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With recent reports suggesting that over 75 percent of doctors use smartphones and tablets at work, it is important to ensure that these healthcare professionals are using their new tools efficiently. We have previously evaluated a range of iPad stylus apps but here we focus on a more relevant sector – Note Taking apps. The aim of this article is to evaluate the range of apps available for note-taking purposes and evaluate them to find out which is the most suitable for healthcare professionals. It is imagined that these apps will be used in the following range of situations: Annotating lecture notes using a stylus — especially during Grand Rounds or Journal Club Marking up PDF files Taking patient notes at the bedside Taking notes/instructions from senior physicians In order to evaluate an apps efficacy, we need to define the key roles and functions that a note-taking app must accomplish.
6 Comments January 6, 2012 By: Jan 5 Written by: 1/5/2012 4:22 PM ShareThis The wave of the future is here, especially for education.
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The new app from Educreations is available in the Apple App Store today ( iTunes link ). The app is designed to make it easy to create, narrate, and record whiteboard video tutorials on the iPad and to share them with others. A Web version of the startup's whiteboard app has been available for some time now, but it's the native app for an iPad that makes this sort of tool make sense -- it's so much easier to write on a whiteboard with the finger than it is with a mouse, if nothing else. Educreations is hardly the only app like this available for the iPad (I covered the very similar app ShowMe over on MindShift this summer, for example).
In this post, 4 screencasting apps for the iPad are reviewed: ReplayNote , Explain Everything , ScreenChomp , and ShowMe . Background & Overview Apple’s iPad is becoming a common fixture in over 600 districts across the US , and teachers are connecting online to share ideas for effective implementations. As the barrier to access has been removed in these classrooms, many teachers are considering a blended teaching model or flipped classroom opportunities * . Flipped instruction (flipped classrooms, vodcasting, time-shifted instruction) allows students to view or review a lecture when they are ready to, at their own pace.
As I approach a significant academic milestone this semester with the completion of my dissertation and PhD, I thought I’d share a very handy iPad application I’ve been using to annotate, correct and edit PDF versions of my own writing recently: iAnnotate PDF . iAnnotate PDF is $10 on iTunes , but it’s worth every penny. I generally use my free Dropbox account to upload PDF versions of documents to “the cloud,” then download them to my iPad with the free Dropbox iPad app to open them first in DropBox. Then I open the file in iAnnotate PDF.
This is a great TEDxVideo of Thomas Suarez, a Grade 6 student explaining how he goes about developing Apps for iPhone, iPod and iPad. This is a great model for educators to create App developers in their own schools. Content creators as opposed to content consumers is a question we continue to ask ourselves. As Thomas says "sometimes students know more than teachers...with the technology......." This kid is obviously a special student with a passion for programming but it would not be impossible to emulate this situation. Here is a further article from the Manhattan Beach Unified School District explaining their decision for the iPad Pilot Program.
Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2011 by Staff Writers The iPad has found its way into hospitals, retail stores and homes across the nation, but it’s also making a big splash in the classroom, even with some of the best online colleges . With a great selection of apps focused on everything from word processing to keeping in touch with classmates, the tablet computer can be an invaluable tool for learning — no matter your age. Online science students haven’t been left out, of course, and there are a wide range of applications offering help with chemistry, biology, astronomy and even the math that comes along with certain fields.
This is an interesting article and subsequent list from Fraser Speirs about Apps that are pushing the boundaries around iOS 5. Some of these Apps are the obvious ones and not all of them are specifically educational but it makes for a great list. It also gives us, the consumers a set of higher standards to be expecting from Apps developers. If we have the capability to use these new features then we should not just be expecting them we should be demanding them - especially those features that make the learning experience richer or deeper for our students.
From the same people that created My Brainshark comes SlideShark . SlideShark is a free app for converting and viewing PPT files on your iPad. SlideShark converts your PowerPoint files without losing any of your original formatting, transitions, or animations.
Apple sold more than 1 million copies of iPads in the first 3 months. This gadget is definitely more than just a larger version of iPhone or iPod touch. With 4x the screen of an iPhone, the iPad’s display is ideal for reading and for presentations. In today’s post, we’d like to highlight some really useful iPad applications that might replace the things you do daily with your laptop or netbook.
Want to get the most out of your iPad - Are you using it as an e-reader? There are multiple sites that offer free downloads of both classic and contemporary publications and the reading experience on the iPad is actually quite good. The font size, the instant access to chapters and pages and the .......all make for a positive reading experience. Coupled with this is the fact that this is about the only way to get anybody under the age of 20 to read for any length of time at all. For younger readers and kids learning to the read the interactive experience will engender a love of interaction with the written word.
Time for another reading roundup, where I share links to articles I’ve collected on apps and tips for using your iPad. I’ve been gathering info recently on low-cost audio recording setups for a project I’m working on. During my search, I found this detailed article by Jeff Geerling on external microphones for iOS devices and tips on using them. Geerling offers a video and his recommendations on a number of low-cost microphones as well as iPad apps for recording. If the video won’t play (I had trouble) or you’d like to see more of Geerling’s mic tests, you can search for geerlingguy microphones on YouTube.
How many times have you been in a meeting or a conference and just wanted to jot down an ideas or sketch. You don't want to become totally distracted by typing reams but you do want to record it so it doesn't get lost. The following apps allow you to do just that. You can write with your finger or use a stylus if that is more comfortable.
Optiscan – iPhone App of the Week This is a regular feature of the blog looking at various Apps available. Some of the apps will be useful for those involved in learning technologies, others will be useful in improving the way in which you work, whilst a few will be just plain fun! Some will be free, others will cost a little and one or two will be what some will think is quite expensive.