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NSCC's Mobile App Guide for Teaching and Learning: Create

This guide is for faculty and students to help them better understand and use mobile apps (particularly OS, Android, and Windows) at North Shore Community College to enhance the teaching and learning environment.

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These apps provide students and faculty with the opportunity to create course materials and content that can be shared within the class or beyond. The creations can be used to present ideas, aid in studying, or better communicate course concepts and ideas.

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Animoto allows to create and share extraordinary videos. The online video maker turns your photos, video clips, and music into video in minutes.

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Platform(s): Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Web-based

Cost: Free (Limited version); $5/month (Plus version); $39/month (Pro version)

Web Resources: Animoto, iTunes, Google Play

Ideas for Educational Use: Consider using Animoto to help create videos for a flipped classroom or video content for your online course.

Tips and Considerations: N/A


Educreations is an app that turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard for creating tutorials.

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Platform(s): iPad

Cost: Free

Web Resources: Educreations, iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: This app allows you to: create quick video tutorials, explain formulas, develop animated lessons, and comment on photos.

Tips and Considerations: With the latest version, you can use an erase tool, restart recordings without losing work, and login with Facebook or Google accounts.

Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is a completely new kind of presentation software designed to make your slides stunning. Whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, delivering a keynote, or igniting a movement, Haiku Deck makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun.

Platform(s): iPadHaiku Deck App Icon

Cost: Free

Web Resources: Haiku Deck, iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: Create simple, clear, and consistent slides for classroom presentation or to further illustrate course topics.

Tips and Considerations: Users can share their presentations out to social networks or blogs, even as PowerPoint or Keynote presentations.


"ipadio is the easiest and fastest way to create and share audio. Use this free app to record and upload audio to the Web."

Platform(s): Android, iPadipadio App Icon

Cost: Free

Web Resources: ipadio, iTunes, Google Play

Ideas for Educational Use: Create on-the-fly audio to share out to your students from live events, interviews, or other activities. Provide an audio tour for them of a facility or encourage them to "report" from a course-related event for their classmates.

Tips and Considerations: N/A


"Moldiv lets you combine and edit multiple photos to make amazing collages. This app has fantastic frames and lots of professional editing options. It offers awesome photo effects and great decoration features like text captions and numerous stamps. Make your stories in Moldiv and share them on your favorite social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram."Moldiv App Icon

Platform(s): iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Cost: Free

Web Resources: iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: Students can make a collage to demonstrate understanding of a concept or create a visual narrative of a process. Students can also capture the moments of a particular event or activity.

Tips and Considerations: N/A


Penultimate is a handwriting app that allows syncing with Evernote. "Penultimate gives you the convenience and feel of writing on paper with the added power and availability of Evernote. Take notes in class or a meeting, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big idea -- in the office, on the go, or at home on the sofa."

Platform(s): iPadPenultimate

Cost: Free

Web Resources: Evernote's Penultimate, iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: Users that prefer writing than typing for note-taking might find this app useful. Users have they ability to create visuals/graphics. It's great for mind mapping!

Tips and Considerations: N/A


"Create and present beautiful presentations with Prezi for iPad. Get started by choosing one of our stunning templates then add your text and images. Pinch to zoom on topics, retouch your prezis and adjust your presentations on the move."

Platform(s): iPad, iPhone, Web-basedPrezi

Cost: Free

Web Resources: Prezi, iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: Use Prezi to create presentations with more visual impact and effects for your courses.

Tips and Considerations: N/A


Quizlet is a free flashcard creation app that can be used to study, create, and share flashcards. Teachers can create their own flashcards for students or use pre-submitted cards. Students can use six modes (Flashcards, Learn, Scatter, Speller, Test, Space Race) to study.

Platform(s): Android, iPhone, Web-based

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Cost: Free

Web Resources: Quizlet, iTunes, Google Play

Ideas for Educational Use: Students can create flashcards to learn and/or study new vocabulary.

Tips and Considerations: N/A


ShowMe is an interactive whiteboard. You can create your own lessons and share them.

Platform(s): iPad

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Cost: Free

Web Resources: ShowMe, iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: Use the whiteboard to explain a difficult concept and share with students.

Tips and Considerations: N/A


"Storify lets you create social stories by browsing social media streams and dragging-and-dropping photos, videos and updates into a story, along with adding your own text. Now, you can use your fingers to combine social media from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to tell a story from the iPad."

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Platform(s): iPad, Web-based

Cost: Free

Web Resources: Storify, iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: Drag and drop status updates, photos or videos to bring together the social media elements that will best illustrate a story. Your story is always editable, so you can pull in the latest from the social Web.

Tips and Considerations: Storify stories can be embedded anywhere on the Web by simply pasting and embedding the code. It works similar to embedding video.

Tiny Classroom Flash Cards

"Tiny Classroom Flash Cards is a feature rich flash card application for foreign language study with an intuitive and unique learning environment. Access flash card learning lists for 30 separate languages. Make or import your own sets of flash cards."

Platform(s): Android

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Cost: Free

Web Resources: Tiny Classroom, Google Play

Ideas for Educational Use: Flashcards are a popular way to study new material, especially when trying to learn vocabulary words, acronyms, or special technical topics.

Tips and Considerations: You can download content from various locations. From the Web, you can locate sites that have content already available. You can also pull flashcards from another app, as long as they are in CSV format. You can also create your own in TXT format.


"Vine is an app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short video clips with a maximum clip length of six seconds and can be shared or embedded on social networking services."

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Platform(s): Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows

Cost: Free

Web Resources: Vine, iTunes, Google Play, Windows Phone

Ideas for Educational Use: Pair with information on a class website or blog. Other ways to use Vine include: announce homework to students; model how students should execute a task; market upcoming events to followers; film solutions to math problems; identify symbols and silent metaphor.

Tips and Considerations: App users must be at least 17 years old.

Voice Record Pro HD

"Voice Record Pro is a professional voice recorder. It allows you to record voice memos and on-site sounds at unlimited length with configurable quality."

Platform(s): iPad, iPhone, iPod TouchVoice Record Pro Icon

Cost: Free

Web Resources: iTunes

Ideas for Educational Use: Great for recordings, such as a lecture and to share on a Dropbox.

Tips and Considerations: There is no advertisement for a charge. Recorded audio files can play on any operating system. You can share voice memo by email or transfer audio files to your computer (PC/Mac) using USB. An iTunes account is required.


"Wunderlist is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re running your own business, planning an overseas adventure or sharing a shopping list with a loved one, Wunderlist is here to help you get things done. "

Platform(s): Android, iPad, iPhone, Web-based

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Cost: Free

Web Resources: Wunderlist, iTunes, Google Play

Ideas for Educational Use: Easily share lists with your students or colleagues to collaborate on team projects.

Tips and Considerations: Files sync in real-time. Any changes made will be almost instantly visible across your devices.