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The Productive Scholar: Lecture Capture on the Fly presented by Angel Brady

Thursday, October 6,
12:00 noon

***Oakes Lounge, Whig Hall***
Lecture Capture on the Fly:
Lecture Capture Apps

Angel Brady

Many great points and conversations come up during a lecture that faculty and students would like to revisit. You can easily record your lecture audio with a device such as the iPad using apps that are readily available for download with little equipment setup required . We will explore the different apps available for the iPad (and other mobile devices) and their features.
About the speaker:

Angel Brady is an Educational Technologist at the Humanities Resource Center at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was an Instructional Technologist and Training Specialist at Rider University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Link to presentation: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dmx9k2p_403gc2f8gg


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Google App Inventor

android_logo.pngThe Google App Inventor is a new tool that Google has launched. It is aimed at helping non-coders to develop Android apps (for Android phones) with a series of building "blocks" for mobile phones. This is a great tool for instructors that would like to add a mobile component to their course work. This is also a great tool for students to use to show their work and share their research on a broader scale (in the Android Marketplace).  If you would like to create your own Android app (and have a Google account), check out the Google App Inventor with the link below:


Brief Review of Language Learning Apps for iPod Touch and iPhone

ipod_touch.jpgI recently combed through the Apple App store to look for free versions of language learning apps that were good to use with language studies. Here’s a list of apps I downloaded and tried out on the iPod touch (with reactions listed under comments- images by Sir Stig-CC licensed):


Name of App Paid Version Available Comments
24/7 Tutor Lite Yes,  $7.99 I liked the content, but the organization is a little boring to somebody that has used language learning software. Audio, quiz, flashcard, puzzle components.
Arabic pod 101 (pocket Arabic Yes, $4.99 I liked the content but the layout was boring. If iPod has recording abilities, can record
audio in some of the exercises, has audio. Can add words to word bank (words that are already in lessons).
Hiragana Lite No, only free version in App Store Very basic flashcards. Drag flashcards across screen, drag them up to see the answer.
Touchcards Yes, $.99, and $1.99 Good for creating new lists of vocab. Can import from Quizlet, Studystack, and Google Docs. Interface is not appealing
7 Jours Yes, $4.99 This app is suppose to allow you to learn French through News on TV5Monde, but it never loaded after it asked for my location. It looks promising though (video, audio).
CherokeeLite Yes, pay to upgrade to get more words I liked the simple basic layout of this app. Has audio.
Michel Thomas Method Yes, $4.99 (Hour1, Hour 2, Hour 3-$14.99 (4-8 hours) I liked this app. It has the audio from his series and I like the
flashcards that go over the audio lessons. If you are a fan of his other products, you will like this app. Easy to use and nice layout.
ChineseBiz No, Only free version in App Store All text. The layout is slightly confusing, and it has a dictionary. Mainly flashcard review. No audio.
ChinesePod No, only Free Verso in App Store, but you can purchase package lessons I don’t like that it prompts you to log in to an account you can create to save (but you can use without an account). Content is good, but the delivery of content in the podcast may feel like it’s dragging on.
iPronunciation and Translation No, only free version in App Store This app is a simple look up word dictionary for 53 languages and it pronounces the words you look up. Audio for pronunciation did not work.
German FlashCards Lite(Declan Software) Yes, $14.95 Other languages available. Good for word review (audio, phrases, and spelling). Did not like the layout. Has audio. Paid version you can add more word lists.app is a little pricey for what it can do compared to other apps.
MemWords- Memorize Words- In Spanish Yes, $6.99 I liked the content and layout of this app. Has a dictionary ,flashcards, audio, and games. Set to only learn 20 words a day.
Gengo Lite Flashcard No, only free version in App Store You have to guess what the word means in each flashcard, no formal text word is shown to you. Has audio and images. I would not recommend for beginners.
AccellaStudy Essentials by AccelaStudy Yes, $4.99 I like the layout of the lessons. It has audio, flash cards, spaced repetition, quiz, audio quiz,and you have access to the dictionary app inside this app to look up words. Very nicely laid out and good content.
Kana Lite No, only free version in App Store Has audio and flashcards. Also has a quiz that records your score. Not bad layout and decent for review.Has ads at the top.
Prometoys Limited-Word of the Day No, only free version in App Store Just text, random words. No audio for pronunciation. Has a  game where you spell the words you learned by dragging and dropping the letters to spell words. Not good if you are looking for  pronunciation and phrases. Basic layout.
LangLearner LLC Yes, $4.99 Flashcards and audio. The layout is not appealing, and the images are poor. Good for audio basics for getting around town and on travel.
Kana Tap No, only free version in App Store Only a multiple choice review, no audio, no images.
iReview Flashcards No, only free version in App Store Just type in text, no audio. Review using flashcard method. Layout is awkward. 
Babbel Mobile Yes, €5.99 (Lifetime Advanced and Basic package Needed to register, so I was not able to view the app.
Word Power Lite Yes, $.99 Basic info, did not like the layout or content. Had audio, and was in a flashcard format. I could not record audio and play it back. Ended up deleting from iPod Touch.
Japanese Phrases FREE (TheJapanesePage.com) Yes, $9.99 Has audio, quizzes, study bank, and flashcards. Did not like the overall layout of the app. Ended up deleting it from iPod Touch.
Study Arcade Yes, $4.99 Good for collecting information on different phrases for languages (even though language learning is not this apps focus). Since these are so many options, it’s very hard to navigate for basic use. Ended up deleting it from iPod Touch.


Mobile App That Translates Text in Photos

Google is giving a preview of a prototype of their software called Google Goggles. Goggles is an Android visual search application that  translates text in a photo into another language. A person with an Android device can use the app to take a photo and then the app runs an OCR  (Optical Character Recognition) process on the words and then translates them into another language. So far, Google has not set a release date for the app. To learn more about Google Goggles, click on the link below (from a Mashable article) or you can view the video:

Mashable Article on Google Goggles


1800 Audio Books Free with iPhone App

audio_book_iphone_app.pngCross Forward Consulting is offering a free iPhone app called Audiobooks. With this app, a user can listen to up to 1800 free audio books. You can browse and search for books by title or author. There is also quick start listen, where you can start to listen to the audio book before it’s completely downloaded. The library that the Audiobooks app pulls from is called the Librivox Project (which is constantly being updated). To check out the app in iTunes, click on the link below: