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Grammar Apps

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Grammar Apps

Grammar Apps

This is for all my Grammar Nazi friends out there, from now on instead of cringing every time you hear a mistake being made with the English language offer up an app (just kidding). Most of these apps have a small fee attached to the download. These apps cover everything from the Grammar Girl to the Grammar Police. Although I have not tried all of these apps, they come highly recommended.  🙂

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Level It Books

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Level It Books

Level It Books

Level It Books is an app that will give you the reading level of a book. You can simply scan in the books ISBN number and the app will search its database of over 190,000 books. The app also allows you to create and maintain libraries of your books and keeps track of them with a cool Check Out feature.

Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/level-it-books/id584413429?mt=8.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

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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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