Category Archives: Digital tools

Working with Sway

Microsoft has released Sway which can be used to easily create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Through Sway one can create interactive content by including videos or charts. Sway is available on the Web, Windows 10, iPhone and iPad. It can be used individually and collaboratively with friends, family and colleagues. When a sway is created a link is generated which you can share with others and also one can embed his own Sway on a website as well. Below you can see an example of a Sway that I created (scroll down in the image below to see more).

Basecamp: A project management tool

I would like to share with you another project management tool that I have come across and which students in health informatics used for their projects. This tool is called Basecamp.

Basecamp is a web based tool that runs in the cloud. It can be used for free for 2 months but you can also get a free account if you use it at your own universities. Here are some possibilities that Basecamp offers:

  • Invite partners of the project to collaborate on the same tool
  • Upload documents and share with the rest of the team
  • Create forum like discussions
  • Create to do check lists
  • Add and edit texts online
  • Assign tasks to other members
  • There is a calendar function to have an overview of the project
  • Keep track of what changes and updates have happened in the project

So, if you want to give it a try you can find it in the following link: 

Here are a few examples to check about basecamp:

Living in a digital era

Technology today has a great impact on our life making it either easy and simple or complex and troublesome. This impact is in every aspect of our everyday activities, where technology helps us in simple ways, such as set up a digital alarm to wake up, find a recipe to cook something new or in more complex ways such as helping us schedule activities or plan for the future.

This impact  is clearly seen in education too where students are expected to know how to use it in order to do their exercises or homework. Advanced digital tools today provide the opportunity to present, write, share and visualise ideas and solutions in a more innovative way. Collaboration and cooperation with others demand a more “digital” way. Meeting and talking in person is not enough. Being “digital” is a must.

The students of today are born within technology. Using social media and digital means is more common to them than the students of the past. The following social networks are an inseparable part of their life. Do you know all of them? If the students use them for their everyday interactions with others why not use them as part of their studies too if they enable a better interaction, collaboration, information communication?

Is there any other social network you would like to share? Please comment it over here. Another post with free and easy to use collaborative project management tools will follow up.

Facebook is a social utility That connects people with friends and others who work , study and live around them.

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short messages called “tweets”.

YouTube: Share your videos with friends, family, and the world.

Google+ is a social network and social layer for google services that is owned and operated by Google Inc.

Capture and Share the World’s Moments. Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family.

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website. The service allows users to record multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

Reddit, is an entertainment, social networking and news website where the registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links

Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.