Ever think…holy &^*S there’s a lot of stuff that I want to read on the internet but then just can’t manage to remember or come back to it? As a mentor of mine often says “it’s like drinking from a fire hydrant”. While this post isn’t exactly sim or chopper related…I thought I’d share this cool new app that helps manage the considerable amount of content we come across on the internet.
Maybe you’re just finishing class or leaving work and you come across an interesting article, video or webpage…you know that staying a bit longer to read/watch it will somehow end up in working a extra weekend because your boss finds you still at the office or in medicine, just seeing one more patient… Moral of the story, you’re in a rush but don’t want to forget about the article – check out this relatively new app called “Pocket“. It saves and organizes online content for you to view it at a later date.
As most new apps do, it syncs across platforms and can be utilized offline. I’m not sure how I first found it but there’s a nice blog post on iTeachEM which reminded me about the app. I use it regularly and it works great when you’re stuck on the Toronto subway (which happens regularly) and you need something to read!
Have you ever given a talk or a lecture and you ask a question or want people to vote…but no one raises their hand? Then you thought, it would be way better to create an interactive session if we just had clickers for each member of the audience…but *&^# those are expensive! And before you know it, you look around and everyone’s on their phones texting or facebooking or pretty much doing anything except listening to your talk…this actually happens to me regularly, both at work and at home with my wife (when I’m talking!).
Well there’s a very cool app that looks to solve this problem using internet access (either with laptop, tablet or smartphone). Its called Socrative. It’s free. And it’s super easy to use. And remember, your audience is already glued to their smartphones since they’re not listening to you… so you might as well capitalize on that!
Here’s how it works – The teacher just creates a log in, and students access the site using any internet access device. The teacher logs in and a classroom number is created. The students log in either using the internet or an app and type in the classroom number. They’ve now entered the class and can begin interacting with the questions/quizzes etc. It’s absolutely brilliant, making larger group teaching much more interactive!
Here’s a few screenshots of the site:
A brief overview of the apps capabilities
What the teacher will see once logged in.