Wednesday, July 20, 2011

App Corner: CourseSmart, Notes Plus and iCourse


App has been used as a shorthand term for applications and has become popular to indicate mobile application. App grew even more in popular with the opening of Apple's App Store, which can be accessed through iTunes. In the App Corner in Tech Notes we will highlight mobile applications that are universally designed or meet an educational need. This month we highlight apps for post secondary education.
CourseSmart for iPod, iPad and Android - by CourseSmart LLC
CourseSmart eTextbook reader is an app that allows students to purchase and interact with their textbooks in an electronic environment.  Many electronic textbooks, if available from the publisher, can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of the print book.  The service is subscription based.  Access to textbooks lasts as long as your subscription.  Features include: look and feel of print textbooks, ability to highlight and make annotations, synching between devices and online bookshelf. Try the demo account for free. Internet connection required.
CourseSmart FREE (2.5 out of 5 stars from 1,529 ratings for all versions); Information from the Apple iTunes Store viewed on 5/24/11.
Notes Plus - by Viet Tran
Notes Plus is a powerful note taking tool that combines handwriting (finger or stylus) with typed text.  Features include:  Close-up Handwriting (allows you to write smoothly and finely with your finger), Palm Handling (allows you to lay your hand on the touch surface without interfering with the writing process), Typed Text MIxing (allows you to insert typed text anywhere on the page with a variety of styles), Shape Auto-Detect (allows you to draw and edit basic shapes), Voice Recording (lets you record audio while taking notes), Easy Editing (allows you to select text by circling it to erase or arrange without having to access editing or drawing tools), and more.
Notes Plus $4.99 (4 out of 5 stars from 1,823 ratings from all versions); Information from the Apple iTunes Store viewed on 5/24/11.
iCourse is an all-in-one class organizer for the iPad.  It has a variety of features that include: the ability to import class presentation slides into the app; take notes on slides during lectures; highlight and sketch directly on lecture notes, slides and other documents; prepare homework and reports with built in notebooks; organize materials and documents; and much more.
iCourse for iPad FREE (4 out of 5 stars from 5 ratings); Information from the Apple iTunes Store viewed on 5/24/11.

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