App Spotlight: Find My iPhone

Have you wondered what you would do if you ever lost your iPad?! Well I have, but have no fear, there is an app that will find your iPad if you lose it! The app is actually called Find My iPhone. What this app allows you to do is sync your Apple iCloud account and track your iPhone or iPad anywhere on the go. You can track your iPad from a computer at school, work, or even from your mobile device. But here is the great thing; if you lose your iPad you can track its exact location and be able to find it! There are many great features built into this app. If you do lose your iPad you can  play a sound which can help you to locate it if it is nearby. You can also lock the iPad remotely, or even erase all data from your iPad so no thieves can gain access to your information.  To get started simply download the Find My iPhone app on the device you wish you track and then sign in on a computer or another Internet enabled device at http://www.icloud.com and track your iPad!

Pace Mobile App and iOS 6 both available!

Pace Information Technology Services (ITS) is proud to offer our Pace Mobile application to students, faculty, and staff. Over the past few months ITS has been creating and implementing a Phase I build of our Pace Mobile App. Our current application offers a variety of modules for the iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices and so far has had 2199 downloads in the first week alone!.

 Below is the summary of what you will see when you download the app:

(Please note: These may vary across platform builds.)

 

  • Videos (links to Pace’s YouTube)
  • News (links to Pace’s Pace Pulse publication)
  • Contacts (provides key University contacts)
  • Links (links to m.pace.edu)
  • Images (links to Pace’s Flickr account)
  • Blackboard Learn (links to Blackboards Mobile Learn App)
  • Maps (provides building locations and additional building information)
  • iTunes U (links to Pace’s iTunes)

For more information and updates visit the following site: Pace Mobile App.

We would love to here what you think about the app, please send comments and suggestions to itshelpdesk@pace.edu

 

 

(Picture Credit: Apple)

Apple has come out with iOS 6 for all iPhone and iPad users! There are many updates to maps, Siri and even better Facebook and Twitter integration.

For more information about the new updates head to the Apple Website .


May 8th, 2012 iPad Meeting

Hello again iPad users,

We just had our last iPad meeting of the semester and this one got us excited for what the iPad has in store for future semesters. The theme of the meeting was using the iPad in the classroom. Even though a lot of students on our campus may not have an iPad, maybe the experiences shared by the professors at Seton Hill University might have changed some minds about investing in one.

Our guests were professors and directors from Seton Hill University. Melissa Alsing who is the director of IT and Dennis Stern, who is an English professor at the university, talked about everyone on campus having an iPad and MacBook in their own hands. This program is called the Griffin Technology Advantage. He talked about the integration of iPads in the classroom and he talked about ways he used them in class. You can watch some videos here explaining how professors and students love using the iPad and how it helps them in class. Two other guests from Seton Hill were Kathy Harris and Mary Spataro, who both work in Education/Teaching. They described the experience of using iPads in class as encouraging. They enjoyed the fact that students were more engaged and more motivated to do well.

One main question posed was whether or not there are useful apps that students can really utilize in class? The answer is yes with apps like Blackboard or even simple note taking apps. One of our other guests from Apple, Steve Prekop asked a very important question which was, “Are there any classes on making apps? Taking classes like these no matter what skill level can be a great thing to take as  you may come up with the new coolest app that everyone uses on the iPad!”

We hope after reading and looking around Seton Hill University’s website that this might convince you to get an iPad. The model that they have adopted of an “iPad 2 for Everyone” is nothing short of a brilliant way to set their students up for successful college careers. iPads are great for classes as you feel more engaged and more excited to learn. There are many subject specific apps that help you reinforce what you already know, as well as give you the tools needed to take the next step in your course.

This was a very successful semester and we hope to see you come September with your iPad at our kick off meeting (date, time, and location TBD). If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them here or bring them to the next meeting.

iPad Meeting April 11, 2012

Hello again iPad users! We just had our second to last iPad meeting (How quickly the semester flew!!) and it was a meeting that you didn’t want to miss. In this meeting we discussed many things from the latest cool app to even studying at Yale or an easier way to follow the ongoing election process! You are going to have to read some more to find out how to do that.

First Professor Nancie Taylor from Pleasantville discussed how she uses the iPad in the classroom and how other professors can as well. First she discussed how students can use different apps to hold their information.  The first app was the popular app called Dropbox, which is cloud storage (FREE) that allows students to save files through the internet instead of carrying around a Flash Drive.  These files are then accessible anywhere with an internet connection.  Also there was an app that allows students to access lectures from Yale and even Princeton! If you want to see what the classes are like at these schools you might want to check them out and this is available any day at any time! (Please contact Professor Taylor for the exact name of the app).  The last app talked about was Mobilecho. This app allows for easy & safe file sharing between a group of people in an organization. And the best thing about all these apps is that they are ALL FREE! You can contact Professor Nancie Taylor (ntaylor@pace.edu) for more information about these apps!

 

Our second presenter at the meeting was Dr. Christopher Malone who works in the Political Science department on the NYC campus. Have you ever wanted to follow the election in the easiest possible way? Well there are and here are some great apps that he talked about. One app that can be very useful to students is Election 2012 which only costs $1.99. In this app, students are given a visual representation of the elections and how each state voted. This shows if New York went Republican or stayed Democratic or if you want to find out how much each state is worth. Also the one great thing about this app is that it keeps a historical data which gives users access to older elections and this gives users a great visual on how the USA has changed when voting over the years. Also Dr. Malone talked about some great free apps that gives users the edge in regards to the election. One that was mentioned was the Washington Post which posts news articles about the election. Another app was called Twatcher 2012  Elections which follows ALL the tweets of the current candidates! Again, the best thing about the latter 2 apps is that they are free!

 

Finally, even though Dr. Barry Morris could not make it, he recommend a great free app called Skitch. What this app does is allows students and professors to take a screenshot of a webpage and to annotate on the page! You can underline, change colors or even draw arrows to a specific place on the page so for all the professors out there that have an iPad you can easily show students what you are talking about.

 

 

 

Our last meeting for the semester will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 3:30 in the PLV & NYC videoconferencing rooms. We hope to see you there.

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!

 

March 21, 2012 iPad Meeting

Hello iPad Users!

We  had our second meeting of the semester between the NYC and PLV campuses via video conferencing. We had some guest speakers including our Apple Representatives. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting.

Mr. Devin McLaughlin, an Apple Representative, was up first and he was there to discuss many things. First we were introduced to the new iPad, and we learned that there are some improvements from the iPad 2. The new iPad has a better camera on the front and back, coupled with better resolution which will enable you to see more details on the iPad. And one of the biggest changes to the new model is a feature named Dictation. Dictation allows you to speak instead of type. Now whatever you want to say is what you are going to see typed out on the iPad. Pretty Cool Right?

Also Devin recommended some apps that would be very useful to students and staff such as the app named  Reflection. Reflection is a app that allows your iPad to be shown on a Mac computer. This will be easier for some people because you can now use a mouse. You will control everything on your iPad from your own computer!

Our next guest speaker was Mr. Peter Hoffman, a representative from Kno.com. Kno.com, pronounced (know), is a website that allows people to access  digital textbooks. Kno allows  people to access publications including textbooks in an electronic format. You can take notes on a digital sticky note and you can highlight certain parts. What is great is that it is integrated with drop box so you can share content with other people! Also students can benefit from electronic Flashcards and  a feature named “QuizMe”, which can help students to prepare for exams. Faculty can also submit their own documents such as pdf documents and PowerPoint presentations through Kno to make it available to their students.
Kno has a FREE app on the iPad, so feel free to download it now!

Our next meeting will be on April 11, 2012 at 1pm. Everyone is invited even if you don’t own an iPad! If you love technology and discovering the next cool app come aboard!

Take a Bite from Apple’s Latest Apps

Apple may astound you with some of its latest apps for your iPad. Build your own personal magazine customized to your interests, experience novels as they come to life with animated illustrations or download your very own personal chef to assist in the creation of the perfect recipe. Ranging from free to $50, you might want to revamp your iPad experience. The New York Times recently published an article which showcases these apps and their prices.

Click here for article

2 Useful University Apps

Quick Voice Recorder is the most popular, full-featured iPhone voice recorder available.  With QuickVoice you can record voice notes, reminders, dictations, meetings, interviews, shopping lists, to do lists, and even entire lectures and multi-session seminars.  Quick Voice Recorder automatically saves your recordings in the category you select along with the date/time stamp and also allows you to email recordings.  It’s a very useful app for students as well as teachers.  This app is free on the iPad.

Jot! is a white board app that allows users to collaborate in real time.  Jot! allows you to free-hand draw with your finger or stylus or you can add text with just a tap.  You can copy and paste lines, change their color, or delete them altogether.  You can save your Jot! to your photo library and email or print your creation.  When you open a blank sheet, you have a side panel with a few options.  Pick a color and start drawing, if you mess up, you can either use the eraser, or just delete the lines you don’t like.  You can grab a line by touching and holding for a second.  An edit panel will appear that allows you to move the line, drag it to the garbage, copy it or change the color.  Once you are finished with your doodle, or whatever you are creating, you can start a new one and the old one will be automatically saved within the app.  If you are ready to send your work of art to someone, you have the option of sending it as a “jot” file, a PDF or an image.  This app cost 4.99 but there is also a free iPad version which allows you to collaborate on projects as well.

 

 

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.