12 apps of Christmas

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Are you interested in exploring which free mobile apps could help you in your teaching or supporting your students? Would you like to take part in a fun, free, practical online course this December? Then the 12 Apps of Christmas could be for you.

Last year, over 1000 participants from around the world took part in a new open course hosted by Regent’s University London – the 12 Apps of Christmas. In just a few minutes a day, they learned about and tried out a range of free mobile apps with potential classroom use, built a community of practice, and had fun doing so. The course was a big success, winning the Credo Digital Information Literacy Award and inspiring people to run versions at their own institutions.

To get an idea of what types of apps will be covered, check out the 2015 and 2014 lists. These contained great suggestions such as:

  • ExplainEverything for easily making videos of screencasts and interactive whiteboards on your tablet.
  • Aurasma for creating augmented reality experiences.
  • Office Lens that turns your mobile into a document scanner and includes optical character recognition to turn scanned documents into searchable text.
  • Trello to help organise yourself and projects.
  • StudyBlue that allows you to create your own flashcards.

From 1 to 16 December 2016, the 12 Apps of Christmas 2016 will offer a completely new range of carefully selected apps, while keeping to the same simple, entertaining formula which made it so successful last year. Expect guest posts, engaging hands-on activities, and a chance to be part of a friendly, enquiring community of educators worldwide.

And for those of you who took part last year – yes, we’re afraid the Christmas cracker jokes will be back…

To enrol on the 12 Apps of Christmas 2016, visit http://tinyurl.com/12AoC16, and check out their video below.

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