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iPads in the Classroom

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I've never worked on a Mac. I don't even own an iPhone. But one night four months ago, I borrowed an iPad from our Technology Department to see what all the fuss was about. As a baseball coach and sponsor of our school's broadcasting club, I thought the iPad might be useful for video analysis and editing. And it is. What I never expected was to find so many practical functions for my classroom. The iPad has changed the way I teach high school English, and there’s a pretty good chance it can change the way you teach, too.



Elf Defense: A Beautiful Tower Defense Game is now on sale! $.99

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Jelly Oasis has graced the iTunes App Store with a tower defense game which boasts the extremely unremarkable title of Elf Defense.  In fact, the title is so low-key that after playing the game, I almost wonder if they’re trying to hide their light under a bushel, because nothing else about this little gem is unremarkable and now on sale!



Bam! Jr. App Review

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If you've been looking for a game that will keep the kids occupied; then Bam! Jr. is what you have been looking for.  This particular game is fast paced, practicing colors, and really stimulates the brain with optical illusions.  In other words, you have to be pretty quick to win this game.  So, what is the overall object?



iAlbums for iPhone

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The new iAlbums app was designed to bring back the experience of buying more than just a song when you purchase music.  In the past when you purchased music it would typically come with the CD (or tape or record) along with a bunch of information about the song and the artist.  Since people began using programs such as iTunes to download their music they no longer got any of these extras.  They just get the song to play in their mp3 player.  While the music is the primary reason people like purchasing songs, it is much more enjoyable when they get the full experience.



Deluxe Moon HD App Review

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There are many different things to learn and see with Deluxe Moon HD.  In fact, if you are unfamiliar with astrology and the moon phases; the initial page might be a bit confusing!  But, this doesn't take away from the very cool effects that it provides.  So, what exactly is the purpose of this app?



Vikersund Ski Flying App Review

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The Vikersund ski flying app is a simple game where you play as a skier who is attempting a ski jump.  You tap to begin skiing down the hill and at the right moment you tap the screen to jump.  The goal is to get as far as possible during your jump.  You can play either single player or against someone.  Single player you have to beat scores which are computer generated, of course for multi-player you are going against your friend. 



Kids Puzzle and Book Apps Review

 

A new set of kids games for IOS just came my way to review. They are Wood Puzzle First Years, Wood Puzzle, Magic Marker, and Book Puzzle Emma in Africa HD.

The common denominator for the puzzles is that they are just like the old wooden puzzles we all played with as kids, probably around nursery school time. Wood puzzle is a little more advanced because you can check an option that allows the pieces to be rotated making it more difficult. The wood puzzles are bilingual in English and Spanish declaring what you put together when finished such as Duck or Pig. So, it's a language and reading tool as well. Price $.99.



Picture Hangman Review

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Picture hangman is a new app available which is similar to traditional hangman but rather than guessing letters, you guess little pieces of the overall picture.  In picture hangman there is a picture in place of where the word would normally go.  For example, one puzzle solution would be a picture of a woman’s purse.  Now these pictures are similar to chalk drawings, not actual photographs.  At the bottom of the screen there are a bunch of pieces of pictures, also in chalk.  You need to attempt to figure out which of the small pictures at the bottom of the screen belong in the picture and which don’t.



AniEmoticons is Convenient for Email and has a Vast Selection

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There are many different emoticon apps that are available, but AniEmoticons offers a vast selection of emoticons with a variety of features.  This particular app is perfect for using picture icons to make your emails and text messages more entertaining to read.  In fact, there are so many different options on this app that you can literally type a full message without using any words! 



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