classroom. International Journal of Higher Education, 1(2), 43-54.

40 Creative ways teachers are using cell phones in the classroom

Are We Wired For Mobile Learning? [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

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