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TECH Tips from the T.E.C.H. Playground Part 1

There are so many apps and websites trying to get our attention – it can be overwhelming trying to research them all.  Here are some of the apps and websites that we use in the T.E.C.H. Playground, we hope you find them useful and if you have a question – visit us in Willard 326.

For Organization:

OneNote: If you are a student or employee of Oklahoma State University, OneNote is free for you to use and allows you to organize your life.  Log into Cowboy Mail (everyone who has an OSU email account has access to this) and click the blue box with the dots in the upper left corner of the screen to choose OneNote.  Take notes, jot down todo lists, develop a semester outline, clip websites – do it all in OneNote and sync it across all of the devices you use.

Google Drive: Drive gives you a cloud based resource to hold documents, spreadsheets, or powerpoints.  If you utilize Google’s Docs, Sheets, and Slides – then you can create an unlimited number of items.  Drive also gives you the ability to share a document with a class or co-worker for easy collaboration or viewing. Bonus – everyone with a *.okstate.edu account has unlimited storage in Drive!

OneDrive:  Everything that Google Drive does – OneDrive can do as well.  Create, share and collaborate!  This is the Microsoft version, so everything should have a comfortable look and feel for those who use Microsoft Office products.  As with OneNote, OneDrive is accessible by logging into Cowboy Mail and clicking the blue box in the upper left hand corner.  OneDrive comes with 1TB of storage, each item you upload will count against your quota.

Dropbox:  Use Dropbox as a cloud based storage system for all of your files (as in any file type you can think of).  Easily sync those files between your portable devices and your laptop with ease!  When you create a shared folder, you can collaborate on the documents located within without having to email files.  You will be limited on your cloud storage based on your account plan.

For Content Creation:

Prezi:  Create your content on Prezi.com, then use the app to review your work.  You can also connect your iPad to an AppleTV or connect to the multi-media splitter (with a dongle) in the classroom.  Open the app and start your lesson.

PowerPoint:  Try the app for free for 30 days, or login with your Cowboy Mail account credentials and have unlimited access.  All of the features you love about PowerPoint are now ready for you to use on your iPad.  Save your PowerPoint to OneDrive for easy sharing and collaboration.

Keynote:  Keynote is the Apple version of Powerpoint, so if you are an Apple person enjoy!  To use Keynote, there may be a one time purchase price of $9.99.  It will depend on when you signed up for your Apple ID.

Slides:   This is the Google version of PowerPoint and comes with all of the easy collaboration features that Google Docs are known for.

Haiku Deck:  Haiku Deck is a visual content creation app for the iPad.  It is free to use and comes with a companion website, so you don’t have to use your iPad for presentations.  With Haiku Deck, the image is the emphasis, with room for short phrases to be added to complete the slide.

Google Docs:  Create a word document to share with your students, no matter where you are or where they are.  Documents can be made public or kept private and shared with specific users.  You can adjust the type of collaboration you want in your document from copy, to comment only, to edit – its your choice!  Save your Google Doc in Google Drive and it will not count against your overall storage quota.

Microsoft Word:  The word processor you are most familiar with, as an app for the iPad.  As with PowerPoint, login with your Cowboy Mail credentials for full access.  Save your work to OneDrive for easy sharing and collaboration.

Adobe Spark:  You don’t have to use all three of these apps at the same time.  Pick one and work with it.  They provide fun and different ways to create content with or for your students.  Spark Page allows you to create a scrolling presentation.  Spark Post gives you the opportunity to create eye catching pictures and graphics.  You can even include some animated text!  With Spark Video add the opportunity to narrate your visual representations.  All of these apps can be shown through your iPad or through the internet.  Create a free Adobe account and you are ready to go.

Infographics:  Infographics can be an excellent way to use graphics, charts, or design to communicate information.  Canva and Piktochart are apps for creating that have parent websites for posting.  Links to your infographics can be embedded in D2L or hyperlinks can be shared through email or social media.

Read Part 2: During and After Class.

If there is an app you like that we didn’t mention – please add it in the comments.  We love your feedback!

-Scott