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Appy days it’s Friday

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TedAppy days it’s Friday and welcome to the fourth Appy days post, last week I was on holiday so there was no post but this week’s app is a really good one. I have mentioned before that TED is a great resource to use online lots of great inspirational talks from speakers all over the world. And now you can take them with you with your phone with the TED app. I would love to know if you are aware of any other app of a similar nature. Until next week enjoy the weekend. Here is where you can get the app from

Apple version: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ted/id376183339?mt=8

Android version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ted.android&hl=en

 

Appy days it’s Friday

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APPy DaysAppy days it’s Friday and welcome to the third Appy days post, this week I am looking at an app you can use on a tablet and a phone. It will turn your phone or tablet into a scanner via the camera it’s called CamScanner. Which might not sound that cool but it has been really invaluable when you need to send a document via email or document a student’s work. I know you can just take a picture of the document but this is so much better as it will lighten the document and make it clearer under poor light conditions it also converts the image to a PDF file as well which is really useful. You really have to try it to see the benefits over taking a picture the app.

Here is what the website statesCamScanner

“Intelligent solution for document management on all devices, starting from capturing information precisely to storing, sharing, annotating and managing documents for different purposes. It makes the contents easily-accessed, organized and the collaboration efficient.”

Check out the website and let me know what you think.

https://www.camscanner.com/

APPy days it’s Friday

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Welcome to the second installment of the APPy days its Friday blog post. The app I want to share with you today is called Any.do. This company has 2 apps on the market a to do task list and a calendar it also has some more coming soon in the form of an e-mail app and a note app. I have been using the to do list app for a while and have found it to be incredibly useful as it is quick and easy to use. What is great is that you can get the app on multiple platforms:

  • A web appAnyDo
  • Android phone
  • Apple phone
  • Chrome app
  • Chrome extension

I have used all of the above except the iPhone app as I have an Android phone and the syncing is seamless which is really useful.

Here is a little bit from the website.

“Used by millions, Any.do is an award winning task app. Winner of Apple’s Intuitive Touch Award and Android’s Best App of 2012, Any.do is known for its clean, easy-to-use design and innovative features.”

I have downloaded the calendar app today and I am hoping that it’s as good as the to do list app. If you are looking for an app that will help with your productivity you have found it.

Here is their website where you can find the links to download their apps: http://www.any.do/anydo/

Have a great weekend and a fantastic Easter break if you have it off.

APPy days it’s Friday

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Hi this is the first of many posts about APPs I have been using or have read about and think are worth checking out. The first app is Pushbullet this app can be used on IOS and Android devices and can also be installed in browsers as extensions.

This is what the site says:

“Pushbullet bridges the gap between your phone, tablet, and computer, enabling them to work better together. PushbulletFrom seeing your phone’s notifications on your computer, to easily transferring links, files, and more between devices, Pushbullet saves you time by making what used to be difficult or impossible, easy.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Pushbullet was founded to make all of your devices work better for you, no matter which one you happen to be using.”

I have used this app for a while and it’s great and save me a lot of time as the process is near enough instant. Have a look at the website: https://www.pushbullet.com/ and have a fantastic weekend.

Cool alternative to Google Images

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Galaxy tag 1This site has been around for a while but it is still the coolest way to search for images (in my opinion). The way it works is that a user would search for an image and Galaxy Tag website will connect to Flicker and pull in the relevant images linked to the search criteria. It has some smooth transitions that display the results as planets. The center planet is what you searched for and it also displays linked search criteria in additional planets. This allows you to narrow your search criteria by clicking on a corresponding planet. Your final results are displayed on a planet where you rotate and click on the picture you want to display it.

Galaxy tag 2I have used this with my students and they love to use it to get pictures for their work. So there you go a fun way to search for images online. so have a look at the site and let me know what you think. http://taggalaxy.de/

CES 2015: Preview

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Welcome to 2015, and my first post about new technologies. If you are into new technologies chances are you are aware ces-logothe Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about to start this week with a whole host of new reveals. One of the main things that has caught my eye is 15” Chromebook the first of its kind by Acer. I know Chromebooks have been around for a while but this is the first 15” one which arguably could replace your laptop dependent on what you use your laptop for, of course.

Acer Chromebook 15This got me thinking about using Chromebooks as one to one devices in school. At my school we are in the early stages of using one to one devices with our year 7’s but they are not Chromebooks. They are tablet laptop hybrids, now the students love to use them but they are mostly used for internet research and creating presentations. Now I know the go to programs are Microsoft Office e.g. PowerPoint so hopefully you have enough foresight to realise that there are alternatives to PowToon-logoMicrosoft Office. There are plenty of alternative online programs, my students really enjoy using http://www.powtoon.com/ for presentations and I would suggested you check it out if you are not aware of it, If you would like to know more about the new Acer Chromebook or the CES show have a look at these sites:

Acer Chromebook: www.anandtech.com

CES Preview 2015: www.bbc.co.uk

CES official page: http://www.cesweb.org/

So is anyone out there using Chromebooks as a one to one device in their school or even have a bank of them instead of laptops. I would love to hear about your experiences with them.