Apple announced two new iPads today. This means that there are now five different models in the lineup and although that may sound confusing, it actually makes a lot of sense when you see how they all stack up against each other. So, let’s take a look at what you get for your money and break down the differences between each one.Continue reading “Unpacking the New iPads from Apple”
Recently, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the involvement and influence of the world’s biggest technology companies in education. Clearly, there are numerous benefits for teachers and students in the products and services they offer, but what drives companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and others, to continue investing in the education market, and how does that affect our students now and in the future? Here are some thoughts based on my own musings.Continue reading “Why Big Tech is in Edtech”
Here is episode one of my new podcast, Unpacking iOS. It’s a podcast about iOS and how to get the best out of your iPhone or iPad. Take a listen, and if you like what you hear, please consider subscribing in Apple Podcasts. You can also listen on Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn, or in a podcast player of your choice.
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Welcome to Episode 1 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I talk about ways to make reading online more enjoyable on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s the links from this episode. Listen online here, or subscribe in a podcast app.
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While browsing through my Twitter feed the other night, a tweet from Eric Curts (@ericcurts) caught my eye. It was a link for an online teleprompter called teleprompter.me. The interesting thing about this particular teleprompter is that it is voice activated. Here’s how it works.Continue reading “Free Online Teleprompter for Green Screen & More”
I’m not really the kind of person who likes to set New Year’s resolutions. However, as 2018 drew to a close, I began to think about things I would like to do more of in 2019. Two things came to mind. I wanted to write more, and I wanted to do more podcasting. The way I have begin to address these goals is something I wanted to talk about in this blog post.Continue reading “Introducing Unpacking iOS”
The research supporting the benefits of multitasking is a little scarce. Humans can’t give their full attention to two tasks at the same time, but there are still scenarios when switching between two simultaneous tasks can be beneficial. After all, this is the reason why picture-in-picture (PiP) was invented. People would watch one show while waiting for the other to start or switch channels between commercial breaks. The technology still exists today. Here’s how it works on YouTube, and some reasons why you might want to try it.Continue reading “Get More Done With YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture View”
A recent update to Apple’s publishing standards has allowed more flexibility in the creation and sharing of eBooks on the Apple Books Store. Previously, all books had to be submitted to the store via the iBooks Author app for MacOS. However, you can now use Pages on an iPhone, iPad, Mac or online at iCloud.com. Here’s how it works.
Earlier this week I saw a tool going around Twitter called Remove Image Background. It’s a clever, web-based tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify a person in a photo and remove the background behind them. It’s free, it works on all devices, it doesn’t require a login, and it removes backgrounds surprisingly well. I am sure that it could be used for all kinds of graphic design projects, but like many things, it made me think about green screen.Continue reading “How to do Green Screen Photos Without the Green Screen”
Screenshots are important to anyone who is involved in education. They form the backbone of many step-by-step tutorials and are useful for creating better explanations for students. However, they are useful for other scenarios too. They are great for capturing some design inspiration, saving ideas from the web, or recording bugs to send to developers. This Fall, Microsoft introduced a new screenshot tool for Windows 10. It’s called Snip & Sketch. Here’s how it works. Continue reading “Snip & Sketch: The Windows 10 Screenshot Tool”
Pixlr has a reputation for providing high quality, free online photo editors. I have been using them on and off for several years now, and I keep coming back to them despite having access to more powerful brand name equivalents from Adobe and others. Pixlr started their journey with a free online alternative to Photoshop. Their next release was Pixlr Express, a more simple editor that anyone could use for quick fix and easy filters and effects. Last month, they unveiled Pixlr X, and I think it might be my favorite one to date. Here’s why.Continue reading “Pixlr X: Free Online Photo Editor”