Some of these are for students, some for teachers. It will be obvious what goes with whom. — “Notability,” $4 for iPhone/iPad, lets you create notes, bring in pictures, music and video, and highlight your text. — “Nearpod” allows teachers to send surveys, ask questions and present slides. This has over 100,000 users. — “Schoology” allows teachers to share assignments, and lets students receive test scores. Already has 500,000 users. Are there that many digitally hip teachers? (iOS) (Android) — “Google Drive” is great for storing documents. Save stuff online at drive.Google.com. No matter what machine or phone you’re using, you can still access your stuff. — “Reminders” is Apple’s to-do list. It has a lot of tools for tracking […]
A friend of ours got an Apple Watch as a retirement present and it came in really handy on a trip abroad when he couldn’t find his iPhone. His watch told him a phone call was coming in and he answered it on his wrist. He then realized that his iPhone must be nearby because the Watch won’t work unless it is. And so he carried that thought through and found the phone in another jacket. Or, you could just search through your pockets.
“Podcasts” are radio shows you can listen to with an iTunes or Podcast app on your phone or tablet. We’re using “Podcast Addict” on our Android phone. From iTunes or a Podcast app, you can find thousands of shows to listen to. Here are our favorites so far:
“White Noise Free” for Android or iPhone/iPad has great sounds for getting to sleep. We liked “extreme rain,” “shower,” “train,” “beach,” “ocean waves,” “boat,” “chimes,” “crickets,” and “stream.” In fact, we were amazed by how many sounds we liked; normally we like one or two and the rest are stinkers. The sound quality was quite good. If you wish, the app lets you mix sounds, such as thunder, rain, and a clothes dryer. OK, skip the clothes dryer.
“Google Play Music” has free radio stations, and will store any music you upload for playback on any device. They start you out with a free trial subscription for their premium service, but you can continue listening for free if you choose to play music from their free stations. We thought they were excellent.
We love Google’s calendar app for Android and iPhone, which keeps us up to date on our phone when we’re away from our computer. Windows 8 and the new Windows 10 also have calendar apps. Set up the calendar app in these systems by clicking the start button, “all apps,” and then “calendar.” When we did this we immediately saw all the dates we’d entered into our Google calendar, so we didn’t have to re-enter anything. Unlike the Google calendar, the Windows calendar puts all your Facebook friends’ birthdays right on the calendar. This can be amusing, if like us, you have Facebook “friends” you hardly know. We even saw birthdays for friends who aren’t on Facebook, whose birthdays were […]
Some insurance companies pay you for getting fit. Ours doesn’t, but the free app “Wellcoin” (iOs) (Android) earns you discounts for healthy behavior. Cheaters are apparently welcome. When Joy was filling out their questionnaire, she put down “Twinkies” as her healthy snack choice and right away she earned five points. In fact, it gave her “health points” no matter what she put down. (Joy hasn’t had a Twinkie since she was 12. Bob has had only one bite in his life — can’t stand em.) She got triple the points if she took a picture of something healthy and clicked “verify.” The Wellcoin community weighed in immediately to judge her handful of unsalted almonds. Tap “Marketplace” to see discounts of […]