March 6, 2014 Mobile Technologies User Meeting

Hello Mobile Technology Users! It is that time again, time for our monthly meeting! In this meeting we had one of our Environmental professors, Claudia Mausner, come discuss her experiences using an iPad for her classes. Also we discuss the Surface RT and how it can be used daily. So sit back and enjoy this meeting recap.  Then decide which tablet may be right for you…

First we had Claudia Mausner discuss her first time using an iPad. At first she said that her experiences with an iPad was not pleasant. She felt that the iPad was not user friendly. But as the semester has progressed on, she has now become accustomed to the iPad and what is has to offer. Claudia has been able to use the iPad to record videos for her students at the Wasterwater

Treatment Plant. Here is an example of it via Youtube. Feel free to check it out and spread the word! Let’s make this go viral.

Next she discussed what other things she has used. An app that she has used is SmartOffice 2. SmartOffice 2 is the equivalent to Microsoft Office Suite. Claudia discussed that she was able to type documents, take notes and easily save it to her DropBox account or just send it as an email. She said that it was extremely functional and something she has used on a daily basis since using the iPad. For more information about this app, head over to the App Store for SmartOffice 2 .

In the end Claudia has felt that the iPad has really helped her throughout the semester and she has really gotten used to it. Of course there are some minor things that still bug her, but overall her experience with the iPad has gotten better and now she has fully gotten the iPad experience. Has this convinced you to get an iPad?? If not read all about the presentation of the SurfaceRT below.

Next we discussed the SurfaceRT. First we discussed Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is an application that comes installed on Surface RT, Surface Pros and all PC (Laptops and Desktops). OneNote is a great application that acts as your binder with many different dividers. OneNote allows you to keep many “Notebooks” that allow you to keep notes. The great thing about this application is the functionality. It allows users to use their hands as their note taker. You can use your hand to highlight, cross, or just write like you would on a paper. Also this allows you to type like a regular keyboard. Finally we discussed the SurfaceRT itself. The SurfaceRT has great features, including acting like a regular PC and having the full Microsoft Office Suite installed. But the main downsides are the lack of apps (but they are coming) and also you are unable to install your own programs outside of the Windows App Store. The SurfaceRT currently runs for $350. For more information about the SurfaceRT and other great features head over to Microsoft’s SurfaceRT site.

We hope that we see you for our next meeting on Wednesday, April 9 2014 between 12:15-1:15. Remember the meetings are located in E319 on the NYC Campus and Miller 16 on the PLV Campus.

We hope to see you there!

 

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!

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Semester!

Welcome back to the Spring 2014 Semester. With a new semester upon us that means the Pace University Mobile Technology User Groups will be back up and running! So please feel free to join us for these meetings.

Spring 2014 Semester Meeting Dates

Wednesday, February 12 2014: 12:15-1:15
Thursday, March 6 2014: 3:30-4:40
Wednesday, April 9 2014: 12:15-1:15
Thursday, May 8 2014: 3:30-4:30

Our meetings will take place in room E319 on the NYC Campus and Miller 16 on the PLV Campus.

We hope to see everyone there!

Mobile Technologies User Group October 29, 2013 Meeting

Well we are back in the swing of things here and what that means is that we just had our second Mobile Technologies User Group meeting. If you didn’t come, you missed a lot but everything is good as we will talk about what was covered.

First off we had Peter McDermott, a professor here at Pace University talk about Digital Literacy. First Peter talked about his online class he was teaching. Then he discussed what types of applications and programs he used to make the class more interactive. Peter said he wasn’t too big on using Blackboard to try and get his class to be more fun. Skype was the first application he discussed. Peter felt that when you get face to face interaction, that you can better communicate and make sure students have a better understanding of things covered in the online class.

Next he talked about a program called Glogster. Glogster allows you to create a digital poster. What that means is that you can post videos, photos or anything else you want on your poster! That allows for better presentations and better interaction especially with online courses. This can be great if you want students to be creative when needing to present a project or just a topic.

Next was a program called Tar Heel Reader. What this program does is allows you to come up with your own stories like a book. But what differentiates this from other programs is that fact that you can allow for audio recording! It’s great if you want to present a story that you have created and wanted to share and want people to read along. Again another great application to use in the classroom.

Here are some other tools that were mentioned during the presentation which you can click to find out more about: DrawTo, Queeky, and Animoto.

Next we had Professor Barry Morris talk about the Google Chromebook. This is a great segway to discussing other technologies out there. Professor Barry Morris found that using a Chromebook is better for people who just want to use it for Internet Browsing and using the Google applications available. He says though that the Google Chromebook is very light to carry and that it if you are on the go type of person that this would be great for you. He himself thought that the Chromebook wasn’t sufficient enough to replace your iPad or you computers so you might want to hold up on a Chromebook. But Chromebooks are really affordable ranging from $200-$350.

 

If you would like to discuss anything else please feel free to leave a comment below. Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 21, 2013: 3:30-4:30 pm between  E319 on the NYC Campus and Miller 16 on the PLV Campus. We hope to see you there!

Apple Spotlight: The new iOS 7!

As you may have heard by now Apple has come out with a new and important update……Introducing the new iOS 7! Recently released back in September many iPhone and iPad users have decided to upgrade their OS to iOS7. Yes the reviews have been mixed but there is no doubt that there are many improvements over iOS6. Here is our guide to iOS7!

Design:

To the right is a picture of what iOS7 looks like. Have you noticed anything different? If you have great because there are major differences design wise. Things function the same way, but the design is much better. Like iOS6 the main apps will all have the same design which enables you to feel like everything is in sync. One major difference is the fact that when you open apps like Maps, Notes or Reminders you will see many differences in how the environment is. I for one think new users to iOS7 will enjoy the design aspect of it and upgrading users will slowly, but surely, adopt the new iOS as their own.

Functionality at it’s best!  

With the new iOS7 comes something people have been wanting for a long time….Multitasking! In the new iOS7 users can now move between apps more seamlessly by just double clicking your home button and swiping left or right. It is just that easy. No more having to start over your game or having to wait for your app to relaunch. Now by double clicking the app you want to re-open, it will automatically open where you left off.

Control Center

Another new and great feature is the improved control center.  No longer is it buried deep within your settings menu.  Now a simple swipe from the bottom of your device screen up reveals the easy to access and new and improved layout.

Coming Soon…

Not only is iOS 7 fast, but it’s sleek.  It will look even sleeker on the rumored new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2’s which should be announced at an Apple event on Tuesday October 22nd.  Stay tuned as Apple always has something great up its sleeve.

Welcome Back to Fall 2013 Semester!

Welcome back to the Fall 2013 school semester! We hope everyone had a wonderful and productive summer!

It is that time of year again to start having our meetings. Since it is a new semester we have a new group name: Mobile Technologies User Group. We will still talk about iPads, but now we will also go beyond iPads; this will give us a broader range of topics to cover during our meetings.  Feel free to contact us with any ideas to discuss or present.

Here are the dates for the upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013: 3:30-4:40 pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2013: 3:30-4:30 pm (Updated 10/18)
Thursday, November 21, 2013: 3:30-4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 10, 2013:  3:30-4:30 pm

Our meetings will take place in room E319 on the NYC Campus and Miller 16 on the PLV Campus.

We hope to see you there!

iPad App of the Week: iTalk

Students, have you ever found yourself in class about the fall asleep or are your hands just too cramped to copy the notes your professors put up. Teachers have you found yourself a bit lost at times in class and you want to practice your lecture before class starts? Well there is an app where you can actually record yourself speak and it is called iTalk!

iTalk is an app that allows you to record yourself or others (obviously you would need willing participants) and the recording remains on your iPad.  As you can tell from the picture on the left the app not only times how long you are recording but it tells you the sound quality, and the size of the file! This is some useful information because you want to make sure the quality of what you are recording is good and you need to make sure that you don’t  make a file that is too  large, thereby taking up precious  iPad space!

On a personal note I have used this app recently to record one of my professors lectures. I wanted to make sure I had everything ready for finals and I am really glad that I recorded the lecture so I didn’t miss a thing!

For more information you can download the iTalk app in the app store all for free!

Battle of the Boxes: DropBox vs Box.net

There comes a time where you think about storing your files on a cloud server but you don’t know which company to choose. Well two of the biggest companies are Dropbox and Box.net which both have apps available for free on the iPad!

Here are some major differences between Dropbox and Box.net when you use it on the iPad! In Dropbox when you register for an account you get 2GB of free storage which is good, BUT Box.net gives you free 5GB storage which is great for those on the go and those who don’t want to carry around their flash drives and risk losing that. When you use both of these apps on the iPad they integrate well with many things such as Pages BUT Box.net integrates MANY more apps such as Adobe Reader, Pages, and even a movie player.

Also if you are the type of person who enjoys sharing files with your friends and families Box.net is the best way to go because you can actually send the person the exact link to the file where they can download them. Privacy for both apps are great as they both allow you to set permissions on who has access and who doesn’t.

One major factor that made Box.net the better choice is the upload and download speed! You can upload your files on average 10 seconds faster then of Dropbox. If you are a person who is on the go and rush then Box.net is the choice for you!

The winner of the battle of the apps Round 1 is Box.net! But both still make good choices for students and professors of Pace University!

Spring 2013 iPad Meetings

Welcome back iPad Users!  This semester we are going to be bigger and better than ever, covering not only iPads but other mobile devices and new technologies. If you enjoy working with new technology or just love iPads this is the meeting for you! So what are you waiting for, come and join us!

Here are the dates for the meetings:

Monday, February 25, 12:20-1:15
Wednesday, March 20, 12:20-1:15
Monday, April 15, 12:20-1:15
Wednesday, May 1- 11:15-12:10

As always meetings are held on the NYC Campus in room E319 and on the Pleasentville Campus in Miller 16 via video conference.

We hope to see you there!

December 18, 2012 iPad Meeting

Hello, iPad users and welcome to the last post of the Fall 2012 semester! Boy did this semester fly by or what?! In our last meeting we had representatives from Doceri, a great app for the classroom, come stop by and talk about it. By the end of the meeting we asked ourselves, Where do we go from here? And I think you will like the answer!

First representatives from Doceri came by to talk about this great app that professors can use for their classroom. Doceri is an iPad app that includes an interactive whiteboard and a great screencast recorder. First you can create a free account with Doceri online or on the iPad. Once you get started that is where the fun begins. You will be able to create any sort of lesson plans for any subject whether it be Math, History or just plain old English. Once you have settled in, you can then bring your created lesson plans to class and be able to show your students. Not only will students feel more like they are included, but they will enjoy hearing lesson plans and watching it visually happening on the screen.

 

Another great feature about Doceri, is that it actually allows you to connect to a computer to be able to project your iPad! If you are tired of just having your back towards your students while writing on a whiteboard, Doceri can change that! Included is the option to have a computer connect to your iPad and that is where you can have an interactive Whiteboard come to life. You can have the projector, showing your students what you are writing in real time. So if you are explaining a math problem you can write your explanation on your iPad and it will show the students at the same time. There is no more need to have your back towards your students ever again!

For more information about this free app, head over to Doceri’s website! Once you have tired it let us know what you think about this app!  You can also search for some great demo videos on YouTube and follow them on Twitter.

Finally, we discussed one last question which was “Where do we go from here?” Some of the responses from people at the meeting said they wanted us to talk about other technology outside of the iPad. Maybe we can discuss some tricks and tips for Android tablets or maybe we can discuss anything about the new Microsoft Surface. If you would like that let us know! We want to gauge interest in new technology to expand even further!

After another successful semester, we hope to see you again next semester! Dates and times of our meetings in the Spring will be posted. Keep checking back for updates!

From everyone here, we wish you a wonderful winter break! See you back in the Spring!