Tag Archives: iphone

FAO: iPad and iPhone users – Free Storage!

Just a head’s up, I have no connection with the company, but it strikes me as quite a nifty offer!  50GB of free online storage for iPhone and iPad users!

http://blog.box.net/2011/10/12/were-giving-ios-users-insane-amounts-of-free-storage-box50gb/

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Now THIS looks good! VoiceThread

VoiceThread

Now this looks really interesting!  VoiceThread seems to offer itself as a ‘Group Conversation’ tool, but to me it looks like it could be an amazing lesson extension tool and much more besides.  It could even be the future of homework!

Available as an App, or via a web login for those without iPhones too, so a far better bet than some iOS-only tools, as access is less restricted based on the technology being used to access it.

Some really neat features include the ability to embed results into a webpage (are you listening @Frogtrade, crying out for a Widget!) and a whole heap more.  This one is going to have to be experimented with – watch for any updates after I try to get some feedback from some teaching staff!

This is what the Apple App Store has to say about VoiceThread:

“Create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos — basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes your conversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC — anytime, anywhere.

Stunningly simple and accessible, VoiceThread is already in use by architects, executives, kindergartners, professors, and engineers around the world. More than 25% of the top Universities in the U.S. use VoiceThread to connect and communicate around digital media.

FEATURES
* Add images from your camera or photo library.
* Flip through pages and annotate them while you narrate.
* Sharing is as easy as sending an email.
* Use your VT account if you have one — just sign in and all your threads will be there.
* Access the extensive catalog of content created on voicethread.com.”

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And there we have it…iPhone 4s

Thanks to all at engadget for their excellent live feed, we now know:  http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/04/apples-lets-talk-iphone-keynote-liveblog/?sort=newest&refresh=120

So…no iPhone 5 for the moment, but some interesting developments going into the new iPhone 4s.  Siri seems interesting, but Dictation is a great feature – I can see that being a serious winner in MFL classes.  It’s not about the technology, of course dictation has been around for years, it’s about the implementation and this looks to be spot on.

Sadly, my hopes of a ‘cheapo’ version seem dashed, but I guess the good news is that the drive-down effect on iPhone prices has already begun, and with the 4s out soon it could bode well for the prices of the old units.

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Something wicked this way comes…

Something wicked this way comes!

So, the Apple Store is now unavailable, and it even made BBC News this evening.  The big question is, what next for iPhone?

My own hope for the future of the iOS platform is a cheaper, entry-level model.  Quite simply it IS the finest mobile OS and the only one that, for me, feels like it could be put to use in the classroom without a team of techies on standby.  Of course, whether Apple consider Android to be a threat (they should, it is a diamond in the rough) or not, will we see an iPhone for the masses? Or perhaps just or a shiny new update that has us reaching for the credit card?  Time will tell!

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Apps in Education!

A lot of talk about Apps in our Industry at the moment.  Something has shifted and Apps have made the transition from fun little diversions and time-wasting gadgets to being extremely useful and genuinely inspiring tools!

I’ll be covering some particular favourites here soon, but for now here’s another blog that attempts to list some of the best out there by subject area:

http://appsineducation.blogspot.com/

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