I downloaded ‘sound metre’ ABC onto my phone.

its ironic that I have a throat infection and I cannot give you my loudest yell! I do like the descriptions of though….it’s quite silent here where I type. Dogs are snoozing…enough at times to make the metre hit 20dB but mainly as I sit here typing it’s around 10dB or rustling leaves as it so eloquently describes! I do like that the next noise level is quiet library….really…made the librarian in me chortle…not even sure is that is a thing apart from during study break….

i still think it’s amazing that there are these great free apps…for just about anything? I am sounding like an old person now. But technology really is a most wonderful thing!

i did like that in the case study students were asked to find a noise measuring app and rate it on several criteria. and using a mobile for assessment is just the way to go….

I have used Socrative, a while ago…well quite a while ago, when presenting at ALIA Online in 2012? My paper ’92 things and counting’….there is a Prezi around and I should have the paper somewhere ? Don’t mean to sound blasé. But we used Socrative to poll people as they came into the session…

So how does Socrative work as a tutorial coach?

what I really like about Socrative is I don’t have to register as a user…I just need the room ID and I can then put in my name/any name and answer away…..

it’s quick, it’s intuitive.

i can see that this would be useful with a large group….250 students …you don’t want questions up on a PPT when you can use an app like this and allow students to work at their own pace…I went into the app, answered the questions and then later went into the app and was able to redo the questions. That is useful for those who like to go over concepts at a later stage (I guess access to this is controlled by the lecturer who sets this up)

i think it would be a good tool to use in a tutorial setting…. feedback to both student and lecturer/tutor!

i guess I do have a question about how the whole process is managed by the lecturer/tutor? If you have 250 students using Socrative in a lecture/tute…how do you manage all the responses, the whole process at the time?

at home today on doctors orders. The drugs are working and all is well, so is it ironic that this app is all about the human body.

truth be told I love these types of apps…pocket anatomy looks great from the 4 min explanatory video, but I won’t be buying as it’s $30.99 in Australian money and I don’t have a need for it.

having just been in an academic library I know of some amazing resources that can be used in teaching and learning in the health sciences, and I do know that they cost big money. Unable to tell from the case study what other resources these students have access to but I think that this is a great resource that some students may well embrace. From the case study I note that this app is often used for planning dissection and then for testing afterwards…

i am fascinated by the layers on the human body

annoyed it is only available for Mac/IOS

i would think desktop or tablet use would be better as there is such fine details in the body although you can zoom in

the case study does say that students still use the big anatomy textbooks….I remember peering through my brothers when he was a medical student…those gory yet fascinating colour plates!

as an addition to, and perhaps a preference of some students I this kind that this looks like a great app…although as I said I have only viewed the video and will not be downloading the app

I loved that TV series…where they dissected animals…a giraffe, a whale, an elephant – inside nature’s giants – that  was a fascinating series and highly recommended.

see http://www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-natures-giants

How did I not know of the PeriScope app, given that I do use Twitter, although not as frequently as I used to?

PeriScope is “a FREE live streaming app that allows users to view and broadcast live “scopes” from around the world in real time. Live streaming is defined as transmitting or receiving live video and audio over the internet.  Using Periscope, anyone can stream a live video through the app on their mobile device (available on Android and iOS) and viewers can watch these live scopes on the app, via the Twitter app, or via a web interface at https://www.periscope.tv/.Viewers can comment, ask questions, and send hearts to the broadcaster in real time.  Hearts are similar to a ‘like’ on Facebook or Twitter”.

I read the case study and think it’s an excellent example of reaching students and answering really common questions- so great for academic skills type areas at uni.

I have copied and pasted the benefits as they make so much sense! See https://the12appsofchristmas2016.wordpress.com/portfolio/day-3-2/ but only if enrolled!

Benefits of live streaming

  • It allows you to reach many students at once. For services/staff that receive common queries, it becomes a more efficient means of delivering content through reduced replication and a standardised response.
  • Support can be delivered in a timely manner; live streaming is very quick and easy to set up and minimal resources are required.
  • Students are able to ask questions (anonymously, if they desire) and receive immediate answers.
  • Support is provided remotely; students can access the support without leaving home and logistical constraints such as large study spaces are eliminated.
  • Live streaming is an “event”; students are more likely to engage with it than a video or other resource that is permanently available.
  • Though an event, the stream is available later for students to watch in their own time (when recorded using Periscope), with the benefit of rewind and pause functionality.
  • Staff can refer to the video later for such times when the same queries arise later. Each video can therefore be added to a bank of resources which can continue to grow.

UniDoodle. I didn’t download the student app but I had read of the case study and viewed the short video.

UniDoodle is both a student app and a separate teacher app – and it’s a classroom style response app that lets students anonymously sketch a response to a question or task. I can see that it would be useful in a range of classroom or teaching settings. In the case study it was used over a semester with a uni exngineering course. The first half of each lecture was a normal lecture and the second half was a series of questions asked where students would have to draw sketches to answer questions and explain engineering concepts. An interesting idea.

can see uses in both school and uni

So you know this crazy busy time of year…what more could I do? Well 12 apps of Christmas, a chance to learn about a few more apps care of #12appsDIT

First off is geospike. If you google geospike the  app is listed as a travel app….record your travels with friends, but I honestly cannot see that I would use this as I love instagram.

i do however think it looks like an interesting app for fieldwork and that’s how the folks at #12appsDIT describe the uses for it.

I downloaded the app, took a photo and then had the option of sharing it with my friends or in public within the app. And no friends in the app and no inclination to invite friends to use…It also connects to Facebook but I rarely share much there so didn’t chose this option. Instead I tweeted my pic but in looking at my tweet the location is recorded but not the photo. No matter when I’m in geospike I can see the spike – an image with location. But didn’t realise that the photo didn’t crop well so only half a dog on cool tiles on a hot hot summer day.

so I won’t be hanging on the to the geospike app

but I would use it if I had some fieldwork…perhaps

and maybe if I had a road trip….perhaps

not convinced on this one but I can see its potential use for some people.


Jack is in Bonn and we are all going on with life…as he is.

it’s hard to put in words. A feeling of loss.

i described today that it was like losing a limb, but it’s not. Carl says he feels useless. I don’t feel that but I do feel grief.

i also can’t imagine how my parents parents felt when they got on that boat nearly 60 years ago and emigrated to Australia. I still remember the blue aerogramme letters that we would receive from relatives. My mum and dad would write back, in fact I think they wrote to their parents most months, or was it every week? I’ll need to check with mum when she gets back from overseas next week. And we kids would take it in turn to write a line when we were asked to…usually a thank you for birthday cards and money….

that was their communication back then, that and the occasional expensive phone call, and working out the time zones. So different to now.

i am enjoying the new job. It’s been a whirlwind so far, three days at work, three days at a conference meeting lots of the educators and working out the processes, procedures and the politics. So it’s back to three days a week for September and then after I get back from Japan at the end of October it will really be full time while a colleague is on maternity leave for 3 or 4 months. I love love love the flatter management structure and the trust! So all good and it’s busy and different and I think I have landed a great job…and I am happy and grateful and I love the luxury of days off and getting my head and heart clearer.

so just an update of sorts…Spring is here. The iris are out, and the daphne has been, and I’m waiting oh so patiently for the magnolia to flower.

and every so often, well quite often I think of those not around anymore and I say or think a word or too just to let them know that everything is alright, they are missed and loved, and life, well life goes on.