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.

iPad Meeting Highlights

Here are some highlights from the iPad  meeting which took place this month.

iPad 2.0

The new iPad was released March 11, 2011. Here’s how it compares to version 1:

  • 33% thinner, and slightly lighter than the iPad 1
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Resolution is the same as the first one
  • Equipped with HD video
  • Faster and “snappier” than the original iPad
  • More sensitive to rotation
  • Upgrading to the radio feature will allow for a better signal Continue reading

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

February iPad Group Meeting

Below you will find some of the highlights from our February iPad meeting. We were so pleased to have Professor Elizabeth Berro and Professor Barry Morris as faculty presenters. They shared the many exciting ways in which they have used the iPad to enhance their courses. Chris Levy of ITS, presented the topic of Dropbox–iWorks integration.

Professor Berro’s experiences:

Professor Berro applied for a grant which allowed 20 of her students to receive iPads. The iPads are used to support interactive learning in the classroom.
Some of Professor Berro’s goals include :

  • entirely eliminating PowerPoint presentations
  • minimizing lecture time
  • enhancing group activities

iPad Application in NUR 422:

Apps Used:

  • Epocrates: reference for drug interactions
    • In-class application: research various drug interactions
  • Board Game Tools: timer, scorecard, dice
    • In-class application: used for in-class quizzes and exercises

Professor Berro collaborated with textbook editors to make the course textbooks available in ebook format.

  • In-class application: Students easily flip through the ebooks to look at diagrams and other important information. Continue reading

VPN: Connecting to the Pace Network from Home

In order to access your work computer from outside the Pace University network, you’ll need a remote desktop app like Wyss PocketCloud, or RDP Lite. But the first thing you need to do is use VPN to connect to the Pace network.

To enable VPN on your iPad:

Step 1: Install the “Cisco AnyConnect” app, and open it

Step 2: Add a VPN connection
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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: 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?