Mobile Technologies

I’m attending a workshop presented by Deidre Larrier and Emily Hurst at the HAMC library.

  • items of interest  over 5,500 medical apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  The number of physicians using i-Phones doubled in 2009. This might be explained by the advent of the the iPhone2.   You can access these apps by going to the iTunes App Store.
  • provides advice on medically-related apps.
  • of general interest: dictionaires; pronunciation & translation.

Perusing the listings under Education

  • access to: Wikipedia
  • calculators, graphic calculators
  • “Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers.”
  • dictionaries and translators

Android apps

Blackberry apps


For free from the National Library of Medicine

On using a wiki: one month’s experience

We’ve used the The Methodological Annex wiki through for six weeks, a total of 22 articles relating to methods used in our weekly Immunology journal club. Here are some preliminary observations:

  • It takes me (as administrator) about 30-45′ each week to set up the wiki structure.  I do this to maintain a certain structure and because I have the categories in mind as I write the questions. (So far I retained administrator control over the “entry” point page that lists all the articles  and their questions.  )
  • Few students have made use of the wiki to write up their answers (which are given orally each week in a seminar following the journal club). Since TMA itself is voluntary, there is no way to require student entries to the wiki and there is so far little incentive to do so.
  • The wiki is straightforward with standard wiki features.  There’s a minor odd feature that if you highlight a text to make a link, the wikia will replace it automatically with other text, so that you have to go back and edit it back to what you want. It should accept the highlighted text as default.
  • The chief impediment to getting students to write to the wiki I think is that it takes additional time to write up and edit a wiki.
  • A second impediment has to do with copyright issues.  Under the doctrine of fair use, it is appropriate to take tables and figures from copyrighted works for display in a one-time teaching seminar, but not for repeated use or in a stable public forum. This means that figures would have to be redrawn. In most cases, students actually use the whiteboard for diagrams- so is is non-trivial to post them to the wiki.
  • One solution to the copyright issue would be to take the wiki private, using the wiki feature of Blackboard, for example.

How to convert Voki to Youtube for Prezi

It turned out this was a bit harder than I thought it would be. The Voki product doesn’t seem to be flash, or at least there was no trace of a flash file in the Firefox cache.

Video capture

I used Jing for a video capture of the Voki video, but this created an swf file which I wasn’t able to convert into anything usable.  This was surprising, because I could play the swf file using Firefox, but there still wasn’t anything in the cache.    I then tried Screenr and this generated a local flv file, which I was able to use.

I converted the flv file to wmv using VLC but the quality was poor; especially the first part of video was garbaged. I then tried converting using  Lumixsoft FLV to WMV converter  This gave a much higher quality conversion.  The wmv file was uploaded into Windows Movie Maker.

Audio capture

Neither Jing nor Screenr picked up the audio.  I was able to capture this using NCH’ Soundtap Streaming Audio Recorder.  This generated a wav file that I could  uploaded into Windows Movie Maker.  The sound was synchronized with the video manually and the product saved as a wmv file, then uploaded to Youtube, then the embed code was pasted here via Vodpod:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

fiona4b, posted with vodpod

There appears to be some loss of both video and audio quality through these manipulations.

Dressing up Xtranormal

I dressed up an Xtranormal video by:

  • extracting the flv from the cache
  • loading it into VideoPad Video Editor.
  • To add  music, I converted  an mp3 file into wav format in WavePad and uploaded the wav file into VideoPad.
  • I created an intro sequence by taking snapshots from the Xtranormal sequence and then added a voice track to the “intro”.
  • Uploaded to Youtube.

Note:In VideoPad you can adjust the volume for each audio track separately.  I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the volume of  mp3 files in VideoPad, but it worked easily for wav files.  Here’s the product: “Lives of the Hunted. Episode 1”:

Lives of the Hunted Episode 1. In this episode, Dr. Capricious 'Cappy' Cumlaude berates her student Sam Sansarif for arriving late to the lab

Adding Voice over image to Prezi using Logitech webcam and Youtube

This diagram was  made by

    • posting  local images to using TweetDeck
    • creating the map in VUE with  local images and embedded links to URL for the flv and Prezi.
    • letting VUE create HTML and associated png file  for the map shown above .
    • obtaining the html code from VUE  via CTRL-U from the browser
    • pasting the last “body” from the code into the blog.
    • sending the png to  yfrog and replace the local png address with the yfrog URL.
    • replacing local image links with yfrog links (This is necessary because VUE can’t display two links (eg. thumbnail and URL) simultaneously.

Review of

Week 5: Feedback, Reflection & Social Networking

Click on the image to see the Prezi presentation of

Notes on using
1. when connecting the path, make sure it clicks on the edge of the frame, not something inside the frame.

Remote mentoring: first time

Today I spent 2 hr on-line with a remote student.  We used Tokbox for audio/video and IM, google docs to share a presentation, and Twiddla to design experiments, and established a Twitter report protocol.  About 60′ of the time was spent in teaching the on-line tools, the rest on science. Here’s the twiddle:

Use of VoiceThread

CUIN Module 4

We consider briefly three theoretical frameworks: Knowle’s theory of adragogy, constructivism, and  Wedmeyer’s Theory of Independent Study

My collaborators for this voicethread production were the very cool Emily Vinas and Joyee Vachani.  We used Tokbox to provide audio/video and IM commmunication while we collaborated using Google Docs to produce the initial presentation used as input for VoiceThread. At times it seemed we were in a Rod Serling production, but that was when my mike was generate too much feedback.

web tools- haven’t checked these yet links

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