iPhone Apps I Recommend

UPDATE: It seems the icons didn’t come across :/ I will work on getting these posted soon. In the meantime, here’s a PDF version

So, I have been an avid iPhone user for about 1 year now. I have amassed quite a collection of apps, and given many a test drive only to delete them. The following is my list of ones that I recommend (as of August 2011!).

Apps I recommend:

Name Icon Link
Twitter pastedGraphic.pdf View In iTunes
Agenda pastedGraphic_1.pdf View In iTunes
Foursquare pastedGraphic_2.pdf View in iTunes
Google+ pastedGraphic_3.pdf id447119634
Facebook pastedGraphic_4.pdf http://getap.ps/+284882215
Wikiamo pastedGraphic_5.pdf http://getap.ps/+290882494
Evernote pastedGraphic_6.pdf http://getap.ps/+290882494
Consume pastedGraphic_7.pdf http://getap.ps/+337064413
Holy Bible pastedGraphic_8.pdf http://getap.ps/+291877741
Find NZ pastedGraphic_9.pdf http://getap.ps/+311117200
Shop Savvy pastedGraphic_10.pdf http://getap.ps/+338828953
Yellow pastedGraphic_11.pdf http://getap.ps/+325450909
Gas Cubby pastedGraphic_12.pdf http://getap.ps/+338828953
Faces pastedGraphic_13.pdf http://getap.ps/+338828953
Flashlight** pastedGraphic_14.pdf http://getap.ps/+383722266
Instagram pastedGraphic_15.pdf http://getap.ps/+389801252
TradeMe pastedGraphic_16.pdf http://getap.ps/+392567559
GeorgeFM pastedGraphic_17.pdf http://getap.ps/+299731204
Waze pastedGraphic_18.pdf http://getap.ps/+323229106
RunKeeper pastedGraphic_19.pdf http://getap.ps/+300235330
Shazam pastedGraphic_20.pdf http://getap.ps/+284993459
Skype pastedGraphic_21.pdf http://getap.ps/+304878510
Wunderlist pastedGraphic_22.pdf http://getap.ps/+406644151
Do5 pastedGraphic_23.pdf http://getap.ps/+415938059
ReaddleDocs pastedGraphic_24.pdf http://getap.ps/+285053111
Viber pastedGraphic_25.pdf http://getap.ps/+382617920
Dropbox pastedGraphic_26.pdf http://getap.ps/+327630330
GrocerySmart pastedGraphic_27.pdf http://getap.ps/+415326784
Hello Vino pastedGraphic_28.pdf http://getap.ps/+318447346
Menus pastedGraphic_29.pdf http://getap.ps/+382371588
Subway pastedGraphic_30.pdf id380354815
VoucherMob pastedGraphic_31.pdf http://getap.ps/+394489809
Rowmote pastedGraphic_32.pdf http://getap.ps/+300265786
Remote pastedGraphic_33.pdf http://getap.ps/+284417350
LinkedIn pastedGraphic_34.pdf http://getap.ps/+288429040
NotifyMe2There is a lite (free) version available somewhere pastedGraphic_35.pdf http://getap.ps/+319840387
Flicks pastedGraphic_36.pdf http://getap.ps/+338053302
Tap Forms Database Lite pastedGraphic_37.pdf http://getap.ps/+332203469
Dealshrimp pastedGraphic_38.pdf http://getap.ps/+367220505
TV listing pastedGraphic_39.pdf http://getap.ps/+334528998
Speakers (Airfoil) pastedGraphic_40.pdf http://getap.ps/+311357351
SCVNGR pastedGraphic_41.pdf http://getap.ps/+323248984
Marco Friend Locator pastedGraphic_42.pdf http://getap.ps/+392988859
iKiva pastedGraphic_43.pdf http://getap.ps/+431378735
NatureSpace pastedGraphic_44.pdf http://getap.ps/+312618509
IMDB pastedGraphic_45.pdf http://getap.ps/+342792525
StumbleUpon pastedGraphic_46.pdf http://getap.ps/+386244833
Instapaper pastedGraphic_47.pdf http://getap.ps/+288545208
Kindle pastedGraphic_48.pdf http://getap.ps/+302584613
Dictionary pastedGraphic_49.pdf http://getap.ps/+308750436
Sleep Cycle pastedGraphic_50.pdf http://getap.ps/+320606217
Bump pastedGraphic_51.pdf http://getap.ps/+305479724
Ispeedy pastedGraphic_52.pdf http://getap.ps/+329939889
AKL airport pastedGraphic_53.pdf http://getap.ps/+333250619
TripIt pastedGraphic_54.pdf http://getap.ps/+311035142
TripDeck pastedGraphic_55.pdf http://getap.ps/+338048730
Alarm Clock pastedGraphic_56.pdf http://getap.ps/+332064280
iStudiez lite pastedGraphic_57.pdf http://getap.ps/+322439186
Find iPhone** pastedGraphic_58.pdf http://getap.ps/+376101648
TransitTimes pastedGraphic_59.pdf http://getap.ps/+423455205
Recco pastedGraphic_60.pdf http://getap.ps/+406020418
Good Reads pastedGraphic_61.pdf http://getap.ps/+355833469
TrafficAKL pastedGraphic_62.pdf http://getap.ps/+401575740 Or View In iTunes
Pano pastedGraphic_63.pdf http://getap.ps/+293709029
Entertainment pastedGraphic_64.pdf http://getap.ps/+427086820

>How the iPhone could reboot education

> This is a reblogged article. Credits are contained below.


How the iPhone Could Reboot Education

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How do you educate a generation of students eternally distracted by the internet, cellphones and video games? Easy. You enable them by handing out free iPhones — and then integrating the gadget into your curriculum.

That’s the idea Abilene Christian University has to refresh classroom learning. Located in Texas, the private university just finished its first year of a pilot program, in which 1,000 freshman students had the choice between a free iPhone or an iPod Touch.

The initiative’s goal was to explore how the always-connected iPhone might revolutionize the classroom experience with a dash of digital interactivity. Think web apps to turn in homework, look up campus maps, watch lecture podcasts and check class schedules and grades. For classroom participation, there’s even polling software for Abilene students to digitally raise their hand.

The verdict? It’s working quite well. 2,100 Abilene students, or 48 percent of the population, are now equipped with a free iPhone. Fully 97 percent of the faculty population has iPhones, too. The iPhone is aiding Abilene in giving students the information they need — when they want it, wherever they want it, said Bill Rankin, a professor of medieval studies who helped plan the initiative.

“It’s kind of the TiVoing of education,” Rankin said in a phone interview. “I watch it when I need it and in ways that I need it. And that makes a huge difference.”

The traditional classroom, where an instructor assigns a textbook, is heading toward obsolescence. Why listen to a single source talk about a printed textbook that will inevitably be outdated in a few years? That setting seems stale and hopelessly limited when pitted against the internet, which opens a portal to a live stream of information provided by billions of minds.

“About five years ago my students stopped taking notes,” Rankin said. “I asked, ‘Why are you not taking notes?’ And they said, ‘Why would we take notes on that?…. I can go to Wikipedia or go to Google, and I can get all the information I need.”

Conversely, the problem with the internet is there’s too much information, and it’s difficult to determine which data is valuable.

These are the specific educational problems Abilene is targeting with the iPhone. Instead of standing in front of a classroom and talking for an hour, Rankin instructs his students to use their iPhones to look up relevant information on the fly. Then, the students can discuss the information they’ve found, and Rankin leads the dialogue by helping assess which sources are accurate and useful.

It’s like a mashup of a 1960s teach-in with smartphone technology from the 2000s.

Each participating Abilene instructor is incorporating the iPhone differently into their curriculum. In some classrooms, professors project discussion questions onscreen in a PowerPoint presentation. Then, using polling software that Abilene coded for the iPhone, students can answer the questions anonymously by sending responses electronically with their iPhones. The software can also quickly quiz students to gauge whether they’re understanding the lesson.

Most importantly, by allowing the students to participate in polls anonymously with the iPhone, it relieves them of any social pressure to appear intelligent in front of their peers. If they answer wrong, nobody will know who it was, ridding students of humiliation. And if students don’t understand a lesson, they can ask the teacher to repeat it by simply tapping a button on the iPhone.

“Polling opens up new realms for people for discussion,” said Tyler Sutphen, an ACU sophomore who has participated in the iPhone initiative for a year. “It’s a lot more interactive for those who aren’t as willing to jump up and throw out their answer in class. Instead, you push a button on the iPhone.”

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Kasey Stratton, a first-year ACU business student, said her favorite aspect of the iPhone program was how apps are changing the way students interact socially. Many Abilene students use Bump, a free appdownloadable through the App Store [iTunes], which enables them to swap e-mails and phone numbers by bumping their iPhones together. Also, the campus’ map app helped her become familiar with the campus quickly when she arrived.

“At ACU it’s like they see [the iPhone] is the way of the future and they might as well take advantage of it,” Stratton said in a phone interview. “They’re preparing us for the real world — not a place where you’re not allowed to use anything.”

Implementing the iPhone program wasn’t easy. In addition to writing custom web apps for the iPhone, the university optimized its campuswide Wi-Fi to support the 2,100 iPhones. Rankin declined to disclose exact figures for money invested in the iPhone program, but he said the initiative only takes up about 1 percent of the university’s annual budget. To offset costs, the university discontinued in-dorm computer labs, since the vast majority of students already own notebooks. Students who opted for iPhones are responsible for paying their own monthly plans with AT&T.

After a successful run, the university plans to continue the iPhone program, with plans to upgrade to new iPhones every two years. Rankin said some UK universities plan to launch similar initiatives as well. In the United States, Stanford doesn’t hand out free iPhones to its students (yet), but it offers an iPhone app called iStanford for students to look up class schedules, the Stanford directory, the campus map and sports news. Stanford also offers a computer science course on iPhone app programming, whose lectures are streamed for free via iTunes.

“For us, it isn’t primarily about the device,” Rankin said. “This is a question of, how do we live and learn in the 21st century now that we have these sorts of connections?…. I think this is the next platform for education.”

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