Is it possible to travel with only an iphone? I have to say, it isn't too difficult. For the past week, I've been depending on only an iPhone as my primary computer, and the whole experience hasn't been bad. I'm composing this from the Philadelphia airport before my departing flight. Someone asked about a Bluetooth keyboard after reading my last article and I have to admit I don't use one. I've just been typing on the keyboard, butt keep in mind, I'm 5'2" and weigh in at 95 pounds—fully dressed. A keyboard was completely unnecessary for someone my size; but if you happen to be any larger (which would include all males and most females over the age of 16), you may want to invest in a Bluetooth keyboard.
I like to travel light. Ppossibly because of my own petite size, I don't like to be bogged down with things. I like tiny purses, sample-sized beauty products, and minimalist iPhone cases. So when I found myself having to travel from California to my childhood home in Pennsylvania, I came up with an idea, a mission really. Could I travel and survive for five days with only an iPhone? No laptop, iPad, camera, Kindle...you get the idea. Although I'm taking several personal days, I'll still have to answer and address work emails, answer student questions, and grade papers. I'll need to use only my phone for entertainment on the plane, GPS in the rental car, workouts in the hotel, and even an audition—not to mention I'm in grad school and I have a digital group project that requires my attention.
'Tis the season for things that go bump in the night. Halloween is almost here, and what would the holiday be if it weren't for creepy stories that kept us up all night pondering things that may or may not reside in our closets or under our beds. Everyone loves a good scary tale and even better is one that comes with amazing artwork and sound effects. This Halloween, if you're in need of a good fright fix, I suggest the new iLovecraft (2.99) app.
I remember the week before school started, my friend Paula and I would buy our yearly planners and bedazzle them with photos of celebrities, pithy quotes, and stickers. But behind their flashy exterior, the student planner was always the glue that held our school year together. Maybe we had to make the exterior so frilly and bright because the interior held so many "boring" assignments. No matter what the reason, student planners are an essential part of high school and college life, and no student should attempt making it through the year without one, even if the medium has primarily changed from paper to digital. Enter Omni Study (free this week) the app version (minus the stickers) of my paper planner.
If you have a child or have been paying attention to education news lately, you may have heard the term "common core" being thrown around. What is common core? Common core is a new set of standards designed to make students more college and career ready by the the time they graduate from high school. What makes common core different than many states' previous standards? Among other things, a strong emphasis on technology. When discussing technology in education, I routinely encounter two basic misconceptions:
first, that the students know more than the teachers when it comes to technology.
Hi, my name is Carolyn, and I'm addicted to iPhone cases. Since upgrading to the iPhone 5, I've acquired 23 different cases: everything from heavy duty to barely there to wallet cases to pouches, I have a case for every occasion.
As one of my students put it "You have a privileged iPhone." The mobile phone has moved from a simple tool to an accessory. And let's face it, the ultimate status symbol is the iPhone: just walk into any Bloomingdales or Nordstrom and look at the number of designer iPhone cases in the small accessories department. Samsung may have nabbed the top spot in the world, but in the world of fashion, the iPhone reigns supreme.
The conversation went something like this: "I'm gonna kill ya. God Bless yah, I'm gonna kill ya."
The whole thing might have been humorous had the man uttering these words not been blocking our path in the streets of Oakland, Calif., wielding a large stick. But I was amazingly calm. I have no special skills, I'm no undercover karate master or self-defense guru, and at 5'2" and under 95 pounds, I can't even physically intimidate a second grader. But what I lacked in physicality I made up for in ingenuity. I had downloaded and subscribed to StreetSafe ($19.99 per month) and my finger was on the app's trigger. I knew that if it came to it, police assistance was just a finger's flick away, which enabled me to speak calmly with "stick man," apologize for whatever indiscretion we had been accused of (I don't think we ever got clarification as to what exactly we had done) and safely pass. Crisis averted.
I remember when Apple premiered its version of maps. It wasn't pretty. People were upset, really upset, and I couldn't quite figure out why, because unlike the majority of my iPhone-toting brethren, I'd never used Google Maps. I first moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to pursue an acting career. I was armed with a Thomas Guide and a prayer. As a directionally challenged individual who had taken one too many a wrong turns and ended up in Compton on more than one occasion, I bought the first GPS system the moment it came on the market. Tom-Tom, Garmin, I've used them all.
It's official, summer is here. Time for days at the beach and afternoons by the pool: in other words, for many people, it's time to shape up. When it comes to staying bikini ready, my iPhone is my best friend. I have apps that help me track of my calorie intake, sign up for classes at my gym, and track my heart rate. But recently I've added a new app to my fitness arsenal, My Diet Coach - Weight Loss for Women (Free). My Diet Coach takes a totally different approach to dieting; this isn't a calorie counter or fitness tracker. My Diet Coach uses personalized motivation and tips to help you through social or emotional eating situations where you may be tempted to make unhealthy choices.
Summer is almost upon us, but before we can have fun in the sun or long days lounging on the beach, students must go through the right of passage known as the final exam. Technology has opened up the world of education, offering students various ways to study, prepare, and improve their GPA. But with limited funds and limited time, it can become a daunting task to find exactly what you need to help you cram. Since most students are strapped for cash, I focused on the best free study aids students can download to their iphones for on-the-go studying.