Friday, July 25, 2014

Free iOS App Today: Second Grade Reading Comprehension

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id547784812

Description

This reading comprehension app has twenty fictional stories about children's daily life. You can also create and add your own stories to the app.

Each story has about 150 words. Each story introduces new vocabulary and concepts, and is followed by a set of exercises that measure the student's comprehension. The exercises include multiple choice questions, true/false questions and matching exercises that ask the student to match words or concepts with their definition, or create compound words.

The app allows unlimited individual users, and provides detailed reports on each student's progress. The app can be configured to email the progress reports to a parent or teacher.

There are two modes: Practice Mode and Test Mode. In practice mode, the student is given visual and audio feedback as they answer each question.

You can create and add your own stories, along with images and questions. You can sync all the data (stories, images, questions, user accounts, reports, etc.) to your dropbox account, and import all the data to another iPad.

This app helps develop reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

List of included stories:

1. Kelly's Teddy Bear
2. Baking Cookies
3. Going Camping
4. Mike's New Glasses
5. Visiting Grandma
6. The Field Trip
7. The Storm
8. Summer Fun
9. Jason's Birthday Surprise
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Fly a kite
12. A Special Gift for Mom
13. The Birthday Card
14. Soccer in the Sun
15. Luke's New Puppy
16. The Four-Leaf Clover
17. Brandon's Family
18. A Stinky Guest
19. Floppy's Ears
20. At the Candy Store

This app is ideal for self-paced learning or home schooling. You should encourage your child to work at his or her own pace, and make learning fun!

This reading comprehension app follows the Common Core State Standard English Language Art-> Reading -> Grade 2. 

Free iOS App Today - Mighty Met (Metronome)

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id797830258

Mighty Met has been designed from the ground up to offer an intuitive new look at what a metronome can do for you. It is a fully featured metronome with an extra trick up its sleeve -- Mighty Met lets you easily automate an entire piece of music. It will make all the tempo, time signature and subdivision changes for you so you can focus on playing the music.

It does this by creating “cards” that tell the metronome how long to play, what tempo to play at and in what time signature. Want to have Mighty Met change time signatures exactly when you do in a piece of music? Simply create a card with the new time signature on it and you’re ready to go!

But, the most powerful part of Mighty Met is that you can organize it however you want from there. If you're having trouble with a particular section of music, create a card for just that section and subdivide it differently or make it slower so you have time to practice all the notes. Maybe you want to put your marching band show into Mighty Met so that each card is a new set. The possibilities are endless!

Features:
- Incredibly precise metronome engine
- Easy, intuitive interface
- Automate your entire piece of music instead of just one tempo at a time
- easy beat subdivision
- Pre-roll one measure before starting
- Looping user-selected practice sections
- Mighty Met will alert you whenever a card changes during playback
- Endless play option for when you want the met to click until you stop it .


TeacherLINK TechBytes Newsletter for August 2014

Link to Newsletter:  http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/newsletter/Index.html

In this Issue...
  • 5 Free Courses for Teachers’ Professional Development.
  • Building Houses with 3D Printers
  • Will 3D Printers Change the World?
  • 3D Printing Goes Commercial
  • Enhance Your Google Searches With These Tips and Tricks
  • New Flexible OLED Displays
  • Free Online Event: Become a Google Tools Expert
  • TextHelp Launches a Free Fluency Tool
  • FreeMake.com - Free Video & Audio Tools
  • Free Webinar Series: GLOBE and Next Generation Science Standards Alignment
  • Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement
  • REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014
  • Free iOS Apps: Duolingo; National Archives DocsTeach; To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis; CK-12 studyNow
  • New Technologies: Pano 100” multi-touch table; iOptic Augmented Reality Contact Lens; Youm Flexible Displays
  • How to Stop Auto-Playing Videos in FaceBook using Chrome
  • Neurobridge
  • Rio Firefly Handcycle

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Free iOS App: CK-12 studyNow!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ck-12-studynow!/id611509018?mt=8

Description

studyNow is an intuitive app designed by CK-12 Foundation that helps students learn, do homework, and research for projects . The app helps students find and learn K-12 content in an easy and intuitive manner. Students can now learn at their own pace and in their own way (Video, Interactive Objects, Read, etc.). Teachers can use this app to help keep their kids engaged within the class room and find supplemental material for their class. The app can also be used as a companion tool to the CK-12 site (www.ck12.org).

** KEY FEATURES **

MULTIPLE MODALITY LEARNING - Students can learn K-12 concepts in multiple ways:
Read
Video
Interactive Objects
Images/ Mind Maps
Quizes
Flashcards
EDUCATIONAL CONTENT - The following K-12 content is available. All content found in this app are aligned with the COMMON CORE STANDARDS!
Mathematics:
Algebra
Analysis
Arithmetic
Calculus
Geometry
Measurements
Probability
Statistics
Trigonometry
Science:
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Sciences
Life Sciences
Physics
Physical Sciences
Engineering
Technology
English
History
Astronomy
SAT Exam Preparation
BROWSE AND SEARCH FOR CONCEPTS
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT: Content from this app can be downloaded for offline use. Content can be downloaded in the following formats:
PDFS
ePUB
EXERCISES - Students can practices exercises for each concept to test how well they have mastered the concept.
LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES - Students can also find links to external resources for each concept.

** HOW THIS APP CAN BE USED**

Students can use this app to research relevant content for homework
Students can use this app to help learn concepts they are learning in school in different ways
Students can use this app to help prepare for quizzes/exams by practicing questions
Parents/Teachers can use this app to help facilitate and enhance student engagement in class

** ABOUT CK - 12 FOUNDATION **

CK-12 provides open-source content and technology tools to help teachers provide learning opportunities for students globally. Free access to high-quality, customizable educational content inmultiple modalities suited to multiple student learning styles and levels, will allow teachers, students and others to innovate and experiment with new models of learning. CK-12 helps students and teachers alike by enabling rapid customization and experimentation of teaching and learning styles.

Your comments, feedback or questions about studyNow by CK-12 Foundation are always welcome. Please email us at support+mobile@ck12.org. And check out our website for info about us at http://www.ck12.org. Thanks!

Free iOS App: To The Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/to-brink-jfk-cuban-missile/id570032141

Description

The "To the Brink" app brings the National Archives and its JFK Library and Museum exhibit to iPads. This free app contains many of the same photographs, documents, and recordings found in the exhibit — allowing people unable to visit the exhibit a chance to experience one of the most extraordinary moments in American history.


Free iOS App: National Archives DocsTeach

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/national-archives-docsteach/id513465174

Description


Engage in activities that will help you make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using documents from the holdings of the US National Archives. Choose an historical topic and challenge yourself with an activity. Or, find activities in a classroom set up just for you, using the code provided to you from the DocsTeach.org web site.

DocsTeach.org is an online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. On the web site, you will discover thousands of primary sources and learning activities. When registered for a free account, teachers can borrow from and modify an ever-expanding collection of activities, plus create unique ones using the online tools. Log in and create classrooms full of activities, then share the classroom’s auto generated code with your students to access on their iPads.

Features:

• Choose a historical era or topic to find an activity based on primary source documents such as the US Constitution, the canceled check for the purchase of Alaska, and Thomas Edison’s patent drawing for the light bulb.

• Participate in DocsTeach activities made with the Focusing on Details, Making Connections, Finding a Sequence, Mapping History, Weighing the Evidence, or Seeing the Big Picture tools.

• Tap and drag document icons to move them within activities.

• Tap to view documents. Zoom and inspect individual pages of documents using the controls in the document viewing window.

• Students: Find activities specifically assigned by your teacher using your classroom code.

• Teachers: Share the unique code from your DocsTeach.org classroom with your students so they can find and complete just the activities you have chosen or prepared for them.

A WiFi connection is recommended for this application.

The DocsTeach web site can be found at www.docsteach.org. DocsTeach was created in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives. Designed and developed by Second Story Interactive Studios.


Flexible OLED Displays

The LG and Samsung companies are moving forward with organic light-emitting diode technology, or OLED.  Since the organic molecules emit their own light, they can be printed to thin plastic films to create an amazingly bright, clear display.  Earlier this year, LG unveiled the world’s first flexible OLED TV and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Now it is unveiling two new eighteen inch OLED panels.  There is a transparent display (see image at upper right).  The other is a display that can be rolled up.  LG says these new panels are a proof of concept, and that it can market rollable displays over fifty inches in the near future.

http://lgdnewsroom.com/press_releases/4117

The new eighteen inch display can be rolled up into a cylinder a touch over an inch in radius - all without affecting the function of the display.  The curvature was achieved by using what LG calls a “high molecular substance-based polymide film.”  This film allows for a very thin, but strong display.

As for the transparent OLED panel, it boasts 30 percent transmittance, which was achieved by adopting the company’s transparent pixel design technology. LG Display has successfully lowered the haze of the panel which is generated by using circuit devices and film components to a level of 2 percent. With this breakthrough development, the company has been able to improve greatly the technology level of the transparent display. Considering that the transmittance of existing transparent LCD panels is around 10 percent, this new panel offers significantly improved transmittance.





3D Printers Print Ten Houses In One Day

PBS OffBook: Will 3D Printing Change the World?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5AZzOw7FwA

Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies developing cheaper and more efficient consumer models that have wowed the tech community. They herald 3D Printing as a revolutionary and disruptive technology, but how will these printers truly affect our society? Beyond an initial novelty, 3D Printing could have a game-changing impact on consumer culture, copyright and patent law, and even the very concept of scarcity on which our economy is based. From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D Printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world.

Monday, July 21, 2014

15 Open Education Resource Sites courtesy of eSchoolNews

Twisting light at will...

Scientists have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics. A random find in the washing basket led the team to create the latest in a new breed of materials known as metamaterials. These artificial materials show extraordinary properties quite unlike natural materials.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140718110449.htm


Friday, July 18, 2014

Free iOS App Today: Audiobooks - 2,947 Classics For Free. The Ultimate Audiobook Library

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id432627811?mt=8

Description

Audiobooks gives you 2,947 classic audiobooks, for free.

No ifs and buts about it- we package up 2,947 audiobooks and make them available to download and listen to anytime, anywhere. No nickel and diming, no extra fees- you get the entire collection for less than a cup of coffee.

Audiobooks unlocks a world of public domain content, allowing you to acquire the great books of human history. Letters of leaders, the collected works of geniuses, the finest Victorian novels, the plays of Shakespeare, the philosophy of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt. It's all here, along with thousands of other audiobooks. And all, might we belabor the point, absolutely free.

While you won't find recent audiobooks, you will find a mindboggling amount of classic titles from throughout the ages.

These audiobooks, as read by the talented volunteers over at Librivox, have never been easier to get- just tap 'Listen' and we'll download the first chapter in seconds. Once downloaded, we'll always download enough chapters ahead that you're never without something to listen to. And, because we download the audiobook as you go, we'll never hog space like other audiobook apps.

Going on a road trip or airplane? Hit 'Download All' and we'll download every chapter in the audiobook. Need more space? We make deleting an audiobook as easy as a tap. Want to listen in the background? No worries! We have you covered.

2,947 of the greatest books in human history, available with the tap of your finger. Free.

If you have any questions or suggestions don't hesitate to drop us a line at support@digitalpresspublishing.com- that's what we're here for!

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This is THE audiobook app I have been looking for, let's me download and save my data plan!

***** Really amazing app!!!
This app is perfect for traveling, cleaning the house and just enjoying a break from turning pages. Will always recommend.

***** What a collection!
I am very impressed by the sheer number of magnificent authors and books offered by this tiny app! Whether its Verne or Dickens, Dracula or Mr. Sawyer you're craving, look no further than right here! :-)

***** above quotes are recent 5 star reviews on the app store *****

* Audiobooks requires internet access to download audiobooks, but after you download them you can listen anywhere, even when you're not online.

Free iOS App Today: Dragon and Wolf - An Interactive Children`s Book

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id538760800?mt=8

Description

Dragon and Wolf are two boys living in a small town. In their games, they dream of solving secrets, of real travels and adventures at sea. In this story, the heroes help the stars, friends to all seafarers, find their way home.

The book will be especially interesting to the little heroes 4 years of age and up, and their parents would be able to participate in their little ones' adventures. The animation and touch-sensitive objects have made the easy to remember illustrations even more interesting: cheerful little clouds are crossing the sky, flowers are blooming in the forest, Dragon will need help to free the little ship, the owl and the raccoon are curious to take a look at the visitors, and the bumblebee is buzzing angrily. The stars are ready to greet the reader, and the reader can try to get the moon from the sky! Dragon and Wolf would love to play with you: help them perform a high jump with a twist - a little scary and breathtaking, but so wonderful!

In addition every page contains background audio which defines a mood of scene and has special function of narrator’s reading. User interface of the programme provides an opportunity to choose more comfortable way of acquaintance with the book – you can centre on independent reading and scanning pages, or you can let your book to tell this story for you. You can zoom in text for reducing eye impact, and hide all text menus and navigation bar for the better view. The application supports multi-touch and is a nice outfit for a new iPad!

FEATURES:
• The book for children age 4 and up (toddlers will have you read it or show some pictures)
• Funny and bright pictures, interesting for looking through
• Animated and vivid objects which react your touch on every page
• Try to toss your heroes and objects up
• Shake the device on pages 10 and 11 to make a leaf fall
• Turn pages easily
• Choose the reading mood: independent, by narrator or listen to whole fairy-tale with opportunity to go to the next scene automatically
• Zoom the text in for more comfortable reading (double tap on the text), move it or zoom it out for the better view of the scene
• Hide a navigation bar (double tap on the page)
• You can return to the main menu or choose the most interesting page immediately
• Supporting multi-touch
• This book is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

CONTACT US:
Visit out website: www.dragonandwolf.com
Follow us on Twitter: @dragonandwolf

Free iOS App Today: The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id544638205?mt=8

Description

**Highest ranking in U.S. App Store - #11**
**Featured in 155 places in iTunes!**

**Reviews**

“"A fun read-aloud and a break from the routine moral." School Library Journal

"An entertaining choice that will introduce children to the fable and show those familiar with it how traditional tales can be expanded." Kirkus Reviews

"Crow employs amusing imagery...and the story is laden with playful sound effects that will add plenty of punch to readalouds, with the fast tempo providing additional energy. Forshay’s illustrations, in saturated opaque colors in cheerful hues, offer amusing comic modeling in her animal cast...those familiar with Aesop’s version will cheer for the famous pair along the way." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Deep inside the city was a hip and happy hare.
He was zippy, sometimes lippy, takin' taxis everywhere.

Way out in the country was a tortoise calm and cool.
He was quite the mellow fellow chillin' out beside the pool.

Kids will love to move and groove with this dynamic duo as they hop and pop towards the finish line in this hip-hopping retelling of the classic tale.

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**Features:

-Specially tailored for children from 4 to 8 years old
-Appealing energetic illustrations by illustrator Christina Forshay
-Accompanied by Kristyn Crow’s rhythmic writing style
-Packed with hours of comprehensive interactive fun and entertainment
-Professional voice narration
-Tuneful and stimulating background music, and sound effects
-Universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

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Welcome to BELUGABLOO! We are committed to serve one sole purpose, that is to ensure our young readers take pleasure in a unique and fun learning experience. We provide an instructive and engaging platform by bringing to life a selective collection of stories through the means of creative technology.

BelugaBloo has teamed up with renowned American Publisher Albert Whitman to bring to life the already enchanting story to give readers an unforgettable experience!

Albert Whitman books reach out to children of all backgrounds and experiences and include a wide variety of stories, illustrations, and topics. In many of our books, we respond to those who have challenging life situations—kids who must deal with prejudice or bullies; kids who must live with asthma or autism; kids whose families have been torn apart by divorce, war, or death. Find Albert Whitman & Company online at www.albertwhitman.com.Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing “good books for children” since 1919.

Contact the BelugaBloo team by: info@belugabloo.com

Keep in touch!
Website: www.belugabloo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Belugabloo
Twitter: twitter.com/belugabloo

“BelugaBloo is not just a novelty, it is an experience.”

Free iOS App Today: The Legend of Momotaro

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id553938013?mt=8

Description

**Best of 2012 by Kirkus**
**Critics' Pick by Kirkus**
**Awarded a Kirkus Star for Remarkable Merit**
**Best Apps for Kids Editor's Choice**
Join Japan’s favorite hero Momotaro on his quest to defeat the evil ogres of Onigashima!

The famous legend of Momotaro is brought to life with beautiful handcrafted illustrations, animations and narration. Ten panoramic scenes tell the classic Japanese story of an old man and an old woman who’s only wish is to have a child. The gods grant their wish in a most surprising way!

As the story of Momotaro unfolds find the hidden interactive elements in each scene to learn about the Japanese culture and language. Watch and listen as subtle animations, authentic narration and sound tell a story of bravery and friendship.

Your children will spend hours being entertained while learning about the mysteries of ancient Japan!

Great for the iPad mini.

Features:
-Beautiful Panoramic Scenes
-Hundreds of Original Illustrations
-Animations and Sounds That Bring The Story to Life
-Professionally Narrated
-Read-to-Me or Read-to-Myself
-Hidden Interactive Elements in Each Scene
-120 Animated Origami Pop-Ups Reveal Rich Interactive Details
-Interactive Language Modules with Native Pronunciation
-Draw Kanji Characters with Your Finger
-Interactive History and Cultural Modules
-Presented as a Traditional Japanese Picture Scroll – Emakimono
-Zoom In to See the Handcrafted Illustrations
-Zoom Out to See the Panoramic Scene in All of It’s Beauty