Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free and Helpful Mobile Apps

While working at our annual event, Celebrate (save the date for May 11, 2016!), the Adobe representatives taught me something new – and very exciting – that I just had to pass along! Along with all of their desktop programs and applications, did you know that there is a host of mobile applications that you can download from Adobe? The best part is, they’re all free!

With a mix of iOS and iPad applications, Adobe has an app for everything, so you can create beautiful work on the go, and pick it up on your desktop computer at any time, thanks to their Creative Cloud software.

Some of the apps include: Adobe Illustrator Draw, that allows you to create vector designs on your phone or tablet, and sync them to your desktop. Check out this video to see the in’s and out’s of this awesome app! 

Or how about Adobe Sketch? You can sketch just like you would with a paper and pencil, so you can sketch whenever the mood strikes, as long as you have your tablet with you!

Here is a complete list of Adobe mobile applications! There are options for everyone, making it easier to tap into your creative side at any moment! Some are available on iOS or iPad, and sometimes both platforms. Take a look!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Smart Pens & More Note Taking Tools

For professors, staff, and students alike, taking notes and sitting through meetings is a regular part of the day. Having the ability to record those notes and be able to play them back could be very beneficial to all of those in academia. Maybe you write too slow and didn’t catch all of what was said, or maybe you just learn better when you can hear the information repeated.

Whatever it is, there are several products on the market that make this possible. Each product has different capabilities and functionalities, depending on what best suits your needs.

One of those items is the LiveScribe Echo Smartpen. Equipped with a USB-connection for easy data transfer and charging, a microphone to capture audio, and up to 200 hours of audio storage, this may be a great option for members of academia.

I highly encourage you to take a look at some of the LiveScribe smartpens. Depending on what model you want, it could get a little pricey, but faculty and staff should explore the ability to purchase these through their department.

You can visit this webpage for a comparison of all LiveScribe pens, and this website to look at prices.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Note Taking Tool for Video Lectures

As one who has participated heavily in MOOCs & Flipped Classrooms, I felt this tool was worth sharing. is an open source tool that you can use to take notes with your video lectures.
This tool integrates easily with Google drive so you can share your notes with other colleagues. For those who like Evernote, let's you export to Evernote as well.

 Last of all, your notes are synchronized to the video with a time stamp.  So if you want to play the video from a part you felt was interesting, just click on the time stamp in the yellow column and the video jumps to that time frame. 

This tool works with the top three MOOC providers: Coursera, EdX, & Udacity.  But it also works perfectly fine with YouTube, Khan Academy, and Vimeo.