Mobile Learning

Explanation:

Mobile learning can be defined as learning using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets or learning whilst mobile so while out and about away from more formal teaching settings, many students and members of staff now own mobile devices and there are a variety of apps (some free others not) which can be useful in a teaching and learning context. Students can collaborate with others on projects easier and even use interactive content and take notes electronically within lectures. Mobile devices allow students to engage with their studies whilst out and about in numerous ways such as using time traveling to read notes or engage with discussions, uploading photos or images to a sharing site or sharing online resources with a learning network. Listed below are some apps which may be useful to you and your students.

Useful Apps:

   

The Apps are split into different areas e.g. 'Creative' and 'Collaboration' you can find the apps by clicking on the text of the area you would like to expand.

Most apps are free however some may not be, in this case there will also be free alternatives listed with them.

Other Apps may not be available on all devices some may only be available to IOS (Apple product uses) and others may only be available on Android devices, this is specified in the download column. Here you will also find that clicking on your download option (IOS / Android) will take you to the correct area to download the app (recommended to open these links while on your device).

Disclaimer "Please note prices may change and applications update frequently"

 

 

Some Apps may only be available on a specific device e.g. iPad. If so it will be specified. 

Click on the category below to expand

University Related 

APP
Description
Download
Price
(As of 02/12/2016)
Alternative

Huddersfield UniApp
 

A great app for both tutors and students. Find contacts, rooms and books from anywhere. The app can be used on and off campus, find any information you need quick and easily.

FREE
N/A 

Blackboard Mobile
 
Connect to UniLearn on the move. Yourself and your students can use this to access content on any smart device. Students can also complete some assessments such as quizzes. (If you do create a quiz and want students to be able to complete it on a smart device, please refer to the 'Smart Content' area on this page, as the app does not hold full UniLearn functionality)
FREE
N/A


TurnItIn

For online and offline marking.
IOS 
(iPad only)
FREE
N/A

Quick Tools

APP
Description
Download
Price
(As of 02/12/2016)
Alternative
vWorkspace
 
Access your desktop from anywhere.
FREE
N/A

Notability
 
Use notability anywhere in meetings or lectures, it will record onto your device anything that it hears while you take notes, once you want to review the meeting or lecture you can go back through your notes select the part you want and then listen to that part of the meeting.
IOS
(only)
£5.99

AudioNote(Lite)
IOS / Android

SlideShark
Control your presentation through your phone. Simple integration with your IOS allowing you to open a file directly into SlideShark and start presenting.
IOS 
(only)
FREE

PowerPoint Keynote Remote-Android

Dolphin
Browser
 
This web browser provides you with a wide range of functionality, allowing you to intergrate add-ons and plug-ins, becoming customisable with apps like 'evernote' and 'skitch'. iPad and Mobile versions are seperate.
FREE
N/A

Collaboration

APP
Description
Download
Price
(As of 02/12/2016)
Alternative

Google Drive
 
 
 
Collaborate, edit and share files easily, all on the move.
 
 
FREE
N/A

ShowMe 
Record whiteboard tutorials with voice-over audio and share it online with others with a simple link allowing users to view it again.
IOS (only)
FREE

Explain Everything Android £3.07

Groupboard
 
Draw and chat in real time with others sharing ideas and working together on projects, not all users need the app as this can be used in web browser on a computer as well, great for Tutors and students.
FREE
N/A

Flipboard
 
Flipboard is a content aggregator allowing incorporation of various different pieces of content including 'Facebook' and 'Twitter'.
FREE
N/A

Scannable

Enables you to scan paper documents with your device so that it displays electronically you can then save or share the electronic documents easily.  IOS FREE

CamScanner

IOS / Android

Browzine

Browzine provides a way or building an online portable library of all the scholarly journals that you find useful, you can browse titles by subjects and build your own personal bookcase for you to browse through. The University now has a liscence so there are no costs to download. IOS / Android FREE N/A

WordPress

Manage your WordPress blog or website on the go, view your stats, moderate comments, create and edit posts and pages and upload media (you must already have blog or site running) 

IOS / Android

FREE

N/A

Communication

APP
Description
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Price
(As of 02/12/2016)
Alternative

Skype 
 
Skype not only allows you to talk to others using video and audio but is also great in groups, the features also allow you to share content like documents and images.
FREE
N/A
 
Adobe Connect
 
Use the University's Webinar software UniConnect anywhere! The app allows you to join webinars with full functionality of video, whiteboard collaboration and so many more, with Uniconnect's full interrogation into UniLearn the webinar software is easy for both tutor and student to access and use.

IOS / Android

FREE
N/A 

Facebook
 
Facebook is one of the largest social media sites meaning that working together and communicating couldn't be easier create private groups for projects, share files, organise meetings and loads more features.

IOS / Android

FREE
N/A

Twitter
 
Connect with others quickly and share thoughts on projects by using specific hash tags to collaborate ideas. A quick and simple tool.

IOS / Android

FREE
N/A

Whatsapp
 
Send free messages and images to anyone else with whatsapp, with no charges from your service provider. It is a free app for the first year, so has a great trial period, after this it is 69p (one off cost).
First year FREE, (69p one off cost after first year)
N/A

Linkedin

Build your professional network through your Linkedin profile, stay up to date with the latest business news and even find new job opportunities. built in search function, career lessons from business leaders, share your work and apply for new jobs.

IOS / Android

FREE - there are levels of subscription if you want to upgrade your profile.

N/A

Flickr

Upload, access, organise, edit and share you photos from your device, you get 1TB of space and it privately and automatically uploads your photos from your device where you can then choose to share them.

IOS / Android

FREE

N/A

Google Translate

 

Google translate is a free tool provided by Google that allows you to translate text by typing, sketching or by using your phones camera. You can use yo ur camera to translate text instantly in 26 languages. You can type to translate in 90 languages and it also has two way automatic speech translation in 40 languages.

 

IOS / Android FREE N/A

Slack

Slack is a team communication app all in one place with the ability to instantly search, message in real time, file sharing, and one to one conversations. It has great integrations with Dropbox, Twitter and Google+. IOS / Android FREE N/A

Creative

APP
Description
Download
Price
(As of 02/12/2016)
Alternative
 
BambooPaper
 
Note down quick ideas and share with others with ease choose between notebook styles to make your notes unique to you, add images into your notes from around the web or from your device, use the zoom function to add more notes to a page. it also allows you to share and collaborate.
FREE
N/A

Quark DesignPad
 
A great app is for designing quickly whether it be a website or a portfolio, if you are in a meeting you can quickly group ideas together and see what works there and then. The editor allows you to create content simply and easily, perfect for producing demos and prototypes quickly.
IOS (IPad only)
FREE
N/A

Pinterest
 
Choose items from around the web and keep them in Pinterest, build mood boards or project files, to keep your ideas live. Explore other users pin boards that follow the same theme use the share functions to collaborate and more!
FREE
N/A

Skitch
 
Annotate from presentations to websites, helping you get down any thoughts for future use this can be used with 'evernote' to auto-save images to view later. Also available to be used as a plug-in in 'Dolphin'.
FREE
N/A

Paper

Paper is a simple way to express ideas, you can carry out a range of tasks using this app including design a new product design, annotating a presentation or plan a lesson. It comes with paper and tools so no in app purchases are required, you can share and save you design to your device or email. IOS FREE

Quick Draw

Android

Google Keep

Google Keep is a quick way to create, access and organise notes, lists and photos; everything that you upload to Google keep will be stored in the drive. You can add reminders, notifications and passwords for security, the items can be sared and you can have more then one account.

IOS/ Android

FREE

N/A

Digital Recorder

 

You can record and play recordings in a number of audio formats, the app has a built in audio converter as well as a mailing function so that you can share your recording via email, Google drive or Dropbox. Good for adding audio feedback to students assignments.

IOS FREE

Smart Voice Recorder

Android


Periscope

Periscope allows you to broadcast live video to the world so anyone can see it, your followers will be instantly notified. Also when the broadcast has finished you have to option for replay so the watchers can watch later if they missed out on the live session. You do also have the option for proivate broadcasting if you only want certain people viewing it.

IOS
Android

FREE N/A

Interactive

APP Description Download Price
(As of 22/02/16)
Alternative

Aurasma
 
Make online and in lecture content come to life use a smart device to scan a familiar image for it to release a video or other media that you have assigned to it, great for making lectures that little bit different. (This app is for using your interactive media for you and your student to download, go to the Aurasma website to create your content)
FREE
N/A

NearPod
 
Nearpod allows students to receive multimedia content on thier devices from you in and out of lectures, this also allows them to take part in engagement assessment plus enabling communication for collaborative work. (IPad only for tutors, students can use any device with the app installed)
FREE
N/A

Goo.gl URL shortener
 
Generate short form URLs and QR codes (images readable by a device that will take you to the website), share the link anywhere with your device.
FREE
N/A

TagPad

Enables you to record interviews with an animated interview schedule, can be used for quantative, qualitative or mixed methods it displays the interview questions and records the answer as you move through the questions it tags each recording to the corresponding question, they are then automatically uploaded to your dropbox.

IOS

FREE

N/A

Scribd

Scribd offers more than one million books, audiobooks and comics, you can browse, sample and read in over 80 languages, you get a months free trial and then pay monthly after that. You get personalised recommendations and can store title to read anytime.

IOS /
Android

First month free and then a monthly payment after that.

 

KUBI

Good for distant learning, allows your students to appear as if in class while actually appearing on screen in a virtual presence, using the kit and the website you can create a screen that looks out into the room currently only the school of education have the kit and it is around £300 to buy. There are a few draw backs however you need a strong connection and a device that is bluetooth 4 or above, you should also be aware of tech issues when using this.

 

Approx. £300 to buy.

 

Adobe Voice

Adobe Voice helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes, with no filming required. Pick from over 25,000 iconic images to show your ideas and then talk over them to persuade, inform or inspire your students, you are also able to add music to the background of your video. Record your voice a line at a time and use the playback to hear yourself where you can then share on facebook, twitter, email or onto your own website.

IOS

FREE

Android

Adobe Slate

Slate lets you turn your newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a visual story, you are able to select from a range of fonts, colours, designs and backgrounds, fluid movement are applied instantly and you can then share your slate story anywhere or you can add buttons and links to embed into a website.

IOS

FREE

N/A

Lynda
.com

Lynda.com gives you the opportunity to learn on the go with video training resources. There are a range of skills levels, and courses in a variety of key areas. You have the ability to download courses and then watch these office, and get personalised recommendations also. Another great features is that you can continue watching from where you left off easily. IOS / 
Android
FREE N/A

ThingLink_

ThingLink

ThingLink is an app that lets you turn digital prohotos into interactive elements by adding extra information about the image such as links, images, audio and video. Once you have added the extra information, you can then link this to websites, blogs, and social media. This will include interactive elements that when hovered over will display extra information or multimedia elements. IOS / Android FREE N/A

Organisation

APP
Description
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Price
(As of 02/12/16)
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Dropbox
 
Keep all of your files in Dropbox so you can't lose them if your computer crashes or your memory stick fails, you can share files with other users, great for collaborative projects you can sync dropbox to your device to back files up.
FREE
N/A

Documents
A File management App, allowing you to read, listen, annotate and whatever else you want to do with a file, any file you like from films to books.
IOS (only)
FREE 

Documents To Go 3.0-Android

Pocket
 
Save items from the web, and read or view them later on from articles to videos, these will save directly to your device so even if you don't have internet access available you can still view offline.
FREE
N/A

Evernote
 
Keep everything together for use anywhere! Collect, annotate and organise any files you find and create from webpages to audio files, save it to evernote and it will store it on all of your devices (even your computer) that have the evernote app.
FREE
N/A

RefME
Generate references by scanning books and journal barcodes using your device camera, if there is not barcode you can search by title, ISBN or URL. Supports a number of referencing styles including Harvard and APA. FREE

Easy Harvard Referencing
£1.49-IOS
99p-Android


Producteev by Jive

 

 

Make your 'to-do' lists come together with this simple task management app. This can be a great and simple alternative to using your built in calendar, keeping everything available. It also provides functionality to create lists and prioritise your tasks.

 

IOS / Android FREE N/A


Feedly

 

A single place to easily read all the news you rely on to think, learn and keep ahead. Feedly lets you organise all your favourite publications, podcasts and YouTube channels into collections and recieve notifications when new videos or stories are published. 

 

IOS / Android FREE N/A


Trello

Trello is a great app for staying organised and keeping track of items on your to do list. Trello allows you to create boards to organise anything your working on, create checklists and work alongside friends when doing collaborative work. IOS / Android FREE N/A

Liquid Text

Liquid Text gives you the tools you need to develop a deeper understanding of the things you read. It allows to you create a personal reading experience and interact with content as your read and review. IOS (iPad only) FREE N/A

Voting

APP
Description
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Price
(As of 02/12/16)
Alternative

Participoll

Participoll is a voting system that is integrated with PowerPoint and allows students to vote using their mobile phones whilst connected to the internet following the sessions URL. Does not require pre loading of questions, and you can easily set them up on the go.

Click here for a guide on using Participoll

IOS / Android FREE N/A
Socrative - Teacher
 
This is the teacher version, make tutorials and lectures more interactive by creating polls and asking questions for students to answer on their device, answers can be reviewed and published ensure students have downloaded the student version available in the download section on the right.
Teacher
IOS / Android
Student
IOS/ Android
FREE
N/A


Moderator

 

Share questions around the world, discuss and takes votes on the best ideas. Quick and simple process saves on alot of time.
Android (Only)
FREE N/A

 

Mentimeter

Mentimeter is an easy to use tool that makes presentations, meetings, events and classrooms interactive. Real-time voting to engage your audience. IOS / Android FREE N/A

Text & Web based voting
There are many companies that provide voting tools like what can be found in the above apps. However these companies provide different forms of input from viewers, so the viewer can participate by either texting in or using a web browser (including mobile browsers) meaning it can be very easy to include your whole audience, some of these services do have costs with them. Click on the name of the tool to find out information and the pricing.

- PollEverywhere (Free, unless 40 vote limit is exceeded)
- Smart ResposeVE (30 day free trial)
- Google Forums
- QuestionPress
- Lecture Tools
- Textwall

The sections below refer to specific devices (Apple IOS and Android)

Click on a section to expand it

Using your IOS (Apple) Device


Getting Started

 

This covers the basics of how to use your IOS device, from turning on to simple
navigation. This also includes the simple hand movements to move through your
device easily.
How-to Guide


Downloading Apps

 

As well as the apps we recommend below there are thousands on the app store.
This tutorial shows you how to use the app store and how to install apps.

How-to Guide


Settings

 

This tutorial shows how to change settings and make security more effective
on your device.
How-to Guide

Built-in Apps on IOS (Apple)

Idevices come with pre installed content already available on them. Many are very useful and are very intuitive, for instance the 'Notes' app, allowing you to create as many notes as you want and as long as you want, whether it be a list of points for your next lecture or a list of tasks. Others however require some setup to them, but are incredibly useful, such as the 'Mail' and 'Calendar' apps.


Mail       
 
Connect to your University e-mail to receive e-mails away from your desk and on the move. Easy to use just like e-mail at your desk.
CLICK HERE - For details on setting up your university e-mail with your IOS device.

Calendar
 
Use this to manage any meetings you have. Best to sync with your university e-mail, keeping you up to date with any meetings you have without having to be at your desk.
CLICK HERE - On how-to sync your Calendar app to your university e-mail calendar.

Safari
 
Safari is the browser on all Apple devices. This runs like any other browser like 'Internet Explorer', 'Google Chrome' or 'Firefox'.
CLICK HERE - For how-to use Safari effectively from searching the web to using mobile specific webpages.

Notes
 
Notes, is quick and easy to use, just create a new note, write down the information you want, it will then store all notes for you. From these notes you can then e-mail the details to yourself or to someone else.
CLICK HERE - Information on creating and sending notes. 

Camera
 
The built-in camera on IOS devices can help in multiple ways, taking pictures or capturing video. You can use this particular app in conferences, to capture a specific session or even in lecture, to create a digital version of your lecture.
CLICK HERE - On how-to take pictures, capture videos and export them elsewhere.

Using your Android Device


Getting Started

This covers the basics of how to use your android device, from turning on
to simple navigation. This also includes the simple hand movements to move
through your device easily.
How-to Guide


Downloading Apps

As well as the apps we recommend below there are thousands on the Google
Play store. This tutorial shows you how to use the Play store and how to
install apps.
How-to Guide


Settings

This tutorial shows how to change settings and make security more effective
on your device.
How-to Guide

Built in Android Apps

Android devices come with pre installed content already available on them. Many are very useful and are very intuitive. Others however require some seup to them, but are incredibly useful.


Google Mail

This is the default email on Android mobiles and allows you to receive updates and new directly to your phone for on the move. 


Camera

The camera app allows you to take picture instantly, this is great for taking photos of resources in lecture and seminars or evidence for group work. You can also capture videos in great quality of presentations and watch them back at a time that suits you.


Google Maps

Google maps is a key tool which helps you get from place to place easily. This is great for travelling the the University, or going on educational trips, or even meetings where you need directions to. 

Links to useful resources on Mobile learning:

Engage students with mobile learning

To find out about Mobile Learning you can access the JISC Mobile Learning infokit, a developing resource put together by Doug Belshaw, it is a great introduction to what mobile learning is and covers both the pedagogy of mobile learning as well as implementation and case studies.

Mobile Learning infoKit from JISC infoNet

If you want to learn more about how technology-enhanced delivery may both improve the efficiency of institutional or curriculum processes and their quality take a look at the JISC report "Transforming curriculum delivery through technology: Stories of challenge, benefit and change".

 

References to Scholarly Articles:

Hockly, N. (2013). Mobile learning. ELT Journal, 67(1), 80-84.

Lim, C. P., & Churchill, D. (2016). Mobile learning. Interactive Learning Environments, 24(2), 273-276.

Motiwalla, L. F. (2007). Mobile learning: A framework and evaluation. Computers & Education, 49(3), 581-596.

 

If you have any feedback, suggestions for improvement or spot any errors on this page, please email further details to: ipark@hud.ac.uk, thank you.