Bing Wikipedia Browser — An Elegent App for your Windows Device

Hi, this is Nazmus, and I recently decided to download and try out a new app by Microsoft called “Bing Wikipedia”. At first, I was hesitant to download it because I wondered “why would I need a Wikipedia app when the website works well enough?” Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I did download the app. Continue reading

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TI-Nspire CX CAS Unboxing

 

In this video, I unbox the latest and greatest calculator from Texas Instruments, the TI-Nspire CX CAS. It is a colored screen, computer algebra system with a user interface designed to be similar to that of the PC.

App Highlight: Discovery App for Windows 8

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Description:

The Discovery Channel is now on the Windows Store!
Watch thousands of clips and selected full episodes from Discovery Channel shows like Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, MythBusters, and more!
Download the all-new Discovery Channel app and take Discovery everywhere you go!

Feature:

  • FULL EPISODES: Watch select full Discovery Channel episodes, straight from the app!
  • SCHEDULE: Find out when your favorite show is on, and make sure you never miss an episode!
  • THOUSANDS OF CLIPS: Check out custom-curated playlists, watch the hottest clips from all of Discovery’s shows, and check out behind-the-scenes content and aftershows!

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Avg. Rating:3.5/5
Total Rating: 304
Price: Free
Link: Discovery Channel

Source: Windows Store

App Focus: Flashcards Pro

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Introducing Flashcards Pro for Windows 8. Of all the Flashcards programs we’ve seen here at McAkins Online in the Store, this app is the most comprehensive and most usable. There are some In-App purchase, but the App is further free. So you may as well get it while you can. Following is App details from the Store:

Description
**** Text to speech price reduced for a limited time. Grab it now before the price goes up ****
Flashcards Pro is the ultimate app for memorization and speed learning for any subject you can think of. Learn languages, use text to speech for audio learning, prepare for competitive exams, improve memory, and much more – all this in one easy to use and FREE app.
Build your learning library by searching and downloading from millions of flashcard sets available on quizlet.com. For ideas and inspiration, browse different subject categories on the main page. Or you can get creative and make your own flashcard sets using text and images.
Use text to speech to have your cards read by over 42 different voices and 19 languages. This aids in faster language learning and better memory retention. You can set different languages for the front and back side of the card through the Text-To-Speech option in study view. For example, if you are studying French, you can set the front of the card to an English voice and the back to a French voice. This makes learning faster and fun.

Features
Text to speech with support for 19 languages and 42 voices. Set a different voice/language for front and back side of the flashcard
Search from millions of sets available on quizlet.com
Download text and image flashcard sets
Explore different subjects/learning categories
Create your own flashcard sets using text and images
Track study progress (percent completed, number of cards learnt, yet to learn etc)
Create different categories for your sets. Sets are automatically sorted based on the assigned category. When you have too many sets, use semantic zoom to quickly navigate to a specific category
Mark flashcards as learnt or yet to learn. This way, you will always know the progress of your study
Reverse cards – you can reverse the card sides so that the front content is replaced with the back content and vice versa.
Export sets to pdf and word (docx) documents

Home page shows the number of sets and popular categories

 

Select a category to view ideas/keywords. Select a keyword to search for sets

List of sets in your collection

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If you are Student, or you are studying for a particular exam, get this app to aid you in your studies. There are lots of Custom Cards to choose from online. Download via the Source Link below:

Source: Windows Store

The Official Khan Academy App is now in the Store

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The Official Khan Academy App just dropped in the Store. We’ve had some fan-created apps in the Store for the site, now Khan Academy itself stepped up and created an App for themselves. The app is beautifully built I must say. You can download complete course locally via the App. Khan Academy is an Online Educational resource for a lot of students, providing free Tutorials of almost every subject. The library according to Khan Academy contains more than 3400 quality videos. If you are a student this app will be right in your alley. Here is Khan Academy’s description for the App:

Description
Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.
Our Windows 8 is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,400 videos.
We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.
It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology; Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Head over to www.khanacademy.org to learn more.

Features
Downloadable videos: take individual videos or entire playlists to watch offline at your own pace
Search and share: use Windows charms to search videos and share using any app which can share
Track your progress: Log in with your Khan Academy user account to get credit for watching videos
Watch on TV: use devices charm to play videos on your TV using a PlayTo enabled device on your network

 

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If you are curious about Khan Academy, please download via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience

CNN Leadership Unplugged

Throughout the week of June 24th I had the privilege of interacting with 75 students in the state of Georgia which represent some of the finest leaders in the state’s high schools. “Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience is a 21st Century Leaders Program for high school Juniors and Seniors in partnership with CNN.” This program is identified as Leadership Unplugged, a CNN Experience through 21st Century Leaders. After a rigurous interview process in May, all of us anxiously awaited for a letter in the mail that would notify us of whether or not we were accepted into this prestigous program. Continue reading

Get Free, University Quality, Computer Science Classes with Udacity

udacity logoIf you are interested in taking a computer science course, to satisfy a curiosity of how certain technology works, or want to learn a new programming language, you are in luck! You can now get free, high quality, university level education on some introductory computer engineering courses and programming languages. This is made possible by Udacity.

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Tablets for Kids

We all want our kids to be well educated, and we have been striving to make our children’s education better for centuries, from finding the best written books to hiring the most renown teachers. But are teachers and books generally the only primary means of education? Until very recently the answer had always been yes. The innovation in computers and the internet has completely shifted how we communicate, share, and learn, and for the first time in thousands of years, we have seen a revolution on how we can teach ourselves and others. With their small form factor and good portability, tablet computers provide huge benefits for the learners by providing instant access to vast number of knowledge bases, interactive books, and accessibility for the disabled, instructional videos, and hands-on experiments. As such, it is very important that tablet computing becomes an integral part of children education.

 

The first thing that might come to mind when thinking about using tablets in education is the skepticism that it is another attempt to try and replace textbooks from the classroom. These questions have been raised in the past: “will TVs replace books?” or “will videogames kill books?” But the answer has always been no. Books have always been the primary means to spread knowledge because once writing was invented, people gained the ability to share their wisdom with more people that ever possible with verbal communication. Therefore, the answer to the question “will tablets kill books?” is “no, it will not”. But a better question would be “will tablets make books even better?” Now, this is an interesting question, and one that is worth exploring for the sake of better education.

Books can now become alive and offer a far better experience and result through the use of tablet computers. There are several ways this can happen. Firstly, tablet computers allow books to become connected with the rest of human knowledge, something seen as magical not too long ago. Readers can tap on a word and quickly look up its definition, synonyms, and translation. Readers can also instantly and conveniently research, in other sources, the subject they are reading about. These things were possible to some extent in the past. People could get up and look up a word in a physical dictionary or research the subject in an encyclopedia. However, not only do tablet computers yield a broader range of search results with less time, but it is also much more convenient. And the mere convenience of doing so using a tablet computer will likely mean that the reader will actually look up the definition or do the research. Having to get up and physically grabbing a dictionary greatly reduces the likelihood of looking up a word, for example. Secondly, books on tablets have a greater potential to effectively explain difficult material or to let readers be more immersed in the content than physical books could ever hope to do.

We have imagined future cars, future robots, but rarely did we imagine “future books”. Nevertheless, the future books are almost at our fingertips with tablet computers becoming mainstream. Leo Laporte, from the podcast MacBreak Weekly, believes that books will soon no longer be composed of only texts and images. He believes that eBooks will soon contain interactive content, like videos clips and audio clips. Laporte gives an interesting example of a biography eBook that could include audio clips of famous interviews or an imbedded YouTube video about the person (Laporte). I would like to add that besides videos and audios, books have the potential to include built-in interactive applications! Continuing with the example of the biography, I think it would be very neat and informative if the eBook contained, say, a virtual home of the person. It would be quite exciting to be able to virtually walk around the home of a famous person. And it doesn’t have to stop here. Educational eBooks could use of interactive diagram to greatly increase effectiveness in explaining concepts. For example, a chemistry eBook could include 3D models of atoms that readers could pan and rotate with their fingers. Express Publishing in ELT Teacher’s Corner produces eBooks that incorporate these interactive features, and they sum up quite well how much more immersive and fun these kinds of books can be. “Express Publishing has come up with…interactive eBook in the EFL market, with animation, video, games, songs, stories, an audio visual dictionary and much more. With Spark interactive eBook…students are encouraged to become autonomous learners through research tasks and are both challenged and supported through a variety of multi-sensory tasks at different levels of complexity using different approaches. Students can get instant evaluation and personal scores” (Express Publishing). It is evident that tablet computers can make reading and learning more immersive and enjoyable, but it doesn’t stop there. Tablet computers allow books to be more accessible to the disabled than they ever have been in the past.

People and organization have been working to provide equal access to learning material to disabled students like those who suffer visual or hearing impairment. Tablet computers are a major contributor to this goal. EBooks are inherently more accessible than are physical books. I have severe visual impairment, and it is very difficult for me to do certain tasks, such as reading small prints and reading/writing quickly. I am thankful for the aid offered to me from my educational institution, such as extended time on tests. However, I have found that eBooks have proved to be extremely helpful to me because of their inherent accessibility capabilities. I am able to zoom in eBooks as much as I wish to help me read more easily. Also, software like Adobe Reader has amazing read-out-loud feature that is able to transcribe text and read it out loud quite naturally. Disabled student being able to carry a small device that enlarges font and reads out loud books is an example of a major advancement in accessibility technology.

So far, we have looked at how tablet computers could enrich books. We haven’t yet explored the other infinite amount of possibilities that come with using a tablet computer. Two other aspects of tablet computers beneficial to education help pose a good reason for implementing tablet computers in children’s education. Firstly, tablet computers offer many educational applications that allow children to be motivated to learn and explore knowledge. The Apple Apps Store provides a variety of educational apps for the iPad to help students learn.  “apps help students master English at all levels — from learning how to read to practicing writing and grammar skills to studying classic literature [and] With interactive ways to learn numbers, master multiplication, solve algebraic equations, conquer statistics, and more, these apps for all ages make math more engaging, interactive, and fun [finally] Explore these apps and discover more about how the world works. Learn biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy, astronomy, and more. And find field guides that you can take with you on your next nature hike” (Apple Inc.).

Secondly, a tablet computer gives student access to educational videos from anywhere. With the advent of the internet, every student now has access to educational videos created by instructors from all over the world. According to Google, which runs YouTube, “videos can engage students, spark a conversation, bring lessons to life, [allow students to] learn from other teachers.” Google states that YouTube has “Over 450,000 educational videos from leading educators!” (YouTube for Schools) To further benefit students, Google is launching YouTube for schools, a special version of the popular video sharing service. YouTube for schools will bring front the thousands of educational content while keeping a safe environment for the classroom. This version of YouTube, for example, won’t have any comment system or videos other than educational ones (YouTube).

Salman Khan is one of the most recognized instructors on YouTube, with daily video tutorials from subjects ranging from math, science, history, geography, etc. Khan has given a speech in a TED conference. He explains that learning using videos bring lots of benefits. For example students are not shy to go and rewind and listen to something multiple times to understand a concept; this eliminates the problem in which students fear asking an instructor to repeat the same concept too many times. Khan encourages instructors to adapt lecturing in forms of videos and let students work on “homework” in the classroom where teachers are here to help (Khan).

Having a tablet at hand means students can watch educational videos from their desk in class or from wherever they choose. Dedicated apps for tablet computers can help create a virtual educational environment, incorporating educational videos. With tablet computers, students will not have to worry about not having acce3ss to the video anytime they wish; these portable devices let students carry thousands of instructional videos as easily as they carrying a textbook!

We are in a revolution. The internet has drastically changed how we do a lot of things, and education is not excluded. Tablet computers, combined with access to eBooks, educational apps, and thousands of instructional videos, has great potential to truly enrich education like never before. These PCs provide a more interactive learning, better accessibility for the disabled, and a far richer learning opportunity. Ultimately, these devices no longer confine students to their classroom; young students today can now access knowledge from all over the world and from people living anywhere in the world. With these amazing opportunities for a better education, there is no reason to not work to bring tablet computers in the hands of our young learners.

 

References

Apple Inc. “Thousands of apps. Endless potential.” Advertisement. Apps in Education. Apple Inc., 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <http://www.apple.com/‌education/‌apps/>.

Express Publishing. “Interactive eBooks.” Advertisement. ELT Teacher’s Corner. Express Publishing, 16 Sept. 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <http://www.teachers-corner.co.uk/‌interactive-ebooks/>.

Khan, Salman. “Let’s use video to reinvent education.” TED Conference. YouTube. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/‌watch?v=nTFEUsudhfs&feature=channel_video_title>.

Laporte, Leo, Sarah Lane, and Andy Ihnatko. “MacBreak Weekly 273 – iTunes Mismatch.” TWiT. TWiT, 15 Nov. 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <http://twit.tv/‌show/‌macbreak-weekly/‌273>.

YouTube. “Educate, engage, and inspire your students with video!” Advertisement. YouTube. Google, 6 Dec. 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/‌schools>.

YouTube for Schools: Join the Global Classroom Today! YouTube. Google, 6 Dec. 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/‌watch?v=NegRGfGYOwQ&context=C24e0fADOEgsToPDskJGLNSDsDElJpHepZs3KlU6>.

Technology in Education

One of the big things being talked about in America’s South-East is technology in schools. Well, lucky as I am I attend one of the many schools that has invested majorly into brand new technology along with a new school. As my Class will be the first to go through every “class” in the school. So, a major class to take to learn about this new technology is “Broadcasting & Video Production”. As a very “technology informed” person I jumped right to the opportunity to take the class and has ended up being able to “direct” my peers in the way of running daily news shows and overseeing the overall accomplishments as what we do as a class. Well, as I stated earlier a big part of this class is the technology behind the show and the editing of our video. Sadly not all the “necessary” parts came in until about 1 week before the 2nd Qtr. started but we’ve about got most of it down. Now, onto the most important part. Within the next upcoming day I’ll be posting some stuff on here about how we use this Technology, etc. and show you a few clips from our daily news program which will now be featuring some things from Techtronica on it. Technology in the classroom contains everything from HD Panasonic Cameras, Green Screen, and a powerful Tri-Caster. Check back Tuesday and Wednesday for more! As the week goes on I will be comparing cons and pros of the new systems in our educational labs and classrooms.

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