VocApp – first look

VocApp is certainly different in its approach and new generation technology for mobile platforms. My holidays are next week and I shall explore it better because, already, I can see some advantages. I have explored the VocApp site and was surprised to find that one of the things it does is explain the unexplainable to students of a language and explain word functions so it is not just for learning vocab lists. It supports an understanding of how languages function. I also liked the notion I would be able to create vocab lists from texts and that my senior students would be able to do that as well. It is something we do on a regular basis using graphic organisers and lists. vocappIt would be a  big step into the 21st century if we could make up our own multimedia flashcards from a text. One of the other advantages is shown in the video. You can make custom vocab lists by using voice recognition software. This is the way forward and I can see that  as having  both classroom and workplace value. There is school support for the app which I shall look into and I downloaded the app onto my iPad but have been using the free materials on my computer as well. You can get the Google Play version from the Play store. The app supports a number of languages and has been successful in its promotion of developing multilingual learners. If you go on YouTube you will see it has some credible endorsements of this aspect of the app.

WordPress app

wordpress readerThe WordPress app was never this good. I had upgraded my iOS on the iPad and a number of apps wanted to update. The WordPress app was one of them. I had tried to use it ever since the app had been invented but we just could not get along. Not sure what made me click on the WordPress app again recently. Curiosity , probably. FlipBoard has been through various changes , some of which have been horrible , and has now settled into a really good interface and MO. I never really give up on apps which I like or want to like. This is all new ground and developers need a chance to play out their ideas, concepts and coding. Growing pains. Patience and tolerance are virtues in the technological world. When I did open my WordPress app I was surprised. It was quite different. It had a clean, stripped down interface and clearly defined choices for navigation. This app has since become my daily friend. I can easily check the feed of blogs I follow. I can easily check the stats of each of my blogs. My blogs load easily in the interface and I can write posts if I want to . It also brings me notifications so I can keep up to date with what is going on on my blogs. This app is well thought out now and can be very handy for managing my WordPress blogs and keeping up with my feed. It has taken time to get it this good, but so worth it! The app is now highly functional and very useful.

Animated whiteboard presentations

This is my first attempt , so go easy on me. I wanted to show you how easy this app is to use. It’s a paid app called Elevator Pitch. It cost about 2.40 AUD. It is not a top of the range whiteboard animation app for scribing like VideoScribe. The latter comes with all the bells and whistles and runs on a computer or a tablet. Elevator Pitch is for the iPad and I can see some people would be able to use their iPhones to produce animated whiteboard presentations.It’s an entry level app for visual outlining. I was up and running in a couple of minutes.animated IWB presentationThe time line at the bottom is very easy to follow and you can swap the elements around if you want to. You can add your own images, use supplied clip art and then you type in the text and choose the presentation styles. It has no sound element which does not worry me at all. I am a beginner at this animated whiteboard presentation skill and I shall need to progress in my own way.Not having sound means I don’t have to worry about it while I am getting the text and visual elements in place.  The little video you make saves to the camera roll on the iPad and then I saved that to Dropbox. It saves as a .mov so it can be imported into a video programme for enhancement, sound, other added video elements. I put my presentation into Movie Maker because it is very quick to make a presentation. This one is just to start the year in my classes and get students who have done French before to introduce themselves quickly. More fun than writing a list of expressions on the board. I can show my video and then we can do a bit of  practice. The movie I made with Elevator Pitch itself lasts 20 seconds and is on my iPad, so if ever I want to do a quick refresher of the expressions in class all I have to do is go to my camera roll. This is going to be a great way for me to cover basic expressions and language patterns and quickly revise things we have learned. The only downside was that it appears to have no support for accented characters. Not even if I used the French keyboard.

Quiz Studio

Quiz Studio I have already downloaded a number of quizzes which will suit my classes when I start the new school year. Quiz Studio is a nice looking app and you can download quizzes and learning materials from Quizlet. Quizlet is a site where you can make your own online learning tools no matter what the subject and then something like Quiz Studio puts then into a nice interface for you on your tablet or phone. Quizlet is also available as an iPad or android app. Quizlet is a good way of us helping each other and Quiz Studio organises the study in an effective way.

Quiz Master Lite

Quiz Master Lite

Make use of your IWB

I am ready to go with my first Quiz Master Lite quiz. This is a free app for iPad. The Pro version costs about $3 and I’ll be getting it because it is worth having that little bit of extra functionality. The free version is functional and will make good use of my IWB for revision and a bit of fun. It is so easy to set up the quizzes. You just name the quiz and put in the questions. It then has some music and sound effects as the quiz runs. I think my younger students will like this and it will be a good way to get a lesson started, break up a long lesson and to do some quick revision. The simple images and text are bold and clear and so will have a good impact on an interactive whiteboard.