Productivity Apps

Thanks to all that attended, we received a lot of positive feedback from the session and will be running more in due course. If you missed it here are the Apps we talked about:


Digital organiser/Project Management


The ultimate ‘To Do list’


Organiser and keep notes, access them anywhere

Novell Filr:

Dropbox for your H:/ drive  


Create a range of actions so that apps can work together for you. e.g. When I take a photo on my mobile save it to my Google Drive

Google Keep:

To Do lists by Google


Remember anything, capture notes, audio and images- tag them, index them and make them searchable across any device


Personal news aggregator , pulls in stories it thinks you’d like to read based on your preferences


Great little photo editor iOS and Android


Healthy body, healthy mind – get the app More fitness apps can be found at


Read more, know more- news aggregator- iOS and Android

Google Maps-Learning Walks:

Create your own custom maps with points of interest and links to other content….find out more at Google Maps

Not an app per se but a notification system for webpages. Simply paste the URL you want it to monitor and it will email you whenever there is a change on that page…try it for yourself at


Follow your favourite blogs and discover new ones

Side by Side:

Take and view photos side by side on you device iOS only

Write or Die:

A subtle way of keeping you on task when a big report is due –

Written Kitten:

Would cute pictures of cats encourage you to write more…there’s only one way to find out –

Hola/Tunnel Bear:

These apps create Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) on your device enabling you to overcome location restrictions that some websites place on their content.

Both apps have free and paid for versions.


Fieldtrip GB is a mobile mapping and data collection app that is available for iPhone and Android devices.  It has been developed by EDINA, based at The University of Edinburgh, with support from Jisc.  It will allow students, lecturers and researchers to collect data  against high quality cartographic maps.  The main features of the app are:

  • Free to download and use
  • High quality background maps that offer rich data in both urban and rural environments
  • Map caching to allow off-network usage
  • Data capture
  • Custom data collection forms that allow users to define the data they want to capture.


DisplayNote transforms presentations for presenters and participants. Use it to present wirelessly with an iPad or Android and mirror your screen to every participant’s device. Attendees can view and capture your slides on their device and collaborate with each other in real-time.

If you are interested in trialing the software please contact the

Office Mix:

A very simple way of creating and sharing interactive online videos using Microsoft PowerPoint. 


Part of the TurningPoint family, ResponseWare allows participants to use their mobile/tablet or laptop to respond to questions during a presentation. 


This is a free, quick easy-to-use piece of polling software allowing presenters to pose questions to their audience and quickly gather responses. 


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App Swap Event at the Learning and Teaching Conference


We recently ran an app swap event at the Learning and Teaching conference. This was very well attended, although the room layout was not conducive to the collaborative nature of these events. We managed, and the participants contributed some fantastic apps, some of which are outlined below.

Research and Notetaking


Evernote is a suite type of software and services, designed for notetaking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments.


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.


PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books


Free calls, text and picture sharing with anyone, anywhere!


Use iAnnotate to read, mark up, and share PDF, DOC, PPT and image files

Dragon Dictate

Speech to text software. Once the software has ‘learned’ your voice it is very powerful.

S Note

Samsung notetaking tool


Editorial is a plain text editor for the iPad with powerful automation tools and an inline preview for writing Markdown.

Presentation and Communication


The Nearpod platform enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students’ iPads, iPhones, iPods or Macs. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. The main presentation on this session was run through Nearpod.


Cloud storage app. Syncs between devices.

Google Hangouts

Free group video calls / messaging.


Video and web conference / online meetings tool.


Similar to Lync. Online video calls / meetings.

Goto Meeting

Web conferencing software.


RepliGo Reader is an android application to enable viewing, form filling and annotating of PDF files.



Gamification of language learning


Another app that gamifies the learning of languages


Newcastle University’s app used for video observation for self- reflection and improvement

Blackboard Mobile

Blackboards own mobile app, linking through to the VLE.



Wunderlist is a very simple, well designed and easy-to-use task management tool


Fast reminder app for multiple platforms. No need for an account. Very simple to use.