What’s the #1 must-have app for Griffith students?
The Griffith App, of course! It’s got (almost) everything you’ll need to put Griffith—literally—in the palm of your hand.
The Griffith App’s got oodles of nifty features. Some of our faves include:
- Timetables: search or browse through your student timetable.
- Email: Access your student email via a mobile friendly interface.
- Maps: Access scalable maps of each campus that show building locations as well as interactive tours for the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.
- MyGriffith: Access your student portal.
- Food and Shops: View Griffith’s wide range of food and retail outlets across its five campuses.
- Parking: View parking information or access the PayStay app.
- Ask Us: Find answers to all of your everyday questions straight to your mobile device.
- Computers: Locate where available computers are (in real time) in labs across all campuses.
- Library: Look up library hours, search for resources, place holds, check your library account and more.
- Transit: Browse bus schedules to find out when buses are coming and going.
- Student computing: Find information about using your own device, available software, IT discounts and other technology related content.
- Social feed: View all of Griffith’s social media content across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them almost anywhere.
At the gym. On public transport. To liven up your boring, long car ride. In bed. To drown out the sounds of your significant other nagging you. Okay, that last one probably isn’t the best idea…
But, which podcast should you listen to? Our online airwaves are saturated with different podcasts. So we’ve sifted through them all to pick out our top five podcasts that we reckon you’ve absolutely got to listen to:
The podcast history of our world
Want a crash course in the entire history of the world? Look no further! From the Big Bang to the Modern Age in bite-sized 15 – 30 minute chunks, Rob Monaco will turn you into a knowledgeable history buff in no time!
WTF with Marc Maron
Listen to comedian Marc Maron interview other comedians and celebrities. With his witty mix of philosophical ‘meaning of life’ topics and humour, you’re bound to end up in stitches.
Stuff you should know
Want to know everything about every topic? Like LSD, satanism and vaping? Look no further. Hosts Josh and Chuck give you the lowdown on everything you should know, in a podcast full of humour.
TED talks daily
Everyone’s heard of TED Talks. Want to listen on the go? This podcast brings thought-provoking content on every. subject. imaginable. Artificial Intelligence? Tick. Zoology? Tick. There’s literally something for everyone.
Good life project
After some self improvement inspo? If you’re finding navigating life as a uni student perplexing, get a dose of motivation from this podcast. Super inspiring and a great way to start your day.
Do you have a podcast you love? Let us know in the comments!
Are you obsessed with reading? Like ‘Rory Gilmore ain’t got nothin’ on you’ obsessed? Well, you’re on the Library Blog right now so we’ll hazard a guess that the answer may be yes…
Reading can provide an escape from the world around you. But not everyone carries around a book in their backpack like good ol’ Rory Gilmore anymore. In fact, not everyone wants to read a printed book.
That doesn’t mean the content you’re reading has to be restricted to your Facey feed, though. Check out the below free apps for some ideas:
Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations! Find new and interesting books by browsing personalised recommendations based on books you’ve read and your favourite genres. See what your friends are reading, write book reviews and keep track of what you want to read.
Flipboard gathers together news, popular stories and conversations to give you the full perspective and lets you easily share the best ideas with others. Download the app, pick your passions and Flipboard creates a Smart Magazine for each topic. Automatically filled with articles, videos, podcasts and tweets, Smart Magazines blend expert voices, curated sources and recommended stories. Simply sit back and flip through the latest and greatest stories of our time.
A plethora of popular newspapers and magazines at your fingertips! Get your favourite publications and discover new titles that you’re sure to love. Choose from thousands of magazines and newspapers and read them in the image-rich original layout.
While we understand everyone goes through their own personal struggles, overall many of us are very lucky.
If you’ve got easy access to running water, a roof over your head, are attending an amazing university (that’s us, folks!), have food in your cupboard and money in your bank account (we know, you are students, this may be a stretch), you may want to take this opportunity to give back.
There are ample opportunities to volunteer. Though if you’re a commitment-phobe, and the idea of starting a new series on Netflix alone freaks you out, let alone committing to something more structured, it’s OK. Instead of opening up your Netflix, why not try another app?
The following three apps allow you to easily donate cash to a worthy cause. So if your pockets are feeling a bit heavy, and your hands are feeling a bit empty – grab your phone and get downloading!
GiveEasy – donate & give to your charity & cause
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GiveEasy changes the future of giving. The App allows you to donate funds to appeals and charities directly from your credit card, anytime, anywhere. Your friends and colleagues are notified of your donations through Facebook and Twitter.
By Good Thnx Pty Ltd
Available: Google Play
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way. Write a message and add an amount for a charity or cause. It can be as little as 10c, or as much as you like. The thnx notifies your friend and they choose where the money goes.
By Charity Miles
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Strapped for cash but still want to give back? How about we throw in getting fitter at the same time? Simply open Charity Miles, choose a charity, and go! The app works like a walking meter, cycling meter, or running stopwatch, measuring the distance of your route. You earn money for the distance you travel, which goes to your elected charity (up to Charity Miles’ corporate sponsorship pool limit).
In our popular science apps series, we are now focusing on a few apps suitable for our students studying biology. These are helpful tools that you can use for reference and to assist you in your lab work. Where possible we have selected free apps for iOS and Android devices. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.
iPhone, iPad and Android
iCell (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology). Price: Free
This handy little app is useful as a reference resource to view 3D models of organelles within cells. The top level has three main sections: animal, plant and bacteria. Clicking on one allows you to see the typical structure of an animal, plant or bacteria cell. A user can then rotate the 3D image by dragging the finger around on the screen. A user can zoom in and out by pinching and flaring the fingers. Each organelle can be zoomed in on to see the name and a basic description. In the iPad version, a user can also choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Tap again and the image zooms out.
The Visual Anatomy app is an interactive reference tool showing all human body anatomy systems in visual detail. Some images come directly from the premier reference book, Gray’s Anatomy. All images from Gray’s Anatomy are included in the paid version of the app.
The app has more than 500 feature points with labels, full descriptions and high-resolution images. Organs have rotational 3D images able to be viewed and muscles have a highlighting tool to view them in more detail. It has a search function to find the organ, system, bone or muscle a user is looking for. A user can pinch or tap zoom on each feature to look at it more closely. It also features a multiple-choice quiz to test yourself on your knowledge. It supports the following languages: English, French, Spanish and German.
Continuing with our series of popular science apps, we thought we would cover mathematics and statistics, which we know are used on a regular basis in analysis of data for most of the sciences. Again, where possible, we have selected free apps for iPad, iPhones and Android devices, however we’ve also included some that require payment, simply because they have been highly rated. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
RK-83: Scientific Graphing Calculator (Nic Westlake). Price: Free
This is a calculator that does graphs for you. The app covers algebra and trigonometry functions like the absolute value, floor, ceiling, nestable functions, sine, cosine and cotangent; statistic functions such as the maximum, mean, standard deviation and variance; calculus functions such as calculating the area under the curve and finding a point derivative; and linear algebra such as matrices and dimensions of a matrix. You are also able to email your calculation history to your email account, pan out and zoom in as well as create full colour graphs. If you are having trouble with the app, there is some online support from the provider http://www.rkalk.com.
Graphing Calculator (Mathlab). Price: Free
This is a similar app to the graphing calculator above but for Android OS. It also acts as a scientific calculator, fraction calculator, algebraic calculator and a matrix calculator. As a graphing calculator, the app can do multiple functions graphing, polar graphs, implicit functions, parametric functions, function roots, critical points and graph intersections. It can calculate trigonometry functions such as sin and cos, logarithms, inverse functions, hyperbolic functions, implicit functions, derivatives, simple and complex fractions, linear and quadratic equations, square and higher roots, polynomials, matrices and vectors. You can save the history of your calculations to use at a later date and switch between modes. You can save your tables as .csv files to manipulate in MS Excel or save your graphs as image files. Again this has online support available from the provider at http://help.mathlab.us.
If you want to learn how to create mobile apps, some useful information can be found from databases on the Multimedia library guide accessible from the Engineering and IT subject library guide from the library home page.