Tag Archives: mobilelearning

app talk: Managing Your Email

If you’ve ever watched the famous Inbox Zero video presentation that Merlin Mann gave at Google in 2007, you may have been inspired to take a more active approach in managing your email. Today, in 2013, many continue to struggle with the overwhelming task of managing our email inboxes – with the added challenge of doing so via a smartphone or mobile device.

This App Talk post will highlight several popular email apps which may help you manage your email in today’s mobile world.

Mailbox, iOS, free

The new app Mailbox has hit the iOS world by storm and those subscribing to the Inbox Zero approach are excited to get their hands on it. What makes Mailbox so appealing is how it allows you to manage your messages quickly, using swipes to trash, archive or “snooze” messages until a time when you might be ready for them. At this time, Mailbox is only for Gmail users and iOS platforms, but the company behind the app is working on compatibility with other platforms. Download the Mailbox app from iTunes to “reserve’ your spot!

Taskbox, iOS, $2.99

Taskbox, another app currently only iOS and Gmail compatible, is different because it works as both an email client and a to-do list app. Taskbox also makes use of the “swipe” to more quickly handle email – sending them to trash, spam or archive. The key feature, however, is the ability to turn emails into tasks with prioritization, due dates and assignments to others. For more information, vist the Taskbox website at http://taskbox.co/ or download from the iTunes store.

MailDroid, Android, free

Are you a Droid user looking for a replacement to the standard Android email client? MailDroid may be your answer. Nice features – including the ability to save attachements to an SD card and to setup up custom email rules – make it worth looking into alone.  MailDroid supports many email services including Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail and allows you to add POP3/IMAP providers. To learn more, or to download, visit http://slideme.org/application/maildroid.

K-9 Mail, Android, Free

In a search for the top Android email clients, K9 Mail popped up on nearly every “best email app for Android” that I came across. K-9 Mail is an e-mail client with search, IMAP push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, filing, signatures, bcc-self, PGP and mail on SD card. K-9 supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 (with WebDAV). Alos, K-9 Mail is an open-source, community developed project – this allows you, the user, to become directly involved in improving the product. For more information or to download K-9 Mail, visit https://code.google.com/p/k9mail/ or the Google Play store.

More information on the Inbox Zero approach can be found at http://inboxzero.com/ and http://www.43folders.com/ .

app talk: Visual Storytelling and Mobile Studying

Today marks the launch of a regular new series on the San Jac EdTech blog: App Talk. Every other week we will present you with a few exciting apps that will enhance your creativity, support your instructional goals, increase your productivity or are just plain fun to use. We will include apps from both iOS and Android in this series, but if you have another operating system or device that you want us to consider, be sure to comment and let us know.

In this week’s post: Make a 6 second movie, shoot with mobile multi-cam, or study on the go. Our app selections this week are all about visual storytelling and mobile studying.

BackSpaces, free, iOS

Allowing you to create stories using a combination of pictures and words, Backspaces has included a few key features that helps it to stand out from other mobile social apps. Imagine if instagram had individual threads that you could post a series of photos in to tell a short story of your day. Rather than posting individual photos randomly throughout the day, you can create a single story for your followers to click which opens a chronologically listed thread of photos with captions detailing whatever story you feel like telling. Its streamlined interface is designed specifically for ease of use and quick browsing. It could probably be best described as an Instagram/mobile blog hybrid. It’s fun to use and free. After a quick browse through, you can see how many creative methods of storytelling have been used here.


Vine, free, iOS
Shoot, Edit, and post quick 6 second videos with ease. You could argue that Vine is just the animated .gif version of Instagram. While for the most part, you’d be right, the added layer of audio and video provides the ability to tell a funny or cute short story in little to no time. It’s definitely an app worth checking out, if for nothing else than to kill a little time. Also, it’s free so why not?


Vyclone, free, iOS
This is a free video app that has a unique ability to save and edit using a combination of multiple cameras and social media. If you and a friend are both shooting video of the same event from your phones, you can use Vyclone to upload those videos within the app and edit the two of them together seamlessly. There’s also an “auto-edit” feature that will take your various uploads and do edit them together for you so the video will appear to be planned out and well done. You’ll always have access to both your original video and whoever else’s original video was combined with yours in an edit.


Sparknotes , free, iOS
Sparknotes.com has huge and continually growing library of online study guides for literature, test preparation, quick how-to’s, and entertaining short articles aimed at the young college demographic. Now it’s all at your fingertips with the free download of their handy app. It has a clutter-free, clean interface designed for easy navigation and quick referencing. You can save preferred study guides and literature in your virtual library within the app, as well.


Flashcards+, free, iOS
Well the name kind of speaks for itself. It’s a mobile, virtual flashcard app. What makes this app so cool is it’s social media feature. Not only can you create your own study cards, but you can even browse and study from the increasing library of user uploaded cards from Flashcards+ own servers. You even get to view your cards with the familiar and comfortable flashcard paper look, without those nasty paper cuts.

2011 NMC Horizon Report Recently Released!

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) publishes the Horizon Report to share research on “the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative inquiry” in higher education. Earlier this month, the NMC realeased the 2011 Horizon Report. Topics discussed in this year’s report include:

  • mobile devices
  • electronic books
  • augmented reality
  • game-based learning
  • gesture-based computing
  • learning analytics

If you would like to learn more about the integration of these technologies by other colleges and universities you can download and read the full report at http://www.nmc.org/publications/2011-horizon-report or view the video below.