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[December 05, 2013]

EDU Apps-ology [Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, The]

(Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, The Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nobile apps proliferation is on fire with no signs of slowing down as smartphone and tablet sales also increase. According lo Vizi bilily, a mobile business card provider, "Of the 1.2 billion computing devices sold in 2012, smartphones and tablets out-shipped PCs by 2-1." Tablets include iPad, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface and Kindle lire.

Hispanic contributions to this growth arc not unnoticed as mobile usage continues to rise. According to Nielsen's recent Stale of the Hispanic Consumer: The Hispanic Market Imperative report, Hispanic use of mobile technology' outpaces other ethnic groups, which represent a strong opportunity for mobile applications. While other Nielsen findings mention how ''ilispanics are less likely to have Internet access at home compared to the U.S. average (62 percent and 76 percent respectively)," smartphone use seems to narrow this divide.

Learning revenue growth also is booming in Asia, where it is projected to reach $6.8 billion by 2017, according to The U.S. Market for Mobile Learning Products and Service: 2010-2015 Forecast and Analysis report, "The US is now the top buying country of mobile learning, followed by Japan, South Korea, the UK, China, and Taiwan... By 2015, these six countries will only account for 52.9 percent of all expenditures. The highest growth rates are in China, India, Indonesia, and. Brazil. By the end of the forecast period, China will be the second largest buying country after the US." Experts cite the reason for this ongoing surge as being "characterized by innovation and wide adoption enabled by expanding distribution channels." Mobile learning revenues are expected reach $1.82 billion by 2015.

With thousands of apps available for download, educators realize the tablet's potential as a portable personalized learning environment. Consequently, as part of instructional pilots or "curriculum renewal strategies" some academic institutions are moving toward providing tablets for all, or at the very' least for checkout.

Similarly, free apps have enabled teachers to pioneer and pilot innovation in their classrooms without the need to request hinds or REPs. According to EdSurge, "Some of the most popular apps among teachers - ClassDojo, Educreations, and Socrative - enjoy success not just because they were built by teachers for teachers, or well designed to address specific pain points. But most importantly, they are free. That means teachers themselves can pull the trigger and bring these tools into their classrooms for daily implementations.

The 2013 Horizon Report noted that "Apps range from games to banking services that allow users to check their credit card balances to science and art apps that enable users to explore outer space, the Louvre, and many other places that they may not ever get to see in person in their lifetimes. It is this transformative nature of apps that has helped tablets become popular and powerful tools in higher education." To follow are some apps that reflect this robust ecosystem of intuitive tools and. how they are used in education. Testdrive as you read on.

Apps can be categorized for a variety of uses: organization, document creation and editing, collaboration and sharing, communication, presentation and design. Other app categories include mindmapping, avatars, picture editing/enhancements and video production.

Some metrics recommended as a means of evaluating apps before download, installation or purchase are: cost: is it free? case of use: arc the features intuitive? ease of share: how easily will you be able to save and share content produced or edited? What are the options for sharing: URL, file format to download, embed link? Choosing an app can be as academically personal as selecting content to share with students. Consequently, faculty should consider these questions to find suitable applications.

Instead of choosing apps for instructors, Michael Amick, dean of academic and technology services, Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd, Minn., directs them to sites to help them in their personal evaluations. "What I usually do is point them to resources to help them explore apps. I continue to like as it reviews apps and has posts on how people are using it for education. Another excellent resource for apps is," This site categorizes apps and allows users to comment and review them also, he says.

Amick shares some faculty app experiences at Central Lakes Colleges. "At Central Lakes College, we continue to pilot and explore how to implement apps, tablets, and mobile devices into the educational experience that is meaningful and effective for the student and instructor. Many of the K-12 school districts in our region have introduced tablets into their classrooms and CLC instructors are anxious to prepare for learners that are expecting to be in a 1-to-l device learning environment. Kirby Scott, chemistry' instructor, has piloted using tablets in his advanced chemistry section this year with success, and is excited to continue next year with a dynamic etextbook. Several other instructors have begun to explore teaching with the tablet and our campus tech services is working to allow mirroring or displaying the tablet onto projected screens. Another tablet initiative wras to convert the Academic Affairs and Standards Committee to a paperless committee and get tablets into tire hands of administrators and faculty' so they could experience their value, be more comfortable with them, and in turn advocate for their use with faculty and students." Readers can see the details of that project here.

http://youtube/44GP7sywbls As academics determine how best to use apps in the classroom, keeping it optional seems the way to go as institutions figure out ways to fund similar initiatives and spearhead pilots. "The main question that still remains a challenge is if the tablet for the students should be required, supplied by the school, or optional. The small chemistry class mentioned did supply each student with a tablet but wrc do not anticipate being able to do that large scale. Many instructors arc interested on how to incorporate mobile devices into the learning experience but not have them be required for student purchase," explains Amick.

This apps overview showcases various mobile and PC - friendly education-related apps that can be used to enrich learning and teaching interactions.

Below is a list of categorized apps for review.

Productivity apps assist users to organize, sort, categorize, plan, save, share, and more. Some the apps in this category incorporate voice notes for greater ease of use.

Dropbox - (cloud-based document repository) Pinterest - http://pinterest.coni/ (idea collector and organizer) Roadshow (collect and organize videos to playback on the iPad) Doodle - easy scheduling service http ://doodle,com/?locale=en Dragon dictation - voice recognition app for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch PaperPort Notes - enables speech to text (iOS) Creation & Editing The apps below' can transform your mobile device with features similar to desktop capabilities. Document creation, editing, annotation, citation, tutd lecture capture become possible in just a few' taps.

iBooks Author (free) - is used to create multi-touch textbooks for the iPad Notcrize (is a digital notetaking application) iAnnotate (Android and iPad) is used to mark-up PDFs ($9.99 for iPad) Names in a hat app allows users to randomly pick names. Available on iTlines and Google Play 8 awNamesFromHat.DrawNames&hl=en Neu.annotate (iPhone & iPad) - easy to fill out forms on a mobile device JPad.pdf www.youtubc .com/watch?v=3ipUFrcW_ZA ClassDojo (free) - is an awards-based behavior management application for smartphone, desktop or tablet. Can provide instant notifications to students and generate behavior reports Socrative (free) is a real-time student response system that w'orks on all devices types. Offers quizzes, games, and formative assessments, Easybib - is a free bibliography and citation maker (APA, MIA or Chicago) Educreations- offers a free recordable whiteboard to create video lessons on the iPad or browser. There is an option for an embed code or URL link to share public lessons, Showmc - is a free open online learning community' where you can create and share video lessons,' Screenchomp - is a whiteboard iPad app that enables users to demonstrate and record audio. Completed recordings can be downloaded in an MPEG-4 Me format.

Vine - is a video production iPhone and iPod touch app that enables short video recordings to be shared with social networks Knowmia - free short video lesson planning and recording tool It locates more than 13,000 curated video lessons.

Board Cam Pro - enables live presentation of objects and images stored on mobile device ($4.99) Replay Note - works on the iPad to record writing, images and voice and converts contents to a screencast video. Explain Everything (for iPad) - screencast interactive whiteboard with advanced creation and export functionality7, www. exp] aineveryth i ng .com/i tm 1 Quizlet (PC, Mac, iPhone or Android) - quiz creation learning tool. It is a repository of quizlets as well as quiz development tool, Communication, Collaboration & Sharing The following apps are used for video conferencing. They also facilitate instant messaging and document sharing.

Google + Allows users to access and share contents from Google Drive, a cloud based inbox. This tool accommodates online synchronous presentations and. desktop sharing. Participants can see the presenter and the audience members video thumbnails stream across the bottom if the screen. Skype and Oovoo also offer free video conferencing. With Skype users can make group calls of up to 25 people. ooVoo supports video chats of up to 12 people, iPrompt - is a teleprompting software that can be used for reading fluency practice Toontastic - is a cartoon creation application. Completed cartoons are shared on Toontube Accessibility Read & Write for GoogleDocs (Chrome web store) provides text to speech support. https://chromc.googlc.comAvcbstorc/dctail/readwritc-forgoogle-docs/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US Dragon Dictation is a speech recognition software that enables e tilting and note-taking.

Presentation development tools Doodlecast Pro ($2.99) - is a versatile iPad presentation tool. You can talk as your draw or use a pointer tool. Reflector allows you to mirror your iPhone or iPad on your personal computer ($12.99) Sliderocket - (free) create on-the-go presentations that you can access from anywhere, www, Prczi - create, revise or upload PowerPoint presentations and edit in the cloud. While it does not have voiceover capabilities, audio can be uploaded, Elaiku deck - presentation software for the iPad Google Play apps For droid devices only there are also a multitude of applications that arc instrumental for educators and students alike. Below are several noteworthy mentions.

Listnote speech/text notepad - handsfree note-taking Easy grader - grading for teachers on the go. (Google Play) Language learning apps Rosetta Course Stone+Ltd Eng/Gcrman/tSpamsli/italian/Portuguesc/Frcnch/Svvcdish/Tu rkish/Dutch/Polish/Indonesian/Danisli/Norw'egian/Danish Human Japanese Lite - HumanJ apan eseLi te&hl=en www. si gningsawy. com/about Audio Recording www. androidapp s. com/scarches/site?t= l&term-Audio+Re cording As we go to publication, many more apps are being launched or under development. With such a broad display, selections can seem redundant and choosing a tedious process. However, test driving free apps as wTell as reading reviews coupled with recommended usability and functionality metrics can be a good way to determine the most suitable app for specific needs.

(c) 2013 The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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