Saturday, April 28, 2012

Elsevier Brings Latest Book Title, ChemApps: _Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis (SANROS)_ to the App Store

Waltham, MA, April 26, 2012 –   Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the release of ChemApps: Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis (SANROS), the second in a new series of apps for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad based on Elsevier books. The first title,   NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter, is also available on the App Store.

Created from the best-selling Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis by László Kürti and Barbara Czakó, ChemApps: SANROS provides organic chemists with time-saving information about chemical reactions from a trusted source, along with unique search and filter functions.

“We’re honored to adapt Kürti’s and Czakó’s indispensable print reference for the iPhone and iPod touch,” ... .

ChemApps: SANROS, available exclusively on the App Store, enables professional organic chemists to search and examine the chemical transformations extracted from the book using new interactive features:
  • The ability to search and filter 250 reactions by type, category, name and functional group, enables users to find a reaction from a number of different starting points.
  • Each reaction page includes an overview, which includes a summary of the particular transformation the reaction performs; the mechanism, which reveals how the reaction works; applications, showing how the reaction is used in practice; and references for further reading.
  • A list of over 450 chemical abbreviations, showing the full name and structure (where relevant).
  • A handy bookmark feature that allows users to save a reaction for quick retrieval.


The ChemApps: SANROS App is available for $9.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at A free version, featuring 25 named reactions, is also available to download.

Source and Links to Apps, Fulltext and Video Trailer Available At 


Monday, April 23, 2012

Access by Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies > June 8 2012 (Online)

From computers to the Internet, libraries have successfully met the challenge of adapting their services to changing technologies. Today's challenge is delivering services to smartphones, eBook readers, and tablets to users on the go who now view more content on mobile devices than desktop and laptop computers. CDs and DVDs are becoming passé, eBook sales outpace paper books, and users increasingly download music, movies, and books from iTunes and Kindle, storing their purchases in the Cloud.

This online conference will address the technical issues related to pushing library content and services to mobile users. Topics to be addressed include selecting and creating eBooks, building mobile-friendly websites, selecting and developing apps for library users, and circulating library materials through mobile devices. Our list of speakers includes librarians, academics, and business trendsetters. Amigos members and nonmembers, join our online conversation and be a part of this informative, interactive June 8 event.

Source and Links To Schedule / Speakers / Registration Available At


Saturday, April 21, 2012

M-Libraries Conference 2012 > 24-26 September 2012

The main theme for the conference this year is "From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries"

The Fourth International m-libraries Conference / 24-26 September 2012 / The Open University, UK

Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. Since the first successful M-libraries conference in 2007, libraries around the world have made huge advances in harnessing the technology to improve and enhance their services. The Fourth conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to review achievements to date and consider the creative challenges and opportunities ahead.

Links To Programme / Registration / Etc. Available At 


JISC M-Libraries Community

As part of the JISC m-library community support project and based on the feedback provided from our survey at the beginning of the project, we have created an online community for anyone interested in mobile technologies in libraries. This is an experimental development and we would like to invite you to join the community and try it out, and leave us feedback on what you think – whether or not you think it is useful, how it could be improved, or alternative ideas.

Policy and strategy

For discussing policy and strategy related to the delivery of mobile services. Including mobile strategies, guidelines, management, sustainability, links with other departments.


For discussing using or delivering library content to mobile devices or in a mobile context. Including mobile catalogue, resource discovery, e-books, e-journals and special collections.


For discussing mobile technologies, including mobile web/app development, QR codes, near field communication (NFC), and augmented reality (AR).


For discussing using and delivering library services on mobile devices or in a mobile context. Including roving reference and enquiries, collection management, loaning mobile devices, information literacy


For general discussion around ’mobile’ library services. Please use the more specific groups for discussion on specific topics whenever appropriate

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A/V Now Available > The Future of Web Applications: Connecting the Personal, Mobile and Institutional > 9 May 2012

Date: Wednesday 9 May 2012
Time: 13:30 - 14:30 BST
[07:30 - 08:30 CDT]
Venue: Online


Students now arrive at university and college armed with smart phones and laptops with a bewildering range of applications and functionality. Increasingly IT managers are stuggling to know how to adapt aging insitutional systems to connect to these applications. This webinar will focus on how widgets and plug-ins can be used to extend the fuctionality of systems as well as connect to mobile devices.

The webinar will include an introduction to current developments exploring the potential to extend the Virtual Learning Environment and will provide an overview of the JISC Observatory report Delivering Web to Mobile. A short overview of the JISC Distributed Virtual Learning Environment (DVLE) programme will be followed by a a demonstration of the widgets developed by the Widg@ project and the Edukapp store project which is developing an Education app store for the UK. The session will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions.

  • Scott Wilson, Assistant Director, JISC CETIS
  • Sheila MacNeill, Assistant Director, JISC CETIS
  • Fridolin Wilde, Edukapp project, Open University
  • Presenter tbc, Widg@t project
Webinar participants will be given a good overview of current publications and an understanding of the potential for widgets and plug-ins to extend the functionality of legacy learning environments. Participants will take away ideas to use in the their own institutions.

Source and Links To A/V Available At 


Going Mobile: Library Web Sites, Services, and Apps on Mobile Devices > April 23 2012 > MIT

Smartphone sales eclipsed PC sales for the first time in late 2010.Some analysts predict mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web device worldwide by 2013.

Designing for mobile web experience offers a new set of challenges and opportunities for libraries. We need to better understand our users, plan for mobile-friendly content, ensure contextually relevant information, and collaborate with technology partners. On Monday April 23rd, join us to learn from colleagues who are taking their libraries mobile. Light snacks, coffee, and tea will be served.

  • Dave Bretthauer, Webmaster - University of Connecticut Libraries
  • Amy Deschenes, Systems & Web Applications Librarian - Simmons College Library
  • Bobbi Fox, Digital Library Software Engineer & Corinna Baksik, Systems Librarian; Library Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology - Harvard Library
  • Remlee Green, User Experience Librarian - MIT Libraries
  • Edward Iglesias, Systems Librarian - Burritt Library, CCSU
  • Maura Keating, Reference Librarian - Bryant University Library
  • Carli Spina, Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian - Harvard Law School Library

Source and Links To Registration Available At 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Campus Technology 2012 > Learning Applications and Mobile Learning

Creating online or blended courses and understanding the strategic importance of online learning to institutional growth as well as incorporating digital devices like iPads in the classroom effectively, designing for mobile learners, developing online assessments, and engaging students with social and Web 2.0 tools are just a few of the issues and opportunities that challenge instructional designers and teaching faculty today. Mobile technologies and personal communication devices empower your institution’s faculty, researchers, staff and students. Discover how to foster student engagement and build learning communities through the application of mobile and Web 2.0/social media.
  • T01 Can the iPad Provide a High Quality Education ExperienceTuesday July 17 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • T06 Making Education Social: The FoxMIS Community SiteTuesday July 17 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • T11 Going the Distance: Rethinking Pedagogy in an Online ExperienceTuesday July 17 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • T12 Mobile Tools for Teaching College ChemistryTuesday July 17 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • T15 B.Y.O. Device - Using Cloud Computing to Deliver Labs of the FutureTuesday July 17 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • W16 Developing a Successful Mobile Application in a Data-Driven WorldWednesday July 18 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • W21 Anytime, Anywhere, Any DeviceWednesday July 18 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • W26 Building a Mobile Strategy for Your CampusWednesday July 18 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • TH31 A Student Centered Approach to Mobile Learning at Saint Marys UniversityThursday July 19 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • TH36 Are Students Online Ready? Preparing Successful Students with DORMThursday July 19 9:45 am - 10:45 am

  • Saturday, April 7, 2012

    7 Things You Should Know About Projecting from Mobile Devices

    Scott Payne (Amherst College) / Ryan Wetzel (The Pennsylvania State University) / Thomas C. Laughner (Smith College)


    Emerging technologies allow users to connect to classroom projection systems from mobile devices, including tablets and some smartphones. Such tools can change the character of interaction in the classroom by allowing multiple users to easily access the projector and by enabling projection of mobile-device features such as free-hand drawing. Freeing an instructor or student presenters from a lectern or other fixed projection station can increase engagement and collaboration in an educational setting.

    The "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

    Available At 


    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Podcast > Creating Custom ‘Apps’ for Teaching

    Purdue University is working with professors to build quick-hit software programs to help meet particular needs of, say, a forensics professor or an instructor teaching sign language. The Tech Therapy team talked with Kyle D. Bowen, Purdue’s director of informatics, who argues that colleges should build their own educational software rather than relying on companies to produce it.

    Available at


    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    ComETS 2012 Symposium Recordings

    ... [T]he focus of the symposium will be on mobile computing and mobile-enabled computing strategies.

    ComETS is an Iowa State University community that promotes dialog and events focused on technology in learning & teaching. ComETS is a university-wide community where ideas and resources can be shared, and debate can occur on future technology directions at ISU. ComETS is open to all interested ISU faculty and staff.

    ComETS objectives:
    • Facilitate dialog about learning & teaching technology issues facing ISU
    • Focus faculty needs to help provide direction to technology providers
    • Inform and educate one another about campus technology initiatives
    • Coordinate and provide a periodic learning and teaching technology event for the entire campus community
    • Provide a vehicle to bring national technology issues and trends to the broader ISU community
    March 22 2012 / Noon to 5:00 PM / Memorial Union

    Schedule of Events

    12:00-1:00  / Sun Room  >  eText Panel Discussion

    A/V > [52:48]

    1:00 -2:30  / Sun Room > Keynote by Dr. George Saltsman, Executive Director of the Adams Center for Teaching & Learning at Abilene Christian University

    Empowering the Academy for the Digital Age

    We live in the golden age of information. Digital technologies are transforming the world. Universal access to information has reshaped industries, governments, and human society. Despite this exponential growth, formal teaching and learning remain largely unchanged. As we collectively consider the future of the academy, the digital world continues to evolve without us. Will the historical ideals of traditional education continue or decline into extinction? This presentation addresses why and how mobile computing, digital textbooks and the ubiquity of information will ultimately transform the academy as we know it

    A/V > [60:16]

    2:45-3:30  / Various locations in the MU – Lightning Strikes

    Short (10 minute maximum) presentations from members of the ISU community on technology projects, instructional strategies, or new technology experimentation
    3:30-4:45 /  Gold Room – Student Panel on Mobile Technology

    A/V > [58:26]

    March 23  / 9:00-11:00 / 1230 Communications Building 

    Workshop > Increasing Student Engagement with Mobile Learning Strategies

    Presenters: Drs. George Saltsman & Stephen Baldridge, Abilene Christian University

    Explore simple strategies using free digital tools that increase student engagement. This workshop provides researched-backed hands-on approaches that can be used in a variety of disciplines both in and outside the traditional classroom. Topics include strategies for student-produced course content, remote teaching, mobile enhanced inquiry-based learning, class blogging, and use of mobile devices to drive student engagement during in-class activities. Bring your laptop, smartphone and/or tablet device and explore how simple techniques can provide measurable differences in student engagement.



    Of related interest

    “Library Mobile: Abilene Christian University: An Exemplar Mobile University.” Searcher 19, no.3 (April 2011): 34-37. Self-archived at (4 April 2012).

    Sunday, April 1, 2012

    Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Work?

    Just a few years ago, the idea of using a mobile phone as a legitimate learning tool in school seemed far-fetched, if not downright blasphemous. Kids were either prohibited from bringing their phones to school, or at the very least told to shut it off during school hours.
    But these days, it’s not unusual to hear a teacher say,Class, turn on your cell. It’s time to work.”
    Harvard professor Chris Dede has been working in the field of education technology for decades, and is astonished at how quickly mobile devices are penetrating in schools. “I’ve never seen technology moving faster than mobile learning,” said Dede, who teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    That’s not necessarily surprising, given that a staggering 80 percent of teens have cell phones. This penetration of mobile devices in the consumer market has also wrought what Dede describes as a “sea change” in the education landscape.

    “People are talking about this being an inflection point,” said Elliot Soloway. Soloway is a professor at the School of Education at the University of Michigan, and a longtime proponent of mobile learning. “It feels like something major is about to happen. It went from a silly idea, to, ‘Of course it’s inevitable.”


    Source and Fulltext Available At