Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Evernote by Adam Van Liere

Evernote is one of those handy applications that I discovered while I was working on my dissertation, and then found so many other uses for over the years. At its core, Evernote is a note taking application, but your notes live out in the cloud so you can access them from anywhere, which means you can access your notes from a Mac or a PC, from your iOS or Android device, or through your web browser. These notes can be everything from a page of text and images that you create within Evernote, to screenshots of websites that are clipped from your browser. They can be simple notes and reminders that are created on the fly, or long documents that include all sorts of attachments. It can even perform optical character recognition on handwritten notes that you snap a picture of and upload into Evernote. I have used this program to help keep track of everything from grocery lists and scanned receipts, to managing course redesign files and grant applications.

The application makes it easy to create notebooks to store collections of these notes, and to create whatever tags you might find especially useful. For example, I have created notebooks for each of my courses and stuff them full of information that I have put together for in-class discussions, course assignments, and so on. But I have also created tags for each of the different types of assignments--e.g., presentations--that I can use to review the assignments across my different classes. I have found this especially helpful whenever I am working on revising elements of a course, or even a full, course because it lets me hang on to the old material and collect ideas for new elements all in one place.

Submitted by Adam Van Liere, Political Science/Public Administration

Wunderlist by Diana Tempski

If you are a Type A person like me who loves/needs to keep everything organized; Wunderlist is an app you can really appreciate! I recently learned about this app  and it quickly became one of my favorites. Wunderlist 2 is the latest version that can be downloaded for free to all major platforms: Mac, PC, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc. Once you download on your first device of choice and create your account, you can download the app on every other device you own and access your account with every to do list, reading list, etc. you can possibly create from all devices. You can also email your lists; share your lists, etc.

This video is a fun promotional one that briefly displays various Wunderlist features and uses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhYruJX4ek8 You can access Wunderlist at http://www.6wunderkinder.com/wunderlist or via the App Store for your mobile devices.

Submitted by Diana Tempski, Finance

Sony PCM Recorder by Brian Udermann

I use a Sony Linear PCM Recorder (PCM-M10) to record workshops and presentations I give. The PCM-M10 is the smallest addition to Sony's portable audio recorders, is user friendly and has 4 GB of built in flash memory. Having the ability to easily record and listen to workshops, presentations or class lectures is one way you can self-evaluate your teaching or oral presentations in an effort to improve them. You can view a PCM-M10 product tutorial here: http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/video/channels-pro_audio/video-pro_audio_pcm_m10_product_tutorial/
Submitted by Brian Udermann, CATL