App of the Week: AudioBoom

Alright, so you want to add a voice over or make a recording of something, but you need an embed code or you need to be able to email it out.  What do you do?  Well, you use AudioBoom!

Now some of you may be thinking that the name of that looks familiar.  You would be correct.  AudioBoom used to be AudioBoo.  I don’t know why they added the “m,” sorry.  However, the product is still very useful.  The first thing you need to do is set up your free account online.  Then simply download the app to you device and sign in using the same username and password.  Not only does it record your voice and give you an embed code, but you can also add a photo to your recording.

So what does that mean for you in your class?  Well, if you are teaching an ESL class you could create recordings for your students to translate.  If you teach English you could record readings of poems and such for when you can’t be in class (ie. in case of snowmageddon).  You can use it to do a voice over of an instructional video with bad audio.  The possibilities are endless.  Just come on in to Instructional Support and Development and we can help you figure out how to use it in your classes.

App of the Week: Skitch

Skitch is a free app for both Apple and Android devices that allows you to annotate on images.  Within this app you can write on photos that are already in your library, take a new photo with your camera, notate on a map, mark up a webpage, take notes on a PDF, or just draw on a blank page.  I know!  That’s a lot of options for one app!

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App of the Week – Veescope Live

Always wanted to make your very own Green Screen Productions?  Well then Veescope is the app for you!  There are two versions of Veescope for you to choose from.  One is the free version which I used in THIS EXAMPLE which, as you can see, has the Veescope watermark.  Now if you want to remove the watermark and get some extra features it’s $4.99.

Now what makes Veescope special in the world of green screen apps.  While you are recording, Veescope actually plays what you want on your green screen!  Most of the time you can only record yourself with a green background and then add in your animations, slide shows, etc.  Then you have to just cross your fingers that you can get it all to sync up the way you want it to.  This app is available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store!

 

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Check Out All The New Stuff!

Have you stopped by IS&D lately?  Well, you’ll be pleased to know that we have several new toys in AA337.

  1.   Zoom Cameras – These cameras were created by an audio company giving it great sound quality.
  2. Nexus Tablets – Google’s response to the iPad, Nexus tablets are a great way to show an alternative to the iPad.
  3. Professional Development Library – After attending the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference, we have amassed a small professional development library focused on best practices with technology.

 

Is there something you would like to see us carry?  Stop in and let’s chat!

 

App of the Week: Shutterfly

Alright, so if you attended our webinar about online photo storage, you’ve already been introduced to Shutterfly.  If you weren’t able to attend that webinar you can get a recording of it here.  Shutterfly is a photo storage (and basic editor) that allows you to create a free account for an unlimited amount of storage.  Now one thing you should know about Shutterfly is that it is a printing company as well.  You can create mugs, calendars, books, etc through their website as well and these services are advertised.  However, I have never really had an issue with outside ads or popups while using this site.

One of the biggest advantages of this app for me is the actual app for your phone.  I like to use it on my cellphone because that is my default camera and I routinely end up with hundreds of pictures on it.  This app uploads pictures very quickly and has select features that make it easier to use than the photobucket app.

Also a cool feature is the way Shutterfly allows you to share your photos.  They actually give you a website hosted through their site.  You can simply share the link and then everyone you send the link to can flip through your photos and videos.  This is so much better than sending emails with the photo attached (if you’ve tried to send photos through your NVCC account you know why).

Check it out at Shutterfly.com, it’s FREE!

App of the Week: Photobucket

If you’re anything like me then you take a million photos on your phone.  I do because it’s right there in my pocket all the time and it’s quick.  Well, once it’s on my phone what am I supposed to do with it from there?  One possible solution is Photobucket.  Photobucket is a free online service that allows you to store up to 2 GB of your photos and videos (you can of course upgrade to a Premium pay for it account if you want).  Photobucket can link straight to your phone and gives you some basic photo editing options as well as just the online storage.  I like that I can back up all of the photos from my phone by turning on auto back up!  Then I don’t even have to worry about it.

Downfalls: It does take up a lot of space on my phone and is sometimes slow to upload pictures.

There are many other options for online photo storage so check out our webinar on Friday: Register Here!

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App of the Week: Comic Life

Alright, now as the name suggests Comic Life helps you create comics!  The technology is easy to use.  There are pre-made comic pages and options.  All you have to do is add the pictures and words.  Really, it couldn’t be simpler!  You also have the option to share the comics you create.  This makes group work and classroom sharing easy breezy too!  Students can create their comics and basically create a bookshelf for other students to browse what they’ve created.

The one drawback is that it is only an IOS app so that means you can only use it on Mac and iStuff.  Well, it also isn’t free ($4.99), but if you are into making comics or want your students to experience the unique creativity that it takes to create one then it’s worth it!