Free Brainstorming Apps

A common theme explored on this site is the fact that nearly all college students have mobile devices, and that increasingly those “phones” are smart phones. Why then, are we not taking full advantage of this fact to more effectively connect student learning to the community?

The post, Let’s Brainstorm with Mobile Devices! 15+ Free Apps for IOS/Android, from Teacher Reboot Camp, gives a pretty good overview of a category of mobile apps that people aggregating ideas in a community might find very useful.

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Free app lets you use your smartphone as a walkie talkie

If you are doing field work or work in larger groups that requires instant voice communication as well as the ability voxerlogoto instantly share text or photos in real time; you might want to check out Voxer. If you want to go social, Voxer will also integrate with Facebook and address book contacts.The app is available for both iPhone and Android.

Public health projects may want to include a mobile strategy

If your civic engagement efforts focus on public health issues, you may want to take a peak at Pew Internet’s recently published Mobile Health 2012 report. Among the findings in the 29-page report:

  • 85% of U.S. adults own a cell phone. Of those, 53% own smartphones.
  • One in three cell phone owners (31%) have used their phone to look for health information.
  • Cell phone owners who are Latino, African American, between the ages of 18‐49, or hold a college degree are also more likely to gather health information this way.

See the full report here.

StethoCloud: Australian College Students Build A Digital Stethoscope And Mobile App To Fight Childhood Pneumonia |TechCrunch

1.4 million children under the age of 5 die from pneumonia each year. A team of Australian college students participating in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup have come up with an innovative way to address the issue of early detection in developing countries.  Read the full story at TechCrunch.