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Apps for Librarians & Educators

Become an Expert in Mobile Library Apps for iPhones, iPads, and Other iOS Devices
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Apps for Librarians & Educators

Become an Expert in Mobile Library Apps for iPhones, iPads, and Other iOS Devices
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Smartphones are everywhere and there is an explosion of apps for productivity, research, reading, and studying. Librarians can better serve their communities by having expertise in mobile technologies.

Learn about the best apps for library users, including Evernote, Dropbox, Instapaper, iBooks, Kindle, Stanza, and GoodReader.

Each week we focus on a category, such as e-reading, productivity, research, or multimedia. The course combines video lectures, reading, and discussion. We also discuss the future of apps vs. mobile web, and using apps for content creation.

To follow along with the video demos, you need an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. By the end you will have materials, knowledge, and inspiration... enough to prepare you to offer your own workshop for users at your library.

    • Over 53 lectures and 6 hours of content!
    • See how mobile apps help you work, study, read, and create.
    • Get up to speed quickly: watch video demos and follow along on your own mobile device.
    • Discuss what the explosion of mobile apps means for users, libraries, and society.
    • Get access to a wealth of materials during and after the course.
    • Have fun!
    • Beginners & intermediate users of iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touches who want to learn about the best apps for creative work
    • Librarians from any kind of institution (schools, universities, corporate, law, government, medical, non-profit, archives)
    • Educators, academics, and other creative professionals (you don't need to be a librarian to sign up!)


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    Why Take This Course?
    Smartphones are everywhere and there is an explosion of apps for productivity, research, reading, and studying. Librarians can better serve their communities by having expertise in mobile technologies. Take this course to learn about the best apps for library users, including Evernote, Dropbox, Inst…
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    "Apps4Librarians was a great online class experience. The video demos and lectures greatly enhanced the readings and self exploration. I appreciated all the practical tips Nicole included, as well as the insights of the other class members."  -  Michele Mizejewski, Web Initiatives Librarian, Univers…
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    Getting started
    Using your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch This course assume you know the basics of how to use your iPhone. However, if you are using a brand new device and you've never had one before, here are a few resources for getting started. It would be a good idea to get familiar with the basics before the class. Us…
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    Course objectives
    By the end of the course, you should be: knowledgeable about some of the best apps in each category (reading, productivity, reference, multimedia) comfortable with using your mobile device and installing apps on it comfortable with updating your apps, both in iTunes and on your mobile device comfort…
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    Kindle mobile e-reading apps

    Tips for using the Kindle apps, including how to get content from sources other than Amazon.

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    iBooks, Google Play Books, and Megareader

    Demo of iBooks, Google Play Books, and Megareader (for free, public domain titles).

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    Library books on mobile devices

    Overdrive, Kindle, and BlueFire Reader for borrowing library ebooks on mobile devices.

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    Enhanced Ebook Apps

    Demo of Alice in Wonderland and Pedlar Lady.

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    GoodReader app - great for reading PDFs
    Demo of the GoodReader app for iPad.
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    Magazine apps on the iPad
    Here I show you iPad apps for Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, and Zinio (which contains lots of magazines).
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    Unit 1 - Readings
    1. Seven Ways Electronic Books Will Make Us Better Readers - Steve Leveen Feel free to discuss this article in the comments. Do you agree with all of his points? Are there other things to consider? Also, please comment on your experience with e-reading. How many books have you read completely throug…
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    Reading on E-Book Devices: the user experience
    80 slides
    Keynote talk for Handheld Librarian, July 29, 2010.
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    Use Dropbox to move files between all your computers and mobile devices.

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    Using Evernote for storing all kinds of information.

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    Save complete text of web pages for reading offline, nicely formatted.

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    To Do, Awesome Note, 1Password, and LogMeIn Ignition
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    QuickOffice, Google Docs mobile web, and Keynote
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    iPad accessories - keyboard, camera connection kit and more
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    Like having a scanner in your pocket.

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    Dragon Dictation & Dragon Go

    Apps for speech recognition and speec-activated searching.

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    Unit 2: Productivity - Readings
    1. The iPad for Academics  - Alex Golub 2. My iPad Day - Ann Kirschner 3. Apps: web apps or native apps? - Rob De Lorenzo 4. What Cloud Computing Means for the Real World - Keir Thomas 5.  Collecting, annotating & redistributing student work using an iPad, GoodReader & Dropbox  -  Greg Clinton 6. Re…
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    Research & Reference
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    Google Search, Duck Duck Go, Google Maps
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    Dictionary, Articles, Wolfram Alpha
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    Feedly (RSS news reader)
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    Pulse, Flipboard, BBC News, NPR, Life, IMDB, Flixster
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    Language learning, translations, flash cards
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    Whole Foods, Harvest, Desktop
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    Barcode scanning apps
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    Unit 3: Research & Reference - Readings
    1. Apple's guidelines for app developers are interesting to read, even if you aren't developing apps. They help you understand the care that Apple takes and what some of their goals are. Here are the first 4 sections of Apple's guidelines: (these are only 1-3 pages each) Introduction Platform Charac…
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    Art, Art Envi Deluxe, Louvre
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    Kaleidoscope X, Spawn Illuminati HD
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    Adobe Ideas

    Drawing and painting

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    Bamboo Paper

    Drawing and painting

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    Comic Book

    Create comic books from your images.

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    ToonPaint and Color Splash
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    Add fun filters to you photos and share them with friends.

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    Pro HDR (photography)

    Pro HDR lets you capture an image exposed for the highlights and another exposed for the shadows. It then automatically aligns and blends the images, giving you an HDR image up to 5 megapixels.

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    Photosynth, part 1

    Create and share panoramic photos (360 degrees)

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    Photosynth, part 2

    Create panoramic photos and share them on (Microsoft)

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    More photo apps
    Here are two  other recommended photography apps:  Photoshop Express : free, (great for editing photos), Diptic : $.99, (photo collages)  
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    Sound Hound, TuneinRadio
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    Bloom, ThumbJam, TonePad Pro, Bebot
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    Ocarina 2 (turn your iPhone into a playable ocarina)
    Another fun app is Ocarina 2 (free). See the  videos on their site  and  learn how to play .
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    Videos, AirVideo, Netflix, PBS, YouTube, iTunes
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    iTunes U and Apple's Podcasts app
    Apple has two free apps worth trying, released since the video in the previous lecture was made.  iTunes U , free As of June 29, 2012: Apple has a new  Podcasts  app. Here's a story about it:  Bye-bye, downloads: Apple's new Podcasts app enables better streaming . There are also some alternative pod…
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    Unit 4: Multimedia - Readings
    1. In defense of digital play - Andy Russell 2. Storytelling, creativity, and the new frontier of digital play - Andy Russell 3. See this blog for reviews of apps that push the boundaries of new media:      Creative Applications Network - iPhone apps   | iPad apps 4.  30 second video showing an arti…
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    Keeping Up
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    Keeping up with apps & app reviews
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    Jailbreaking: some things to know
    Some things to know about jailbreaking: It's legal. See, " Library of Congress, jailbreaking is fair use. " It allows you to install third-party apps from non-Apple stores, such as Cydia. There are some really nice apps available that add useful functionality, such as turning your iPhone into a mobi…
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    Readings: the future, the cloud, apps
    1.  The future is disposable 2.  For whom the app tolls 3.  Teens and Data Retention 4.  Show us the data (it's ours, after all) 5.  Apple iCloud to offer "continuous client" functionality 6.  App Store volume purchase program  (for educational institutions) 7.  How to buy the right iPad ----- Addit…
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    Readings: The future of educational technology
    1.  Kids are the road to tech innovation 2.  From the mouths of babes: the future of tech is robots and real world integration 3.  Study: Children's future requests for computers & the internet  (PDF) 4.  How consumer technology & user-generated content are changing ed-tech 5.  10 great iPad apps fo…
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    What Librarians Can Do
    Become mobile/app literate... blog or create guides for your users. Teach and offer workshops on apps and ebook reading. Write reviews (or make video reviews) of apps for your community. Developing a mobile web site? Figure out a few top things that people want to do when mobile and work on those fi…
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    What did you think of this course?
    Hi everyone! I would love to get your feedback on the value of this course! Please send your comments to: . This will help me improve it for everyone. Feel free to resuse the guide I made for MIT Libraries as well: Apps4Academics : And if you found th…


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  • Catherine McDonald
    Quickly & Easily Learn All About Apps.

    Concise information, clearly presented, with plenty of additional resources provided. The structure of the course makes it easy to go at your own pace and review what is important to you. Public librarians seeking to become familiar with the many categories of apps available - both to discover new tools and to understand what patrons are using - will find this informative and time-saving.

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