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    Monday
    Jan062014

    The Dead - James Joyce App out now

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    'The Dead' is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century. The closing story of 'Dubliners', it begins with a party in Ushers Island on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas. To mark the centenary of the publication of Dubliners, UCD Humanities Institute is delighted to announce the release of an exciting new iPad app - including the full story read by renowned actor Barry McGovern plus period images and audio commentaries.

    At number 15 Ushers Island, on the 6th of January, Kate and Julia Morkan hold their annual dinner party. Gabriel Conroy and his wife enjoy the company, dancing and music. When his wife hears the folksong, ‘The Lass of Aughrim’ sung plaintively by another guest, she remembers the young man who once loved her and sang to her on another snowy night. And Gabriel discovers his marriage and his life are not all he imagined them to be.

    Monday
    Dec302013

    Power up your battery life with these simple tips

     

     

    Do you want to improve your battery life on any of your iOS7 devices? This short demonstration gives you at least 7 ways to drastically improve battery life!

    Tuesday
    Dec172013

    Quizzem - The Junior Cert Biology Game

     

    A multiplayer quiz game designed to help you remember all the information required for the Junior Cert Biology exam. Play with family or friends!

     

    The game is made for 2, 3 or 4 players and it's main goal is to encourage fun, co-operative learning, improve literacy and numeracy skills alongside improving exam results. It also provides a way for parents to get involved in their child's learning. They can support them at home just by playing the game. 

    Wednesday
    Dec112013

    Wikilinks... Visual Maps of Wikipedia

     

     

    A visual and engaging way to use Wikipedia and related content.
    Presenting your search and it's links as a mind map, this is one for fans of Wikipedia. It has some great features built in to allow a user to modify Font size, backgrounds and themes. So students with dyslexia and/or visual impairments can change the colour of themes to suit their needs. 
    From the app itself you can download content to view offline, watch related youtube clips, as well as scan the photgraphs attached to the related Wikipedia links. 

     

     

    Monday
    Dec092013

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

     

    For those days when you simply can't decide, or you want to leave some things to fate! This app is a simple spinning wheel allowing you or your students to let the spin of a wheel make a decision for them.

     

    Whether you load it with Essay topics, exam times... it's all up to you!

     

    The app is called Decide Now, and there is a 'Lite' version also available. 

    Monday
    Dec022013

    Speaking in tongues? Voice translator

     

     

     

     

    This Voice translator app does exactly as it describes. You can speak directly into your iPad and have it translate into a variety of languages. It does rely on understanding what you have to say, so if this becomes and issue you can type what you want it to translate and it will work for you. 

     

    Useful for Language teachers, students or just for that weekend break away!

     

    Friday
    Nov292013

    Create animated versions of yourself and share movie

     

     

    This easy to use app allows you to create animated versions of yourself, and place yourself in a custom background. You can record your character speaking from a range of differnet voices, or simply record yourself speaking. 

     

    Share your "Gami" video with others. The video is stored online at the Tellagami website. 

    Wednesday
    Nov272013

    Speed up your iPad and Reduce Motion

     

     

     

     

    iOS7 has increased the amount of animation involved in opening up apps. Once you click on an app, it automatically Zooms up to begin. Added to this is the Parallax effect behind the icons on the home page which make the icons appear to float as your device is tilted. 
    With this quick and easy tutorial you can turn off these animations to save time between apps and increase your productivity.

     

     

    Monday
    Nov252013

    Annotate on your live camera feed... Stage

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of the most powerful uses of your iPad in any classroom is the camera. It is a mobile visualiser and is, quite, probably the app I use the most in any class. So what if you could combine the power of an interactive whiteboard with the camera? Well Stage delivers just that. You can annotate on top of your live camera feed, and like most whiteboard apps you can record your class as a movie. (The movie file automatically gets saved to your camera roll) 

    As Stage is an interactive Whiteboard app, it also allows other backgrounds from a standard whiteboard and with an in-app purchase you can include Maps, Sheet Music, Graph Paper and ruled Paper. 

     

    Videos are saved at the following resolutions:
    • Low: 320x240
    • Med: 640x640
    • High: 1280x720
    The file size depends on the dimensions and length of your video.
    • Low(~3.2MB per minute)
    • Medium (~26MB per minute)
    • High (~170MB per minute)
    Depending on the remaining storage capacity of your device, you may be able to save videos as long as 120 minutes. But I'd recommend keeping your videos short to keep them manageable. Keep in mind that video sharing sites, like YouTube, generally limit video lengths. Also, long videos will take a long time to save, export, and send.
     

     

     

     

     

     

    Monday
    Oct212013

    Add Phonetic Guides to your Pages to help literacy and language skills

     

    Use Phonetic Guides in Pages/Keynote/Numbers to help your students break down words and pronunciation. Originally designed for Chinese, Japanese or Korean text, once you have enabled the featured there is nothing to stop you from using it on other languages or general literacy skills. 

     

    You will need to enable one of the Chinese, Korean or Japanese keyboards. Even if you never use the keyboard itself, by doing so you are unlocking the features of that keyboard.

     

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