From: The Digital Union
Re: Apps! Resources! Workshops! –and so much more!
Are you looking for some new ways to enhance your teaching or boost your productivity during Ohio State’s first autumn semester? What follows are highlights of some resources we recommend to help you. Below, I’ll also suggest several DU blog posts that feature additional apps. You can also check out our list of upcoming workshops, where you can learn even more.
Do you work with multiple devices (say, a PC at the office, a Mac at home, a laptop and/or a tablet on the go)? Try out Dropbox, a free service that lets you upload photos, docs, and videos to the cloud. Then any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically be copied to any device that is connected to your dropbox account, whether it is your phone, computer, or tablet. Dropbox for mobile devices can be downloaded from the Android GooglePlay Market and the iTunes Store. For more information on Dropbox, check out Larissa Borcz’s recent blog post Take It With You – Editing Documents on the Go.
Want to make your presentations more lively? Try out Prezi, “the zooming presentation editor,” in which you can move around, zoom in, and pan back from different design elements. You can import images, Flash, and PDF files to accompany your text and also embed links to external web sources, such as Youtube. For more information about Prezi, download an instructional guide from Prezi workshops offered by DU staffer Dave Hooker, and check out Dave’s blog post in which he explains how you can embed Prezi in PowerPoint.
Socrative is a free downloadable app to help instructors promote students’ engagement during class. Instructors can use a variety of educational exercises and games that students download for free to their laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The instructor logs in on a device as well, and selects an activity for the students to use in real time, with their devices. For example, instructors can offer true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions for the students to answer; students’ responses are then combined into a visual display that the instructor can review during class. For more information on these and other Socrative features, visit the Socrative web site.
To learn about additional apps and resources, please see the following blog posts: