Thank you Jeff for this cool find. Highlight is an audio recording tool for your ipad or iphone. It is easy to use, simply open the app and click new recording.
What separates it from other audio recording apps is its ability to mark or highlight points in a presentation. Once you begin a recording, a large green bar appears at the bottom of the screen, a simple touch will mark the spot, making it easy to find the stuff you need later. After the audio is complete, the edit mode will allow you to change titles to both the presentation and the highlights. This makes searching and replaying the highlight reels straightforward.
The app also provides time and date stamps of the event, as well as mapping. The added feature to share via email or save to Dropbox, completes the package. Not bad for a free product. Check it out at the app store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/highlight-by-cohdoo/id422247746?mt=8
We live in an age of double talk, therefore it is hard to believe anything you hear. After 9/11 first responders rushed in to save the victims despite the smoke and dust that hovered over the site. Concerns were raised over the quality of the air, but officials reassured everyone it was safe. Now well over 10 years later, those responders are suffering and dying from all types of respiratory issues.
Recently in WV, over 300,000 residents received toxic water in their home water taps and were put under a state of emergency. Over 30 days later, still in a state of emergency, water quality is still a major concern. Officials tell everyone the water is adequate for drinking, but are careful to not say the word “safe.”
Today’s post may seem a bit off topic, but it hits a very real need. Sensordrone is a piece of hardware that turns a Smartphone into a Carbon Monoxide Detector, Non-Contact Thermometer, Gas Leak Detector, Lux Meter, Weather Station, Diagnostic Tool, Breath Analyzer, and more. In addition, they are adding new features and new detectors all the time.
In all honesty, I have not had an opportunity to play with the Sensordrone or test its accuracy. This may not be the end all solution to keep us informed of our immediate environment, but it is a start. Being aware that produces like this exist and can one day help us stay informed is a step in the right direction. Check it out at http://sensorcon.com/sensordrone/.
BaiBoard is a collaborative whiteboard, collaborative being the magical word. Using BaiBoard, an instructor can write a problem on the board and follow the student as they response to the challenge. The magical part of the equation is that the student does not need to be in the same room or even same hemisphere as the instructor. This is real time collaboration.
This apps is pretty powerful, but it does have its limitations. The Chat function works, but I had issues with the Push to talk feature. Push to talk works but it records on one end and the viewer must download to hear the message.
BaiBoard allows you to upload images and pdf documents and to write on them. It allows you to use your natural handwriting or a text feature. It has a limited amount of clipart and a few functions such multiple pages and zooming. It is easy to share or invite attendees through email.
The session creator can work in collaboration or presentation mode. In collaboration mode other attendees can work interactively on the board. In Presenter mode attendees are limited to view only. Attendees may also enter a presentation mode, but the creator can turn it off whenever they want.
Overall it can be a useful product and the price is right. You can pick it up at the app store for free. Check it out at, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baiboard-collaborative-whiteboard/id490534358?mt=8
Blackboard has an often under-utilized feature to help faculty better understand exams at a much deeper level than simple grades. This feature is called Item Analysis. An Item Analysis performs a detailed analysis of quizzes and exams to help you determine if the questions are reliable.
An Item Analysis can be run from the grade center, the instructor tools area, or the from the content deployment site.
Once you are at the place where you see the exam name, right click on the action link and choose Item Analysis from the menu. In the Item Analysis window make sure the selected test appears in the selection box and click run.
The first thing the Item analysis gives you is the test summary, number of questions, average score, average time, discrimination and difficulty level of the question.
The discrimation factor is determined by comparing the the question answer to overall test score. A question is a good discriminator if students who answered the question correctly also scored well on the test.
A question’s difficulty level is determined by the percentage of students that answered the question correctly.
In the second section of the results the exam is analyzed by question. The question type, decimation, difficulty level, graded attempts, average score, std dev, and std error results are displayed.
Clicking on the question hyperlink will give a detailed review of that question.
Using the Item Analysis tool will help assess your students overall learning experience.
ScratchWork allows you to take notes and browse the web at the same time. You will not need to keep flipping back and forth between items. It also comes with a custom math keyboard. Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scratchwork/id380860518?mt=8.
Do I have a cool tool for you this week, it is called instaGrok. instaGrok gives you a visual relationship of a topic along with key facts, websits, images, and other important fact pertaining to the subject. This is a web 2.0 tool that allows the student to not only search facts, but keep notes and even be quizzed on the topic.
As a faculty member, you can create student assignments and add students. You can also set the difficulty level of the topic you are presenting. This is a great tool for the visual learner. Check it out at http://www.instagrok.com/.
Presented on Jan 9, 2014 by Sherri E. Ritter, Ed.D. and Kathleen Phillips, MLIS
A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn. Three broad learning theories are Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Constructivism.
- Behaviorism is a theory of learning based upon the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning. Conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment.
- Cognitivism has a premise that humans generate knowledge and meaning through sequential development of an individual’s cognitive abilities, such as the mental processes of recognize, recall, analyze, reflect, apply, create, understand, and evaluate.
- Constructivism says people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. When we encounter something new, we have to reconcile it with our previous ideas and experience, we are active creators of our own knowledge.
Connectivism was founded in 2004 by theorist George Siemens. The theory address to role technology plays in the learning process. Technology has increases the speed at which individuals have access to information and creates a learning community.
- Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations.
- New information is continually being acquired.
- The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital.
- The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is critical.
Examples of Connectivism
- Have you ever been in a meeting and a question comes up that no one can answer and a couple minutes later that guy that never seems to be engaged in the discussion (because he is always surfing the web) speaks up with the answer… well that is connectivism.
- Have you ever listened to a speaker and thought to yourself, “I want to know more,” and used technology to verify the facts… well that is connectivism.
Why is this important to you?
This is the new reality in the digital age and you are training students to work in this environment. The ipad was released in April 2010 and it has changed the way we learn and do business. Mobility is the new reality.
Examples of iPads in Business
Local Examples Health Care Professionals: Hospital Use
- Find-A-Code – Medical Coding made easy.
- Medscape – Medscape from WebMD (medscape.com) is the leading medical resource most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information.
- Structured Dictation – Dictation allows users to create dictations on-the-go.
- Epocrates – Access Epocrates’ trusted clinical resources faster and more conveniently than ever from your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod touch.
- UpToDate – With an individual subscription to UpToDate® you can get the clinical knowledge you need from any computer, tablet, or mobile device. Choose the solution that’s right for you!
- 103 FDA Regulated Mobile Medical Apps
- Metronic CareLink Mobile
- MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad – Quickly Build and Deploy Information-Driven Apps.
- Roambi Analytics – Roambi Analytics™ re-designs the way you interact with, share, and present data from a completely mobile perspective. Take data from anywhere and transform it into a simple, engaging, and intuitive experience that helps you understand, present, and share your numbers.
- Sparkvue – Keep the focus on the science, not the software. Lab software for the classroom.
- Remind101 – Safe way for teacher to text students.
- Skyview – SkyView™ Free brings stargazing to everyone, and it’s totally free! Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more!
- Frog Dissection – is a greener alternative for teaching dissection in the classroom.
Side by Side – Open up to 4 documents in one window.
- ScratchWork - ScratchWork allows you to take notes and browse the web at the same time.
SPARKvue was designed for science students of all levels with features to suit the needs of the beginners or advanced physics, chemistry, biology or environmental science students. The Sparkvue give the user the ability to gather accurate data and graph results in real time. The App interacts with a variety of wireless sensors and probes to allow you to accurately collect information on everything from acceleration to weather. This App works with over 70 different sensors to include:
- 3-Axis Accelerometer/Altimeter
- Advanced Chemistry Sensor
- Voltage-Current Sensor
- General Science Sensor
- General Flow Sensor
- Flow Rate/Temperature Sensor
- Force Sensor
- Carbon Dioxide Gas Sensor
- Oxygen Gas Sensor
- Breath Rate Sensor
- Blood Pressure Sensor
- Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor
- Motion Sensor
- Blood Pressure Sensor
- Alpha Beta Gamma Radiation Sensor
- Soil Moisture Sensor
- Flat pH Electrode
- Sound Level Sensor
- Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor MM
- Colorimeter Sensor
- Water Quality Colorimeter
- Temperature Sensor
- Barometer/Low Pressure Sensor
- Humidity/Temp/Dew Point Sensor
- Weather/Anemometer Sensor
Check it out at http://www.pasco.com/sparkvue/.
The Vernier Video Physics app allows you to take a video of an object in motion, mark its position frame by frame and the app draws the trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. Video Physics allows you to share video, graphs and data via email. Additionally it permits you to save your data on Dropbox or Google Drive. Video Physics is perfect for physics students and instructors. It is available at the iTunes store for the nominal price of $4.99. Check it out today at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vernier-video-physics/id389784247.