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  • nancybcu 10:57 am on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Bye Bye Portal 

    I am on a mission to investigate the how to and who to regarding a BCU app.

    If we are to be the school of iPads – it only makes sense.

    I’ve checked out of few – some are impressive.

    Like Northwestern College App (NWC Alumni Crib Sheet): nice features including job search, college news, auto, etiquette, health (some of it looks purchased/canned).

    For current students I like ‘inside strose’ (College of Saint Rose).

    Another user friendly and packed with info app is iNKU. It includes a GPA calculator, “my” classes, “my” grades, an academic calendar, quick link to social medias, news, an incon link to refill meal cards, bus schedules, athletics, trivia and more. What seems to be missing is a list/calendar of campus activities. (Their Student Development folks must be asleep.)

    Bye Bye PORTAL!

    • Nancy 11:08 am on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Something happened to the links. I will repost.

    • Tom Kleen 11:14 am on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to offer a class on creating iPad apps. I have a student right now who is trying to learn how to create an Android app.

      One problem: Last time I checked, iPad apps are developed on Macs only. Get some Macs for CSCI students (and faculty) and we can probably do something.

      • crowleyatbcu 2:55 pm on April 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Tom you can use the IMC for class. We can work on scheduling a time. Having the class in there may help your argument for a Mac on your desk!

      • nancybcu 5:42 pm on April 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s just ASK for Macs for the CS Department!

        • Sara 10:54 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink

          I wonder if it might be better for our students to learn how to make web apps instead of specific platform apps. Coding with HTML5 and CSS3 can be done on any computer, can be very interactive, and can then be used on any platform by the end users. I think having experience with HTML5 and CSS3 might get the students farther than just Apple iOS, too.

    • Sara 2:51 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Nancy, you were right – the NWC app is created by this company: http://www.capandcompass.com/ and the St Rose app is from this company: http://www.futuremediainteractive.com/

      Looks like iNKU was actually developed by the campus IT: http://www.nku.edu/display_news.php?ID=3892

  • tkleen 4:40 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Homework assignment.

    iPad disappointment: No Flash. I think Sara mentioned a work-around. A lot of web sites that I visit use Flash, regardless of what Steve Jobs thinks about it.

    Creating our own apps: Won’t happen. Here is why: http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#documentation/iPhone/Conceptual/iPhoneOSProgrammingGuide/CoreApplication/CoreApplication.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40007072-CH3-SW14

    Best justification I can think of for the iPads so far: letting students buy e-books.

    Most useful “app” I’ve found so far: Diigo tool bar for Safari.

    What I’d really like to see: OneNote for iPad.

    • Ted 10:27 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have run flash websites two different ways on the iPad. The first was with an app called jump. It allows you to control your desktop computer remotely. It’s been mentioned in the blog already. It runs very nicely. Tonight I left my laptop in my office and I just played a little flash game through my iPad while sitting in my living room. I also have it setup to connect to my home computer as well.

      The second way I’ve used flash is with the swifter app. It’s free at first but it will want you to spend $2.99 at some point to keep using it. I haven’t purchased the full version but it worked well.

      There is also a browser called”skyfire” $5.00, that I haven’t tried yet but is suppose to run flash.

      • Ted 10:29 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        That second app is actually iswifter, not swifter. Spell checker got me.

    • Nancy McGuire 9:43 am on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Why won’t creating our own apps happen?

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