I had a funny ‘tweet off’ with a friend this week who couldn’t believe I was using a Microsoft app on my iPhone. MS has had a bad rep with a lot of Apple and Google diehards the last few years and it’s fun to show them how much they’ve improved their game – especially with IOS apps. This morning I counted 146 iPad and iPhone apps from the Microsoft Corporation!
Here’s my app of the week, from MS – To-Do. I know what you’re thinking – “Not ANOTHER list app!” But, if you’re juggling as many balls as I do then they are a must to help you from dropping them all.
Things I love about To-Do.
- Clean simple interface
- Easy to link, create and organise your tasks
- Nice link from my ‘To do list” through to what they call “My Day.” This is a nice way to prioritise my daily tasks from my on-going projects.
Have a look and see for your self and tell me what you use to stay organised. I’d love to see what tools you use to control your chaos.
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I’m a huge fan of the 3 shot movie to help structure your videos. It’s a simple way to teach students and teachers about frames, clips and the basics of story telling.
I saw this demo’d at a recent GAFE conference by Jim Sill (an ex-producer and now Edtech trainer). The 3 shots basically are;
- the wide shot – gives context
- the medium – shows more about the characters
- the close up – gives more detail.
Here’s a quick gif that shows how easy it is combine these shots into your timeline on the iMovie app on an iPad. If you’d like to see more information on this process, including how this process can be done on Chromebook, check out my full post on our Using Technology Better blog.
Once an educator has a grasp of the basic Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Forms and Slides) they may start to hear talk about other apps and things called extensions. It can be enough to make the head boggle!
Here’s a brief explanation of both and a shortcut to getting your own little powerful tools to move your Google experience to the next level!
There are 8 basic apps that most users see when they click on the 3×3 grid in the top right corner when signed in. By clicking MORE you can see a few more…and… you’ll then see the link to the App Market Place.
This is where you’ll be able to search, find and install the apps you’d like to find. I’ll post some of my favourite apps and extensions in a later post; I’m always finding and hearing about new tools and the possibilities seem endless.
They can also be found by going directly to the Chrome Webstore.
Apps are like websites that allow you do some amazing things, just like an iPad app, but on your browser – and they’re connected within your Google Account.
Extensions are like little add-ons that you attach to your Chrome browser to give them some extra functions – again, many are amazing tools that make your google experience really grow arms and legs.
They’re also found in the Chrome Store but sit next to the URL bar of Chrome and mostly work in the background to change or adapt things or, when clicked on, activate a great little tool.
Here’s a poster that explains the differences. It could be a great print out for your Staffroom or classroom wall!
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Lots of teachers are using their iPads to airplay onto a TV with their Apple TV. This gives them the ability to have an interactive modelling book that they can prepare before a guided lesson and add to as the lesson progresses.
I was asked about which app I thought was the best for this. My short answer would be that it deepens what functions you want to use. For the simplest, cleanest interface I would use Bamboo but if you want some more features such as adding images, importing templates and documents and more then Explain Everything has it all!
Here’s a graphic I’ve made that highlights the features of three well known apps. Please share the graphic around.
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There are some great photo features on the Iphones – anything from a 5 onwards has slow-mo, panorama and even a time-lapse feature built in. I came across this great app that you can combine with your IOS phone called Hyperlapse. This app films the video in normal time but then converts it to your desired frame rate and makes it looks like a time lapse. In most cases I think the clips look great sped up!
The app is an off shoot of instagram but there is the ability to upload the video footage into imovie and link them all together, like I have below, and throw some music in for fun. It’s a great app to combine with some other features like still shots.
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