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There's An App For That! Hocking College Faculty Share Helpful Apps For Students

by Tim Brunicardi on August 21, 2018

Facebook. Snapchat. My Fitness Pal. Bitmoji. PayPal. Netflix.

These are just a few of the millions of apps available to mobile, tablet, and desktop users. According to Statista, statistics show that in 2018 Android users were able to choose between 3.8 million apps, while Apple users had a choice between 2 million available apps. So, what exactly is an app, how do you find the best ones, and which apps are best for Hocking College students? Continue reading to find out.

What is an App?

An app, or application, is software designed to perform specific tasks on a desktop computer, tablet, or mobile device. They can be downloaded either for free or for a small fee.

How Many Different Types of Apps Are There?

There are three kinds of building apps, which are:

  • Native: Apps made to be used on
    mobile devices.
  • Hybrid: Apps made for website applications.
  • Web: Apps used in software application.

In regards to the different types of apps, there are six main categories which cover the following:

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  • Lifestyle
  • Social Media
  • Utility
  • Games / Entertainment
  • Productivity
  • News / Information

What Are the Advantages of Having Apps?

Apps can be beneficial for the following reasons:

  • They're easy to use.
  • They offer both instant online and offline access.
  • They operate much quicker than the internet.
  • They're great for storing large amounts of information.
  • They help students receive quicker updates.
  • They can enhance students' study habits.

How Do You Search For Apps?

According to Popular Science Magazine's article, How to Find the Best Apps And Avoid the Duds, author David Nield makes the following suggestions when looking for apps:

Finding the good apps:

  • Follow the latest tech news.
  • Follow app developers on social media.
  • Follow tech columnists.
  • Take recommendations from family, friends, and instructors.

Avoiding the bad apps:

  • Seek out and read app reviews.
  • Read customer responses on the software company's website.
  • Read the instructions carefully before installing an app.
  • Don’t grant permission for anything you’re not comfortable with.

Which Apps Could Benefit Hocking College Students?

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We went around to each department and asked the faculty to share their suggestions for apps students may find useful within their field. Here's what they suggested.

Allied Health & Nursing

Nursing  Charlotte Groves (Program Manager)

  • NCLEX RN Mastery  Master the most important test of your career, the NCLEX. This app includes over 2,000 practice questions, quizzes, mnemonics, and strategies.

Health Information Management  Jade Covert (Program Manager)

  • ICD10data.com  A free reference website designed for the fast lookup of all current American ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) & ICD-10-PCS (procedure) medical billing codes.
  • Quick ICD 10  A simple and quick way to search and convert ICD 9 codes to ICD 10 codes and back.
Physical Therapy Assistant • Mary Simon (Program Manager) 
  • Essential Anatomy  An app with over 4,100 highly detailed anatomical structures along with a detailed description.
  • NPTE  Create customized practice tests, view detailed answer rationales, and review results with just a few taps.
  • Scorebuilders  Comprehensive study resources to prepare you for the national physical therapy licensing exams.
  • Notability  Combine handwriting, photos, and typing in a single note to bring your projects to life. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail.
  • Quizlet  Search millions of study sets or create your own. Improve your grades by studying with flashcards, games, and more.

Medical Lab Technologies & Medical Assistant • Kimberly Ephlin (Program Manager)

  • CellAtlas — Includes a series of mini lectures with an extensive cell image library, giving students and laboratory professionals a top-line introduction to cell morphology.

Arts, Business, and Science

Art, Design & Marketing • Whitney Goller (Program Manager)

  • Canva — Create beautiful designs and layouts, share and print business cards, logos, presentations, and more.
  • Aviary — Bring creativity to your fingertips with powerful tools and creative supplies that give you everything you need to make beautiful photos in seconds.

Business & Entrepreneurship • Micah Covert (Program Manager)

  • Clarity Money — Improve your own financial well-being with their data science and machine learning to analyze your personal finances, as well as help make smarter decisions with your money.
Computer Science • Tasha Penwell (Program Manager)
  • Khan Academy — Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.
  • edX — The best online courses from the world’s top universities and institutions to your mobile device, so you can learn new skills anytime, anywhere.
  • Udemy  Take courses on any of your devices and go at your own pace with lifetime access.
  • SoloLearn — Free content from thousands of programming topics, including coding concepts, programming knowledge, or staying aligned with the latest coding trends.

Network Engineering & Information Tech • Jacob Bookman (Faculty)

  • Cybrary — Build a more successful Information Technology and Cyber Security career.

Natural Resources

Natural Resources • David Sagan (Instructor)

  • SkyView This app brings stargazing to everyone! Simply point your device at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more.

Ecotourism • Scott Kreps (Ecotourism Instructor)

  • Green Travel Choice — Provides you with transparency to make an informed travel choice while on the road taking CO2 emissions into consideration.
  •  buycott — Support causes by joining campaigns created by some of the world's best non-profit organizations.

Wildlife Management • Lynn Holtzman (Program Manager)

Hospitality

Culinary Arts • Susanna Krutsch (Program Manager)

  • Kitchen DialA free app that allows you to make measurement conversions easily with a neat dial.

Public Safety

EMS • Robert Cornwell (Program Manager)

  • Limmer Creative — The leader in EMS and Allied Health study and test prep apps. 

Criminal Justice • Andrew McFarlane (Program Manager)

  • SCUG - U.S. Constitution — A fully voiced, interactive talking program that is designed to tell you the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendments, and Declaration of Independence.

Workforce Development

Welding • John McClung (Program Manager)

  • Miller Welding — Get your weld parameter settings right from your device with the Miller weld setting calculator app. The calculator will help you tune your machine for optimal results based on a few simple questions.
  • Lincoln Welding — Find the welding information you need; anywhere, anytime.

If learning more about the latest apps or the development of apps interest you, perhaps you should consider looking into a career in Computer Science. Hocking College’s Computer Science Program includes the areas of Cyber Security & Network Systems, as well as Website & Applications Development.

For more information on either of these programs, contact the Computer Science Program Manager, Tasha Penwell, by email at penwellt31810@hocking.edu or by phone at (740) 753-7181.

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