The 12 Apps of Christmas 2016 will start on Tuesday Dec 1st.
To register, please go to the 2016 website

This site is an archive of the 2014 project and is licensed under the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

DIT-url   Welcome to ‘The 12 Apps of Christmas’2014 !

iELA Mobile Learning Award image
On September 23rd 2015, The 12 Apps of Christmas won an International E-Learning Award (Mobile Learning Division). Details of this award can be seen here.

On October 30th, The 12 Apps of Christmas came joint 3rd at the eLearning Excellence Awards run as part of the 14th European Conference on eLearning in London.


The 12 Apps of Christmas at DIT is based on a similar programme, #RUL12AoC, devised by Chris Rowell (@Chri5rowell) of Regent’s University in London.

This programme is for anyone interested in experiencing, exploring and learning more about integrating mobile learning technologies into their teaching, learning and assessment practices. It will also give you an opportunity to expand your personal learning networks and connect with others online via twitter at #12appsDIT who are also interested in this emerging field.

This initiative will run for only 12 consecutive weekdays starting Dec 1st so it’s taking a slightly different approach to continuous professional development (CPD) than you might have been involved in before. And the best bit is…it’s free and open so anyone can join in.

For further information on how the 12 days will be run watch the short video above. If you have any queries or questions please contact Frances Boylan (frances.boylan@dit.ie).

We look forward to working with you in December!

All materials provided on The 12 Apps of Christmas at DIT blog are licensed under a Creative Commons Licence
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

14 Responses to Home

  1. Carol O'Connor says:

    What a great way to learn.
    It took a lot more than 10 mins to explore all the content but it was very informative and clear. I used my I phone to access information but I had to re suit the password each time after following the explanatory links. I was able to access a basic version of the app free on my I pad as I watched the instructions on the I phone. I was able to start and stop the demo at my own pace so I found this experience very informative and to the point.

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  2. fboylan says:

    Thanks Carol. When the 12 days are over I’ll remove the password and leave the pages open for all to use and share.


  3. Sean Carey says:

    Any reason in particular the Australians are left out? 00.22 of video 🙂 Signed up, great idea.


  4. Max says:

    I can see the value of this app for presentations incorporating links etc. In comparison i like the way the one on http://www.thebrain.com can quickly refocus peripheral branches as the central point – as their video says, conducive to fresh creative ways of coming at something.

    I don’t know if it still exists (i can’t seem to find it), but i remember around 10 years ago a website that had a 3-dimensional thesaurus with words floating in space in an animated fashion, all linked like a mind/brain vocabulary. You’d click on a peripheral term to be presented with a whole new world of associated words branched off from it.

    In teaching, mind maps are great tools for getting students to work together to explore a topic/subject area/concept and together present to the class their thought processes.

    Perhaps this app could be used during student home study to explore and present in class/online, but i can’t help feeling from what i see here i would prefer great questions, creative conversations, and if in class, big sheets of paper, markers – get them moving around (always good).

    At the risk of getting overly critical (perhaps?!) That info video uses speed-up-the-speech software you hear alot on radio ads etc now, i find it quite jarring and distracting from the content in this creative context. I remember it appearing when i first worked in recording studios 15 years ago. Anyone else feel the same ?! 🙂

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  5. fboylan says:

    “That info video uses speed-up-the-speech software you hear alot on radio ads etc now…” – are you talking about the info video about app #1 or the info video on this homepage? Just curious.


  6. Carol O'Connor says:

    Amazing. This would have endless uses in class. The clip of the children was very revealing because it is almost impossible to impress children with technology these days.

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  7. Thomas Rogers says:

    I was really interested in Office Lens … decided that I would download it … until the Google store advised me it would basically have access to all my information … all my contacts and all my phonecalls:

    This app has access to:
    Uses one or more of: accounts on the device, profile data
    Uses contact information
    Uses one or more of: SMS, MMS. Charges may apply.
    Photos / Media / Files
    Uses one or more of: files on the device such as images, videos or audio, the device’s external storage
    Uses the device’s camera(s)
    Device ID & call information
    Allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active and the remote number connected by a call
    download files without notification

    My response: CANCEL INSTALL

    How much have you considered the privacy anf ethical issues of encouraging people to use theses apps!?


    • fboylan says:

      Hi Thomas,

      The 12 Apps of Christmas project (2015) did review Office Lens, outlining the potential benefit that app has for student use. The final decision around installing and using the app can only ever lie with the user only, and there was no requirement for any registered participant on the project to install and use any of the 12 apps reviewed in order to follow the project. If, however, a lecturer decided to use a particular app with their students, then they should, indeed, consider the types of issues that you raise and discuss those with their students.


  8. Great apps for Christmas fun. I would love to use them for fun. Thank you for great tools.


  9. Great simple idea – Is there any way to sign up on an institutional basis or to embed the Course Content on an institutional VLE ? I am interested in promoting 12 Apps in my role as a Learning Technologist working in the Further Education and Training sector.

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    • fboylan says:

      Hi Brendan,

      This site is the site that was used in 2014. This year’s 12 apps event will be running from https://the12appsofchristmas2016.wordpress.com/ and there’s a link there to register. No, there’s no way to sign up on an institutional basis – just individuals. All of the three 12 apps sites from 2014, 2015 and 2016 are licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows you to use the material but I’d prefer if you linked out to the pages on the sites.



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