Focus on Apps? Do an #AppGrab

I suggested it would be interesting is some of the people in #BYOD4L chose to share screen grabs of the smart apps (an AppGrab).

“That sounds a bit techno-centric” suggested one of my c0-facilitators!

“Oh, I didn’t expect you to say that” I thought. Then I thought again.

And this is why (after a little thinking!!) I really do want people to share screen grabs of the apps on their devices…

  1. The device without functionality is no device at all (stating obvious here, but you’ve got to start somewhere).
  2. Functionalities are what makes our smart devices smart. Functions are both integral to the device (connectivity, media, interface, protocols) and personally configured: the Apps we choose and use.

Now, my question is really “So what applications are you using for learning on your personalised device? Tell me about them and tell me how well they work for you.”

This is my suggestion:

  1. Create a folder
  2. Fill it with about 5 Apps that you really find helpful for learning (or teaching)
  3. Upload your screen grab somewhere (a blog, Fb, etc) and add a few notes on what you do with the selected apps and what you really like about them.


How to screen grab on an Apple smart device: hold down the power button and then tap the main button. You’ll see the current screen flash and a picture of the screen will appear in your camera roll. Use you’re preferred blogging or social media app to upload it with your notes.

I don’t know how to do it on other smart devices. But I’m sure youy know someone who does!



About amiddlet50

Educational developer working in academic innovation in higher education in the UK
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