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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Motorcycle Santa 2015

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December 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Educational Games

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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:

 

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

CountDown +++ and CountDown Days Since, Days Until

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CountDown

CountDown

 

Today I have two similar apps, CountDown +++ and CountDown Days Since, Days Until. Who among us have not been faced with a looming deadline or better still an important event such as vacation or graduation? Sometimes it is nice to know exactly how many days before the big event. Today’s apps address that problem.

Countdown +++ is a nice little app that counts you down to the precise second of any day. It allows you to set date name, date, time, various alarms, as well as color code you event. You can set up a variety of events and sort alphabetically, or by most current or less current. You can also go into the settings determine what happen after the countdown is over. You can select show “Done” or continue counting up, which will display a count of how long it has been since the event launched. Currently it is $.99 cents in the app store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/countdown+++/id573550084?mt=8

The CountDown Days Since, Days Until is very similar to the Countdown +++ app. It allows you to set title, date, icons, and backgrounds as well as a number of other features. You have the ability to use your own photos as backgrounds. The major differences I found between the two apps was this one allows you to import events from your calendar and share events via facebook, tweets, text, and emails. Countdown Days Since, Days Until is free. Check both apps out at the App store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/countdown-days-since-days/id732814593?mt=8

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Crosswords For iPad

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 Crosswords For iPad

Crosswords For iPad

 

Congratulations to all the graduates! With caps and gowns stored away it is time to take a deep breath and relax a little. Although the hectic pace may slow down a little, it is still important to feed our brain. A lot of research states an active brain will help keep your brain fit.

This website list 14 brain training crosswords to keep your brain active. It has everything from the classic crossword to a 3D crossword. This list is from Apps Gone Free. Check it out at http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/crosswords-for-ipad.

 

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 12, 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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Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

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Connectivism

Connectivism

Presented on Jan 9, 2014 by Sherri E. Ritter, Ed.D. and Kathleen Phillips, MLIS

A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn. Three broad learning theories are Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Constructivism.

  • Behaviorism is a theory of learning based upon the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning. Conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment.
  • Cognitivism has a premise that humans generate knowledge and meaning through sequential development of an individual’s cognitive abilities, such as the mental processes of recognize, recall, analyze, reflect, apply, create, understand, and evaluate.
  • Constructivism says people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. When we encounter something new, we have to reconcile it with our previous ideas and experience, we are active creators of our own knowledge.

Connectivism

Connectivism was founded in 2004 by theorist George Siemens. The theory address to role technology plays in the learning process. Technology has increases the speed at which individuals have access to information and creates a learning community.

Connectivism

  • Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations.
  • New information is continually being acquired.
  • The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital.
  • The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is critical.

Examples of Connectivism

  • Have you ever been in a meeting and a question comes up that no one can answer and a couple minutes later that guy that never seems to be engaged in the discussion (because he is always surfing the web) speaks up with the answer… well that is connectivism.
  • Have you ever listened to a speaker and thought to yourself, “I want to know more,” and used technology to verify the facts… well that is connectivism.

Why is this important to you?

This is the new reality in the digital age and you are training students to work in this environment. The ipad was released in April 2010 and it has changed the way we learn and do business. Mobility is the new reality.

Examples of iPads in Business

Local Examples Health Care Professionals: Hospital Use

  • Find-A-Code – Medical Coding made easy.
  • Medscape – Medscape from WebMD (medscape.com) is the leading medical resource most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information.
  • Structured Dictation – Dictation allows users to create dictations on-the-go.
  • Epocrates – Access Epocrates’ trusted clinical resources faster and more conveniently than ever from your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • UpToDate – With an individual subscription to UpToDate® you can get the clinical knowledge you need from any computer, tablet, or mobile device. Choose the solution that’s right for you!
  • 103 FDA Regulated Mobile Medical Apps
  • Metronic CareLink Mobile

Business Apps

  • MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad – Quickly Build and Deploy Information-Driven Apps.
  • Roambi Analytics – Roambi Analytics™ re-designs the way you interact with, share, and present data from a completely mobile perspective. Take data from anywhere and transform it into a simple, engaging, and intuitive experience that helps you understand, present, and share your numbers.

Sparkvue

  • Sparkvue – Keep the focus on the science, not the software. Lab software for the classroom.

Sparkvue Sensors

Other Apps

  • Remind101 – Safe way for teacher to text students.
  • Skyview – SkyView™ Free brings stargazing to everyone, and it’s totally free! Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more!
  • Frog Dissection – is a greener alternative for teaching dissection in the classroom.
  • Side by Side – Open up to 4 documents in one window.

  • ScratchWork  – ScratchWork allows you to take notes and browse the web at the same time. 

*Image from http://rutraining.org/2011/06/13/a-new-learning-theory/

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

Way of Life

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Way of Life

Way of Life

Well it is that time of year again, time for a new beginning. The magic word for 2013 was “change.” Everywhere I looked I saw change, some good, some not so much, but we have all survived and are now looking toward a fresh start.

Along with that new beginning comes promises to ourselves in the form of resolutions.  Personally I can come up with resolutions all day, but it is the follow through that gets me. Way of Life is an app for your iPhone that reminds you to follow through and it even helps you track your progress. I don’t know if it will help this chronically challenged resolution buster, but I will give it a try. Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/way-life-ultimate-habit-maker/id393159800?mt=8.

As the New Year approaches try to remember that what this new beginning brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year. Happy 2014.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

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