WhatsApp? & Is Office finally coming to iOS?

Man has it been a busy couple of weeks of new technology news! You have to love this industry as things are changing everyday. Recently there has been big news of a purchase of an extremely popular application and the one question many iOS users are asking: is Microsoft Office Suite finally coming to iOS?

 

Most recently there has been huge news of a very popular mobile phone application called WhatsApp? WhatsApp is an application that allows users to communicate with friends and family without having to use your short messaging service (Or the thing you call a texting plan). You can text your friends or start a group chat on the go. All you need is a wireless connection (or a smartphone) and you are good to go. This has become an extremely popular app with over 300 million users daily. Not only can this be easily used but this is free! But here’s the catch: Only the first year is free and the years after you will be paying .99 per year.

WhatsApp

Still not a bad deal for those who want to text or chat on the go but don’t have a text plan on their mobile phones. WhatsApp is available on all platforms. For more information head over to the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or the Windows Phone Store. Chat on!  The rumors are also floating that they may add a voice call feature.

 

 

There have been a lot of rumors recently regarding a possible question many iOS users want an answer to…..Is Microsoft Office Suite making it’s way onto iOS?! Well let’s clear one thing up, yes and no.

Yes Microsoft is currently in the process of coming up with an application for iOS users who want to edit their essays on PowerPoints on the go. But there may be a long wait for this. We still don’t know when exactly Office will arrive on iOS or Android devices but we do know that Microsoft is working on it.

Well that’s the latest big news in the technology world! Told you it was a busy couple of weeks! If you have any stories that you want us to write about feel free to leave us a comment. Also our next Mobile Technology User Group meeting will be happening on March 6th, 2014 @ 3:30pm in E319  in NYC and Miller16 in PLV.  We hope to see you there!

February 12th Meeting Recap

 

Our recent meeting consisted of an app presentation by Josh from Daedalus.

The basic function of this app is it gives professors the ability to create “chalk and talk” videos by writing directly on their iPad with a stylus or their finger.  This is something that would seem to be ideal in the math and science fields for problem solving.  And not only is the writing recorded, but the professor has an option to provide voice over as well.  They do limit each to 4 slides bc their philosophy is students fare better with receiving these types of tutorials in shorter increments, so a 10 minute time frame is the recommendation.

The Professor can enroll his/her students in the course which is created on the back end of their site.  All recordings are stored on their site and accessible via laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones for the convenience of the students.  Josh also mentioned that they are looking for ideas for expanding, but that currently all features are free.  The link below gives more information as well as a link to download the app.  Try it out and let us know what you think.

Here is more info about the app.

Our second presenter was Martina from Dyson Instructional Technology.  She introduced the Turn It In and Qualtrics apps to us.  Both of these tools are commonly used at Pace already, but now having a mobile app version makes it even easier to use.

Turn It In is the plagiarism checker used by many universities.  It is already built into our Blackboard ecosystem and now Professors can get their students papers on their other devices via this app.  It makes the process of grading an anywhere type of thing as opposed to needing an actual computer.  A few of the main features of the app include the originality report, quick mark comments, voice comments, and more. The best part?  Let’s say you are traveling to work on the train or will be somewhere without Wi-Fi.  No problem.  Just sync the papers before you leave home to the app and grade off-line.

More information here:  http://turnitin.com/en_us/features/ipad

Download app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turnitin/id657602524?mt=8

The second app was our survey tool that we use at Pace.  Qualtrics is a robust, but easy to use online survey tool.  The app allows you to download and manager your surveys.  They pride themselves on the simplicity of using their service, but also with the number of additional features that you can utilize as you see fit.  Below you will see a link to a short YouTube video which will tell you more about the features:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eta_JlRpAMc

Download app here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qualtrics-surveys/id671910896?mt=8

Our next mobile technology user group meeting is on March 6th, 2014 @ 3:30pm in M16 (PLV) and E319 (NYC).  See you there!