Mobile Apps for April 2013

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Check out these resource apps for  finding quality learning objects or creating your own:  YouTube Capture, MERLOT OER Search, and GCF PowerPoint 2010.

Get the Capture App HereGet MERLOT OER Search App HereGet the GCF PowerPoint App Here

YouTube’s Capture app is perfect for quickly filming short webcam videos on your iPhone or iPad and publishing them directly to YouTube or social media sites.  Support for Android devices is in development.   The app includes enhancement tools for improving the quality of your videos and adding background music if desired.  In higher education, Capture could be used to record and share brief lectures, speeches, and discussions. Video could be used to disseminate information as well as connect to students in online courses.

MERLOT is an excellent resource for finding high-quality peer-reviewed learning resources for topics in higher education. Free to search for and blend into your lesson plans, the resources indexed at MERLOT include journal articles, textbooks, apps, presentations, and more. Available for Apple and Android devices, the MERLOT OER Search app provides you with easy mobile access to the MERLOT database of Open Education Resources. Retrieved items can be viewed directly on your mobile device or sent to an e-mail account of your choice.

The GCF PowerPoint 201o app is a great free learning and quick reference tool to have for when you or your students need to create slide presentations.  Available for Apple and Android devices, the app includes over 40 instructional videos accompanied by step-by-step instructions that cover the basic tools and slide design,as well as advanced topics in adding multi-media pizzaz to presentations.  If you like this app by GCF, they also offer similar tutorial apps for Word, Excel, and Access 2010.

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