Five great “How I Work” profiles at Lifehacker


It’s no secret that we read a lot of Lifehacker here at Apps on Tap, but this is one of our favorite sections: How I Work. Much like our My Five column, the folks at lh interview some of the most interesting people in the world about their work habits, favorite apps (or total rejection […]

Taking notes on video lectures – a digital literacy journey!


I recently got hold of a fantastic tool that allows me to take notes (“annotate”) video lectures.  It’s called VideoNotes. With this tool I can see my notes and the video in one screen, I can use my notes as an “index” to take me back to a particular spot in the video, and I can […]

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 […]

Try Kanban for group project management


Group projects got you down? Can’t figure out who is doing what, what’s left to do, and how much has been accomplished? Consider Kanban to get things done. Kanban is a structured, clean, simple task tracking method, and it’s a bit more than a To Do list. First you make three piles for your tasks: […]

Links we like


Faculty and TAs: are you finding it tough to organize office hours now that Google Calendar got rid of its appointment scheduling function? Learn how to use to automate the process for your students, and hopefully taking one task off your plate.     (Trinity College) Keep track of new job postings (and make your job or […]

Tools, Not Toys: Wednesday night workshops on academic apps


Time management, note-taking in class, research & project management, and annotation & note-taking from readings – there are most definitely apps for that, but which one are good, and how can you get the most out of them? Fear not, the Weigle Information Commons and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL) is here to help. Every […]

My Five: Dick Griscom, Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library


I recently popped in to ask Dick Griscom, head of the Music Library, about his five favorite apps for Android. Dick is a humanist who also digs tech, so I had a suspicion he’d have a nice batch of off-the-beaten path (at least to me) apps to talk about. Here’s what he had to say: […]

No time to read? Listen later with SoundGecko


Too much to read, not enough time? Ever wish someone (or something) could just read articles, abstracts and books to you? I do. That’s why I was very excited to hear about SoundGecko. And I was right to be excited. Simply install the browser plugin, go to any article on the web and click the […]

4 useful uses for Dropbox


Millions of users can’t be wrong: Dropbox is awesome. Google ‘awesome dropobox uses’ and you’ll come across a number of great ideas both complex and simple. Here are 4 uses we especially like: 1. Set up a shared folder for group project work. 2. Upload meeting notes, Sktiches and scans. 3. Keep your resume up […]

QuickCite, a citation app: How does it stack up?


Want to  scan bar codes and quickly build a list of books you have read? Assemble a list of books you aspire to read?  If students are working on papers that make use of mostly modern or recent published sources, this may be a tool of use for you. QuickCite is a new citation app […]


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