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!

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!

Storify iPad Application- Digital Storytelling on the go

By Megan Burke

I am delighted to report that now you can create digital stories on your iPad!  Storify gives you the ability to drag media from networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google onto your own Storify blog with the touch of a finger.  Storify is a digital storytelling tool which allows users to create a story using social media.  Students can showcase their own social networking tweets and posts all on one page, or create stories using key points from public tweets and posts.  As you thread elements from all over the Web into a story, you can type in your own comments to voice your opinions.  You can even tweet from within the Storify application to participate in the conversation.  Combining elements from these different sites makes for an informative, innovative story.  As long as your iTunes is updated, you are ready to begin blogging on your iPad! 

 


Once you publish your story, you can embed it in ePortfolio to show off your new digital story.  To get the application on your iPad, search for “Storify” in the app store, install the application, and begin creating digital stories by browsing through social media posts.  Digital storytelling is now at your fingertips- so reach out and touch social media to create something fascinating!  Click here to download Storify for the iPad from the App Store!

 

App of the Week: Eponyms

Eponyms for the iPad is an application used for Medical Students.  It is a longstanding tradition in medicine that rewards people by naming diseases, procedures, and other noteworthy discoveries after them.  But remembering them all is a huge headache for anyone who’s studying medicine or any related field.  Eponyms for the iPad is an app that makes the job easier by providing a searchable catalog of more than 1,600 medical eponyms.  The main screen lists 28 categories arranged by medical specialty, including special ones for syndromes, signs, and procedures, and one that lists all the eponyms in alphabetical order.  Once you’ve selected a category, an index on the right side lets you jump to any letter, and a search icon at the top lets you look for eponyms than contain specified text. Tapping on an entry shows a brief description of the eponym along with its creation date.  This app is free for students and very useful for those trying to remember all the different medical terms.

GoodReader App

The GoodReader app allows you to read PDF files on your iPad. GoodReader handles large PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and rendering of 100 mb and more with great speed. You will have the ability to mark up PDF’s because now you can use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. The latest version of GoodReader lets you sync your files with remote servers!

Compatible Sync Servers:

  • iDisk
  • Dropbox
  • Sugar Sync
  • Any WebDAV or FTP server

Ultimately, the GoodReader app is one of those apps that make the iPad better.  It is a very productive app that one can use in a variety of ways. How can you use the GoodReader app?

The price of this app is $4.99

RDP Lite

The RDP Lite app allows you to have remote access to your computer through wifi or the phones network. If you choose to use your iPhone, you can connect to a Windows computer and see files, programs and resources exactly as you would find it on your computer.

How to Set Up RDP Lite:

  • Enter your computer name into the IP address section (Please note that if you are not on the Pace network you have to use the VPN first, and then enter your computer.) Click here to set up your VPN.
  • Enter 3389 into the workstation port

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Technique of Fiction Writing App

The Technique Of Fiction Writing app is a helpful and useful app for creative writing. This application has features such as:

  • Zoom
  • Auto-Scroll
  • Magnify
  • Page back and forward controls
  • Table Contents
  • Bookmarking- Each time you leave the app it automatically holds the spot where you left off.

If you are interested in taking your writing skills to a higher level, take advantage of the topics that this app will cover.

Topics include:

  • Speech
  • Portrayal of Character
  • Atmosphere
  • The Short Story
  • The Novel
  • Description
  • Executive Technique of Narration

The cost for this application is $1.99

Have you thought of ways you can become a better creative writer?

App of the Week: Molecules

 

Today I will be discussing a science app called molecules.  This app is exactly as the names states, it is a 3-D diagram of different molecules.   With the touch of your finger you control, interact with and move the 3-D molecules on the screen.  You can zoom in and out by ‘pinching’ around the image. You can easily manipulate the angle and size of the molecule simply by using your fingers.

Another neat feature is that you can go into the Data Bank and download additional molecules and their 3 dimensional structures to continue learning about various molecular structures.  You also have access to in depth information ranging from the amino acid or nucleotide sequence to the researchers who have studied and established the molecules structure.  You can select from several visualization.   Another feature with the iPad version of the app is the ability to drag new molecular structures directly to your device via iTunes.  Just go to the Applications tab, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the icon for Molecules.

App of the week: Flash Card Deluxe

The Flash Card Deluxe iPad application is a great way to study and quiz students using electronic flash cards.

Features include:

  • 3 sided cards
  • Slide show
  • Division of cards into categories
  • Three response levels of: “Wrong”, “I don’t know, and “I know really well”

It also includes built-in dictionary features that allow you to find cards easily and look up terms as you study. Two smart study modes are also a part of this application, which will automatically focus on the cards that you have missed. This application is easy to follow and has an introduction/tutorial that explains all of its features. Flash cards or “decks” can be customized and transferred through this link . This application can be used on iPhones and iPods as well. Faculty members can also connect their iPad to classroom projectors using a VGA adapter, allowing you to share the flash cards you created with students. This feature could also help with making the class interactive during review sessions.

Flash Card Deluxe may be useful to many students from a variety of academic disciplines. The price for this  application is $3.99.

How many ways can you use the flash card app in your classroom?