As the festive season approaches, there’s another opportunity to take part in a revised 12 Apps of Christmas activity – a free, short, online Continuing Professional Development course in which an app is released each day for the first 12 weekdays of December. Log in for 10 minutes a day and get a quick outline of different ways that you can integrate particular apps into teaching and learning.
There are several versions of this initiative being run by various institutions. UoR Senior Research Fellow Alice Mauchline and colleagues in the Agriculture Department have written a case study on an app (top secret until the big reveal!) for the course produced by the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Or why not enrol on the award-winning course from Regents’ University, London?
Enrol now and get ‘appy for Christmas!
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On Thursday 7th July over 40 members of Academic, Administrative and Professional staff attended a new informal lunchtime staff development event called APPetite to discover, explore and discuss the use of mobile apps used in Learning and Teaching. At this attendee led event short talks were delivered by several attendees describing their use of apps, followed by an opportunity to try them out and discuss options with others.
The session format:
- Appetisers – Short talks by attendees.
- Meal Deal – Discuss, try out and ask questions about the apps presented.
- Sweet Treats – Share your thoughts, ideas and outcomes online.
See how the event unfolded on Twitter #TEL_APPetite
Explore the apps presented at the session on the collaboratively authored Padlet wall.
Thank you to our speakers:
- Elizabeth Conaghan and Amanda Milmore (School of Law)
- Stanimira Milcheva (Henley Business School)
- Matthew Nicholls (Classics)
Our intention is to make this a regular lunchtime event during the next academic year, although we can’t always promise to provide the catering!
Want to join us next time? Watch out for details of the next APPetite session in the new academic year on the TEL CQSD T&L Programme page!
Festive Apps to download during the festive season
Christmas is almost here! Here’s our pick of the fun Christmas apps available for you to download for an ‘appy Christmas! (They’re free and available for both Apple and Android unless otherwise stated.)
The TEL elves
It’s been a favourite for several years but the fun never seems to wear off! Turn yourself, your family and friends into a group of dancing elves with your own faces! Simply upload the images from your camera roll and away you go!
A great app if you’re entertaining children over the festive period. The NORAD Santa Tracker does what it says: you can track Santa from his North Pole journey all over the world on Christmas Eve.
Create and send Christmas cards in under three minutes with Inkly. There are hundreds of designs to choose from or you can even create your own by uploading your favourite photos. Inkly uses handwriting technology too. Write your message on a piece of paper, take a picture of it with your phone and transfer your handwriting (and sketches) inside your chosen card. You can then add the address, choose from seven different coloured envelopes and Inkly prints and sends them in the post on the same day! (Price per card is £2.99 plus 69p for first class delivery.)
4. Fireplace 3D Lite (Free and available for iPhones and tablets only)
Fireplace 3D Lite from iTunes will make you feel cosy this Christmas with an image of a real log fire. There are three different fireplaces to choose from: rustic, traditional and Victorian, which each have realistic images to make you feel warm and cosy.
How will you look with Santa Claus’ beard? Or what about your family in a Santa hat? You can find out using this app. Simply upload a picture from your phone and give it a Christmas makeover then share your masterpieces on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
6. Christmas Music (Free and available for iPhones and tablets only)
Do you love a Christmas tune or two? You can listen to thousands of free holiday songs with the Christmas Music app. All of the apps’ music is vetted to be from Creative Commons or independent musicians which means they are all completely legal for you to enjoy!
Wishing you a very happy Christmas & a fab 2016. Enjoy the festive holiday!
Vicki, Adam, Maria, Andy, Shirin & Lauren
UoR staff gathered, last Thursday, at the Innovation Works for an event kindly organised by Botany Associate Professor, Alastair Culham (@BotanyRNG) examining our use of social media in teaching and learning.
Delegates from around the university were treated to a keynote from James Kieft (eLearning Manager at Reading College, @James_kieft) who reflected on how technology can enrich learning and engage students, and how Reading College has engaged in its practice Google Apps for Education.
James shared his resource-rich blog: http://james-thinks-its-worth-a-look.blogspot.co.uk/ – a useful resource providing access to a plethora of tools for all sorts of aspects of teaching and learning. He concluded his presentation with a fun, interactive logo quiz made using Quizizz.com.