I do my best to stay on top of what apps are available for free each day. Who doesn’t want to save some money here and there? There are some blogs I follow and @TCEA is a great resource for tweeting out apps free for the day. I have recently run across an app that I LOVE: AppsGoneFree! Each day the AppsGoneFree app lists apps that are normally paid apps but are free for a limited time…usually just for the day.
What makes this app stand out above other resources? To me it is the layout and functionality. The app starts by listing the app, showing its rating, advising you which device(s) it will work on, and giving you a brief description.
If an app grabs your interest, click on the description to learn more about it. See screen shots of the app itself. You also have links that will take you right to the App Store. The action button at the top right allows you to share the app through email, text, or Twitter.
Click the link to the App Store and it opens up right to the install option. It’s quick and easy…just the way we need it in today’s world.
If you are an app hunter and are always looking for a deal, AppsGoneFree is the app for you!
As many of you are probably aware, iTunes 11 is ready for download. Many of you may not know, however, that the initial look of it has changed quite dramatically. If you use iTunes as a media player you will be very happy with the look and feel. If you use it as a device manager, however, you may not feel the joy quite as much!
They have streamlined the look to make it very easy to use for playing your music or videos. It is very clean. Many teachers use iTunes more for adding content to devices for their classrooms. The options that used to be readily available now do not seem quite as accessible with this new version. Fear not! They are there…you just need to know where to find them.
To get back the iTunes 10 feel, your first course of action will be to get the menu bar back. Click on the menu button located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen and choose to “Show Menu Bar“.
Once your menu bar is visible it is on to step 2 of this transformation. You will want the sidebar back so you can see devices that are connected to your computer. From the menu bar, select “View“, “Show Sidebar“. Now is when you will start to breathe a little easier. It is looking more like your old iTunes.
The last step for me was to select to show the list of songs. My transformation is complete! My music choices…don’t judge!
I saw a post from @rmbyrne recently about a FREE app from Read Write Think called Trading Cards. It sounded like something I would be interested in, so I downloaded it and began to play. This app has a lot of potential! I can see it being used across grade levels and across the curriculum.
To get started you need to choose your topic and the category under which it belongs. You can choose from Fictional character, real person, fictional or real place, object, event, or vocabulary. I would put some thought into this to make sure you are choosing the proper category. The app will pose guided questions for you to answer as you move through creation.
Once you have selected your category you are able to start into the project creation. Insert an image of your topic by either taking a picture or importing from your camera roll. Then choose a card design. Once that is completed, start entering your data in the assigned fields the app has for you. When you click in a field guided questions pop up to help you understand what kind of information they are looking for. Your information is limited to 120 characters for each field. Use the buttons below the card to flip from the front of your card to the back, share your creation, or save it in the app itself.
If you choose to share your creation, you have the option to save to your photos, send as an email, or send to a printer. It gives you a preview of how your card will look. The intention would be to print them out. You can then cut and fold the card so that it becomes two-sided.
I think these would be great for reviewing characters from a book the students are reading, reviewing vocabulary words, researching different locations, use as a study guide, and much much more! In need of a new project? Give Trading Cards a try!