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Friday, 19th January 2018


It’s that time of the year again. Everybody is sniffling. You’re not sure if you have a cold or perhaps the flu? Going to your own GP might just help spread the bug. VideoDoc is an app which is run by qualified medical doctors. Help is available from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day. A consultation is €20, which includes prescriptions, sick notes and referral letters. They also offer annual subscriptions, which might be of interest to families.

You need to sign up and provide some information on the reason why you visit, current medication and any other health issues you might have. Payment is by credit card. Some of the health insurers have signed up to this service, so you might be able to get free access if you have private insurance.

Could be used for: minor complaints by people aged 2 years and older, which don’t need a physical examination. The video link allows the doctor to see you, though.

Liked about it: Online face-to-face consultation can work for minor mishaps, such as allergies. You can access this service from your mobile or computer at a time when it suits  you, including while travelling abroad. So no more queuing in a stuffy waiting room as they aim to “see” you within a few minutes.

Watch out for: as they say themselves, they are not a substitute for the real thing. If you have any serious symptoms (e.g. difficulty breathing, severe chest pain), you still need to see your own GP and/or visit a hospital.


Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

More info here: https://videodoc.ie/



Friday, 12th January 2018

Plickers – engage your students in formative assessment

Plickers is an easy-to-use app which enables you to gauge quickly and in real time whether or not your students have understood a concept. It replaces the old “hands up who is for answer A” in a fun, non-obtrusive way. Students hold up a card, which displays their answer (A, B, C or D) depending on which side they have chosen.  You “collect” their answers simply by scanning the room with your device.

You need to sign up, which is easy to do. This will lead you to a demo class, where you can create new questions (which can include photos) and up to 4 multiple choice answers. I took a picture of a site on the Internet and incorporated it into the question. The cards can simply be downloaded for free from the company’s website. You can laminate them, but they even work on ordinary paper. Larger font cards are also available. Cards can be re-used.

Could be used for: immediate feedback on a question. You can examine answers for individual students.

Liked about it: No need for students to have smart phones or tablets. This could be used in classrooms with “no smart phone” policies. Students don’t see how other students answer as each card has an individual shape. Plickers has many more resources (including short films explaining the different steps involved) on their website. Some of these freebies have been added by teachers.

Watch out for: the app itself has limited instructions, so you are being directed to their website.


Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

More info here: https://www.plickers.com/ and https://plickers.zendesk.com/hc/en-us



Friday, 5th January 2018


Vocal Recall 

The Vocal Recall app allows you to create short audio records (up to 5 minutes). You can pause at any stage. When you’re ready to go, submit it and the record will be linked to a pre-made QR code. The company will send you these (up to 280 for each session, but you can order more) and you can print them onto labels yourself. They also offer a link to Amazon where you can purchase labels. Labels can be stuck inside a student’s portfolio, for example. Each student can then read their own individual QR code with the reader on their mobile phone or tablet. You can check if the QR code (and the recording) has been accessed through the “history” tab. It doesn’t show who did so, unfortunately, nor when they watched it.

I printed the codes on paper and it worked just as well. You’d have to cut them out, so there is a bit more work involved.

Could be used for: feedback on assessments. Students can get a personalised response from their teacher, which they can access wherever they are, at any time and as often as they want. Distance learners and young adults will probably enjoy this.

Liked about it: Recordings will be encrypted and stored on the company’s servers, but you can delete them quickly by going through the history list. This app is really easy to use.

Watch out for: recordings can be accessed by anyone who has the QR code. And anything that is being recorded needs to comply with copyright law.


Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

More info here: https://vocalrecall.co.uk/

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