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

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: 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

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.

App of the Week: Google Hangouts

I have a meeting and I don’t know how I’m going to get there!

Ever had that issue?  Well, Google Hangouts is your solution.  Google Hangouts is available through your VCCS account ( and is so easy to use.  All you have to do is go on and invite people to join you.  It then becomes a video conference.

What if you’re invited to a Google Hangout?  Don’t Panic.  Google sends you an email saying that you’ve been invited and all you have to do is click on the provided link to join.

Try it!  You’ll never know if you like it if you don’t try!Hangouts-Logo

App of the Week – Thinglink

Alright, so you have a picture and you REALLY want to point out specific aspects…Or, you have a map and want to pinpoint where things are for your students…Or, you want to make a REALLY cool invitation to a party!  Well, Thinglink can make all those things happen.  A very easy to use, and might I mention FREE, application, Thinglink allows you to store information over a picture.  This makes the extra information accessible by scrolling over the target as opposed to having to leave the picture and peruse another application.

Check It Out Here!

App of the Week – Heads UP!

No, that’s the name of the app…Heads up!  Now this particular application cost $2.00 when all is said and done and I believe that it is worth every cent for your students.

Heads Up! allows students to create a deck of cards and then play a game with their friends to help them remember.  Here’s how it works: Check it Out!

Now imagine your students playing that as a review game instead of just sitting there with flashcards asking for the definition.  It forces the students to think about the vocabulary or places and people in new and creative ways and will have them far more involved in the learning.  Give it a try, it might not be a bad thing to try out in class!



App of the Week – ShowMe

You would think that the name of the app would make this a little self-explanatory.  Well, it is!  In this particular app, you as the teacher can share a picture or form with your students and your students can then write and take notes over the original.  Once saved these annotations can be shared (as in sent back to the teacher for grading).  Easy to use, this application is basically an electronic transparency sheet that’s even great for taking notes.


Don’t know what to do with your students to start, no problem.  When you open your individual ShowMe there is a tab at the top that says “Explore.”  This tab gives you not only ideas, but lessons that have been done and recorded with the ShowMe App.  Oh wait, did I not mention that ShowMe can also record as you go?  Well, it can.

Check it out for free on your own device or stop in AA337 and we will be more than happy to show you how ShowMe works.

App of the Week – Tellagami

Lori’s Intro Tellagami

Please click on the above link  before reading the rest of this post!

Ok, so now you saw my short intro and are probably thinking “Ok, how is this supposed to help me with my classes?”  Well, it can!  The downfall to the Tellagami app is that you only have about 30 seconds of recording time (mine was only 19 seconds).  However, that isn’t a bad thing.  It would force you to be concise and on-point in your presentation.  Here’s how you could use it, regardless of the class you teach.

  1. It’s a fun way to introduce yourself to your students. (This video can be saved and uploaded to your Blackboard account)
  2. It’s an inventive way to give instructions. (If you have a project that has a series of steps you can create a series of 30 second Gamis to explain the directions)
  3. It’s an interesting way to present questions in a game setting. (Just like the short video clips in Jeopardy, these Gamis can present a question to the class as part of an interactive instructional game)
  4. It’s a fun way for students to do an icebreaker. (Have you ever been embarrassed having to stand up in from of people and introduce yourself?  Well, a Gami is a way to have students introduce themselves to the class without actually having to speak in front of people they’ve just met.  Gamis even have a preset list of voices to choose from)
  5. It’s a cool way to introduce a painting, cell structure, a story, an author, automotive parts/charts, and so much more (Have your Gami stand in front of the painting and give some background information)

App of the Week: Cozi



This app is less of a true teaching tool and much more of an organizational one.  I like to refer to Cozi as a family collaboration tool.  The app is simple to use, you use a single e-mail and password to sign up and then add the names of your “family” members.  Everyone signs in using the same email and password.  On the app itself you can create shared calendars (and even import from Google calendars), shopping lists, to do lists, and leave notes for one another.  From a personal standpoint, the shopping lists are incredibly useful.  I always hate trying to remember what we need an then tell my husband to pick up it up at the store, but with this app on our phones both of us know exactly what we need to pick up if either of us have a chance to stop at the store after work.  It helps me keep organized with an easy to use to do list (and you can add things to your “family” members lists as well).  From a business standpoint it works in much the same way.  You can post to do lists for the members of your staff and, if supplies are needed, the shopping list is a perfect way to streamline the ordering process.  Remember that a lot of apps can be used in more than one way.  Just because Cozi is advertised for families doesn’t mean that it can’t be adapted to the workplace.