App of the Week: Splice Video Editor

If you are someone who takes videos, whether it be of friends and family or for a class assignment, Splice Video Editor is an excellent app to edit your videos with.

Splice Video Editor is a simple and easy app that allows you to splice together photos or videos in High Definition.  You can add music from your iTunes library to your video.  You have the editing capability to add sound effects.  Using Splice Video Editor, you can even add transitions (ex. fade to black), borders, and effects (ex. zooming in on a photo).  Splice Video Editor also allows you to trim the video you created and trim the song you want to use for it; all in the same app.

For students, it can be a great tool for them to edit a video presentation.  It allows them creative control over what becomes their final product right in the palm of their hand.  For students, it is another avenue for you to create a presentation that is not using Powerpoint or Prezi.

For teachers or instructors, it can be a great way to create and edit videos to present to students.  It can also be a great tool to allow your students to use when creating or submitting an assignment.

There are 2 versions of the app, one that is FREE and the other that is $3.99.


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Fall Convocation Workshops!


We are also offering webinars this week!  Go to to register.  You will receive more information upon registration.



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App of the Week: OSnap! Stop Motion Studio

OSnap!  What is “stop motion?”

Well, remember when you would draw on the edges of the pages in a book and then flip them quickly to make it look like your stick people were moving?  This is the same thing, just with technology!  Basically what OSnap! does is it takes a series of still photographs and then moves through them to create a video.  For ideas on how to use Stop Motion in your classes check out my blog.

Now the downfall, it is $0.99 for the app, but the fun you can have with it is totally worth it!


Sample Video

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App of the Week: GroupMe

1This app is useful for student teams in a classroom setting and for student organizations. Students often suffer from in-box blindness and e-mail fatigue, and GroupMe helps overcome those issues. It’s free, whether you’re talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. GroupMe, it’s easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.


- Start groups with the students already in your phone’s address book… no need to remember usernames or PINs.
- The conversation starts instantly. The app uses your data connection, so even iPod touches and iPads can join in on the fun.
- When you have a poor connection, the app will let you start receiving your messages via SMS instead. You’ll never miss a thing!
- Share photos inline. Check out the Gallery to see all the photos shared in each group.
- Send GroupMe exclusive FREE emoji in your groups and direct messages.
- Attach your location to any message so nobody gets lost.
- Give your group an avatar — choose anything that represents your group.
- Tap the heart next to any message to “like” it and spread some love.
- Take your private conversations outside the group.
- It’s just like free texting… send all the messages you want and you’ll never pay a cent.

Price: FREE

Link: [Apple]




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App of the Week: Quick Key

As an educator, grading multiple choice paper assessments can get frustrating: whether there is a line at the Scantron machine (or it’s not working), or a cramp in your hand (from grading too much), or just having over 100 of them to grade.  Have you ever wanted an app that fixes all of those issues?  The Quick Key app is your answer.

Quick Key eliminates the hand-grading of assessments, the time commitment needed to grade, and thus giving you more time to teach and reach your students. Quick Key turns your phone into an optical scanner to grade any paper assessment up to 30 questions long. It then runs analytics right on your phone (shows a grade or percentage), and then allows you to upload the data (your students scores) to your electronic grade book.  Let that sink in for a moment; that as an educator, the data that you scanned or ‘graded’ on your phone can be uploaded into your class’s gradebook. In minutes, not hours.  All you have to do is set up an account on their companion site ( and import all of your students and assign them to classes in as little as 60 seconds.

Quick key is simple to use and requires you to change very little about how and what you assess.  What it does do, is give you time:  time to build more engaging lessons and other activities without the burden of having to grade all your classes assessments by hand.  Get started now and download the Quick Key app from the iTunes app store for FREE!


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App of the Week: Aurasma

How many of you have heard of Augmented Reality (AR)?

Ok, for those of you who have never heard of such a beast (or those of you who have heard this bantered about, but are unsure exactly what it is), AR is a way to add layers to one-dimensional presentations.  For example, you get a holiday card.  It’s cute.  That’s it.  But with AR you simply need to open an app and swipe your phone over the picture and it comes to life!  The app to use?


This app allows you to create your own “Auras” as well as offers a host of pre-made ones.  From there you choose your own background picture and voila!  You make the “Aura” public and anyone who sees your picture with the app will see the extra dimension you’ve added.  If you click the link above, you will be able to see examples where people have taken a picture of a poet and added an aura that allows you to hear the poem being read aloud and many more educationally appropriate applications.  If you want to know more, but are a little unsure.  Come talk to us!  We would love to help you out!

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App of the Week: Human Biology

1Human Body app, designed by Kelli Anderson, lets students explore and learn about the human form. The app has smart interactions and a beautiful design. Users are not exposed to any advertising or in-app purchases either in the Human Body app. The objective of this app is fun, interactivity and deep understanding and immersion. The Human Body covers everything from animated brains to bones. Users will be able to poke, probe and examine different systems. The app will also contain a recording tool so users can ask questions, interact and play with each other.


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App of the Week: Overdrive

Alright, so this is not only the App of the Week, but also a plug for the Library!

The Overdrive App allows you to borrow audio books from the library and download them to your phone!  It’s a free app and you simply need to sign in using your Blackboard log in and password.  Once in the app simply search for something to peak your interest.  Then you have the book at your fingertips, saved on your phone for wherever you go!

Check out the App here: Overdrive

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App of the Week: LiveSafe App

YouTube Video of the LiveSafe App

In our continuing commitment to the highest level of campus safety, NOVA has launched a new mobile safety app called LiveSafe. The LiveSafe app will improve communication between students, faculty, staff and NOVA Police, and will facilitate emergency response in critical situations. Our goal is to work with you to help build a safer campus.

The LiveSafe app allows you to:

  • Report tips to or request emergency services anonymously from NOVA Police.
  • Send your location to NOVA Police.
  • Let friends or family monitor your movements, so you never have to walk alone.
  • Share your concerns and suggestions with NOVA Police.
  • Have critical safety information at your fingertips.

Getting the app is fast, easy and FREE!

    1. Visit the iTunes or Google Play Store and download the LiveSafe app (blue shield icon).
    2. Choose NOVA from the list of schools.
    3. Fill in your name and contact info, so we can reach you in the event of an emergency.

If you have any questions about LiveSafe, check out or call NOVA Dispatch at 703.764.5000.

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App of the Week: Treehouse

Interested in building your own app on your iPhone or iPad?  What about building your own website?  If you are interested in that or learning about technology then the Treehouse App is for you.

Treehouse is a free app on the iTunes store and can work on your iPad or iPhone.  Choose from over 1,000 videos to build skills and construct projects using while learning programming language such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, and SQL.  The learning videos will walk you step-by-step through your projects and Treehouse allows you to practice what you’ve learned through interactive Code Challenges and quizzes.  You can earn badges for skills and content you have mastered, which can be viewed by anyone else using the app.

Learning code has never been easier and now it as your finger tips on your iPad or iPhone thanks to Treehouse Island, Inc.

Price: FREE (able to make in app purchases)

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