How do you connect with your class? Nearpod is an app that allows you to present information directly to your students’ smartphones, tablets, and computers. Sign up for free at the Nearpod website or download the app from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft App Store. The site will then guide you through your […]

Genius Scan in the Library


Curious about the ways in which a scanner app might ease research, I decided to try Genius Scan for Android. This free app created by The Grizzly Labs makes use of the phone’s built-in camera. Essentially, scanner applications allow the user to take digital photographs, immediately process them for optimal quality and export them in […]

Smart Voice Recorder


Have you ever needed to interview someone for a class or a project? I found that recording the interview saves so much time, and it gives the you the chance to go over everything that was said in detail when you’re writing your paper. As an intern at Penn Libraries and an MLIS candidate at Drexel University, […]

BrowZine is now available to the Penn community


BrowZine is a tablet-based alerting service that allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the Penn Libraries journal subscriptions on your iPad, Android or Kindle. It works by pulling together articles from library subscribed databases,  uniting them into complete issues and displaying them in a “newsstand” type presentation. Simply locate the journals titles you […]

Canvas apps? Yes!


You may have heard that Penn is making the switch from Blackboard to Canvas this year. And great news, Canvas is mobile-friendly. Keep up with your courses, readings, and assignments with the free Canvas app for iOS and Android. To log into any of these apps, use the following URL (for general Penn courses): […]

Isabel: Point of care diagnosis checklist


Isabel is a diagnostic decision support checklist system. Two key features include a dynamic differential diagnostic checklist, and access to a number of textbooks, journals, web resources, and treatment guidelines and protocols.  Its development was inspired by the initial misdiagnosis of Jason and Charlotte Maude’s 3 year old daughter, Isabel.  Isabel Health was created to […]

Study break – Granny Smith


Earlier this week, David reviewed the beautiful, zen puzzle game Little Things Forever. I too adore that game, but sometimes I want a little more action in my study break. Enter Granny Smith. This lady can really go. She’s got a cane, a pair of rollerskates, and a meddlesome kid to chase through every level. […]

Study break – Little Things Forever

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This time of the year, everyone is working extra hard, often for long stretches at a time. But it’s not productive to sit and study for long periods of time without taking breaks. My latest way to take a short break is the game “Little Things Forever,” by developer Klicktock. I play it on the […]

CamScanner for Apple and Android


The folks at WIC have posted a great review of CamScanner, a smartphone scanner app you can download for free with a .edu email address!

Two simple apps: Dragon Medical Search and Eponyms

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Dragon Medical 360 Mobile Search Available for iOS. Free. If you’re a health sciences student or professional on-the-go, you might be wishing for an easy, responsive voice search for your phone. Enter [the] Dragon – Nuance Communications’ granddaddy of dictation software and the industry standard for physicians’ medical dictation. Dragon has made a free iOS app […]


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