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

Digi Know: Changes to the Turnitin App

Turnitin App LogoDigi Know: Changes to the Turnitin App

Turnitin have rebranded their App, it is now called Turnitin Feedback Studio. You will need to make a a few changes to your app, before you can sync it with current assignment submissions in Course Resources.

To do this:

  • On an iPad go to Settings.
  • Then scroll down and choose “Turnitin” (appears on the left at the bottom of the list).
  • Then choose “Service” (on the right).
  • Then tick the “Feedback Studio UK” option.
  • You should now be able to enter the code from Course Resources.

For further advice and guidance please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team via tel@derby.ac.uk

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 – 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.

Using videos in forums for an online course’s student formative assessment

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Yasu Kotera (left), Wendy David. UDOL Online Counselling. University of Derby Online (UDOL).

Students from around the world were studying on the University of Derby Online course in Counselling Skills. Part of the assessment involves students recording their counselling sessions for tutors to view and feedback on. Course Resources is limited in the way it handles large files, especially videos, so Yasu and Wendy were pleased to use Media Gallery (Kaltura) as a way of sharing video. In this case, students recorded a short video, usually on their phone, and shared it by embedding it into a forum. This allowed tutors and peers to comment on the video.

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In this screenshot, the uploaded video is displayed over the forum which contains a dialogue between the student and tutor.

Yasu comments “I manage the counselling programmes at the University of Derby Online Learning. Our programmes include video assessments, where students record their counselling sessions and the tutors and peers make comments on them. We used to mail those DVDs to evaluate their counselling skills, but as the programme expanded, it just became unfeasible. Then we started to use a file transfer system, but it still took a lot of time to up / download the videos. We had been trying to find a scalable and secure way to conduct the video assessments, and heard about Media Gallery. Media Gallery enables students upload their video easily in a secure way, and the tutors and peers can see and make comments to improve their counselling skills. This is really crucial in the counselling studies online. We are planning to use Media Gallery more in our programmes

Appy Monday – IF (IFTTT)

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What is it?

If (Ifttt) stands for If This Then That and enables you to create simple connections between different online services which can help you to automate some everyday tasks. For instance a simple ‘recipe’ could be that whenever you publish a blog post Ifttt automatically sends a Tweet telling others about this on your Twitter feed. There are many different combinations of actions you can make, it all depends upon which services you use and the actions you would want to automate.

 

What can it do?

It would be difficult to list everything this app can do but as described above it can automate some every day tasks to help you to manage and share your online resources more effectively. It links to over 200 different online services and provides thousands of different combinations of actions. So for instance not only can you link your blog to automatically tweet when a new post is published, you can also set out how you want the tweet to look and include specific hashtags.

Download it now… 

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

There are many possibilities about how this tool could be used for learning, teaching and assessment but here are just a few ideas:

  • Automatically post a tweet when a new blog post is published.
  • Receive an email when a new story appears on a popular news website.
  • Enable the tweets you like to be sent to your note taking app (e.g. Evernote or OneNote).
  • Send Tweets using a specific hashtag sent to a story on your Storify.
  • Create a Trello card for each of the meetings you have in your Office365 calendar.

Short task:

This task requires you to already have an account on Twitter:

  • Download the IF mobile app
  • Create an account and sign in
  • Browse the recipes to get an idea of what might be possible searching for the online services you use (e.g. Twitter).
  • Think of a hashtag which you use regularly.
  • Set up a recipe which builds a Twitter list of users who have used a particular hashtag in their tweets.
  • Save the recipe and make sure it is turned on.
  • Get others to start using this hashtag in their tweets.
  • Watch your Twitter list grow.

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.

Useful resources:

Appy Monday – Feedly

Banner showing Digital Derby and Appy Monday: Exploring mobile apps for learning and teachingWhat is it?

Feedly is a tool which collects together new information posted on websites, blogs and YouTube channels. Once new information is posted to one of these sites then it will appear in your feed. It could be considered a similar tool to an RSS aggregator.

The New Feedly Mobile from Feedly on Vimeo.

What can it do?

Feedly can collect and present information in a clean, minimalist format, where you can organise this content into collections, identify articles for you to read later and share what you have discovered with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Please note you can only share collections if you upgrade to a pro account, although you can share individual articles.

Download it now…

From the Apple store

From Google Play

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

  • Encourage students to set up their own collection of useful websites, blogs and other web-based sources of information.
  • Students can then view and read this information via the mobile app wherever they are.
  • Share relevant articles on social media channels for the course like a Twitter feed and encourage students to do the same using a shared hashtag.
  • Collect articles together in a note taking tool like Evernote or OneNote for you to read and add to later.

Short task:

  • Download the Feedly app
  • Login or create a Feedly account
  • Add content from a website by copying and pasting in a website address e.g. www.bbc.co.uk/news
  • Read a relevant article on the website and then share this via email or on Twitter.
  • Take a look at the app later in the day to see what new articles have appeared.

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 Feedly within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Appy Monday – Sli.do

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What is Sli.do? 

Sli.do is a web-based polling tool, that enables participants to be polled in real-time by a presenter. Participants can also  anonymously ask questions which can then be voted on (“liked”) by other participants. The “ask a question” feature could also be used to gather opinions of participants and enable popular opinions or answers to be “liked”.

What can it do? 

  • Pose different types of questions such as multiple choice (single answer), multiple choice (multiple answer), free response, scale/rating.
  • Receive responses from your audience (3 polls per event for free version).
  • View the results in real-time.
  • Participants can pose their own questions to the presenter (these can be moderated in the paid version).
  • Participants can vote on other participants questions.
  • There is an add-on so sli.do can be used in prezi.
  • Mobile app enables participants to follow presentation on their mobile devices.

Download it now

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

  • To check understanding of teaching content within a live session.
  • Gain instant feedback from students during a live session on their learning experiences.
  • Encourage reflection around the topics covered within a session.
  • Ask students to discuss their answers in pairs before revealing the correct response.
  • Encourage students to ask questions, and “vote up” areas of interest/need more support in.

Short task: 

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 Sli-do within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Appy Monday – Skitch

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What is Skitch? 

Skitch is a free annotation tool provided by the same people that created Evernote.

What can it do? 

  • Take photos
  • Take screenshots
  • Annotate/mark up photos, pdfs, images
  • Share annotated items

Download it now

Skitch is available to install on a Windows PC or for a Mac, iPad or iPhone at https://evernote.com/skitch/

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

  • Digitally capturing lecture or conference notes and diagrams and annotating them.
  • Leaving feedback on students work.
  • Capturing interesting sights on field trips and annotating key points.

More ideas can be found in this useful guide from Fractus Learning: Making Classroom Annotation Easy with Skitch

Short task: 

  • Download Skitch for Mac, iPad, iPhone.
  • Take a photo of the view from your window.
  • Annotate the photo to mark key features.
  • Share the photo with a colleague or friend.
  • You could ask them to respond and update the annotations or give feedback.

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 Skitch within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Appy Monday – PicCollage

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What is PicCollage?

Pic Collage is a free photo editor and free-form collage maker app that’s available from iTunes, Google Play, and the Microsoft windows store. It’s such fun to play with and it makes great collages.

What can it do?

  • Import photos from your device, Facebook or Instagram.
  • Resize, rotate, create cutouts, add borders or special effects.
  • Combine with other images, gifs and YouTube videos.
  • Select different backgrounds or add text using different fonts and colour.
  • Share your creation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or via email, or download it as an image.

Download it now

You can access it on the web or via the mobile app on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire or any Windows device.
Download it from: http://pic-collage.com/

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

  • Create an infographic about a given topic – add text headings or draw and write on the photos to explain connections.
  • Create a collage of photos taken on a field trip and use the text and drawing options to mark points of importance.
  • Illustrate design concepts.
  • Create really interesting conference/seminar posters.

Short task:

  • Create an account for PicCollage or use your Facebook account to login.
  • Tap to create a collage.
  • Add pictures from your device and from the web.
  • Choose a frame for the pictures.
  • Add some text.
  • Change the background.
  • Save your collage and share it via e-mail (or any other way of your choice).

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 PiCollage within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

PicCollage blog
PicCollage FAQs