Tag Archives: apps

5 Classroom Apps for Teachers

8 Feb

Are you a teacher? Do you need some apps to keep your classroom organized? Here are some apps we saw on Education World that you might like to use in the classroom.

TeacherKit

  • Teachers can build classrooms with student and course data, take attendance with the tap of a touchscreen, as well as take quick behavior notes to monitor classroom performance and participation. The app provides a full gradebook (with weighting options), and report summaries for parents and guardians, all backed up to the Cloud.
  • Price: Subscription

ClassDojo

  • With ClassDojo you can build a classroom, take attendance, and store general student information. Although ClassDojo doesn’t include a formal gradebook or reports section, it does add some cool communication tools. With ClassDojo, you can privately message parents using their email or phone number through the app.
  • Price: Free

Remind

  • With Remind, you can add students and parents to a class by sharing an email link or by simply having them send a text to your Remind username using their devices. The beauty of using communicators like this is your ability to communicate through the app while maintaining your private phone number.
  • Price: Free

Google Classroom

  • Google Classroom is free for all schools signed up for Google’s Apps for Education (which is also…free). In short, if you are already using Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Sites, you need this app. Google Classroom streamlines the submission process for these features by allowing teachers to build classroom folders, give online grades and feedback, post conversations and announcements, ad share classroom calendars.
  • Price: Free

PowerTeacher

  • PowerTeacher is your all-in-one organizing system. Create classes, take and track attendance, monitor grades, keep detailed student and parent information, and print complete reports. Students and parents can download the PowerSchool app to access the gradebook, attendance reports, check the school’s calendar, read announcements, and contact educators and administrators. It’s a phenomenal gradebook system that seems to improve yearly.
  • Price: Suscription

http://www.educationworld.com/five-incredible-apps-classroom-organization

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Graphic Artist Loves Open Source

29 Dec

Are you an starving artist looking for some affordable digital tools? We’ve posted before about open source software. However, I just have to jump in again and focus on Graphic Designing with Open Source. I work on a Mac, PC and even an Ubuntu Linux box. Professional Graphics Software isn’t cheap. So I let my Boss buy it for work. Adobe is great, and pricey. My heart is with the following software. All available for all platforms I use.

 

Inkscape (Illustrator equivalent)

Pros:

  • The Best Auto trace anywhere.
  • SVG native format- (one of Illustrators default save options)
  • PDF editing well underway- not fully implemented
  • Diagraming tool works great for planning websites

Cons:

  • Color Swatches are not currently able to be saved in direct manner. No Built in Pantone support ( but that is just a matter of specifying the proper Pantone number for printing)

 

Gimp (Photoshop equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • Regularly updated with fixes and the latest features
  • Strong community
  • Runs smoothly on almost every platform
  • Customizable with plugins and scripts
  • Handles almost any format including: bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm

Cons:

  • Newest version can be buggy
  • No 16-bit per channel color support
  • Feature development is slow

 

Scribus (InDesign equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • PDF compressing is quality
  • Works well on Windows
  • It is a lightweight program

Cons:

  • Lacks the “spell check”
  • Need to keep the pictures integrated in your document in the same location on your computer or you’ll lose them
  • Doesn’t look pleasant when switching fonts
  • Runs slow with multiple pages or large files
  • Navigation needs to be updated
  • Not enough intuitive
  • Documentation is incomplete

 

Blender (Maya equivalent)

The pros:

  • It’s free
  • Features animation, rigging, fluid simulations, UV mapping, and more
  • Export blender files to different file formats
  • Render with your gpu instead of cpu

The cons:

  • Slow viewport performance with high-poly scenes
  • Layers system is not intuitive at times
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Top 5 Running Apps for 2017

5 Dec

Are you an avid runner? Most of my friends who are harriers have their favorite app and they mostly reference MapMyRun. I stumbled upon this article from Babble Out that reviews the top five running apps. How does this list stack up to your favorite? As you can see, MapMyRun is on it!

Top 5 Running Apps

  • Run Keeper
  • Strava
  • Gmap Pedometer
  • MapMyRun
  • Runtastic

https://www.thebabbleout.com/running/5-absolute-best-running-apps/

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Selfie Speech App

29 Jul

How do you practice that big presentation? Do you prepare by going through your PowerPoint multiple times in a conference room all by yourself? If you are an entrepreneur, corporate manager, college student, startup founder or an actors and you need to overcome the fear of public speaking – you should try out this app. This app video records your presentation and then let’s you evaluate see yourself.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/selfie-speech/id1038234762?mt=8

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What Are Top 5 Apps on iOS?

10 Jul

How do you keep up with the top apps being downloaded on the Apple Store? I discovered a website the lists the top 5 apps being downloaded on iOS. Today the top applications are Pokémon GO, Mobile Strike,Game of War, Dragon Ball Z and Spotify!

http://www.iosappdownload.org/

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Top Social Networks & Apps Your Kids Use

29 May

Are you looking for the most popular apps to keep your kids occuppied? I found a cool site called Gaggle that lists the top social network apps kids use. If you aren’t sure what’s out there this is a good list to review.

https://www.gaggle.net/top-social-networking-sites-and-apps-kids-use/

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Readability Makes Reading Comfortable

7 Apr

Have your ever wondered what the page on the internet would look like without all the graphics? Do you dream of olden days when you could just read the words on the page without all the noise? Now you can make reading comfortable again with Readability.

Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Download the app and get started.

http://www.readability.com

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Free eBook App

3 Jan

I found a cool app/website called WattPad that allows you read books and stories for free. From fiction to romance to non-fiction this app has a tremendous amount of content. It seems that most content is self- published and the classics are public domain. You won’t find a New York Times best seller here. However you will find hours of reading pleasure with WattPad. I would say its worth a visit.

http://www.wattpad.com/

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New Year’s Resolution Apps

1 Jan

Are you looking to stay true to your new year’s resolutions? I saw a great article in Parade Magazine and it listed some great apps to keep you on the wagon.

  • Nutrino – builds personalized menu to lose weight (free)
  • Budget Boss – create budget (99 cents)
  • Human – notifies you when 30 minutes of daily activity is complete (free)
  • Job Search – find open positions near you (free)
  • Fooducate – scan grocery bar codes (free)

What apps do you recommend or have to add?
You can read the entire list of apps here.

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Wedding Planning Apps

15 Aug

Are you getting married anytime in the near future? You should check out this list of wedding planning apps. This series of apps will get you fired up and directed down the right path. Before you say “I do” you should be hitting “Download” on your mobile phone so your day goes without a hitch (or should I say with one?).

http://visual.ly/apps-help-planning-perfect-wedding-day

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