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Student Apps for the Classroom: Study Apps

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Student Study Apps

Student Study Apps

A list of my favorite Student Study Apps:

  • Livescribe+ – Livescribe+ is designed to be used in conjunction with Livescribe 3 smartpens.
  • Evernote – Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders.
  • ScratchWork – ScratchWork allows you to take notes and browse the web while having the two side by side to avoid back and forth flipping. It also provides a custom math keyboard.
  • Side by Side – Side by Side is a multiple-window reader/browser with offline reading and note taking capabilities. It turns the iPad into multiple resizable reading devices working in parallel.
  • Highlight by Cohdoo – Shine new light on audio recording user research, interviews, lectures and more with Cohdoo Highlight. Simply start a recording, marking “aha” moments as you hear them. Break time? Pause and resume the same recording, adding more highlights.
  • Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus – The Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus iPhone app not only brings you definitions and words of similar meaning, but the visual picture links together the varying contexts and connections for words.
  • Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad Top-rated app with trusted reference content from Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com. WORKS OFFLINE – no Internet connection needed when searching words.
  • Flick – The easiest and simplest way to share documents, videos and images between iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macs, and other devices and operating systems.
  • Natural Reader – The NaturalReader text-to-speech (TTS) application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words.
  • Storify – Now social storytelling is at your fingertips wherever you are, allowing you to create stories on the iPad as never before.
  • PS Express – ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS: Edit and share photos anywhere.
  • Learnist – Pinboard for education
  • MyScript Calculator – With MyScript Calculator, perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting.
  • Geometry Pad – With the Geometry Pad you can create fundamental geometric shapes, explore and change their properties and calculate metrics.
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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Student Apps for the Classroom: Presentations

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Student Presentation Apps

Student Presentation Apps

Following is is list of my favorite Student Presentation Apps:

  • Educreations – Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking.
  • ShowMe  – Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!
  • BaiBoard HD – Create, Share and Collaborate your education content.
  • Teach By Knowmia – Knowmia Teach is a free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject.
  • Prezi – Prezi for iPad lets you create, edit, and share your presentations wherever and whenever you want.
  • Sharkslide – SlideShark is an app for showing PowerPoint from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, videos & hyperlinks intact.
  • ThingLink – Make your images come alive with private video, notes, or even music from YouTube.
  • Word Collage – Create stunning word collages on your iPhone and iPad! Set up a collage with your text, different layouts, fonts, and color themes. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/09/6-great-apps-to-create-word-clouds-on.html
  • WordPress – Create online blogs.
  • Weebly – Weebly gives everyone a surprisingly easy way to create a high-quality website or blog.
  • UStream – Broadcast live and watch live video on your device – anytime, anywhere! Ustream powers live interactive video that enables anyone to watch and interact with a global audience of unlimited size.
  • OSnap – Simple, intuitive, powerful time-lapse and stop motion photography. Create and share stunning videos with ease.

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October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Activation Lock for the iPhone & iPad

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Activation Lock

Activation Lock

A few months ago legislation was passed to help control thief of mobile devices. This act was known as the kill switch bill. Since that time mobile devices have been much harder for thieves to sell. Many people may have even been victimized by purchasing used mobile devices that were stolen and locked.

If you are buying or selling a used iphone or ipad, Apple has now come out with instructions on activating and deactivating the kill switch. A paper titled, Find My iPhone Activation Lock, will walk you through the process of working with your activation lock.

Mashable has also published an article by Rex Santus,  How to Check If the Used iPhone You’re Buying Is Stolen. Steve Dent from Engadget published a similar piece, Apple’s new iCloud tool can show if a used iPhone is stolen.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

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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

Livescribe 3 Pen

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Livescribe 3 Pen

Livescribe 3 Pen

My new favorite toy is the Livescribe 3 Pen for the iPad. Many of you may be familiar with the Livescribe pen, but let’s face it, it was a hassle dealing with the USB cable to upload your pen cast. The Livescribe 3 connect via Bluetooth to your ipad and your writing are uploaded with no hassle.

The device feels like a real pen in your hand, although a little on the thick side. The pen and notepad allows you to keep traditional style hardcopy notes and simultaneously creates an electronic copy. It uses your ipad’s microphone to record voice and automatically sync’s with your writing. The ipad app allows you to send electronic copies via email. The pen itself uses real ink and on the opposite end is a nice stylus tip for your ipad.

Another bonus is the online content can be converted to text with the swipe of a finger. Of course that requires legible handwriting to work properly.

One of the major drawbacks of the pen is the need to use special paper, proprietary dotted paper. They do say that you can print copies of the special paper if you own a 600dpi (or higher) inkjet printer.

You can learn more about the pen at the Livescribe website located at http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/ls3/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

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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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6 Anti-Theft Apps for the iPad and iPhone

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6 Anti-Theft Apps for the iPad and iPhone

6 Anti-Theft Apps for the iPad and iPhone

6 Anti-Theft Apps for the iPad and iPhone

According to consumer reports over 1.6 million smart phones were stolen in 2012. Thefts of smartphones and other mobile devices increased again in 2013. According to Android Authority California and Minnesota took steps toward becoming the first states in the country to pass laws requiring smartphones to feature stronger anti-theft technology.

The Huffing Post reports that major smartphone manufacturers and wireless companies would offer free anti-theft features on all new smartphones made after July 2015. The features, known as a “kill switch,” would allow users to erase data on a stolen smartphone and lock the device so it can’t be used again.

Apple products have recently updated some of its software to help discourage the theft of ipads. If an iPad is stolen, it cannot easily be restored or reset to factory condition without the original passwords. The Android uses a app called Cerberus, which takes a photo of anyone entering a wrong access pass-code. Until the law is inline with society check out this article by TechTarget on some existing technology the help discourage theft.

 

 

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 26, 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.

 

 

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May 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Emu

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Emu

Emu

This is a text messaging app for adults, it allows you to schedule lunches, share locations, and set reminders as well as text and share photos. Snooze messages for later. You can choose when and where you want your reminders: when you get home, when you get to work, when you leave here, or first thing tomorrow.

In addition this app will find movies and restaurants and has a push to talk feature that allows you to speak your message and send it. Emu will also import all your contacts so you do not have to create new ones in the app. Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/emu/id815368965?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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May 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

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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.  🙂

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

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