Appy Hour

Marie Roberts, Meridian Community College Appy Hour: Where the best applications for education are served neat. Shoot em' down straight and erase classroom monotony with an app chaser that's top-shelf worthy. We'll garnish your classroom content with innovative apps that fit even a frat boy's budget. This professional development session is geared towards individuals looking to implement useful applications both in and out of the classroom. Let's raise the bar (literally). Participants will be introduced to a variety of multi-platform apps across the educational spectrum, including presentation tools and classroom supplements.

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Appy Hour

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Marie Roberts, Meridian Community College Appy Hour: Where the best applications for education are served neat. Shoot em' down straight and erase classroom monotony with an app chaser that's top-shelf worthy. We'll garnish your classroom content with innovative apps that fit even a frat boy's budget. This professional development session is geared towards individuals looking to implement useful applications both in and out of the classroom. Let's raise the bar (literally). Participants will be introduced to a variety of multi-platform apps across the educational spectrum, including presentation tools and classroom supplements.
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  1. Appy  Hour

    Slide 1 - Appy Hour

    • J. Marie Roberts
    • Meridian Community College
  2. The #411

    Slide 2 - The #411

    • J. Marie Roberts, M. Ed.
    • Director of Recruiting & Campus Life
    • Meridian Community College
    • Why Appy Hour?
    • App use in the higher educational field are the future of technological integration for student engagement and retention.
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    • MERIDIAN
    • COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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    • 1) Messenger 4) FB 5) IG
    • Most popular app for 2014?
    • Most popular app ever?
    • Most frequently used app?
    • Your favorite app?
    • 1) iOS Free: FB / Paid: Angry Birds 2) Android Free: FB / Paid: Fruit Ninja
    • Google Maps
    • POP QUIZ (OPEN DISCUSSION)
  4. TOO POOR FOR LIMES AND COCONUTS

    Slide 4 - TOO POOR FOR LIMES AND COCONUTS

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    • Why Appy Hour?:
    • Need for professional development that wasn’t boring
    • Something that faculty could utilize in online, traditional, and hybrid classrooms
    • Be good stewards for our institution (all apps are free!),
    • And who doesn’t love Jimmy Buffett?
    • What do I look for in useful apps?:
    • Classroom management support
    • Useful collaboration tools
    • Quality content creation
    • Flipped classroom supplements
    • Things that make life easier
  5. “MOBILE” PLATFORMS

    Slide 5 - “MOBILE” PLATFORMS

    • The holy trinity of online learning — content/lecture, discussion, assessment — doesn’t translate well to smartphones.
    • Navigating content (smartphone browsers have smaller screens & buttons, longer load times, etc.)
    • Discussion (prove your point in ~140 characters or less)
    • Time (smartphone users’ sessions are currently 3x longer when they’re using apps vs. browsing websites)
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    • CO-EXISTING / SUPPLEMENTAL SITES
    • LMS’s are trying … they just are not quite there, yet.
    • Higher Ed apps tend to focus on course selection or scheduling or finding your way around campus.
    • Peripheral learning experience (ie: med vocab dictionary)
  6. FEELING A LITTLE “APP”REHENSIVE?

    Slide 6 - FEELING A LITTLE “APP”REHENSIVE?

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  7. FILL IT TO THE BRIM [STORAGE & BACKUP SOLUTIONS]

    Slide 7 - FILL IT TO THE BRIM [STORAGE & BACKUP SOLUTIONS]

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    • Dropbox:
    • OneDrive &
    • Google Drive:
    • 2GB of storage free / 500MB of additional free storage for each friend - 16GB limit / social media links = more storage / storage top out 18GB
    • Secure: two-step authentication
    • OneDrive (iOS) 500MB for every friend / 3GB for mobile camera roll / storage top out 20GB / fetch files feature
    • Google Drive 15GB of free storage / Google-verse sync / real-time collaboration
    • Similar Apps:
    • Amazon Cloud
    • Spideroak
    • iCloud (iOS)
  8. GARNISH IT [SAVE THE ENRICHMENT]

    Slide 8 - GARNISH IT [SAVE THE ENRICHMENT]

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    • Readability:
    • Pocket:
    • Tag articles for easier browsing / “Top Reads" list feature / beautiful interface / works with Pulse, Reeder, Flipboard, Tweetbot, Longofm, and iCab Mobile
    • Bookmark and read it later / save from Pulse, Flipboard, the Onion, etc. / browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, and a bookmarklet / save-by-email function / save embedded video in any article
    • Similar App:
    • Instapaper ($)
  9. EVERYBODY GETS A LITTLE UMBRELLA [COLLABORATION TOOLS]

    Slide 9 - EVERYBODY GETS A LITTLE UMBRELLA [COLLABORATION TOOLS]

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    • Trello:
    • Twoodo:
    • Create boards to organize anything / live collaborate on projects / use Trello cards to list ideas and arrange on boards / checklists to keep track of to-dos / photos and videos
    • Organize your team using simple #hashtags as you type / Twitter-like language / email-friendly / #todo = create a task / @name = mention someone / conversations turn into actionable lists and notes
    • Similar Apps:
    • Hangouts
    • SyncSpace Free
    • VidoPop/FreeFlow
  10. MIX AND MINGLE [FEEDBACK YOU’RE REALLY LOOKING FOR]

    Slide 10 - MIX AND MINGLE [FEEDBACK YOU’RE REALLY LOOKING FOR]

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    • Polls Online:
    • Responseware:
    • Get feedback from a mobile-friendly web page, via text, or with Twitter / embed your poll and get real-time updates
    • Turns mobile devices into a virtual clicker / respond to interactive questions with any web-enabled device including smartphones and tablets / immediately transfers selections to polling software.
    • Similar Apps:
    • Socrative
    • PageSend
  11. THE HOLE IN THE WALL [APPS YOU DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE YOU WANTED]

    Slide 11 - THE HOLE IN THE WALL [APPS YOU DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE YOU WANTED]

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    • EasyBib:
    • Remind:
    • Create accurate citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book / build and manage your works cited / email your citations and then export your citations
    • Safely interact with students about important classroom information / subscribers sign up as and choose to receive messages by text, email, or in the app.
    • Similar Apps:
    • TED
    • WhatWasThere
    • (iOS only)
  12. THE SHIRLEY TEMPLES [APPS FOR YOUR STUDENTS]

    Slide 12 - THE SHIRLEY TEMPLES [APPS FOR YOUR STUDENTS]

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    • StudyBlue:
    • My
    • Homework
    • Planner:
    • Make study sets and add recommended content as you create flashcards / quiz yourself, track your progress and set reminders to study / select the study mode -flipping flashcards or using review sheets.
    • Sync homework / organizer & planner / homework widget / class schedule / homework calendar
    • Similar Apps:
    • IFTTT
    • Rescue Time
    • Duolingo
  13. AFTER HOURS [KICK BACK AND ENJOY THE “APPY” LIFE]

    Slide 13 - AFTER HOURS [KICK BACK AND ENJOY THE “APPY” LIFE]

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    • Poynt:
    • Pandora:
    • iFunny:
    • FastCustomer:
    • Instagram:
    • 9GAG:
    • Facebook:
    • LinkedIn Pulse:
  14. LAST CALL

    Slide 14 - LAST CALL

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    • www.linkedin.com/in/mariejohnroberts
    • www.linkedin.com/in/mariejohnroberts
    • recruiting@meridiancc.edu
  15. Appy Hour:

    Slide 15 - Appy Hour:

    • J. Marie Roberts, M. Ed.
    • Meridian Community College
    • Meridian, Mississippi
    • Where the Best Applications
    • Are Served Neat