Category Archives: Apps

eLearning 2.0 – Are you in the nextgen world of teaching and learning?

 How do you feel about connectivism, social constructivism, student-created and curated content?  Not sure how edugaming and mLearning fit into the picture?  Check out this Learn.ist board that attempts to explain the concepts surrounding eLearning 2.0.  Check out the board HERE, or by clicking on the screenshot from the page. 

Mobile App Development Tools

smartphone with tri-c appsInterested in building your own app?  There are free mobile app development tools that are easy-to-use – called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get.)  With simple visual interfaces, they allow non-programmers to build mobile apps easily.  If you’re considering building your own app, check these out:

MIT App Inventor

  • http://appinventor.mit.edu
  • Android only
  • “Creating an App Inventor app begins in your browser, where you design how the app will look. Then, like fitting together puzzle pieces, you set your app’s behavior. All the while, through a live connection between your computer and your phone, your app appears on your phone.”
  • Success story:

AppFurnace

Appsbuilder

iBuildApp

  • http://www.ibuildapp.com/
  • App outputs for native iPhone and Adnroid, self-publishing, HTML5 cross-platform.
  • “We designed iBuildApp features so you could benefit from using easy-to-understand and convenient tools when building or updating your applications. Your application users will benefit from simplicity and quick load time.  Creating your own app with iBuildApp takes only a few minutes and absolutely FREE. Your followers will see your name and icon in the App Store, they can download your app on their mobile device, while backstage you have a powerful content management system to update the app “on the fly”, any time, as often as you would like.”

Interested in more general resources about mobile app development?  Check out these links:

Wikipedia entry:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_application_development

W3C’s Info on The Web and Mobile Devices:  http://www.w3.org/Mobile/

Presentation on Cross-Platform Mobile Development:  http://www.slideshare.net/peterfriese/cross-platform-mobile-development-11239246

 

Want to augment your reality? A new app lets you see the world in a new way! (And create your own reality.)

In a way, we all create our reality.  Some are more fact-based than others, (I’m sure you know what I mean.)

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Now, however, you can reveal a whole new world using your smartphone with a camera.

Aurasma is a radical new technology that allows you to reveal hidden messages, and create your own for others to reveal.

Click on the logo, or HERE, to check out their website for yourself.  This quote – from their “What is it” page – encapsulates the potential of the technology.

Using the smartphone’s camera, GPS, compass, accelerometer and internet connection, the technology combines image recognition and a conceptual understanding of the 3D world to recognize objects and images and seamlessly merge augmented reality actions into the scene. Without the need for barcodes or tags, the app is able to see its surrounding environment and make it fully interactive.

While the reviews seem to indicate that there’s still some work to be done to make it seamless, it is revolutionary.  Check out the demo: