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.

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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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How to Publish to the Apple Books Store on Any Device

How to Publish to the Apple Books Store by Jonathan Wylie

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.

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How to do Green Screen Photos Without the Green Screen

How to create green screen photos the easy way

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.

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Snip & Sketch: The Windows 10 Screenshot Tool

Snip & Sketch: Screenshots in Windows 10

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”