Appy Monday: Genius Scan

picture of phone in pocket Nokia LumiaDo you or your students wish you had something in your pocket which can scan documents to make them electronic? Meet Genius Scan. This clever app helps you to use your phone camera to scan in documents, instantly save them as a PDF file and then you can email these to yourself for later use.

This works well for placement students who often have printed documents which they need to get signed by their mentors but would like to send or submit them electronically. The app is free to use (although there is a paid for version with extra features) and can be downloaded on both the Apple Store and Google Play.

screen shot of genius scan

Appy Monday: Dysh

How many times have you heard people say ‘why do I need to see on Instagram or Twitter what someone’s eaten for breakfast?’ If like me you might also be guilty of posting your dinner and then met with a barrage of abuse from friends and followers.

There is no question that Social Media is awesome, it allows us to connect with people instantly. From an educational point of view it opens up discussion, debate and sharing in a 24/7 culture, the perfect platform for engaging the millennials andyshlogod Generation Z.

In 2014 Dysh was developed as a ‘Free app that merges user-generated content and technology to create a conversation around food.’ Until this year the app was and some may argue still is relatively unknown, I could not find any usage stats. The app did received a boost in February of 2016 by re-launching and enlisting some well-known YouTube stars, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig and Ingrid Nilsen who all dysh3own equity shares in the app. Collectively they bring with them nearly 20 Million fans from a wide range of sources including Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler along with TV, Films and book deals.

So how does Dysh work?

Dysh has four key functions. The main social feed, which acts similarly to your Instagram feed, lets you catch up on anyone you follow on the app and see what they’ve been eating, where they ate it, and what they rated it.

Then there’s the utility function of it: based on your location, you can see restaurants in your area and the dishes other Dysh users have enjoyed (or not). Next is the Explore tab, which acts as a collection of community-based photos surrounding a certain themed hashtag. The fourth area of the app is your own personal profile, where you can post your own food photography, and “no one can give you crap about it.”

Every time you post and connect with your followers and receive likes you earn points and can move up in the rankings of ‘Taste Buds’, raising your status and the company themselves have committed donating meals to charity each time a user ranks up!

The important bit: How could it be used for learning and teaching?

This could be a fantastic resource for a wide array of subjects:

  • Food and Hospitality – portfolio of dishes made by students #tastyderby
  • Sports Nutrition and Health – promoting a healthy diet #healthyderby
  • Art and Photography – portfolio of food based photography #foodstylingderby

Unfortunately Dysh just doesn’t have that wide spread appeal yet and if you like to look at pictures of food in LA and Brooklyn then you have found the right app.

However, I did a local search to the University and see that there are a lots of Derby restaurants to follow and hundreds of posts in a 20 mile radius, so maybe it’s worth a little look then next time you don’t know what you want to make for dinner!

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Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Dysh within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865

 

 

Appy Monday – Snapchat

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text and drawings but only for a brief amounts of time.

What can it do?

  • Send videos and pictures for free
  • Add a ‘Story’ – a 24 hour collection of your photos and videos which you can broadcast to the world, or just your followers.
  • Allows you to live video or audio chat with friends
  • Access pages such as BuzzFeed, National Geographic and Sky News (along with many more)

Download it now

Download it from the App Store or  Google Play Store on your device

How could it be used for learning and teaching?

  • Engage students through a Snapchat Q&A
  • A 24 story which can act as a reminder to students for deadlines
  • Bitesize lessons and tips
  • Sharing ideas in an easy way to communicate

Short Task:

  • Download Snapchat
  • Sign up and make an account
  • Take a picture and try swiping through filters to add the time
  • Share it to your story

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Snapchat within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Appy Monday – Wunderlist

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What is Wunderlist?

Wunderlist is a task management and organisation tool, available on the web and as an app.

What can it do?

  • Enables you to areate a series of to-do lists to help organise your learning tasks.
  • Reminders can be set for tasks that need to be completed soon.
  • Lists can be shared with others and use the comments feature to communicate about shared tasks.
  • Lists can be accessed across your different devices (e.g. on smartphone, tablet and computer).
  • Lists can be printed.

Download it now

Download for a range of devices from the Wunderlist site

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Introduce students to this as a tool to help with group project management
  • Introduce students to this tool to help them manage their own workload

Short task:

  1. Sign up to Wunderlist
  2. Create a new “to do”
  3. Add a reminder to this “to do”
  4. Create a new list
  5. Move your “to do” to the new list
  6. Share your new list with someone

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Wunderlist within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Appy Monday – Explain Everything

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What is Explain Everything?

Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard, screencasting tool. It is available as a mobile app. However, there is a cost of £4.49 . Please be aware of this, if you choose to use it.

Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard from Explain Everything™ on Vimeo.

What can it do?

With the Explain Everything app, you can import documents, pictures, videos and sound files to your project and then add drawings, annotations, animations and voice over narrations. The final project can  be recorded and shared with other people.

Animate by using a variety of tools and draw in multiple colours on a virtually unlimited space.

Rotate, move and arrange any object added to the stage.  Record and playback your screencasts.

Integrates with multiple import and export sources, for example Google Drive, Dropbox.  Import images, videos, PDFs and more.  Export to MP4, PDF, PNG and editable projects.

How to download:

From the App Store   

From Google Play Store

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Instructional videos, create step by step how to videos with text or voice
  • Creating flipped content style videos
  • Check students understanding and knowledge by asking them to create an ‘Explain Everything’ presentation.
  • To give feedback to students on their work: student feedback

Short task:

  1.  Download the app ‘Explain Everything’
  2.  Open the app and click on the ‘plus’ sign to start a new project
  3.  Add a photo or document from your iPad
  4.  Use the annotation tools, press record and a voice over narration
  5. Stop the recording
  6. Export to video to your email account

Important note

Please be aware the app costs £4.49.  Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Explain Everything within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

iOS help guide

 

 

Appy Monday – Pics2Mov

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What is Pics2Mov

Pics2Mov is an iPhone app to create a montage of videos with a voice over.

What can it do?

  • Edit Videos or Images on a timeline
  • Add Text, or “stickers” on top
  • Use different transitions to move between images
  • Add a voiceover or music track

Download it now

Download from the Apple iTunes store

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Present ideas and concepts in a more visual way
  • Create step by step how to videos with text or voice
  • Allow students, a creative way, to prove they have a systematic understanding of concepts

Short task:

  1. Install Pics2Mov
  2. Choose a simple task and photograph the constituent stages
  3. Open Pics2Mov
  4. Choose a 16:9 video
  5. Place the images in the correct order
  6. Add text to the images to explain that stage
  7. Add transitions and music or a voiceover
  8. Export your video

Important note

This App is only available on IPhone. Though the app is free to download it contains paid for content internally please be aware of this when choosing to use it.

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Pics2Mov within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Appy Monday – Sketches

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What is Sketches? 

Tayasui Sketches is a drawing app which enables you to draw out your notes, doodles and diagrams on your iPad or iPhone and organise these into collections.

What can it do? 

  • Enable you to draw electronic sketches using a variety of different drawing tools and a wide range of colours.
  • Use patterns to fill large areas of the picture.
  • Add text and shapes to add further meaning.
  • Share your drawings via email or social media tools such as Facebook and Flickr.
  • Add photos with your camera as a background to an image.

Download it now

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • To take notes during a lecture or seminar combining text, drawings and diagrams to represent key points.
  • To create visual images which help to break-up heavily text based learning resources or presentations.
  • Challenge students to represent a concept or idea using drawings only and share this in class or on a shared area in Course Resources such as a discussion board.

Short task: 

  • Download the app.
  • Open the app and try drawing the University of Derby logo.
  • Save the picture.
  • Email this to yourself.

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Sketches within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Appy Monday – Padlet

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What Is Padlet?

Getting your students to engage is a difficult task at the best of times. Whilst there are tools within the VLE to do this such as Forums and Wikis, these tend to take a prescriptive approach and take students down a particular route in participation.

Padlet’s USP is that it is flexible allowing the user to work with what is effectively a metaphoric piece of paper which upon it the user can put whatever they like on it. Videos, Sound files, Photographs, other images, written text or uploaded documents.

It is also collaborative so can be used for group working and sharing for assessment purposes.

Each active Padlet can be embedded into Blackboard and whilst the administration side requires an account, contributing to an active padlet does not.

Download it now..

Padlet is available for the iPhone/iPad and Android. As a web based app it can also run on Windows and Apple Macs.

Because of its multi platform approach, it means that contributions can be made from anywhere with a internet connection allowing instantaneous contributions or postings rather than later when the context may have been lost.

How could it be used for Learning Teaching and Assessment?

Because of its flexibility in terms of its empty piece of paper analogy it can be used for but not limited to.

  • Blogs
  • Collages
  • Collaborative note-taking
  • CVs/Resumes
  • Digital bulletin boards
  • Fashion design
  • Inspiration boards
  • Music playlists
  • Noticeboards
  • Photo albums
  • Portfolios
  • Professional development
  • Q+A
  • Solo or group presentations
  • Timelines
  • To-Do lists
  • Video playlists

Short Task

Install the app onto your device and then create a Padlet adding images, pdf’s, text and so on. Exit the application and then return to it and add some more. Log onto Padlet via a PC/Mac and see your work.

Important Note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further Support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Padlet within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful Resources

 

Appy Monday – Prezi

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What is it?

Prezi is dynamic presentation software which creates visual movable parts on a large canvas allowing you to zoom into areas to emphasize an idea.

What can it do?

  • Share big ideas and their relationships by zooming in
  • Create highly visual presentations
  • Share and collaborate ideas in Prezi

Download it now

You can access it on the web or via the mobile app on Apple and Android.

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Present ideas and concepts in a more visual way
  • Encourage students to create a Prezi presentation when they have a project set
  • Use to share and collaborate ideas

Short task:

  1. Sign up for a Prezi account
  2. Create a new Prezi
  3. Browse through and choose a template
  4. Edit the template, with text, chosen fonts colours
  5. Add a YouTube link
  6. Add an image
  7. Finish and present

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Prezi within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Get started in Prezi
Simple steps to a great Prezi

Appy Monday – Animoto

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What is it?

Animoto, turns video clips, photos and music into creative video slideshows. You pick your photos, clips and have the option to choose a song. This is available as a mobile app.

 

What can it do?

  • Easy to use
  • Customisable, choose from a wide variety of video style options
  • Has a vast music library to pick from
  • Embed, share and download options available

Download it now

You can access it on the web or via the mobile app on Apple or Android and Plug-Ins

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Create videos that can be used to introduce yourself and a module to new students.
  • Research reports, encourage students to engage with using videos to present new ideas and findings.
  • If you want to test if students have grasped a concept ask them to portray it in a video.
  • Create short slideshows to embed into a larger presentation
  • Use it to animate any graphical data in a more dynamic way

Short task:

  1. Sign up for an Animoto account
  2. Create a new video slideshow
  3. Browse through a selection of video styles and pick one
  4. Pick as many photos, and video clips you wish to add
  5. Add text to any of the photos and video clips added
  6. Change the song if you wish to
  7. Preview the video you have created

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Animoto within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Beginners guide
Animoto classroom blog
6 Videos to use in your classroom