Soundtrap Launches New Free Plan With Unlimited Storage

Soundtrap, the popular music and podcast creation tool, has announced unlimited storage and new features for their free tier. These changes will undoubtedly appeal to educators, and anyone else who is looking to create audio on a budget. It’s an exciting move and one that will help open more doors for creators. Here’s what you need to know.

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iMovie: A Free Green Screen App for iPad

As much as I enjoy using Green Screen by DoInk, there are still teachers that find it hard to get paid apps approved, or to raise enough money to put a paid app on all the devices that they want it on. Consequently, I still get a lot of questions about the best free green screen app for the iPad. Up until today, there weren’t a lot of options, but a recent update to iMovie has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

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What’s New With Osmo for Schools in 2019?

I got an email today from Osmo. It was announcing two new mobile apps that they have just added to their platform. It reminded me that I haven’t spent much time thinking about Osmo in a little while, so I thought I would take a look at some of their latest offerings to see what was new. As it happens, there have been some significant developments since the last time I visited their website, so I wanted to share some of those below. Some affiliate links are included.

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Why Big Tech is in Edtech

A picture of a laptop on a table. Text above the laptop reads Why Big Tech is in Edtech.

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.

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EP1: Read Better

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.

If you have any feedback or ideas for future episodes, I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, you can learn more at unpackingios.com!

Unpacking iOS

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.

Apps from this episode:

If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe, leave a review in the Apple Podcasts app, or share this podcast with your friends on social media. I welcome any feedback or ideas for future episodes. You can submit that via the contact form at unpackingios.com.

Check out Safari for iPad and iPhone on Amazon for even more iOS tips, or learn more at safaribook.net.

Music: Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com) CC BY-SA

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Get More Done With YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture View

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.

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