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Mobile Learning: General Utility Tools

General Tools for Teachers

This app requires a VGA cable (available at the ERC Circulation desk).  Blackboard Presenter is a simple blackboard program that can be projected and written on in real time by the presenter.  Its contents can be saved and emailed.
The eClicker Host app is a "low cost polling solution for the classroom."  Similar to the CPS system and iClickers, eClicker allows the teacher to create content, questions, and polls.  It allows students to respond via any device that connects to the internet.  It requires that students download the free eClicker app.
IEP Checklist is a reference tool for parents and teachers as they develop an IEP.
The ShowMe app is a personal interactive whiteboard application.  It has the ability to record what you write, draw, and narrate.
eduTecher is a education networking app.  It allows users to share teaching tools and websites to aid with lesson planning.
See.Touch.Learn is an app that creates flashcards and lesson plans.
The ScreenChomp app allows users to create written and drawn tutorials and lessons with audio.
The Kindle app allows users to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks, or PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface.
OverDrive Media Console gives you on-the-go access to eBooks and audiobooks from your school, college, or public library. More than 15,000 libraries worldwide offer best-selling and classic titles via OverDrive, so use the ‘Get Books’ feature in the app to find a library near you

General Tools for Student

Inkling is a platform for interactive textbooks.  Most texts on this app have free chapters available.
Flashcards is an app that allows users to create virtual flashcards for studying.
iBrainstorm app is a brainstorming platform

 

inClass - Organize your schedule, share your multimedia notes and be ready to manage your academic work. 
Free for the iPhone and iPad.

iStudiez Pro - Organize your schedule and homework.  Keep track of your grades and GPA. Backup your data. $  

Also available free as iStudiez Lite. For iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. 

 

Note Taking Apps

Create text, photo and audio notes to sync and share across devices. Includes some paid apps (marked with symbol $).

                                                                          

                                     

Awesome Note - Powerful note-taking and organizer app, with colorful themes. Backs up your notes to Google Docs. Create folders, include calendar view in every folder, set up tasks lists, attach photos and maps to your notes, set alarms, set passcode lock for privacy, and many more "awesome" features. Awesome Note Lite is Free and other pay-for versions available. Apple and Android versions. $.
Dragon Dictation - Easy-to-use voice recognition app powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Allows you to speak and instantly see your SMS, email or social networking updates on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Turns what you say into text and works surprisingly well. Fix any errors you see, then copy into other apps automatically. Great all-in-one voice input solution. Universal app. Free.
Evernote - Evernote makes it easy to capture anything in multiple formats. Input by photo, text, screenshot, audio recording. Tag your notes, organize into notebooks, share with others or keep them private. Save notes to your Evernote.com account on the web and access from any computer or mobile device. Universal app. Free.   

JotNot Scanner - Converts your iPhone camera into a portable multipage scanner. Scan text into PDF files, then email them or upload to Evernote, Google Docs and more. iPhone, new iPod Touch only (because of camera) or iPad2. Free and paid $ versions.

Paper Plane Notes

Paper Plane Notes - App for sharing notes on iPads via the same network.  Free.

Penultimate - Use your finger or a special stylus to draw, write in your own handwriting, and sketch. Create notebooks for each project, turn on "wrist protection" so the touchscreen doesn't draw by mistake when your wrist touches the sreen. Import/export your notebooks and more. iPad only. $

ZoomNotes  

ZoomNotes - This app allows you to make handwritten notes (with your finger or stylus) on virtual paper, PDF files, and over images. As its name implies, it also lets you zoom in and out without arbitrary limits.  For iPad and iPhone. $

 

CourseNotes $

 Springpad       

 SoundNote $

 

 

Presenting and Colaborating

Create presentations and collaborate with colleagues in real time. Includes some paid apps (marked with symbol $).

                                                                   

    Keynote $                  2Screens $                SlideShark                     Prezi                  Adobe Connect              WebEx

File Storage

Free online storage to access, share and sync files from anywhere. Free apps.

                                                                                 

                    Box                            Dropbox                          Skydrive                      Google Drive                   SugarSync

Writing

Cover Art

Documents to Go

View, edit, & create documents & spreadsheets in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, & Apple iWork.  Sync files stored in Google Docs, Dropbox,  and more.  For iOS, Android, & Blackberry.

Cover Art
Nebulous Notes
Powerful, geeky plain text editor. Backs up and syncs to Dropbox, includes control over font size and spacing for better viewing while typing, and a macro system that lets you add frequently used keys to a toolbar.  Supports saving and opening in all file encodings (useful for international users). For iOS only.

Productivity Apps

CloudOn

CloudOn

Access your Microsoft Office documents via Dropbox.  Free app for cloud storage and file browsing. Apple and Android versions.
Dropbox logo Dropbox Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically. It provides up to 2Gb of storage for free and up to 100Gb for paid accounts. Apple, Android and Blackberry versions. Free.
ToDo logo ToDo ToDo for iPhone and iPad makes it easy to keep your lists in sync between your mobile devices and computers. $
1Password logo 1Password Password manager for generating secure passwords and storing all you passwords securely. Synchronizes your computers and mobile devices For Mac, iPad, iPhone, Windows, and Android. $
LogMeIn logo LogMein Ignition Remotely access your Mac or Windows computers from anywhere. Control your desktop, move the mouse, zoom in and out via pinch-zoom. Universal app. $
LifeForms

LifeForms

With this app, you can open PDFs directly from your e-mail, transfer PDFs from your computer to your iPad via iTunes, e-mail completed forms to anyone, and access to stored information including your Address Book.  Free.

iThoughts Logo iThoughts iThoughtsHD brings mind mapping to the iPad. Based on the iThoughts for iPhone, iThoughtsHD has been designed specifically for the iPad. $
Desktop logo Desktop (iPad) Enables multitasking (using a suite of included utilities) and split screen viewing. $
Duo Browser logo

Duo Browser (iPad) In landscape or portrait mode, this free app enables you to work with two screens open simultaneously. Free.

Skyfire logo

Skyfire Browser Smart browser that lets you view Flash video on your iPhone, iPad or Android. Skyfire for iPad includes Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Google Reader,Instapaper, and Pinboard. $ 

Sugarsync logo

SugarSync Alternative to Dropbox...for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Blackberry. Share files and photos between your computer and mobile devices. Free.

TeamViewer HD for Remote Control

TeamViewer

With this app, you can remotely access another computer from anywhere.  For Android, iPad and IPhone.  Copy files from your home computer to your iPad and vice versa.  Version available for online meetings.  Free and $ versions

Printer Apps

PrinterPro App logo PrinterShare App logo PrinterPro Lite App
PrinterPro (Apple) $6.99 PrinterShare (Android) free PrinterPro Lite (Apple) Free

Icon Key

generic phone icon iPhone icon App for Android
works with most smart phones app for iPhone and iPad app for Android

 

  

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