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Archive for the ‘Teaching Technologies’ Category

SmartPhone as a Recording Device

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Save meeting

This app allows you to record the audio of your meetings or classes, transcribe the audio, and share the recordings and transcriptions with others.

Currently available for iPhone & Android.

The app is free to download. There are both free and premium service options.

Many Eyes

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Do you have data that you want to make more visually appealing to the audience? IBM has a free site that helps you transform columns of numbers into interactive charts and graphs. Free to register and use.


Windows on your iPad

Friday, February 24th, 2012

OMG! A free App that allows you to view and edit your Microsoft files (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and more) on your iPad. First, go to on your desktop/laptop computer and sign up for a free account (there is also a paid version). Second, download the App to your iPad. Third, upload desired files from your desktop/laptop computer to the OnLive server. Fourth, sign into your OnLive account on your iPad. Fifth, access your uploaded files from your Documents folder that will appear on your OnLive desktop.

The company is also working on bringing OnLive to Android tablets, iPhones and iPod Touches, Macs and PCs, and even to TV sets.

Timelines with Pizzaz

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I have given several presentations where I want to include some historical context and make the information more than just a list of events. I recently found some PowerPoint timeline templates on Microsoft’s website that add some action to the information.

3-D timeline that spans across three slides

Pictures that move along a curved path onto the slide

Dynamic timeline

My Weekend with Sketch/Video Apps

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The old saying: A picture is worth a 1000 words. In this 21st century, a video is worth a 1000 words.

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard (free)
Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking.

ScreenChomp by TechSmith (free)
Record It. Sketch It. Share It. – to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.

Both apps are only for iPad and are easy to use. The apps both provide multiple ways to share the video: email, Facebook, Twitter. Click on the links to view a short example made with each of the apps. I used my finger to draw on the screen.

Handwriting Recognition Apps

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I recently came across an app category that I am very excited about; Handwriting recognition. Just picture yourself swiping your finger across your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire or Android phone screen. Now picture yourself forming letters while swiping your finger across the screen (You can also use a stylus). That’s how easy it is. The apps can be used in meetings, brainstorming sessions, or [your idea here]. Both of the sites below have short demonstration videos to get you started.

7 Notes (Free and a paid version)

WritePad ($9.99)

The National Library of Medicine Training Center Needs Your Input!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will be creating web based self-paced tutorials related to PubMed®, TOXNET®, and NCBI databases.

We need your input in order to inform topics, length, and format of the tutorials we will develop.  Please visit to complete a short questionnaire.  The questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please complete the questionnaire by close of business on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Questions may be directed to Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director of the NTC, at


Monday Morning Hodge Podge

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
  1. Do you Tweet? Whittling away at a post can be frustrating while we try to figure out how much of a sentence can be removed and still retain its meaning. Try these two text reduction sites designed for Twitter posts. The first site uses special characters that look like letters.
  2. Let’s remember to abide by copyright. Creative Commons has an easy search interface to find photos with the permissions you need.

  3. Mr. Purrington taught evolutionary biology for 14 years at Hudson University. He has some good tips on creating and presenting an academic poster. You will also find a template and links to poster examples.

Online Teaching Tools for Discovery, Discussion and Demonstration

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Richard Byrne posted a slideshow on the Free Technology for Teachers blog called, “Discovery, Discussion and Demonstration.” If you page through the slideshow you’ll find references to a number of online tools for teaching, including a few that you may not have heard of before: Wevideo, a collaborative online video editor; and Socrative, a free student response system.

Phoning it In

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

A recent blog post by Dr. Ramsey Musallam about the flipped classroom and the digital divide provides a creative answer for students who don’t have Internet access at home.  First, for students who need it, he sends them home with content on a DVD or a flash drive which they can use at the public library for example. Second, and this is the creative part, he has these same students phone in their answers. Dr. Musallam uses Google Voice, which is free. He created a form [] which provides a general format for the students to follow when they call in their assignment. Google Voice translates their voice to text and then Dr. Musallam catalogs their responses along with all the other student responses.  Digital divide or not, Google Voice offers another way for students to interact and respond to class materials. To learn about Google Voice go to: