This is the second instalment in the award winning series The 12 Apps of Christmas  from the Dublin Institute of Technology. This 12 day free online project is aimed at students of all ages undertaking further education, third level education, and/or post-graduate study, and also at their tutors and lecturers. Each morning over 12 weekdays, starting Dec 1st 2015, a page will be released that reviews a particular mobile app and explores it in terms of how it could help students personalise their learning.  More information on what personalisation means, and how it can benefit student learning, can be found on the student information page. An information page for educators has also been included and there it is explained what tutors and lecturers can do to create the type of environment that provides students with unique opportunities to personalise their learning.


Please take a few moments to watch the introductory video before registering for The 12 Apps of Christmas initiative, and installing the accompanying app. If you have any questions please contact either Frances Boylan or Trevor Boland of the apps 12 team. There will be a number of competitions run over the days too and there are some great prizes to be won so keep an eye out! Comments on the daily apps, observations, tips and hints, and resources can all be tweeted to #12appsDIT. We look forward to working with you online in December!

All materials provided here are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.



Prof John Traxler's Webinar

This is a recording of a webinar with Prof. John Traxler that ran as part of The 12 Apps of Christmas 2015.The webinar entitled 'Spoilt for Choice', was facilitated by Frances Boylan on the 3rd of December.

Traxler shares his insights in Mobile technology and it's possibilities for education. If you didn't get the opportunity to attend this hour long webinar, just watch it here at your own leisure.

Click here if you would prefer to watch the recording from within Blackboard Collaborate itself to see the video and read the chat messages posted during the session. 



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 Frances graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (NUI) with a BEd (Hons) and taught for a number of years at primary level before attending Trinity College Dublin to undertake a MEd, specialising in Educational Management, followed by an MSc in IT in Education. She subsequently pursued her Doctorate with the University of Sheffield UK. Frances works currently in the area of eLearning Development within the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC) at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she supports lecturers as they engage with technology enhanced learning practices. She supervises PhD students as well as masters students undertaking the MSc in Applied eLearning, and co-ordinates and lectures on other accredited Continuing Professional Development courses offered by the LTTC. She is a member of DIT’s Research Ethics Committee, and she reviews articles for a number of international journals. Frances is also a member of the National Panel of Teaching Practice Tutors with Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Trevor graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design with a BDEs (Hons). He worked for a number of years in Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Youth Work settings. He then progressed into Lecturing in the Dublin Institute of Technology and in that time he completed a MSc in Creative Digital Media in DIT. He later moved into the role of Assistive Technology Officer in the DIT Disability Support Service which brought together two passions, technology and education. In this role he supports students with a broad spectrum of disabilities and facilitate Assistive Technology training and awareness sessions. Trevor has presented at events such as the Universal Design, EdTech and AHEAD to advocate bespoke technology tools that are intrinsic to the student experience in college. Other projects involve the creation of apps to support the induction into other DIT Schools such an app called PREP4DIT and GETSMART. He has begun his second masters in Applied E Learning in the LTTC in DIT.

'The 12 Apps of Christmas' is proudly sponsored by the following DIT Services and Departments:

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