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!

Use Facebook in School: Facebook Guide for Educators

mattbritland.com

A couple of months ago Facebook published ‘Facebook Guide for Educators’ which I was lucky enough to contribute to. Here is a taste:

“Schools are beginning to use Facebook Groups to communicate with students. This is a very powerful tool for sharing information and collaborating with students from a safe distance. Facebook Groups do not require members to be friends with each other. Members of the Groups can exchange files, links, information, polls and videos very quickly. Anytime someone contributes to the group its member will receive a notification. If you have the Facebook smartphone app these can be pushed to your device. Facebook Pages can also be used to create a central Page for students and teachers to share information”

Matt Britland,

Head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School

This is a fantastic document for those who are thinking about using Facebook in their institution or even those who…

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DictaNote – Dict your voice in Note

DictaNote – It is an online editor to type your text , insert the pictures. But this services not just that simple, it can turn your voice into test function!

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Before you want the system to turn your voice into text. You should change the settings before.

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The result is really amazing: fast and accurate!

Check this out! You will love it!

 

Recordmp3 – record online

Recordmp3 is an online service to let you recording mp3 online. After giving permission to use your computer’s mic and a video cam. You can start to record your voice.

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After your recording, you can save it as mp3 or share the link to others. Really simple to use.

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Applications for Education

Now Teachers can record their own voice to instruct student their homework after school. Students can record their conclusion of the report. Really easy to use and useful! No sign up is required.

Infographic: The Science of Study

Infographics King

School may be out for the summer, but learning never stops.  But what does it mean to learn?  Besteducationdegrees.com has created an interesting infographic on the process of studying and learning-down to the chemical reactions that occur in the brain!

Your brain is a miracle.  Compromised of over 90,000 miles of fibers, this thinker completes thousands of processes a second.  From keeping your heart beating, to recognizing the name of a relative you haven’t seen in a few years-the brain is an amazing thing.

Infographic: The Science of Study

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What Does #BYOD Mean for Content Developers? (#mlearning)

Classroom Aid

Everyone wants to go mobile today. But what’s out there is a mobile jungle – besides fragmentation across devices, platform fragmentation is very pronounced, and different mobile browsers. As BYOD(Bring Your Own Devices) is becoming common in workspace and schools, what does it mean for content developers?

Mobile Jungle

At least you might have heard of native apps, web apps (or HTML5 apps for nowadays) , or hybrid apps. Borrowing from Salesforce website, here is a basic categorization: (commonly known options, more details : Native, HTML5, or Hybrid: Understanding Your Mobile Application Development Options)

  • Native apps are specific to a given mobile platform (iOS or Android) using the development tools and language that the respective platform supports (e.g., Xcode and Objective-C with iOS, Eclipse and Java with Android). Native apps look and perform the best.
  • HTML5 apps use standard web technologies—typically HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. This write-once-run-anywhere approach to mobile development…

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Evernote Devcup 2013

Evernote Devcup 2013 is for Evernote developer to make use of Evernote API to create great product. This year has 181 products or idea submitted. Last year Evernote devcup 2012 winners are here. Ummm, Everclip is my cup of tea!

EverNote Devcup 2013

Now we move on this year. All project still under progress. Before August 2, 2013, you can vote for your love.

Here I choose some of them. Hope that you also love it.

1) Hop.in (Demo Video)

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2) EleEditor (Demo Video)

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3) PostClip (Demo Video)

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4) Biscuit (Demo Video)

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5) Lightly (Demo Video)

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6) Triprint (Demo Video)

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7) Funds (Demo Video)

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8) Cilantro.io (Demo Video)

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9) CloudPod (Demo Video)

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10) Receiptmate (Demo Video)

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I am not trying to rank above projects. It just a sequence to introduce them. What’s your choice? Leave a comment to share your idea.

 

 

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

 

 

Google Street View Collection

Google starts street view for a long time. Most of the people know that it can view the “street” via google map. The Google team tries to explore more. Thus, they create “Art Project”. It  lets student can walk through famous museums just a second – using first-sight and indoor street view function.

Now, Street view has many collections: World Wonders, Amazon, Ocean, World Landmarks, etc. If you type “Google street view collection” on different country google search engine, it will have different results. Here is some of this:

1) International (probably US) / Japan (probably same as International version)

2) Hong Kong / Taiwan

3) China

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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.

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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.

 

ABCya Animate – Create GIF online

ABCya! Animate  – It’s powered by ABCya.com. They launched an online animation engine to create GIF easily.

All you have is : a browser with Flash support (sorry for iPad, except Puffin browser).

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The UI is wonderful. Really attractive to students. You can draw with pen, type your text, paste with stickers. Also, you can copy the pervious frame to create your GIF. All functions in one UI with easy control.

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After that, you can save it as GIF. Here is my examples:

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Application for Education

No sign up with easy tools to create your own GIF. Great for students to explore their creativity!

Postach.io – Evernote as Blog

Postach.io is a new blog services but gives it in a new way – using Evernote.

Unlike Blogger, WordPress etc, Postach.io connected with Evernote as CMS (Content Management System). Blogger and WordPress using their own storage to post the blog.  Postach.io use other web services – Evernote.  All your content still keep it on your Evernote account.

Postach.io has two functions that I really like it : can using with Skitch for everyone and IFTTT services. Using Skitch for Evernote that means you can draw something on  your blog.  Also, Evernote can support share folders to others. Your blog changed multi-author’s blog(example). Using IFTTT services just changed all posting activates automatically!

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Application for Educaiton

Free, no setup. All you have to do is using your Evernote account. Just imagine that create the class blog during school picnic or field trip. Each student can post what they learn and see. Cool!