Apps of Interest
The number of available apps is enormous and growing every day! Here are some noteworthy products (many of which have been used in NOVA classes) recommended by faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as students.
ELI Mobile App
Coming soon! ELI is currently developing a mobile app designed specifically for distance learning students. Students enrolled in ELI’s online courses will have access to valuable information and resources available from any mobile device.
Here are just some of the features we are working on:
ELI will launch the @ELI App in spring and we want to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what features you would like to see included on a mobile app designed specifically for online students.
|TED–View riveting lectures from TED Talks|
|Fine Art - The Great Masters – View great works of art in the palm of your hand|
|Skype—Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free|
|Webex—Take your web meetings anywhere|
|Google+--Share and keep up with people no matter where you are|
Online (Cloud) Storage
|SkyDrive—Store your files here and access them from virtually any device|
|Dropbox–Cloud based file storage|
Other Helpful/Fun Utilities
|Gas Buddy—Lets you use a map to find the cheapest gas|
|AroundMe—Quickly find nearby banks, gas stations, hospitals, restaurants, and much more|
|Google Goggles--use your device's camera to find out information about anything you can photograph|
Security Tips for using your Mobile Device
If you have a smart phone, Android phone, iPhone or iPad, you should have created a Passcode that acts as a password to allow access to your phone (and is required if you link to college email). On a iPhone or iPad, it is just a four digit number. You set it up under the Settings icon. You can even set up how quickly it comes on to protect your phone when the phone is inactive. You would be amazed at how much personal information is on your phone that would put you at risk if the phone is lost or stolen. A Passcode helps protect you.
For iPhone and iPad users, you should also set up the Find my iPhone/iPad feature. It is a free app and would help you find your phone if it gets lost/stolen or wipe all the data if necessary. You can go to any computer and find out where the device is located. If you have not done this, I strongly recommend it! Here is a link to more information (you will also have to set up a free iCloud App) http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/find-my.html and http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2697 . You can always use google to find more help in setting it up if you need more.
Also, if you use DropBox, iCloud or other similar general storage that lets you easily move things between devices, be careful about storing sensitive or private information. You may use to move things around, but be sure to delete anything sensitive and not use them as a permanent secure storage site (like student grades or tax returns).
Finally, please please remember that you never ever send your login and password to anyone. No legitimate source will ever ask for them—no matter how official or how scary an email might look. Even if you get an email from what looks like our Help Desk telling you your email will be cut off, or from the FBI, or from your Bank—if they ask for you to send a login and password it is ALWAYS a FRAUD!!
Where can I get more information?
Want to recommend an app? Let us know: email@example.com