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This Link Will Self-Destruct

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This Link Will Self-Destruct

This Link Will Self-Destruct

Here is a cool little webpage, it allows you to create a temporary link that will self-destruct. The site This Link Will Self Destruct (TLWSD) is a free public temporary URL service. You can set the link to expire after a number of uses and number of days. The site also has a password protected feature, but it didn’t work well for me.  It consistently allowed the first user to access the site, but prevented all other users’ access. The site did work well using only the Uses and time limit options.

As the creator you will need to provide a URL. It can be anything from a website you designed to a site you want your students to visit. Once the link is created, you can copy and paste it into an email to your students. When the student clicks on the email link it will bring them back to the TLWSD website and give them a link to the site you want them to visit. After the allotted days and uses, the TLWSD link will self-destruct. If the student or person with the email tries to access after that period the link will no longer be displayed for them to use.

This site could be used to help students stay focused and check their email on a regular basis. It could also be used to inspire students engagement by offering time limited extra credit activities or exam review notes. Check it out at https://tlwsd.in/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Puffin Web Browser for MathXL

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Puffin Web Browser

Puffin Web Browser

A couple of weeks ago I posted a list of 5 flash based browsers available for the iPad. During our regular iPad Users Group meeting, we test a couple of those browsers with MathXL, a third party online math course management system.

Students have been having issues viewing homework problems in MathXL, because of Apples no-use ban on flash based content. During our meeting one of our Math instructors, Leanna, discovered that the Puffin Free Browser allows students to access the MathXL flash-based content.

We also tried to use Photon Flash Browser for MathXL, but it did not work. Sometimes one must try various solutions to find the one that works. It is a good lesson to keep in mind as you search for your own solutions to various problems, but for MathXL users you may want to take a look at Puffin. Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puffin-web-browser-free/id472937654?mt=8.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

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AutoRap by Smule

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AutoRap by Smule

AutoRap by Smule

Today I have a little app that some may find silly, but for the young of heart it may be fun. This app is called AutoRap and it does just what the name implies, it converts your words into a rap song.

For those who know me I cannot tune a radio much less create a song, but this app does the work for me. I open the app, choose the beat, and speak into the device microphone and I have an announcement I can email to my best friend or the entire class.

This app is not for everyone, but it is fun to play if you have a sense of humor. It is free, but there is a limited number of records on the free version. If this is your thing you can always upgrade to the full package. Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autorap/id524299475?mt=8 .

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

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TigerText Secure Messenger App

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TigerText

TigerText

TigerText lets you send secure, encrypted text messages. You are in control and know exactly when your message has been read. You can also recall a message at any time. The person you are texting does not need to have TigerText for this to work. Other key features include Message Lifespan, Group Messaging, Message Forwarding, and Do Not Disturb.

Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tigertext-secure-messenger/id355832697?mt=8.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

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How to Play Flash on the iPad

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Flash Enabled iPad Browsers

Flash Enabled iPad Browsers

 

One of the biggest disadvantages to an iPad is its inability to play flash. Although I have not tested all these browser, these may help it the fight for flash. Some of the top rated browsers are Photon, Skyfire, iSwifter, Cloud Browse, and Puffin. For a complete list of browser check out the AppCrawlr at http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-flash-browser.

  1. Photon Flash Player for iPad - Flash Video & Games plus Private Web Browser – $4.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photon-flash-player-for-ipad/id430200224?mt=8

  2. Skyfire Web Browser for iPad - The Flash Video Browser - $4.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skyfire-web-browser-for-ipad/id409153623?mt=8

  3. iSwifter Games Browser – play all the hottest flash MMOs & social web games on the iPad, instantly – Free  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iswifter-games-browser-play/id388857173?mt=8

  4. Cloud Browse – Web Browser for Flash & Java – $2.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cloud-browse-web-browser-for/id394418635?mt=8
  5. Puffin Web Browser – Adobe Flash support over cloud – $3.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puffin-web-browser/id406239138?mt=8

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Highlight by Cohdoo

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Highlight by Cohdoo

Highlight by Cohdoo

 

Thank you Jeff for this cool find. Highlight is an audio recording tool for your ipad or iphone. It is easy to use, simply open the app and click new recording.

What separates it from other audio recording apps is its ability to mark or highlight points in a presentation. Once you begin a recording, a large green bar appears at the bottom of the screen, a simple touch will mark the spot, making it easy to find the stuff you need later. After the audio is complete, the edit mode will allow you to change titles to both the presentation and the highlights. This makes searching and replaying the highlight reels straightforward.

The app also provides time and date stamps of the event, as well as mapping. The added feature to share via email or save to Dropbox, completes the package. Not bad for a free product. Check it out at the app store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/highlight-by-cohdoo/id422247746?mt=8

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Sensordrone

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Sensordrone

Sensordrone

We live in an age of double talk, therefore it is hard to believe anything you hear.  After 9/11 first responders rushed in to save the victims despite the smoke and dust that hovered over the site. Concerns were raised over the quality of the air, but officials reassured everyone it was safe. Now well over 10 years later, those responders are suffering and dying from all types of respiratory issues.

Recently in WV, over 300,000 residents received toxic water in their home water taps and were put under a state of emergency. Over 30 days later, still in a state of emergency, water quality is still a major concern. Officials tell everyone the water is adequate for drinking, but are careful to not say the word “safe.”

Today’s post may seem a bit off topic, but it hits a very real need. Sensordrone is a piece of hardware that turns a Smartphone into a Carbon Monoxide Detector, Non-Contact Thermometer, Gas Leak Detector, Lux Meter, Weather Station, Diagnostic Tool, Breath Analyzer, and more. In addition, they are adding new features and new detectors all the time.

In all honesty, I have not had an opportunity to play with the Sensordrone or test its accuracy. This may not be the end all solution to keep us informed of our immediate environment, but it is a start. Being aware that produces like this exist and can one day help us stay informed is a step in the right direction. Check it out at http://sensorcon.com/sensordrone/.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

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BaiBoard – Collaborative Whiteboard

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BaiBoard

BaiBoard

BaiBoard is a collaborative whiteboard, collaborative being the magical word. Using BaiBoard, an instructor can write a problem on the board and follow the student as they response to the challenge. The magical part of the equation is that the student does not need to be in the same room or even same hemisphere as the instructor. This is real time collaboration.

This apps is pretty powerful, but it does have its limitations. The Chat function works, but I had issues with the Push to talk feature. Push to talk works but it records on one end and the viewer must download to hear the message.

BaiBoard allows you to upload images and pdf documents and to write on them. It allows you to use your natural handwriting or a text feature. It has a limited amount of clipart and a few functions such multiple pages and zooming. It is easy to share or invite attendees through email.

The session creator can work in collaboration or presentation mode. In collaboration mode other attendees can work interactively on the board. In Presenter mode attendees are limited to view only. Attendees may also enter a presentation mode, but the creator can turn it off whenever they want.

Overall it can be a useful product and the price is right. You can pick it up at the app store for free. Check it out at, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baiboard-collaborative-whiteboard/id490534358?mt=8

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

Blackboard 9: Item Analysis

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Blackboard has an often under-utilized feature to help faculty better understand exams at a much deeper level than simple grades. This feature is called Item Analysis. An Item Analysis performs a detailed analysis of quizzes and exams to help you determine if the questions are reliable.

An Item Analysis can be run from the grade center, the instructor tools area, or the from the content deployment site.

Once you are at the place where you see the exam name, right click on the action link and choose Item Analysis from the menu. In the Item Analysis window make sure the selected test appears in the selection box and click run.

The first thing the Item analysis gives you is the test summary, number of questions, average score, average time, discrimination and difficulty level of the question.

The discrimation factor is determined by comparing the the question answer to overall test score. A question is a good discriminator if students who answered the question correctly also scored well on the test.

A question’s difficulty level is determined by the percentage of students that answered the question correctly.

Item Analysis Summary

Item Analysis Summary

In the second section of the results the exam is analyzed by question. The question type, decimation, difficulty level, graded attempts, average score, std dev, and std error results are displayed.

Item Analysis Question Summary

Item Analysis Question Summary

Clicking on the question hyperlink will give a detailed review of that question.

Item Analysis Detailed Question

Item Analysis Detailed Question

Using the Item Analysis tool will help assess your students overall learning experience.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

ThingLink

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ThingLink

ThingLink

ThingLink is an iPhone and iPad app to create interactive images. You can upload images from your harddrive, iphone, ipad, facebooks, or web address. With the click of a button you can add video, music, photos or webpages to your images to make them interactive. The image appears pristine until you move your mouse over it and then markers will appear. When you mouse over the marker the additional information will appear. The apps and website allows you to track your stats, follow various users, and share your images.

This app could easily be used in the classroom to help students understand various concepts. This image of heart disease in the human body would be a perfect example http://www.thinglink.com/scene/448887981541949442 of classroom use.

This app has a companion website located at http://www.thinglink.com/. You can download the app from the App Store for free at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thinglink/id647304300.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

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