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.

 

 

iPad Meeting Highlights #4

The final iPad meeting for the Spring 2011 semester provided attendees with a fore gleam of the future use of iPads at Pace University. While previous iPad meetings focused on interesting apps and in-class iPad experiences, our final meeting examined app development at Pace University. In lieu of feverishly searching through the App store hoping to find apps that could benefit our students, some members of the Pace community have started the process of developing apps which will specifically address the needs of our community.

Dr. Jonathan Hill, Assistant Dean in Seidenberg School of CSIS, opened the discussion by mentioning the new buzz term SoLoMo, which stands for social, local and mobile. SoLoMo essentially describes the use of mobile devices as a gateway for information that is pushed down to users on their local devices. The term also covers the ability to interact socially on  these devices through Web 2.0 platforms. Dr. Hill also encouraged attendees to consider mobile technologies as a whole instead of focusing solely on the iPad and iPhone.

Jeremy Pease, Anthony Perrone and Paat Sinsuwan are three programming students from Seidenberg who have been working on developing apps for Pace University. The students described the difficulty involved in learning the iOS. Dr. Kline, an Associate Professor in  Seidenberg, chimed in by explaining that “students are not used to managing memory through programming”, a factor which happens to be an important part of app development. A programmer must ensure that an app doesn’t use up all of the memory because it can cause the device to crash. Challenging themselves to learn how to program in unfamiliar territory has not caused these students to shy away from their iPad app projects.

Paat Sinsuwan is working on a app which will allow students to rate their courses and course textbooks. Through this app  students should be able to easily view their requirements worksheet to see which courses they have taken as well as all  available course options. A student’s personal interests will be used to suggest appropriate course electives.

Jeremy Pease and Anthony Perrone have been working hard at converting the Pace events page into a user friendly application. When their application is finalized, users should be able to search for  active university events by campus.

Dr. Phil Greiner, Associate Dean for Faculty Development  in Leinhard School of Nursing, described the useful app being developed for nursing students. The app will provide nursing students with access to industry standard instruments, which they can use while assessing geriatric patients. As shown through the prototype, the app  will feature buttons that will be large enough to allow patients to comfortably work through specific assessments. Nursing students will be able to email assessment results directly to their advisors without revealing the patient’s name. Dr. Greiner also explained the obstacles involved in trying to customize specific instruments for the iPad. We were able to view the mobile site which features the assessments the nursing students will soon have access to through the iPad.

Professor Emilie Zaslow, a Dyson instructor in Communication Studies, shared her in-class iPad experience. Six iPads were made available to her class of 30 students for the course Gender & Media. The ratio of students to iPads presented the first challenge as 5 students hovered over a single iPad.  In one assignment, the students watched an episode of Gidget to analyze the ways in which feminism was constructed then they used the storyboard app to develop updated constructions. In a second assignment each student had an opportunity to take the iPad home  for a visual learning assignment. The students were able to use  Moxier  Collage to create a visual collage for their final paper.

Alexander Weisman of ITS, demonstrated the power of GoodReader and Dropbox through his step by step tutorial. We learned about the integration of  these two apps, which will make it easier for iPad users to edit documents and make them public through their mobile devices.

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Thank you for joining us during the Spring 2011 semester as we learned about the power of ubiquitous computing through iPads.

The iPad Diary episode #1

Professor Manuela Soares, an instructor in the Graduate Publishing program, has allowed us to take a  rare glimpse into her diary. She is the first member of the faculty to bravely accept the iPad challenge. Written in diary format, Professor Soares shares her week long journey of using the iPad as her sole computing device.

Friday

It was raining in New York and I was eager to get to the airport and start the trip. iPad in hand, charger in my bag. I know it says 10 hours, but it always feels like less. I had it plugged in yesterday and unplugged when it reached 100%. I’ve been told it’s not good to leave these devices plugged in indefinitely. This morning, the iPad registered 98% – but hadn’t been used at all. Now it’s 96%.

Rain in New York – and  just heard on the news – a tsunami headed to California. Flying directly into trouble. At least I’ll be entertained.

Waiting at the airport, my traveling companion had a copy of New York magazine and I started the crossword puzzle, then hunted for sandwiches for the plane, and used the iPad for about 10-20 minutes to check my messages and download a couple of magazines.

Read a ya novel on the flight, along with the current issue of the New Yorker and Martha Stewart I had downloaded into the iPad earlier.

About 6 hours later – San Francisco

A friend picked us up at the airport  – which is what people do in SF and we rode into town. At Union Square we noticed a very long line of people and wondered why they were waiting in line. Stopped at a light, we analyzed the crowd – all young and hip we decided. What were they waiting for? The line was so long we could see around the block. Then it hit me – the new iPad 2.

The next day we walked to Union Square and sure enough, there was the Apple store that had been out of sight when we stopped the day before.

At the hotel, I decided to read a little before my nap – and needed to download another book – since I had just been reading a sample. I looked at the battery – 13%. I guess that’s about right – but still not the 10 hours everyone thinks it should run. I plugged in the iPad.

Sunday

The hotel was supposed to have wifi – and it does – for an additional $15.95 A DAY! So forget surfing the web or buying any new books. I can always go to a Starbucks or find wifi elsewhere, but so far we’ve been too busy with family events. Reading a new mystery – Damage — that takes place in SF. OK, but not liking it as much as The Help, which I’d recently finished. I have a few papers downloaded to Dropbox, but without an Internet connection I couldn’t sync those files. Guess I would have had the same problem with my laptop.

Had wanted to download the new blackboard app, but didn’t have a chance before I left. Now can’t download. But wait – somewhere in the hotel someone named John Wright has a wifi connection on his MacBook pro – and I can coattail on his connection. At least for as long as it takes to download the blackboard app. Success! Thanks, John.
But of course, if I wanted to connect to Blackboard or anything else I still need wifi. I would take the iPad with me, but when we go out for the day, I often have my nikon (heavy), and other stuff, so the iPad is usually left at home. Even the new slimmer thinner iPad seemed heavy to me when I tried it at the apple store yesterday. They are sold out; expecting more on Tuesday. My friend was particularly impressed with that magnetic cover.

Monday

The Borders store is closing and we stopped by to see if there were any bargains we couldn’t pass up. Sad to say, no. Even the few things we considered meant carrying them around for the rest of the trip, so we didn’t buy anything.

Tuesday

Extremely frustrated by not having wifi, but would have the same problem if I had the laptop instead. Managed to access the Dropbox and sync so I could get my files. Some didn’t sync properly and I can’t access them.

Wednesday

In Napa and wanted to find the names of some restaurants, but no wifi. Used my iPhone; it also has a built-in GPS so we can find our way around town. Too frustrating not having wifi – this hotel charges for wifi access, too. Fifteen $ a day.

I can still read my book and have been able to read a student paper as well, but can’t annotate it.

Friday

On our way back to NYC. I managed to do some work; read a lot; played a few games. But next week, on a business trip to Chicago – I’ll take my laptop. Maybe it’s the keyboard that makes it easier to work on. Or just the fact that everything I need is already on the laptop. But, I guess if I used the iPad more, that wouldn’t be an issue.

The iPad does slide snugly into the side pocket of the laptop case, so I can bring both for now.

Will you accept the iPad challenge?  If so, please contact Martina Blackwood at mblackwood@pace.edu.