Download the Griffith App to make your time at uni easier

Griffith App screen

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

The app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, from the App Store or Google play.

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! 


Connect with nature on World Environment Day

It’s World Environment Day on Monday 5 June 2017.

Embrace this year’s theme and connect with nature! Get yourself and your classmates outdoors; appreciate nature’s beauty and importance and take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

Connecting people to nature in everyday life is an integral part of Griffith University. Since its inception in the early 1970’s, the university has taught environmental sciences.

And over time, the university has integrated environmental sustainability into almost every other discipline taught. Go Griffith!

But don’t let the University show you up. You can connect with nature by simply downloading the GrowsAtGriffith app. The app allows you to access an attractive, easy-to-use and concise flora of the common vascular plants found on Griffith University campuses and southeast Queensland.

Want more? There are so many apps available that can help you connect with nature. Check out the Field Guide to Queensland Fauna (search for it on iTunes or Google Play.). It provides a detailed description of animals, maps of distribution and endangered species status for fauna in the state of Queensland.

And don’t forget about your Griffith University library! We can help you connect with nature as well. The library has many flora identification books including Cronin’s key guide: Australian rainforest plants, Australian trees and Wetland plants of Queensland: a field guide.

It also has animal identification books like the Field guide to frogs of QueenslandTracks, scats and other traces: a field guide to Australian mammals and Queensland’s threatened animals.

If you would like help locating fauna and flora resources, book a Research and Referencing consultation with a Librarian.


5 apps to help you study better

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.

1. SelfControl
Developer: Charlie Stigler & Steve Lambert
Available: Online for Mac OSX
Cost: Free

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 
Cost: Free

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.

3. Flashcards+
Developer: Chegg
Available: App  store and Google Play
Cost: Free

Memorise info like a pro using this flashcards app, designed to help you learn.

4. The Oxford Dictionary of English
Developer: MobiSystems
Available: App store and Google Play
Cost: Free

Because everybody needs a good dictionary in their life.

5. Write or Die
Developer: Dr Wicked
Available: Online or App store
Cost: $9.99 – $20

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
Available: Online
Cost: $19.99

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).


Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

Thanks to our sponsor, Grove Juice for keeping the students hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »


App Idea Competition Winners

We have a winner!!!

Shouting huge congrats to Joshua Murchie who took out first prize in the Hack-a-thon App Idea competition and just walked away with a hefty $1500!

There were hundreds of submissions and some brilliant ideas. Now you have the chance to turn those ideas into something real. Sign up for the Hack-a-thon weekend and win part of a huge $3500 prize pool!

About Josh

Josh is studying a Master of IT and about to begin a dissertation with a technology innovation education theme and is a current student ambassador for the Mayor of the Gold Coast. He is also the co-founder and president of the Griffith Uni Start-up Entrepreneurs Club, where they promote collaboration and entrepreneurship in the student community.

Josh was frustrated with planning out his degree; which course to take when, without missing pre-requisites or having to wait a trimester for the next offering. His idea focussed on creating an awesome timetabling experience for the user and easing student frustrations.

More Prizes

Second prize of $750 went to Tahnee Webb, studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her fantastic ‘CramSession’ idea is a great social enhancer allowing students to collaborate. Third prize of $500 went to Christian Frost, studying Master of Philosophy in the school of Human Services and Social Work. He had an innovative idea to ease parking and transport issues around campus.

The Hack-a-thon Weekend

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

You can now use these great ideas that were submitted and get involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

Register: griffith.edu.au/student-computing/hack-a-thon
When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch area)


You’ll be wrapped with these festive apps

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Oh deer, Christmas is here!  It’s a busy time of year with presents to buy (and wrap) a gazillion parties to attend, family to visit and food to prepare.

To help you stay merry and bright during the holiday hustle and bustle, we’ve sleighed through the best Christmas Apps for 2016.

From festive recipes to DIY gift wrapping, we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of Apple and Android apps that will give you clause for celebration.

Android:

  • Find a flavoursome festive recipe with Christmas Food, or create a captivating cake with the help of Best Christmas Cake Recipes.
  • Hosting a Christmas event? Or just love Christmas? Stream a festive playlist with this Christmas Music Radio
  • Hark the herald angels sing. No wait, that’s just my phone. Download a custom Christmas Ringtone to your phone.
  • Keep yourself busy playing some Christmas themed games such as Arthur Christmas: Elf Run and Bubble Blast Holiday.
  • Unleash your creative side and use the DIY Christmas Decorations app to make easy DIY and up-cycled Christmas decorations. If you are on a tight budget over the money-draining Christmas period, use this app to DIY a cute Christmas gift for your friends and family. Thoughtful, personal and inexpensive!
  • Keep track of your Christmas shopping using Xmas Organizer. This app helps you organise, plan and keep track of your gifts and budget.

Apple:

  • Love Christmas? Wish you could decorate everywhere? GlowTunes Christmas lets you decorate a tree on your phone. Even better – you can decorate it with lights that play festive tunes. Christmas lovers, rejoice.
  • Do you have children, grand children, a little brother or sister, or maybe a young niece or nephew? Try the Twas the Night Before Christmas app which lets you read interactive festive stories.
  • Where’s Wally was so 2001. Where’s Santa? That’s more like it.
  • Get into the Christmas spirit by decorating your phone’s screen too! The Live Christmas Tree app lets you download a live Christmas tree – including an animation screen, ambience lighting and wallpaper.
  • Add a Christmas filter to your holiday snaps with Dr Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition. This nifty app even lets you create personalised Christmas cards and share them via Facebook, Instagram, Messages, Email, Twitter, or just save to Photos.
  • Forgot to mail your Christmas cards this year? Or just want to save a bit of coin on the exxy postage costs? Use Christmas Lifecards to design your own Christmas cards and share them via email, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter.
  • Use DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas to assist you through the gift wrapping process, with tutorials as well as design and packing ideas.

Have you discovered any good Christmas apps? Let us know in the comments below!


4 free apps to help you search library databases

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Griffith University Library subscribes to a gazillion databases (this may be a slight exaggeration) to provide you with the information you need for work or study. And you probably search them on a daily basis to write your essay, thesis or academic paper.

But did you know that some of your favourite databases have a mobile app? They make it super easy to access information on your mobile device, regardless whether it’s a smartphone or tablet; android or apple device.

We’ve rounded up 4 database apps to help you out.

1. PressReader

Available: iTunes and Google Play
Get your favourite publications and discover new titles that you’re sure to love. Choose from thousands of magazines and newspapers and read it from cover to cover, just the way the title was printed. See the PressReader page on the Library website for instructions on how to access publications from home.

2. EBSCOhost

Available: iTunes and Google Play
Whether you need eBooks, magazine articles, journal articles or newspapers, EBSCOhost has a database for you. And they cover a variety of subject areas – business, science, art, nursing, criminal justice. The list is endless. This free app ensures you get the most from searching EBSCOhost database content, provided courtesy of your library.

3. AustLII

Available: iTunes and Google Play
AustLII puts the power of Australia’s most popular online free-access resource for legal information right into the palm of your hand. Get access to law on your mobile device wherever you are. Browse legislation from the Commonwealth and from every Australian State and Territory, and cases from over 140 courts, tribunals and boards.

4. Bluefire Reader

Available: iTunes and Google Play
Download eBooks from Proquest’s Ebrary on your mobile device and read them on Bluefire Reader. With just a tap you can highlight, bookmark, annotate, look up a definition and share excerpts via email, Facebook and Twitter.