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July 2015

What’s Your Favorite App?

We asked the Learning Commons staff to tell us what some of their favorite Apps are for their mobile and tablet devices.


Screen shot 2015-07-23 at 1.47.17 PM App: Google Maps

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Free

“It keeps me from getting lost (most of the time).” -Linda Beith, Instructional Design


logo-iconApp: What’sApp

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Free

“I like it because I can communicate with my friends and family when we travel internationally. You can send pictures, videos, and text messages for free.”  -Jackie Katz, Library



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App: Scrabble & Around Me

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Free

“My favorite app is the Scrabble app. I’m not sure if it’s available for android devices because I don’t have one. It’s free for my IPhone and IPad, and I like it because I love playing, and I can play by myself (unlike Words with Friends), I can play anytime (waiting in line for anything), and it’s mentally stimulating. I also like “Around Me” which is free for Apple devices. It arranges businesses by categories (banks, bars, coffee shops, hotels, etc.) that are near your current location. So if I need gas or a TJ Maxx, I simply use the category or fill in the search box and I’ll get the location and directions…and now it also provides the weather. A very useful app, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar location.”  -Barbara Kenney, Library


Screen shot 2015-07-23 at 1.50.57 PM Screen shot 2015-07-23 at 1.50.42 PMApp: Pandora & Notes

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Free

“My favorite apps are probably boring but here they are.  I like Pandora (the free one, unfortunately with advertisements) I just plug into it and find soothing music as I work.  It does not disturb anyone as they cannot hear it.   Then I use the NOTES app for reminders and grocery lists.”  -Barbara Flanders, Library


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App: The Simpsons Tapped Out

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Free!

“It’s very, very fun and a well-designed app.”  -Ethan Nemkovich, Media Services


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App: Plant Nanny

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Free

“Plant Nanny combines health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly.  The cute plant keeps you company ever day by living in your phone.  In order to keep it alive and help it grow, you must give it water at certain periods of time”.  Drink water when your plant does and you will stay hydrated.  Fun for all ages!  -Karen Jones, Technology Support Services


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App: Yoga Studio & IMDB

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Yoga Studio – $3.99, IMDB –Free

“My favorite app for my iPad is called Yoga Studio.  I get tired of doing yoga DVDs as they are limited to one or a few workouts.  Yoga Studio has beginner, intermediate and advanced classes ranging from 15 to 60 minutes. There are over 100 classes on the app.  Some are specialized for back pain, for runners, etc. The narrator’s voice is a little annoying, but you get used to her! Another favorite is IMDB for film-buffs.  Tons of information related to films!”  -Betsy Learned, Library


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App: Waze

Platform: Apple/Android /Windows Phones

Cost: Free

“Waze is a community-based navigation app that provides drivers with real time road conditions, hazards, traffic jams and police locations. I find it really helpful to avoid traffic jams before I hit them. The app will even reroute you to avoid sitting in traffic.”  -Megan Lessard, Library


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App: Couch to 5k

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: $2

“I used this app a while back to get started/used to running before participating in 5Ks and my first Tough Mudder. I liked the fact that it gradually worked you up from barely being able to run to running for a half hour straight without keeling over. It was an additional bonus that it played my music for me and had voice prompts/encouragement to go along with the workout.”  -Chris Truszkowski, Library


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App: GoToMeeting/GoToTraining

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost:  Free

“A great synchronous online tool!”  –Kevin O’Rourke, Instructional Design


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App: Instagram

Platform: Apple/Android

Cost: Free

“I love taking and sharing pictures. A lot of times they end up being funny pictures of my cat, or cool adventure spots around New England.” –Hannah Goodall, Library


 Did we miss one of your favorite apps? Leave us your pick in the comments!


Coming Fall 2015!

The Mary Tefft White Cultural Center is undergoing a renovation this summer to allow for more flexible space for student collaboration, performances and presentations. The room is designed as an active learning space and will include movable glass walls, both fixed and movable digital displays, and flexible furniture.  Requests to reserve the space will continue to be made through the Department of Conferences.


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