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Apps: Education

Attend Webinars through the iPhone

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I attended a WebEx session early one morning a few weeks ago, and couldn't get my laptop booted up in time. A webinar at 7 am seemed too early even to the computer. No problem, though. I hopped on through my iPhone, with the WebEx Meeting Center app (free, at the App Store).

When you launch the app (a green and blue globe icon labelled "Meet") you can click the Join Now button if you've got an email invitation with a meeting number, or if you have a host account you can sign in and manage a meeting through your iPhone.

Then WebEx called my phone and when I answered, I was in. The presenter was a woman in Amsterdam, another participant was in Stockholm, and I was in Chicago. It was snowing in all three cities, we complained.

I was able to see the webcam feeds of the other participants (up to six webcams can be shown at once on the WebEx screen), but they weren't able to see me. Although the native phone function works while the WebEx app is running, I can't take a snapshot or video at the same time.

So I logged on through my laptop -- which had finally booted up. Here's a screenshot from my iPhone of the three of us on screen as I began a presentation.

It was fairly easy to scroll around to the content being displayed, and when the slides were designed with few words and good-sized images, I could see the presentation quite well on the iPhone.

Is this the next big thing in e-Learning? Will students just tune into the lectures with their iPhones? It's possible...



Qik, get this app!

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Jumping into the middle of the iPhone video camera fray is Qik Video Camera ($1.99) by Qik Inc.which is amazing, and has edged my other favorites iVideoCamera and ShowTime out of the lead.



Enroll at iTunes U

Free audio and video content for students of all ages

iTunesUiPhoneIf you're in school or have a child in school, you know that educational costs are going through the roof. In this economic environment, you want to reduce those costs and get the most out of your educational experience. And even though we may not be in a formal educational program, man y of us are still interested in learning more about a variety of subjects.


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Preschoolers will love to Rescue Ginger

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Preschoolers will have fun tapping the characters and watching them fly in the sky, make noises, climb trees, play tug of war, and other silly antics as they attempt to Rescue Ginger. As they hear the story read aloud, they'll also enjoy animations and sound effects such as cows mooing and horses neighing.

It's also a fun way to prepare them for Kindergarten! As they listen to the story and play with the objects on the screen, the app quizzes them about colors, shapes, counting, and matching.  



Experimenter - good news and bad news

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I was pretty excited about this app at first, but as I continued to explore it, I have reservations about recommending it.

First, the good news: Experimenter contains 14 experiments that are fun, extremely interesting and easy to do. Your older teens could do them on their own. The directions are included as well as videos showing the actual experiments in action. A brief explanation of how the experiments work is also included.



Math Seeq - A Brain Boosting Game

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I'm pretty smart (so I think)....Well, this game challenged me. My 9 year old had to remind me that 2 is a prime number.  

Math Seeq is a fun educational app that you can give to your kids to help them improve on their math skills or turn them into a code breaker - think (Audrey Tatou in DaVinci Code with the Fibonacci sequence). 

After selecting your game level, Math Seeq tells you what mathematical sequence you are following and gives you a hint on what the first one or two correct answers will be.  You have to find and tap the next correct number in the sequence from a bunch of numbers flying around the screen. (see the video below) The first level is pretty easy, starting out with sequential numbers; one, two, three etc.  You get to tap as many numbers in the sequence as possible during a set time period.  The first level then goes on to challenge you with all the sequences in the basic times tables; multiples of two, multiples of three and so on up through nine.

In the intermediate and expert levels, Math Seeq throws more complex sequences at you such as prime numbers, the fibonacci sequence, and things like "i squared minus i" (Huh?).  So, now you have to remember the equation and calculate the number in your head in order to find and tap it! (ask your kid, if you slept through it in high school - they are learning it in elementary school now!)

Math Seeq can challenge every age.  The grade schoolers can practice their times tables and the more complex stuff will challenge older kids and serve as a good refresher for us adults - trying to keep the brain exercised (Alzheimers!) For correct answers you get points, and you get additional time for each correct answer as well.  High scores are saved so you can keep track of your progress.  There are plenty of ways to practice your times tables out there, but here you have to hunt them down and tap them!  Math Seeq is fun to play and it's addictive!  

Sometimes the number you are looking for gets hidden behind another number and you have to wait for it to escape before you can nail it, but that just adds to the fun.




 

website:  http://www.smileycatsoftware.com/Math_Seeq.html
app store/itunes link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-seeq/id328264591?mt=8

Lite is Free, Full is $1.99

Bottom Line - Worth downloading the full version for kids or adults.  I give it 8/10 iPhones. 

 

~T. Posted from BlogPress - Please excuse the formatting.



A nostalgic look at classical music

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As a classical music fan, I am really enjoying this app. It's fun, educational and brings back fond memories.

With Classical Music, I can listen to one-minute excerpts of classical music from a variety of composers, learn more about each piece, as well as each of the composers. Afterwards, I can take a quiz to see if I recognize the songs and composers from listening to excerpts.



TeachMe Kindergarten

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Here’s a fun way to reinforce learning - use the iPhone or iPod Touch and the TeachMe Kindergarten app. With TeachMe Kindergarten, your child can practice addition, subtraction and reading skills using a variety of learning styles – visual, auditory and kinesthetic. This is the most effective way to learn.



iPhone giveaway for students!

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At a college bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, students can enter to win a free iPhone every day, simply by reselling their textbooks. Staff members said that they have been noticeably busier this sell-back season, though they can't credit the iPhone giveaway completely.

Students who sell their books get to spin the big iPhone-A-Day Giveaway wheel. There are prizes on nearly every slot - though some are freebies such as "An Encouraging Smile" and "A Word of Wisdom." The grand prize is awarded  when the wheel lands on a small slice of black with the image of an iPhone.

If the student's spin ends up stopping at the spot next to the iPhone winning area, bad news. That's the only place on the board that doesn't result in a prize of any kind. Nada.

But just think of the excitement as a student spins the big wheel and it finally stops directly on the iPhone space. Pandemonium, right? Joy?

Not for one student. He told store employees that he already had an iPhone, and asked if he could get a Snuggie instead. Staffers convinced him that an iPhone was worth a lot more than a $20 blankie.

And this guy went to my university?? Standards sure have fallen...



KidCalc - an excellent math review tool for young children

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KidCalc is an effective math-teaching and review tool for young children. Version 1.8 has five playing activities: Counting Puzzle, Flash Cards, Calculator, Math Puzzle, and Count Snowflakes.

The Calculator is just what it says – a calculator for kids.

In the Counting Puzzle, your child counts by 1s, 2s up to hundreds; also prime and binary numbers. After choosing the numbers in the correct sequence, the child is rewarded with a secret picture.



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