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Educational Games

With the startup of the new semester things are a bit hectic, so today I am providing you with some links to educational games.

  • Nobelprizehttp://www.nobelprize.org/educational/Nobelprize is the Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize. There are several games available for free at the site. Games include: Blood Typing Game, The DNA – the Double Helix Game, Immune System Game, Pavlov’s Dog Game and many more.

Other site with cool online games for college students include:

  • Active Worldshttps://www.activeworlds.com/web/index.php : You can participate or build a virtual world, custom brand that world and more with this game that businesses and educational institutes use for problem solving, strategics and communication.
  • CyberCiegehttp://cisr.nps.edu/cyberciege/ : Sponsored by the U.S. Navy, this game was designed to teach network security concepts and it is used as a training tool by agencies of the U.S. government, universities and community colleges. The game is freely available to the U.S. Government and a no-cost license is available for educational institutions. If you have other reasons to use this game, you can learn more about how to obtain it under “Downloads” tab in the site’s menu.
  • Entropia Universehttp://www.entropiauniverse.com/ : This site is billed as the first virtual universe with a real cash economy. Join six currently active planets to have fun and to learn skill levels.
  • Second Lifehttp://secondlife.com/ : If you haven’t yet heard about Second Life — even if you do not participate — then you’ve been computer-deprived. This is the largest user-created 3D virtual world community, used by individuals, businesses and educational institutions for socializing, problem-solving, brain-storming and more.
  • Games for the Brainhttp://www.gamesforthebrain.com/ : Don’t let the simplicity of this site fool you — the games are fun and the skills learned are priceless.

The following games are for live classroom use:

 

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Learning How to Take VHS Tapes and Archive Their Content

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Video Transfer

Video Transfer

Many instructors have old video tapes that they use to demonstrate various concepts to their students in traditional classrooms. Now that everything is digital they want to transfer that obsolete technology to a usable format. Over the years I have been ask many times about transferring that data into digital format. Yes it is possible, but often I will use it as an opportunity for the instructor to modernize their resources and find up to date material. In some cases that is just not possible. In addition, there is always those old home movies out there that we as parents use to blackmail our kids when they start dating.

At any rate there are several options available to transfer the data. One new option is the Elgato Video Capture System (https://www.elgato.com/en/video/video-capture). This system is a simple Adapter and cable with the necessary software to connect to your VCR and computer to make the transfer. The system works with both Mac and PC and at less than $100, is affordable.

You may also want to check out the c\net tutorial, Learning How to Take VHS Tapes and Archive Their Content (http://vhs-tapes.worthytales.tv/learning-take-vhs-tapes-archive-content/#).

As a quick reminder, please follow all copyright laws when transferring video.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

Normal: Battery Analytics

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The web is full of articles on how to increase your mobile battery life such as ZDNet’s 26 ways to improve your iPhone’s battery life. All of these are good resources to help, but who wants to do a web search each time you are looking for the precise steps to disable your phones background refresh option.

 

Normal: Battery Analytics

Normal: Battery Analytics

This week I have a new app for you, although it is not necessarily educational it is very useful. The app is called Normal. It is useful to discover the battery sucking apps on your mobile device and how to fix the problems. Check it out at the App Store Normal: Battery Analytics.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

14 Google Search Tricks That Make Life a Whole Lot Easier

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Google

Google

I know I have touched on this before, but this is good stuff. Huffington Post has created a list of 14 ways to make google more productive. In this article 14 Google Search Tricks That Make Life a Whole Lot Easier author Carina Kolodny covers a variety of tips for google. For instance, do you know how to do a search for fill in the blanks? Do Math? Convert Currency? Make Google Flip Out? Check out the answers at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/30/google-search-tricks_n_5338470.html.

Additional search tips for Google

Time zones – Search for ‘time in <place>’ and you will get the local time for that place, as well as the time zone it is in.

Translations – A quick way to translate foreign words is to type ‘translate <word> to <language>’.

Conversions – Currency conversions and unit conversions. For example, you could type “convert 12 inches to millimeters’ and get an instant answer.

Check flight status – If you type in a flight number, the top result is the details of the flight and its status. for example, typing in AA 1067 reveals that American Airlines flight 1067 departs Los Angeles at 7:30 AM today and arrives at Chicago terminal 3 at 1.30 PM.

Weather forecasts – Type the name of a city followed by ‘forecast’.

Public data – To see trends for population and unemployment rates of different cities and counties, type ‘population’ or ‘unemployment rate’ followed by the location. So for example, typing ‘unemployment rate’ Charleston, WV returns the answer 5.4 percent, and shows a graph of unemployment rates over the last 10 years.

 

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

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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SPARKvue

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Sparkvue

Sparkvue

SPARKvue was designed for science students of all levels with features to suit the needs of the beginners or advanced physics, chemistry, biology or environmental science students. The Sparkvue give the user the ability to gather accurate data and graph results in real time. The App interacts with a variety of wireless sensors and probes to allow you to accurately collect information on everything from acceleration to weather. This App works with over 70 different sensors to include:

  • 3-Axis Accelerometer/Altimeter
  • Advanced Chemistry Sensor
  • Voltage-Current Sensor
  • General Science Sensor
  • General Flow Sensor
  • Flow Rate/Temperature Sensor
  • Force Sensor
  • Carbon Dioxide Gas Sensor
  • Oxygen Gas Sensor
  • Breath Rate Sensor
  • Blood Pressure Sensor
  • Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor
  • Motion Sensor
  • Blood Pressure Sensor
  • Alpha Beta Gamma Radiation Sensor
  • Soil Moisture Sensor
  • Flat pH Electrode
  • Sound Level Sensor
  • Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor  MM
  • Colorimeter Sensor
  • Water Quality Colorimeter
  • Temperature Sensor
  • Barometer/Low Pressure Sensor
  • Humidity/Temp/Dew Point Sensor
  • Weather/Anemometer Sensor

Check it out at http://www.pasco.com/sparkvue/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren’t Wordle

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Word Cloud

Word Cloud

Edudemic has develop a list of 9 generators to develop your own word clouds. Word clouds are artistic displays of words for visual learners. The most popular generator is Wordle, but there are often problems using it because of the Java requirement. This list of generators may help the Wordle restricted users.

There are 9 generators reviewed and many allow additional features not available in Wordle. One such case includes Tagul, which permits personalized shapes and multiple fonts. Check it out at http://www.edudemic.com/2013/08/9-word-cloud-generators-that-arent-wordle/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

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14 Best Free Audio Editor

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Audio Editors

Audio Editors

Reaper is a compact, downloadable digital audio workstation. It is one of 14 audio recording and editing program featured on this website. Some are free and some have only a free trial period. Some of the featured editors are Audacity, Tunekitten, and Twisted Wave. Many of these tools will allow you to record, arrange, edit, mix, layer and render audio. Check it out at http://mashable.com/2013/07/27/editor-audio-free/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-tech-link#_.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

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10 Excellent Video Editing Apps

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Video Editors

Video Editors

Cinefy, Magisto, Viddy, and Cute Cut are just a few of the video editing apps featured on this website. The apps allow you to edit video right on your IOS or Android device. A lot of these featured apps are free, although some may have a minimal fee. They contain a wide range of editing capabilities from basic to special effects and audio overlays. Check it out at http://mashable.com/2013/06/05/video-edit-apps/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

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