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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Links we like


The mobile app marketplace is turning five years old! Read a short history and try to figure out where it’s going.     (New Yorker) A new app from the folks behind the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) will help avoid miscommunication between healthcare workers with language barriers.     (Penn Current) Check out some cool ways […]

Adventures in grading: Digital assignments, digital grading


The Situation Last year, on the day of the final of the last section of my course, I received my University-issued iPad.  I teach chemical information to graduate students and give a “practical” exam; the students are asked to search the literature and retrieve relevant information to answer a series of questions that I ask.  […]

A surgeon & his iPad apps


I attended a fascinating presentation in late March sponsored by the Perelman School of Medicine’s Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Office.  Dr. Kenric Murayama, Chief of Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, demo’ed how he uses his iPad to enhance productivity and makes his professional life easier to manage. It’s great to hear what apps […]

New Tablets in the Library!

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Thinking about getting one of the new tablets that have hit the market recently?  Maybe you’re not sure which one to ask for buy someone as a holiday gift? The folks in the Vitale Digital Media Lab in Van Pelt Library just got: iPad mini iPad 4 Nexus 7 Nexus 10 Microsoft Surface And you’re […]

Using Penn+Box on your iOS or Android Device


By now, hopefully you’ve discovered Penn’s new Penn+Box service, which works a lot like Dropbox, except that you get 20GB of free storage. (If not, here’s Kate’s review: There’s a Box app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and it turns out you can use your PennKey to log into it, but it’s not […]

Flashcard apps: Evernote Peek vs. Mental Case

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It’s back to school season! Flashcards, whether physical or digital, are an effective study tool. There are many flashcard apps and software programs out there, but today I’ll be reviewing two of the most popular options. Evernote Peek Our first option is a free app from the creators of Evernote. It’s called Peek, and the […]

Gadget Day at the WIC


The Weigle Information Commons has posted the schedule for Gadget Day: 10 am – CloudOn for iPad – Use MS Office Easily 10:30 am – Raspberry Pi – Tiny, Cheap and Powerful Computing 11 am – Google@SAS – Teaching on the Cloud 11:30 noon – Google Chrome Laptop – Lightweight Cloud Access Noon – Mobile […]


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