Here is a collection of mobile applications and methods to help Extension professionals (originally posted on eXtension website.)


Helpful Applications for Extension Professionals – (no official extension endorsement of these apps by this posting.)


  • Adobe– download as PDF’s to read later
  • Skype, Facetime, GoogleHangout – video access via phone or tablet
  • QR Code – QR Reader, Scan,  link to video and websites
  • Mobile books – Kindle, Nook, iBooks
  • ClickerSchool – poll audiences using App and internet connection… no need for clickers, only uses texts from the audience
  • SOS – first aid
  • Word/office tool: Google Docs/Drive , Documents to go, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers
  • Mobile printing from phone / tablet – HP’s e-print, Google cloud printing
  • Cloud Documents – Google Docs / Drive, Dropbox, iCloud
  • E-mail – K-9 Mail, Yahoo
  • Page scanner – Image to Text
  • Evernote – Capture products (notes, documents, voice)
  • Square  – Payment gateway
  • Package tracker – UPS / Fed ex
  • Meeting scheduler – Doodle
  • Social media – Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pintrest, Linked in
  • Social Media Posting – Hootsuite, Facebook Pages
  • News – CNN, Fox, Smart Briefs, Flipboard, Pocket
  • Weather – Weather Bug, Weather Channel
  • Maps – Google Maps (navigate feature), Apple Maps
  • Flashlight – Flashlight (using camera flash)
  • Kids Nutrition Games – Eat this not that,
  • Allowance – iAllowance app keeps track of chores that kids are assigned
  • Extension Apps – myUNLextension, Nebraska Extension 4-H at the Fair, Feed Cost Calculator (SDSU), Backyard Farmer
  • Web Conferencing – Adobe Connect, Web Ex, Go to Meeting
  • Camping – Geocaching, Camp Ohio (4-H camp), Camp Songs)
  • Cell phone provider – check minutes, texting, data plan, so you don’t go over the limit.

For those who missed it, here is the November 2012 EMDUG online meeting recording. In this latest recording we talk about: how to research, evaluate and purchase apps; Denise Ruttan from Oregon State University Extension and Experiment Station Communications shares her Android experiences; Jeff Hino discusses his new Apple iPad Mini; and we review some apps (see list below).

This latest meeting was also an interesting experiment in mobile technology use. We used an app called Reflector (previously Reflection) which works with Apple’s Airplay technology to mirror an iPhone screen (including the video feed from the onboard iPhone camera) to a Macbook laptop’s screen, which in turn shared it’s screen through Adobe Connect. If you watch the recording you can see what we’re talking about. The frame rate is kind of slow and choppy because of the technological hoops we were jumping through, but you can still see what we were doing.

Planet of the Apps

Here are the apps we reviewed: