Thursday, July 29, 2010
Drawing Pad (iPad) $1.99 - “Apple Staff Favorite." Create your own art using "actual size" photo-realistic crayons, markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, stickers, roller pens, etc.
WolframAlpha (iPhone or iPad) $1.99 -- Amazing reference tool for two bucks. Remarkably good at seeking out information and determining a specific answer including advanced mathematics and chemistry! Oh, and did I tell you it also has crossword puzzles and other games?
Omni Note (iPhone) $2.99 -- is modeled after the intuitive notepad which comes withe the iPhone and iPod touch. But this app holds tons of stuff-- photos, drawings, voice memos. It also allows note filing by categories. A great little bargain for someone on the go.
Hipstamatic (iPhone) $1.99-- This app allows you to give your digital photos analog effects. Brings back the unpredictable feel of the legendary 1982 toy camera. Allows for lens swaps. Characterized by blurring, oversaturation, slight discoloration. Fun Photoshop-like stuff.
Proloquo2Go -- (iPhone or iPad) $189 - Most of us are not going to shell out $189 for an app. But what if it restored your ability to "speak" with others. Roger Ebert, a papillary thyroid cancer survivor, brought this app to national attention and it was named the top medical app of 2009. I wanted to give a shout out to this tremendous special education tool.
Evernote -- (iPhone or iPad) free - Write notes, clip web sites, take photos, add videos -- all of these can be synchronized across all of your devices. You can use can use Evernote on your desktop, the web, iPhone, and iPad or on the mobile web (iPhone for me). For those of you who miss Google Notebook, this is even better!
Story Kit (iPhone) free - Are you looking for a fun educational app for a young child? Story kit is a multimedia app that allows you and your child to combine photos, your own noises and drawings and text. Ideal for playful learning.
Penultimate (iPad) $2.99 - This is a simple sketch pad tool with that produces elegant script. When you draw or write with a finger the virtual ink looks as though it were written with a gel pen. You can easily adjust the thickness and color of the ink. People at my school would certainly sit up and take notice that this functionality is available for $2.99!
Screen shot of Drawing Pad featured at iTunes App Store
Monday, July 26, 2010
* Both Apple and Amazon have already added functionality to the Kindle and iPad that will allow their ebooks to include embedded audio and video as well as other goodies, just as the speakers in the Future of the Book are requesting.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Dragon Dictation (free iPad & iPhone app)-- Easy-to-use voice recognition. Allows you to speak and instantly see your text message or email messages. This sucker is amazingly accurate. (Last night I dictated an errorless three sentence email).
ProPrompter (Terrific on iPad, but also available on iPhone). This costs $9.99 but turns your iPhone or iPad into a teleprompter with terrific eas. Create a script in “text”, go to the ProPrompter web site. You can then synch with your mobile.
Puppet Pals (for iPad) -- Very fun. Free. Pick your actors and backdrops. Drag them to the stage and hit record. Your movements and audio will be recorded as a movie.
Dropbox -- Free. (iPhone + iPad) -- In a recent post I raved about the usefulness of Dropbox. This app will allow you to share a folder with on any computing device that you use, including your iPhone Touch, iPhone, and iPad.
Instapaper -- IPhone [free/$4.99] + iPad $4.99) - This app allows the user to save web pages for later reading. These are stored for viewing anywhere, including your PC or Mac.
Good Reader -- (iPad & iPhone) $0.99 Several ADEs raved about this. It is a superb pdf reader. works with google docs. Pdfs (and all sorts of other files) conform to your screen with wrap-around text. Great bargain for less than a buck.
“Band” -- This is an iPhone ($3.99) band in a box with a collection of virtual instruments that allows anyone, regardless of musical ability, to go beyond just listening to other people's music on the iPhone or iPod Touch, and actually create music themselves from scratch.
Doodle Buddy (free iPad & iPhone app) -- Allows you or your child to finger paint on your iPhone or iPad. Great fun!
Check back next week for another list!
iPad screenshot from iTunes App Store
Monday, July 19, 2010
Appolicious is a highly recommended site for getting the lattest news on Droid and iPhone apps. It has blogs, reviews, "best of" lists, etc. I learned about this one at a workshop given by Mike Amante.
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words.
Wikimatrix helps you find wikis that match your personal needs. It features customized searches and side by side comparisons of wiki features.
Are you looking to replace your Ning? Edmodo is a secure environment for creating a private social media site. It has a simple interface and extraordinary features. It comes highly recommended from fellow '09 ADE, Robert Miller
Xtranormal is a web-site powered by a web-based application used to create short 3D animated movies from simple text-based movie-scripts. The characters in the movie speak the dialogue in the script, and react to performance triggers—icons that are dropped directly into the script. Quite addictive.
Come back on Thursday for some recommended iPhone and iPad apps.
Screen shot from from an Xtranormal movie
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Recently I added to my collection of resources for my film class. I've described this process before: I write a script or outline and lay down a soundtrack with GarageBand. I then select jpegs and drop them and the soundtrack into PhotoToMovie. It took about five hours to synch the photos with the sound in the following ten minute movie :
This Speilberg movie has two new elements. Most of the Minority Report stills were captured with Voila. And I completed my work across two computers, using Dropbox. Dropbox is free. As described on its home page, this is what it does:
Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you've installed Dropbox on (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!). Because a copy of your files are stored on Dropbox's secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device.
I have already added the link for my Spielberg movie to Moodle. My students will be required to listen to it. I hope you will sample a couple of minutes, voluntarily!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Next school year, besides saving my students fifty dollars, I will break by anthology into course packs which correspond to each unit. Students will have direct links to the resources with attendant topics to write, vlog, blog about (according to instructions).
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