FlipQuiz – Gameshow-style boards

FlipQuiz – it’s a new online services for teachers to create the quiz.

Just having a quick try, it satisfied for me! As Flipquiz is easy to use, sign up then all gets to work!

FlipQuiz-home

 

FlipQuiz - dashboard

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You can simply enter your board’s name. Entering the question and answer, the rest leave it to Flipquiz. All done in a second!

Then you can login in any devices PC/MAC, iPad or Android to start your board and review what you talk with students!

 

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DeskConnect – Transfer your files between Mac and IOS

DeskConnect – it’s a new service to transfer your files, like photos, doc, Websites, to your Mac or iDevices.

The workflow is really simple: 1) installs the app from Mac store on your Mac  2) install the app from App Store.

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The advantages of DeskConnect is Free and convenient. No need to upgrade to IOS 7 but has the same functions on AirDrop.

After a short try, I like its speed which is really fast.

Application for Education

Teachers can use this app to transfer the files to students easily. I used this app to share the “Flash” content to my students’ devices and open it from “Puffin” directly!

QuestBase – online multi-platform assessment system

QuestBase  provided an online assessment platform. It supports various platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Android, IOS, etc.

Teachers need to sign up an account. It used to create the test and questions through their platform.

QuestBase - home

 

 

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This platform can let you create many types of question: MC/ True & False, Fill-in-the-blank, Essay, etc.

QuestBase - questions type

 

This platform support chinese characters(view only, not support printed version)  and the most important features: Equation!

QuestBase - equation

 

After you key in all the questions, you can output as online test (multi-platform), or print it as traditional test paper.

QuestBase - output

 

Then you can prepare to publish the online test.

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After you finished the online test. You can “double-click” the online test that you prepared. You can find the “pin” cod e for students to join in. Student can go to QuestBase website. Type in the right “Pin” code and start the online test.

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Application for Education

Teachers can be used to create an online test for student for  Free. Easy to use and can output as traditional test paper. Awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

Local Cloud – Your personal Cloud storage on Mac/PC

Local Cloud a new cloud storage concepts powered by Delite studio. The concepts : storage files right on your computer, view and edit on them via mobile devices.

Local Cloud - home

As the screenshot above, you need to install the client program on  your Mac or PC. Both of these are free. Then you need to download your IOS APPS to your iPhone/ iPad which is cost $9.99. I download it on free when they have promotion. You may use “Appshopper” to monitor the sale (web / apps).

After a quick trial, I pretty awesome on their speed. Really fast and smooth. When you view the files through “local Cloud” via your idevices. Local Cloud need to download it first (of course both computer and idevices using the same WiFi network). Then you can view or using other third-party apps to view it. Some of you may concern “Can it use multi-devices at the same time?”, the answer is yes! It suit for classroom use!

Here  is the intro video about Local Cloud:

Application for Education

Local Cloud suitable for classroom (be careful the classroom’s computer ip, static ip is advised). Teachers can save the files/ video on the shared folder of Local Cloud on the PC. Students can use/ download it by themselves. Safe, fast and convenient  ! Offical FAQ is here.

Sketchlot – create & share sketches

Sketchlot – A new web 2.0 services that you can create , share your sketch to others. But this tool is specially designed for educational use. It can also support share student’s sketch to peer (all  or selected) or teachers!

The flow is : teacher needs to sign up account, add students account (just need name and password).

Then, teacher can create his/her sketchlot first, then pass share and choose the selected student to share. After it, students will received the teacher’s sketch or student can create their own piece and share to peer.

All flow can be done within the browser. Really good for school in teaching!

Sketchlot - home

1) Create teacher’s account, remember need to create a “class code” with letter and number.

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2) Then you will see a control panel. Now, you should create student list.

sketchlot - panel

3) Student account password can be same on saving. But I did not recommend the same password as you can’t access it except the first student.

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4) Create your own sketch , then press share sketch button.

sketchlot - save

5) Student can use browser to login into sketchlot website (using class code you assigned and students password). If students share their own sketch to you. You will see them on the control panel( refresh the browser in case no can’t see anything).

sketchlot - login

Sketchlot - sharing

 

Application for Education

Teachers can use them inside the classroom. I just found that you can use it on “Nearpod” share function. It works well.

 

 

KS Office – shareplay your presentation

Today I test an APP which is come from Kingsoft software. This company probably a china company which is famous on Office Suite called “Kingsoft office professional 2013“. The main functions of this software can edit or create documents like doc, xls and ppt. That is doing same functions of Microsoft office – with free or cheapest price.

Kingsoft Office - home

But now, I told that APPS is used on IOS/ Android. Let’s see what it can do:

1) Video Play in PPT is unique to Kingsoft

2) support  cloud storage

3) share play function

4) High compatibility with Microsoft Office PPT

5) Optimized for iPhone 5

6) more functions

After several times to use, I really like the function of “shareplay”. This function support “play” your presentation in different devices at the same time. Some post like this said that It only support 6 devices in total. More than 6, you should need a projector. Other apps can have “share” function like slideshark. But it only has presenter vs audience mode – 1 control many. But inside this Kingsoft (PPT for IOS free) apps, all audience and presenter. That means you can control (move forward and backward) and draw note after you join the presentation. Really smooth and clever!

Below it’s a video about this function on Android:

Btw, This is a free apps.

 

Nearpod Business – Launched!

Nearpod Business launched at  July, 2013. A new and enhanced version of  Nearpod for Education.

It still free. All features can be used on Nearpod Business version. Yes! Would you  see the bright point? Yes, all features! If you an old user of  Nearpod (mostly of us less than 1-year using), you might know that both “sideshow” & “Browse the Internet” can’t use for Free user. It just provided several times to use under free account.

But now, Nearpod Business version, you can use it ! Thanks Nearpod Team.

Besides, this Nearpod Team gives us “On Demand” and “Live” functions. “Live” likes the pervious “Launch” function. You can control audience.  But this time free account only support 3 per session (like 3 students).

For “On demand” , you can share via email / pin to audience up to 100 per month. That’s really flexible for presenter. Also, the audience can view the NPP(Nearpod presentation) by themselves. i.e. no control functions like “Homework for education Nearpod version”.

This version supports “web app”. That means you can “join session” via PC/MAC. As this features only included on school account when it’s at Nearpod for Education Version. I have no idea when they switch back. Hope that this feature can keep it forever. I use it from September last year to now. Nearpod Team work very hard of it and always gives us surprise. Love Nearpod and their hard work!

 

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GoSoapBox – onilne student response system

GoSoapBox is a web services that gives you a system to communicate with your students.

After sign up and confirm your email. You can “create your room”  to students. Then you can create some poll or questions. The most interesting thing about GoSoapBox is you and your students can ask questions immediately right on the  browser. It makes you might answer the questions during your teaching!

It supports chinese  characters in the questions but not in create room.

GoSoapBox - home

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After give a try today, I think sounds good about the concepts, but a bit difficult to use – always swap when create the room/questions.

If you want this services, you may give a try it.

 

XtraMath – Doing extra Math online

XtraMath – online Math platform for free. This website is an non-profit, and no adv. It gives you your students or child an extra exercise.

XtraMath - home

At first, you need to sign up as parent or teacher. It may need to find out what the school you teach.

XtraMath - signup

Then you have a checklist to make “XtraMath” work.

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You can add student, print flyer to parent, print the PIN for students.

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After the above settings, you can set up your classroom/ home computers with “Classroom IN”.

Simply open the website of “XtraMath“. Click “sign in” and “Classroom”. Type the “PIN” then done.

XtraMath - Classroom Sign In

Also, you can sign in as parent and student.

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After you set up the computer in your classroom, student only need their teacher’s email, their own PIN and their name to start doing the exercise. After that, you can see who has finished the quiz in which date and month.

Application for Education

Thanks XtraMath! It makes school has extra exercise for student. No adv and spam on the site makes school easy to handle. Why not set up the account now!

P.S. work well with iPad. You can set your iPad as one of classroom computers!

Boolify – Custom Google search for Kids

Boolify – Provide a custom search function for your kids – in a more easy way!

Boolify - home

This site gives 5 options at left-side bar to let you “drag” to right-hand side. After you drag it, it gives you input your search word.

For example: I want to search “Steve Jobs  in 1987”.

Boolify - custom search

Application for Education:

Why not use Google Search directly? Teaching students how to use Google Search smartly is one the aims of IT lesson.

Now  you no need let students memorize “And”, “OR” such phase. All they have to do are “drag and input”, this is easier for young kids.

P.S. Work with iPad. WoW!

Hopscotch – Game Programming on iPad

Hopscotch – It is a wonderful game programming apps on iPad!  Simple concepts in 3 words: drag, edit and play.

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All programming right on the iPad, you no need a PC to handle your code. JUST drag the code (like scratch developed by MIT), edit the parameter (like “colour”, “length”), then “play” or test it right on your iPad.

Hopscotch - UI

NO PC or Mac and no installation – better than other game programming software or apps. Of course, it just in beta stage of Hopscotch, the function is in small number. But, the idea is great!

Maybe you still can’t understand what I’m talking about, the link below may show you how’s  Hopscotch work:

 

Application for Education

If you are work on iPad in the classroom, you should like this apps. If you a teacher who teaching programming in school, you also like this apps. This is one of my favourite apps!

 

 

 

Pholium – Multimedia Photo Album Creator

Pholium – This is an IOS Apps for creating photo album(download here). You can add photos, video. The most interesting is you can also record your voice to introduce your creation (Photos).

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After you made your Photo Album, you can share via Facebook, Twitter. But the best thing is: If your friend also has this app, you can send the album to your friend’s app. Otherwise, they can view it on the web.

Also, Pholium support iCloud and Dropbox as Cloud storage.

All these functions are Free to use.

Application for Education:

Of course, we don’t to print out the Photo book at  school. But , we can use it in learning activities. Student use this apps to organize their work , record with their voice, add video to express complex ideas. All books can deliver to each other and view right on the apps or view online. Here is the description about this function.

Creators of books can easily give their photo e-books to others of their choosing using Pholium’s cloud server and a WiFi connection. Once a book is completed and “published” to the user’s Library, they may give their e-books by entering the recipients’ email addresses. The book is uploaded to the Apple iCloud or Dropbox servers and the recipients are automatically sent an email or push notification (to those recipients who already have Pholium on their iPad) that a book is being given to them. Recipients that do not have an iPad or Pholium, will receive a link to download an online web viewer of the book.

Quik.io – Alternative way to share files

Quik.io – This is a new service to share your files (Photo, Doc, Videos and Music) from your desktop.

Different from other Cloud storage services, it does not store any your files in the cloud. It only make a way from your computer to your devices, like iPad. The APPS on your iPad will found your files in your computer, then stream it or download it from your computer. It the file type not suitable for iPad viewing. It will convert automatically. It is easy to use and convenient.

After you download and install the APPS on your devices and desktop. You may also need to configure your firewall (probably your Router) to open the port form 38888-39000. (detail from Quik.io forum)

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Application for Education

I think it is great way to share the teaching materials to student wirelessly. They can view the resources right from their devices. Once teacher add any materials, they can get it immediately! Nice teaching flow!

 

Reblogged – Deployment iPAD in school

I try to figure out what’s the best way to deploy iPad in school.

Here is the post I found:

1) My Guide to iPad deployment in school (31.1.2012) – the best post I think

2) Authorization rules on iTunes (Chinese Version)(22.6.2011) or (English Version)

3) More on Apple ID’s (25.6.2012)

4) Your Apple Id is limited in 10 devices (20.8.2011)

5) Apple Quietly Updates iTunes Policy To Reduce The Number Of Authorized Devices Per Account (8.8.2011)

6) Volume Purchasing

Ref info:

Apple in Education – Volume Purchase Program(VPP)

IOS 6 Education Deployment Guide

IOS 5 Education Deployment Guide 

Lookout – Your security guard of smartphone

Lookout – It’s a Free services to provide IOS and Android devices (from smartphone to tablet) security features.

Like as IOS “Find my phone” feature. You can locate your phone / tablet via internet. But, Lookout can save your device’s location signal before it runs out of battery! Quite intelligent!

Also, “Find my phone” only works on IOS devices. Now having Lookout, Android devices have same protection.

If you want more security features (only on Android users), you can consider their pay version here.

 

Application for Education:

Download the APPS on school-owned devices, you can check their location quickly!

Webr – create web with iPhone

Webr – You can create your web via iPhone, iPad. No need to sit in front of the desk.

Move everywhere and create everywhere.

Here is part of new functions:

Here’s what’s new functions:

  • Add video clips to your site
  • Add audio clips to your site
  • Add image and text files straight from Dropbox
  • Upload an image for your website logo
  • New themes and filters
  • RSS feed for your blog
  • Option to remove the webr logo
  • New app theme
  • Create a personal profile in your blog
  • Now optimized for the new iPhone5
  • Shortcut keys on the keyboard for efficient markdown text
  • In addition to this, Pro members now can have 3 websites on their account and Business members can have up to 5

Application for Education

I think it is a good tool to let students keep their work. Imagine that students bring with this app to go to outdoor visit. Let them keep what they saw. Take photos, video then use this app to upload it. After back to school, you can get all the “web page” immediately. Cool, isn’t it?

4 APPS for Educational Use

1) QWIPS

– It’s use for record the voice on iDevices. One Click to share.

http://qwips.com/

2) Screenchomp

– This recordable whiteboard is just the canvas you need to jot your ideas down and share them – with the world, or just a friend or two. Helpful to anyone, but developed with teachers and students in mind, ScreenChomp records your touchscreen interactions and audio so you can…

http://www.screenchomp.com

3) Educreations

– It’s used to create and share the video lesson with iPad.

http://www.educreations.com/

4) Three Ring

– Quickly and easily digitize student work and build the resource for authentic assessment in your class.

http://threering.com/