I recently discovered the amazing website: If this, then that
What does it do?
- link apps together to automatically work together
- saves you time!
How does it work?
Create a recipe, or choose from combinations that have already been created for you.
You can create connections between apps/products that you love to make them work more efficiently for you – if this… then that happens (aka you are making conditional statements)
Their about page explains this in more detail (https://ifttt.com/wtf – I love that the URL is wtf instead of about 🙂
Pre-made recipes are categorized for you and include all kinds of cool websites, news channels, media, etc…
Clicking on existing recipes allows you to quickly connect them:
They continue adding more apps all the time. Most are useful, some are interesting…
Every week I go and search for an app that I think can realistically benefit a teacher, student or both in their never ending educational journey. Yet, with over 500,000 apps on the app store it’s tough to find one that is worth your time. This is where Discovr Apps comes in. You simply type in an app or subject and shows you an ever expanding web of apps that are similar. Tap on another app and the web expands. Included in the web is information that tells you what rating it has and if it’s free. Double tap on an app and it will give you the detailed description, screen shots and the ability to head directly to the app store to purchase or download it. The app retails for $1.99 but it makes searching for apps easier and more enjoyable. While it’s not perfect it does the job great of finding similar apps to sort through. Check out the screen shots below and you can find it on iTunes here.
Doing a research paper in your class and feel like you’re spending too much on the bibliography? Well the EasyBib app might be for you. Based on the popular website that helps you create correct citations for various types and from various sources. This free app allows anyone to either scan a book’s ISBN number or you can search for it (books only folks). Once it is found it will give you the citation in MLA, APA and Chicago formats. Obviously students will need to know how to add the page numbers they used, but that is an easy addition.
It’s easy, effective and free! Give it a try by downloading it today.
Check out the pictures below.
Taking some time off this summer? Take a week or two to relax and get recoup some of your energy, be sure to reflect and then adopt. Not a child (but if that’s what you plan to do IT Babble wishes you the best of luck), but adopt a little technology to bring into your classroom for the fall. The summer is a perfect time to check out some of those cool programs we’ve been writing about and it gives you a chance to try it out. Read past the break to check out the game plan for the next school year.
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iPhone apps – May style
Well here’s that monthly installment everyone’s been waiting for. We’ve got timelines, video and a science apps and more fun for your iDevice. Oh, this month, they’re all free, so no excuses. Remember, your iPhone, just isn’t to impress your students and colleagues. You can also use it as a teaching companion and a source of information for students and yourself, so read on past the break to see what you’ve been missing.
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Hey folks! Well, it’s about five days too late, but I can’t let it go. I need to get this done! So I’m currently on a week long school trip (which is awesome by the way) and the place I’m staying (contact me for details) has been graciously enough to offer up their WiFi. Gotta love it. So this batch is pretty good but only three apps. They are all good so let’s get to it. No break, since it’s a short one. Oh did I mention they are all FREE!
Pleco – Chinese dictionary
This is a winner-hands down. If you know anything about Chinese, then this will make sense. If not, then if you’re thinking about learning Chinese, then check it out. You can type in the pinyin or English and it will give you the character you need. You can tap on any character in the app and it will, nearly instantly, bring up what that character is and other uses for it. This is the basic, but you can purchase a ton of in app upgrades. You can use download a feature that will use your camera to take a picture of a character and look it up, or you can actually draw the character right into the app itself. It’s a gem
This app recently had a pretty big update. Now the app does crash from time to time and blogging on an iPhone is far from ideal, but if you’re out and the inspiration strikes, it will do the job. You can even add pictures or video (if you have that option on your blog). One thing that I wish it would add are the categories. You can add categories, but it does not download all the different categories or tags for that matter to your app. Still it works pretty well and I’ve been using it a lot on my school trip this week.
I bet you can all guess what this does. While the app always asks me to rate it every time I open it, and while I often find myself tapping a little too often, for a free app it is not bad. You get the freedom to create whatever flash cards you want. You can even download your Quizlet flash cards to the app to practice on the go.
Yet another video that will help you get your class blog off the ground. This video will show you exactly how easy it is to set up your blog with blogger.com. Just follow these quick steps and your class blog will be up and running. Hope you have as much fun blogging with your class that I do. Happy blogging.
Just in time for the new year, a new list of educational iPhone apps that you can use in your classroom. Some of them leave a little to be desired, but there are more than a few winners here. So be sure to read on past the link to get all the goodness. Have a happy new year and we here at IT Babble hope that your 2011 is as good or better than your 2011.
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Last week I wrote a review about Zoho writer and it’s many, many features. While exploring the whole Zoho suite I came across Zoho challenge. What is it? Well, it is a very effective, free test maker online. In other words it is a love affair waiting for teachers (IT or otherwise). Zoho Challenge is a great alternative to grading which has all sorts of pluses to it, but to get to hot and heavy details you’re going to have read on past the break. Come on, you know you want to.
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