An overview of what we’re using… They’re all free bar Docs To Go which came bundled with the tablets.
All of the following are Android apps. We plan in the future to produce a rough equivalent for Apple devices.
Currently in use…
|App||What it does||What we’re doing with it|
|Google Mail||Email… well you wouldn’t expect anything else!||We have a Apps for Domains account with a .student subdomain so we can offer all of our learners an ITeC email account.|
|Google Docs||Collaborative, online document, spreadsheet and presentation editing||
|Google Maps||Integrates Google Maps with the onboard GPS||Locating learner workplaces.|
|DocsToGo Free (Viewer only)
DocsToGo (paid upgrade for full editing £9.99)
|Mobile office software compatible with Microsoft Office. Will integrate with Google Docs and Dropbox||Learner reviews and NVQ observations using an adapted version of our existing Word based forms.|
|DropBox||Allows synchronisation of files across multiple devices through cloud storage||Trainee review and NVQ observations in conjunction with DocsToGo|
|Diigo Powernote||Social bookmakring and web research tool using highlighting and virtual sticky notes to annotate webpages.||
|Seesmic||Social media software, can integrate feeds from Twitter, Facebook and others||
|Wunderlist||Collaborative Task Management software||
|Evernote & Widget||Extremely hard to sum up in a sentence! “Note taking” is the simplest but doesn’t really cover it – you can add pictures, weblinks, uploaded files, handwritten notes, types notes and search and group them however you like.||
|Firefox||Web browser||To replace the default browser which didn’t work well with our Moodle.|
The rest of the apps we’ve installed ‘with a plan’ but haven’t started using yet. This list will slowly get merged with the ‘in use’ list over the course of the project!
|App||What it does||What we plan to do with it|
|Googles||QR code reader assorted other functions like visual search, a certain level of OCR from photographs||Link paper portfolios to online one with QR Codes?|
|SoundCloud & Rehearsal Assistant||Allows comments to be left linked to specific points on the recording.
Soundcloud can be shared online and embedded into websites/blogs/Moodle etc.
|Ease the paperwork / timestamp burden of recording professional discussions|
|Image editing. Skitch is particularly fast and easy.
Both allow taking photos with the onboard camera to edit
|Allow recording and annotating of learner workplace evidence.|
|Dictionary.com||Electronic dictionary. Can be used voice activated.||Allow learner to speak a word to find the meaning / spelling|
|MindMap Memo &
Mindjet for Android
|Mindmapping software||Support project planning and revision.|
|MaharaDroid||Upload directly from device to Mahara portfolio||Allow quick access to electronic portfolio.|