The App Swab Club on the 17th April formed part of the weekly long Spring School of events.
As such, we combined our usual monthly meeting with presenting the recommended Apps.
So, what Apps have made the ‘Hot List’ and gained a coveted 5* rating?
This free cloud storage solution proves popular because of the multi-platform access, easy integration, effective and simple controls for sharing documents, all combining to make it essential as a way of accessing work from any device, anywhere, or simply a brilliant tool for providing a backup store for important files.
Organising and setting out references in the required academic style can prove a challenge. ReferenceME is an handy little App that will scan the barcode from the text, take an ISBN number or even allow you to manually enter key details (such as a website), and provides a formatted list of references according to the chosen style (Harvard, APA, Chicago etc.), which you can then email and add to your work.
While your smartphone or tablet might not have handwriting recognition, it can be used for taking brief notes. The note taking Apps on the devices are often quite limited though. Notability addresses this by allowing you to type, use your finger to scribble notes and diagrams, add in media taken/created with the device and even record audio at the same time. The resulting file can be exported to PDF and emailed for sharing. The small catch is that Notability costs £1.99.
4. Voice Memo
Often overlooked, your smartphone or tablet already has a built-in audio recorder. So why are you frantically scribbling notes of that meeting/interview/tutorial/lecture? Why not just record it and listen back later? The range that you can pick up from using the built-in mic is surprisingly large, easily recording a normal speaker from 3 metres away across an office!
Adding interaction and getting student responses to questions posed in lectures can be a challenge. So why not use Socrative to build little multiple choice questions and polls, which your students that can then respond to (if they download Socrative or go on-line). The benefit is twofold, in that while your students can engage and respond (there’s even a ‘Space Race’ challenge to create a bit of competition to responses), you can gain instant feedback on how the lecture is going and if it’s been understood. As a free App, you can only have a maximum number of 50 responses, so it’s only really applicable to smaller groups.
Do you think these Apps are useful? Have you got more suggestions?
You should vote on the available recommendations, come along to our next App Swap Club (Weds 21st May), share your practice and find out how to get more out of your mobile device.
There was also a discussion about extending the Club to include students too, to find out what students are using or would find useful. What do you think of that idea? Please get in touch with us.