Emerging and Mobile Technologies
With today’s lightning fast smart phones and tablets, opportunities for educators to tap (pun intended) into technological resources has never been better. Mobile devices and learning apps are slowly breaking down the walls of the classroom, transforming virtually any environment into a teaching and learning space.
If you’re just getting started, here are a few suggestions and resources to explore. When reviewing our suggested apps below, consider not only how you might adapt them to your teaching, but also in how you can use them in assignments for your students.
Note: this list currently covers only iOS apps. While many of these apps run on both platforms, we will be updating this page to include specific Android apps in the near future.
Video Recording and Editing
The Camera app that comes standard in all iOS devices works well for basic applications. However if you would like more professional results, there are many apps which give you complete manual control over common photographic elements, such as exposure and focus.
For maximum versatility, Adobe Premiere Clip is a free and very intuitive app that allows you to shoot, edit, add music and even color correct from your iPad/iPhone. If you use Adobe Premiere Pro, you can upload Clip projects to your Adobe CC account and then open in Premiere Pro for extra polish. Tutorials on using Clip are available here.
Sound Recording and Editing
As with the Camera app, the standard Voice Memo app allows you to record audio directly to your device, but more professional tools are available. Voice Recorder Pro allows you record memos and on-site sounds at unlimited length with configurable quality, and gives you multiple options for sharing.
For audio editing, WavePad Audio Editor Free is a full-featured professional audio and music editor. With WavePad you can edit and record music, voice, and other audio recordings. You can edit audio files with tools like cut, copy, paste. You can also add audio effects including echo, amplify, and noise reduction.
There are literally hundreds of photo editing apps available. We suggest doing a search if there is a specific need you have. For most purposes, Adobe has a fine collection of apps for all mobile devices.
Adobe Photoshop Express is photo editing made fun, fast and easy. Touch your way to better-looking iPhone/iPad pictures using slide bar adjustments, or let automatic one-touch fixes do it for you. The toolset includes Basics, Auto-Fix, Blemish Removal, Color, “Looks” and Borders. There are plenty of options for sharing.
A new complement to Photoshop Express is also available: Adobe Photoshop Mix is a free app for more powerful, non-destructive edits that straighten the perspective of an image, reduce camera blur, apply Content-Aware fill magic, cut out and remove sections of your images or merge multiple photos. and more.
Adobe Photoshop Fix provides additional image retouching features, such as face-aware liquify, heal and patch, and color adjustments.
For desktop users of Adobe Lightroom, the Lightroom app allows you to edit, organize, and share images anywhere, anytime with Lightroom on your mobile devices. All your edits are automatically synced with Lightroom on your desktop.
Stop Motion Studio helps you to create terrific stop action movies with a whole host of unique features. Like the frame-by-frame editor, the timeline, the sound editor, green screen, many different export options and so on... It's simple to use, it's deceptively powerful, and it's tremendous fun.
Animation Desk Classic for iPad allows users to create hand-drawn animations on iPad. The drawing interface provided by the app resembles the real working environment of a professional animator who completes each frame of an animation on a specially-designed desk, the animation desk.
Autodesk SketchBook® Express for iPad is a fun and intuitive drawing application. Use professional-grade tools and brushes to create doodles, quick sketches or artwork on-the-go.
Adobe Illustrator Draw allows you to create vector art using familiar tools from the desktop version of Illustrator.
Adobe Photoshop Sketch gives you the power of Photoshop's paint and drawing tools on your mobile device. Sketch can create layered images, and it supports many styluses for advanced hand drawing.
Annotating PDF’s allows you to mark documents for grading papers, have students critique others creative writing assignments, etc. Adobe Reader and Foxit PDF are two free apps we've used successfully.
Screen Capture/Smart Boards
Many apps simulate the functionality of blackboards and smart boards to create drawings and documents on your tablet. You can create using free-hand drawing tools, using typing tools, or a combination of the two tool sets. Your drawings and documents can be sent to and synced with other users so that they can comment and edit your drawings and documents. All of these apps include some way to share your content, such as DropBox or to upload to their server with a link to share.
Doceri combines screencasting, desktop control, and an interactive whiteboard in one app. Create a lesson or presentation, insert images, save and edit your project and record a screencast video you can save or share. You can also control your lesson or presentation live with Airplay or through your Mac or PC or annotate a Keynote or PowerPoint.
ShowMe turns your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard. The app allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online.
For creating presentations using iOS devices, Apple’s Keynote app allows you to create beautiful and functional slideshows similar to Powerpoint for your lectures, which can be presented straight from your device if connected to a projector or HDTV. You have the option to save your work to the iCloud and work on the same presentation seamlessly from any device or computer. Some of our faculty who use Keynote export edited versions of their presentations as PDF’s to share with their students.
PowerPoint is available for free on all mobile devices. Sign in using your UofL login info to access the full featured app. You can create, edit, and present from the app. Since it is connected to your UofL Office 365 subscription, you can also create a presentation on your desktop and continue editing in the mobile version.
If you are looking for a more modern presentation look, try Microsoft Sway or Adobe Spark Page. Both apps create presentations that are saved as web documents and have smooth and visually interesting layouts. Take advantage of their integrated content search options to find and link images, videos, and other content easily.
Skype is the original and still most popular app for messaging, voice and video calls across all platforms.
Hangouts is the instant messaging and videoconferencing service from Google. It can be accessed through Google+, Gmail and mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as from a Chrome extension that lets you chat with your contacts directly from the Windows or Mac desktop. The video conferencing feature allows you to make video calls with up to 10 people simultaneously, no matter which device they're connected on. It integrates apps like YouTube and Google Drive, as well as sounds and visual effects.
Microsoft OneNote offers advanced handwritten, typed, and audio recorded notes, as well as document sharing and collaboration. All of this comes with integration to your UofL Office 365 account, so any Word, PowerPoint, Excel or other document can also be shared using OneNote.
The Google Docs apps works almost identical as it does on your desktop computer. You can create, edit, and collaborate with others on documents from your mobile device. Create new documents or edit any that were created on the web or on another device. Share documents and work together with others in the same document at the same time. Open, edit, and save Microsoft Word documents. Everything is automatically saved as you type.
One of our favorite digital storytelling apps is ShadowPuppet. You simply select images from your device, record your voice talking about the images, and share.
Adobe Spark Video helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming – just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack.
One app every educator and student should have on any device is DropBox, which is a free file hosting service. This online organization and storage app allows you to store files in the “cloud,” giving you the ability to access them from anywhere. You will want to move files from your computer to your device and vice versa. You can also create a shared folder with full access to all of your students.
Microsoft OneDrive gives you direct access to any documents or files you have saved in your UofL Office 365 OneDrive cloud storage. Connected directly to all other Microsoft apps, OneDrive allows easy for easy searching and access to all your files while on the go.
A similar free product is Google Drive. Have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.