Are you new to Griffith and finding trying to navigate your way around campus harder than trying to get an Ed Sheeran song out of your head? Or maybe you’ve been here a few years yet still cringe at the thought of finding those obscure buildings like N72.
Do you wish there was a way to find locations of available computers before you turn up to the computer lab and notice all the seats taken?
If this is you, it sounds like you don’t have the Griffith App on your smartphone. In which case you better get on it, stat!
The Griffith App is full of useful and time-saving features, including:
- Ask Us: find instant answers to your all burning questions (well, maybe not all, that’s what Siri’s for, right? But we’ve got most of your Griffith-related queries covered!)
- Computers: save time by checking where available computers are in labs across campuses first
- Directory: need to contact your lecturer? Simply search the Griffith phone directory
- Email: easily access your student email
- Emergency: feel safe with quick access to emergency phone numbers and websites
- Events: stay up to date with compiled event information for a range of university calendars
- Blackboard Mobile Learn: easily access your course content
- Library: look up library hours, search for resources and place holds
- Maps: never get lost again with Google maps of each campus that show building locations
- Transit: browse bus schedules and find out when buses are coming or going
- GriffithPAY: access the 24 hour shop for Griffith products
- CareerBoard: prepare for your career and search job vacancies on CareerBoard
- Textbooks: get organised and search for your textbooks via Griffith’s Textbook Exchange or the Co-op Bookshop Textbook Search
While this super handy app has been around for a few years, we have a committed team who regularly update it to ensure it stays super handy. In fact, they’ve only just released a new version.
So check it out and let us know what you think – there’s a Feedback option in the app just waiting for your suggestions, which will be incorporated into the next app update!
There’s an app for almost everything, nowadays, isn’t there? So, have you ever thought about using an app to help you study? I mean, it is study week.
Below, we’ve listed some handy apps to help you with your study this exam period.
Developer: Charlie Stigler & Steve Lambert
Available: Online for Mac OSX
Super skilled at procrastinating? Can’t resist the urge to check your social media news feed, or trying to avoid calculus by watching YouTube videos of kittens? SelfControl lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click start. Until that timer expires, you’ll be unable to access those sites – even if you restart your computer or delete the app! A necessary evil, possibly?
2. Dragon Dictation
Developer: Nuance Communications
Available: App store
Fingers hurt from typing too much (It’s a real problem!)? No worries. Get Dragon Dictation and use your voice to dictate your study notes – simply speak and see your content appear on screen.
Memorise info like a pro using this flashcards app, designed to help you learn.
Because everybody needs a good dictionary in their life.
Struggling to find the motivation to write your assignment, unless there’s a looming deadline no more than 24 hours away? Meet: Write or Die. Write or Die is an online app (which you can also download to your iPhone) that gives consequences for distraction and procrastination. As long as you keep writing, everything is fine, but if you become distracted there are customisable consequences.
6. The Hemingway App
Developer: Adam Long & Ben Long
Ready to be judged? This app allows you to paste in content you have written and have it critiqued, to make your writing bold and clear. The app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors. It’s especially handy if you have a problem with verbosity (don’t know what that means? Refer to app #4).
An interesting program has been airing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) over the last few weeks. A four-part documentary series, Revolution School follows the progress of the implementation of new teaching methods at Kambrya College in Melbourne’s south east. It is currently available to watch on iView.
Kambrya College was ranked in the bottom 10% of secondary schools in Victoria in 2008 based on Year 12 results. Michael Muscat, Principal, decided that the best way to improve the school’s rankings was to turn to positive education, mindfulness and strength-based teaching, through a positive psychology program that was introduced to help students cope better with stress. Applying new programs based on work done by Professor John Hattie of Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education the school has succeeded in improving its ranking to be in the top 25% of schools in Victoria.
One of the changes made within the school related to the use and adaptation of digital learning technologies into the classroom environment. The methods employed not only extended the reach of the teacher beyond the classroom and into the online space, but also allowed students to engage at their own pace in a medium where they are regarded as digitally capable.
Are you interested in more information? Watch the . Contact one of our Arts, Education, and Law Library Specialists if you want to know more.