20 Widgets can be used on iOS 8

Here is my collection of iOS 8 Widgets:

1) Data Widgets (paid)


2) My Data Usage Widget (Free)

My Data Usage Widget

3) Launcher with Notification Center Widget (Free)

Launcher with Notification Center Widget

4) Launcher + : Shortcuts with Notification Center Widget for App, Contacts and Website (Free)

Launcher + - Shortcuts with Notification Center Widget for App, Contacts and Website

5) PCalc Lite – The Best Free Calculator (Free)

PCalc Lite - The Best Free Calculator

6) Pinow (Free)


7) Translator Widget (paid)

Translator Widget

8) Wdgts – A Collection of Notification Center & Watch Widgets (Free)

Wdgts - A Collection of Notification Center & Watch Widgets

9) Currenci – Currency Converter with widget (Free)

Currenci - Currency Converter with widget

10) Weather Widgets : Thermometer & NOAA Radar Widget (Free)

Weather Widgets - Thermometer & NOAA Radar Widget

11) Evernote (Free)


12) Quick Notes – Notes with widget (Free)

Quick Notes - Notes with widget

13) Musixmatch (Free)


14) Vidgets (Free)


15) SnapStats: Device Stats & Info With Today View Widget (Free)

SnapStats- Device Stats & Info With Today View Widget

16) Countdowns – Widget for counting days left to events (Free)

Countdowns - Widget for counting days left to events

17) Quick Memo Widget (Free)

Quick Memo Widget

18) Cheatsheet — Quick Note Keyboard and Widget (Free)

Cheatsheet — Quick Note Keyboard and Widget

19) iNavigator + Widget (Free)

iNavigator + Widget

20) We Step Widget (Free)

We Step Widget


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.

sketchlot - Tsignup


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.

sketchlot - password



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.



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!


Nearpod biz - home Nearpod biz - internet Nearpod biz - pricing Nearpod biz - sign up Nearpod biz - slideshow Nearpod biz - web app


CK12 – ONE stop portal in Education

CK12 – It s a free website funded by CK-12 Foundation. It’s provide free Online Textbooks , FlashCards,  Exercises  etc.

CK 12 - home


You can found that in different learning topics: Arithmetic, Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry, Analysis, Calculus, Life Science, Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Engineering, Technology, English, Astronomy, History, Economics, SAT Exam Prep

You can use your “Google”, “Facebook” or “Twitter” account to sign in.

CK 12 - signin


But, if you just  want to take a look. NO sign in required.


Application for Educaiton

The best thing of this site is embeded “Google Translate” that provided into 75 languages!

Presentain – New way to present

Presentain, it is a new way to deploy your presentations.

Presentain - home

After you sign up and upload your PowerPoint(in PDF), you can get a link or QR code to share for your audience.

For Audience: they can type the “PIN” at the presentain website to get your presentation. They can catch up your presentation right on their devices.

For you, as a presenter: You can control the presentation using your smart devices. You can walk around, click and play. The audience’s will have same path with you. What you “Click” They What can “SEE”.

But not like other presentation’s tools, its offer a download presentation function. Also, “presentain” work with Google Drive to store and get your files.

Take a look a tutorials about the demo.

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).

Pholium - home

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.

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 

OurPad – Personalize your Public iPad into Private

OurPad – This app has a great idea. That is  change your iPad which is shared with someone. You can make some sociable apps like Facebook, twitter. Or some personal cloud storage account like Dropbox. All these apps “pack” into one account under OurPad. Great? Yes! You can use your personal login (Draw a path like Android-based Devices). Then all account you setup before will automated login!

OurPad App  - Home

Application for Education:

Imagine the iPad in school change as student-based Devices. All students can set up their own account to login their own apps with one single login. This make out-door activities much easier.

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!

4 APPS for Educational Use


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


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…


3) Educreations

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


4) Three Ring

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