"I’ve spent many nights testing apps. Many of those nights became the next day. As much as I love my iDevices, they can sometimes hinder my sleep. It’s hard to put down a device with a beautiful Retina display. Fortunately, app synergy is versatile. Yes, it often keeps me up at night. For this week, however, it also put me to sleep. Here is how your iPad or iPhone can serve you, even when it’s time to put them down."
"I do all my work these days on an iPad. From organizing reviews through gathering story ideas to actually writing posts and features, and even photographing and editing gadgets for those reviews, it’s all — every last bit — done on Apple’s tablet. "
"So it's time to look at the feedback from 177 of our students who responded on our brief end-of-the-year survey asking about some of their impressions after a year of 1:1 with iPads. For today, I would like to focus on the responses to the three questions below:"
"If you’re looking to transfer full HD video recorded from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, you’ll want to connect the iOS device to a Mac or PC and copy over the movies manually much like how you transfer photos to the computer:"
"When the gift-giving season for 2011 came around, the dreaded word ‘iPad’ appeared on the wishlist of nearly half the children in America. Parents across the country feared that the expensive handheld would become just another video game console tossed in the toybox. Now, while the flashy graphics and wide array of entertainment apps can paint that sort of picture, many app designers are actually tending toward interactive learning tools for their younger users. Was this portable PC really designed with education in mind?"
"Enter Educreations, a start up that allows anyone to create, narrate, and record lessons (whiteboard style) and publish the tutorials on the web, all from your iPad. This is a pretty amazing looking start up, and just closed a $2.2. million round of funding from investors. I’m guessing that investors see the writing on the digital walls!"
"Apps on multi-touch devices like the iPad or Android smartphones have the potential to revolutionize early childhood education, and help build a stronger foundation for lifelong learning in the 21st century. But, this potential needs to be realized. It is not a given that technology in the hands of young children will benefit their development."
"o help get your school year started off right, I’ve pulled together a list of the top eight iPad apps I have found useful for meeting the needs of ESL students in the classroom. Of course these iPad apps are also useful for other students, but I have tailored this list more specifically to the needs of the ESL students."
"You lucky thing. The summer’s over, or nearly over, and you’re already planning on heading back to school. Just like last year, you will begin this year fresh and full of energy and enthusiasm, only to be ground down by the man. Luckily, we’re here to help with advice on the best apps and gear to get you through the year and into next year’s summer vacation with the least effort possible.
So sit back, relax and take a look at the Cult of Mac back to school/college superguide."
"Now, with the new upgraded app, which is totally FREE by the way, you have a highly intuitive interface that makes it EASY to use on your iPad. While you cannot edit boards you can do just about anything else. It even has a built in web browser for surfing for more pins, with, of course its own Pin Button."
"To celebrate the brutish magnificence of the king of the ocean, we found the 13 best shark wallpapers. Take a look. Download them. And let your iPad or Mac bathe in the glory of nature’s most spectacular beast."
"Now is the perfect time to finally download Silent Film Director to your iPhone, your iPod touch, or even your iPad. That’s because from today until Sunday, Aug. 19, Silent Film Director is available in the App Store for absolutely free. It used to go for $2.99, but now you can have it at no cost."
"This weekend, my family and I were camping in north central Minnesota, and Internet connection–both 3G and wi-fi were sporadic. In one of the situations where we had service, I saw Tony Vincent's (a leader in educational technology who I have seen speak in person) tweet about Matthew Gudenius's “No iPad” video series:"
"During its education event in January, Apple unveiled its plans to revolutionize the K-12 classroom with the iPad, electronic textbooks, a revamped version of iTunes U that supports content for K-12 schools as well as higher education, and tools for educators to create their own digital content using iBooks Author and iTunes U."
"The default iOS clock in the US is a 12-hour clock, with AM and PM appended to the numbers to denote morning or evening. The other, more standard way of representing the time is with the 24-hour clock, in which any time after 12:00 is the logical 13:00, 14:00, and so on. It’s really easy to set on your iPhone or other iOS device."
"As a part-time college professor, I love Evernote: I can clip articles, make lecture notes and cross reference assignments between different courses. But the more I get into Evernote, the more I see how my students could benefit from using it even more than I do. Here are five top tips for students who want to use the service to organize their class work."
"I searched all summer for a fun Back-to-School activity. Well. . . unfortunately I couldn't find anything!! So, I have been racking my brain to come up with something exciting for Open House. This is when my kids will find out who their teacher will be for the year, and they will also find out that we will have 30 iPads in our classroom!! Yay! I decided to incorporate the QR scans and create an Open House Scavenger Hunt to give the parents and kids the information needed to begin the new school year. As the students arrived, there was an iPad and the first page of the scavenger hunt on their desk. They were instructed to work through the scavenger hunt with the help of their parents. Here is what I created:"
"Recording video is one of the great features of the iPhone and iPad, but before you send it out to a friend or upload to YouTube, you can make some quick edits and ditch unnecessary parts of any recorded video by using the built-in Trim feature. It’s just like trimming in QuickTime but it can be done right on your iOS device: "
"Family Game Night is one of the topical featured sections in the iPad App Store this week. It’s a good looking selection of a number of classic board games’ iPad editions and some other notable picks as well."
"The blogging world is changing all the time. Today’s bloggers are much more sophisticated than ever before. Many of them have a more mobile work style. Just because you spend a lot of time on the road, that does not mean you can’t keep blogging using your iPad. Here are 7 apps that bloggers can use to blog, edit photos, and product videos on the go:"