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Friday, 27th March 2020

Tree identification

 

Going for a (socially distanced) walk is good for your physical and mental health. You might discover plants you have never seen before. If you need a handy app that allows you to identify a tree, try this one developed by The British Woodland Trust.

No log in is needed. You can identiy trees by feature, browse an A-Z of trees, or check out the tree map (you need to allow access to your lcoation). I tried that and the app showed me trees in my area that had been tagged by other users. One click and a vast amount of information about that species pops up, including its place in mythology and value to wildlife.

You might have found a leaf or needle, leaf bud, flower, fruit, bark or twig/branch. Go to the ‘feature’ option and narrow down your search by selecting more options. At any stage you can look at possible hits and check out the photos of trees to see if you can spot one of them near you.

Could be used for: entertaining your children and educating yourself. Enjoy the wonders of the forrest!

What I liked about it: well written information, beautiful photos, very easy to use.

Watch out for: this app does not use augmented reality features (unlike iNaturalist, reviewed here in June 2019: http://cdetbcdu.ie/professional-development/technology-enhanced-learning-tel/apps-of-the-week-2018-2019/) allowing the camera of your device to help you identify a tree.

Available from the App Store and on Google Play.

More information here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/tree-id-app/

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Friday, 20th March 2020

Wildfulness 2 – Sounds of Nature

We seem to be bombarded by bad news these days, so it’s crucial to look after both your physical and mental health. If you need a bit of escape (but can’t leave the house), here is an app that should help you relax.

Wildfulness captures the experience of being outdoors complete with animal and other sounds. Simple and gorgeous.

Hand-drawn landscapes are combined with sounds of nature. You can choose between ‘uplifting daybreak’ and ‘swan brook at sunrise’. If you tap anywhere within a scene you can start a timer to keep the sounds playing in the background.

A simple (slightly hypnotic) breathing exercise help you to unwind. In the main menu tap on the circle in the upper right corner.

Could be used for: bringing nature into the home for people who are trapped indoors.

What I liked about it: really easy to use.

Watch out for: for more landscapes you need to subscribe to the paid version.

Available from the App Store.

More information here: http://www.getwildfulness.com/

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Friday, 13th March 2020

 

RCSI MyHealth

 

 

With the current #CoronaPandemic it is easy to see how misinformation and lies can easily lead to hysteria and panic. Even with every day health concerns it is hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Here is an app designed and run by Health Professionals you can trust: the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in association with leading Irish charities.

The main menu has four options: ‘health conditions’, ‘health services’, ‘health news’ and ‘I want to help’ (which links to blood and organ donation sites).

You can search for conditions or browse an A-Z list. The ‘category’ sub menu lists health concerns according to body part.

‘Health services’ provides information on emergency numbers, health organisations, hospitals and a page where you can keep personal information, such as your GP’s phone number. This might come in handy in an emergency.

‘Health news’ links to four different sources – of most interest to Irish audiences are probably the Irish Health News and BBC medical news sites. There is also a link to the Health section of the Irish Times.

Could be used for: getting some basic information on any health concern you might have.

What I liked about it: very easy to use.

Watch out for: of course no app can replace a health professional. And no entry for Coronavirus! Go to http://www.irishhealth.com/ for updates.

Available from the App Store and on Google Play.

More information here: https://www.rcsimyhealth.ie/

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Friday, 28th February 2020

 

Dictionary.com

 

Need to look up the meaning of a word? There are many dictionaries available online, but the most popular is probably dictionary.com.

No need to sign in. A short tutorial points out the main characteristics. Using the app is straightforward: choose between ‘dictionary’ and ‘thesaurus’, then type in the word you are looking for.  If you are not sure how to spell it, look through the list of hits displaying as you type along. The results are concise, contain links for further reference, and even include a reference to the origin of the word. You can share your findings via social media, email or save them to your device.

But the app contains so much more:

The ‘word of the day’ gives definitions, examples and even an audio file so that you can hear the proper pronunciation.

There are also aids to help you write and speak better. Videos, quizzes, stories, quotes and other objects invite the user to explore further – they are available on the website.

Additional context is available including science and medical dictionaries, but you have to upgrade to gain access to these databases.

Could be used for: helping your students with spelling and writing exercises.

What I like about it: easy to use. It should be appealing to all types of learners.

Watch out for: ads are displayed at the bottom of the screen and pop up occasionally. For an ad free offline version you need to upgrade.

Available from the Apple App Store, on Google Play and for desktop use.

More information here: https://www.dictionary.com/

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Friday, 21st February 2020

 

Quip – Docs, Chats, Sheets

Collaboration is part of many workplaces. Quip is mainly used by businesses, but could be of use to schools and colleges, too: “Quip combines documents, spreadsheets, slides, and chat into one place inside Salesforce”. The app asks for your work email. I used a Gmail account – and this worked, too. You can decide if you want the app to have access to your contacts, but you can add people later. You can also log in through your desktop.

A short tutorial is available when you click on ‘private documents’, including a video highlighting the main features. Create a new document, spreadsheet or folder. I tried out a new document and found that it can be created quickly: insert text, images, videos, spreadsheets, tables, checklists, people, documents, links, and formula. Format your creation further by incorporating horizontal rules or block quotes. Comments can be also be added. The spreadsheet and table functions open up a calculator. Live updates and comments allow for real-time communication with your team.

On the top right corner you find another menu:

Share by adding people to your contact list or send out a link (can be restricted to members of your group or generally accessible).

Look up items (you can import from, among others, Google Drive and Dropbox) or copy, print documents and change them into pdfs.

Could be used for: online meetings.

What I like about it: different types of applications integrated in one place.

What to look out for: Many of the live apps (e.g. calendar) need to be purchased. And only the trial is free.

Available from the Apple App Store, on Google Play and for desktop use.

More information here: https://quip.com/

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Friday, 14th February 2020

 

Doceri – create, control, present

From their website: “Doceri is the professional iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and built-in remote desktop control.”

The app needs access to your device’s microphone. A short introductory video the main features. It allows you to connect to your computer and projector (you need to go through the Doceri Desktop application). Or else use your IPad and present by using ‘Airplay’.

Sample projects can be used to get you started on your own project. The ‘creation’ menu displays the slide changes in real time. It allows you to draw on your slide with virtual pencils and markers, add squares and circles and place images into it. Erasing is easy.

There are plenty of background patterns, including maps of countries. You can record an audio voice over and upload your presentation to YouTube or share it by email.

An extensive help menu is available when you select the ‘info’ icon.

Could be used for: interactive teaching activities.

What I like about it: use your IPad as an interactive whiteboard.

Watch out for: free samples have the company’s logo on. If you want to get rid of the watermark, you need to sign up for the paid version.

Available from the App Store, for Windows and for desktop use.

More information here: https://doceri.com/features.php

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Friday, 7th February 2020

 

TurningPoint – polling and interactive audiences

 

 

For the week that’s in it, here is an app that is not only used in polling, but also for quick assessments.

A few screenshots show you what the main features are. You need to select your region first. You then can sign in or join in as a guest. The app states that a university email address is needed, but CDETB seems to work as well. You create your account on the actual website. The app seems to work better for participants – the website is the place to create new polls.

Setting up a new course is straightforward. Pop up advice helps with the initial steps. Create multiple choice questions. Allow for anonymous and multiple responses, and participant comments in scheduled sessions. Add participants by individually enrolling them or by pasting from other applications, e.g. Excel. You can schedule content to be published at certain times. Results are displayed in gradebooks for individual students – and you can check for attendance.

The company also sells different types of clickers, which might be of use to students with, for example, visual impairments. There are also other ways of polling with this software, including integration into PowerPoint presentations.

Could be used for: quizzes and polls in a flipped classroom.

What I liked about it: sleek design. Plenty of supporting documents, videos and even an online chat.

Watch out for: when you set up the account, you need to provide a phone number. Also, only the trial seems to be free – you might want to think about the investment…

Available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

More information here: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/turningpoint/

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Friday, 31st January 2020

 

 

Showbie: your classroom, connected

This app allows you to collect and review student work. You can follow a short introduction before you sign up (the link to this video did not work when I tried, but it is accessible on the website). Sign up for free as a teacher, student or parent. I chose the teacher login. There are several different access routes, including personal email, Gmail or Outlook.

Join your school or create a new account. You can then start adding classes and assignments. Assignments should incorporate a due date and instructions. The app then creates a class code which your students need to join your class. A support chat opens up when you sign in first. Help and additional resources are also available when you select on the ‘question mark’ icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

The main menu consists of ‘classes’, ‘groups’ and ‘students’. The ‘wrench icon’ on the right hand side opens up a sub menu, which allows you to set up new groups or classes, which both parents and students can join. This might be handy if you want to send out announcements for a specific class or if you want parents to have access to student work.

Feedback can be given quickly and in real time. There is an audio recorder for verbal comments. You can upload videos, pictures and audio files, which should suit all types of learners.

Could be used for: setting up quizzes and other interactive assignments allowing for personalised feedback.

What I liked about it: it seems to be very easy to use.

Watch out for: some of the more advanced features, such as student portfolios and class discussions, are only available in the paid version.

Available from the Apple App Store.

More information here: https://www.showbie.com/

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Friday, 24th January 2020

 

Jumprope: How-to Videos

New year, new you. Want to learn how to do things or simply share a skill you have? Jumprope allows you to create quick how-to videos: anything from food and drink to beauty and fashion to technology, fitness, parenting, and gardening.

You need to sign up first –either with your Facebook account or by email. A short survey assesses your preferences. You need to decide on a username and set a password.

The main menu entails a search function (look up things or browse by category), a creation button and notifications. There is an interactive video which explains how to create your own hidden under the ‘profile’ button. Help is at hand when you need it: simply hit the question mark symbol and a chat function opens.

The video tutorial is self-explanatory. The app needs access to the camera and microphone on your device. You can add music to accompany the visual information, choose your text from a range of writing styles, and import recordings and photos. Reorder the steps if you wish.

Drafts can be deleted by pressing on the right hand upper corner of the image. You can upload your video and share it on social media.

You can also look for a short video if you wish to explain something. Each one indicates how many steps are involved. Navigation can be a bit tricky – it seems you cannot stop a video once you have clicked on it.

Could be used for: students exploring topics and as a teaching aid.

What I liked about it: It is easy to create videos – and they look professional.

Watch out for: A lot of the videos are advertising goods, so you might need to talk to your students about this.

Available from the Apple App Store.

More information here: https://jumprope.com/

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Friday, 17th January 2020

 

 

Wabisabi: student portfolio assessment

 

From their website: “Schools around the world use Wabisabi to provide real-time portfolio based evidence of learning, make assessment transparent, reporting a breeze, and to keep parents and learners in the loop. Put your learners in charge of their learning, and of their future. Connect your class to any class in the world to learn from, with, and about each other.”

You need to decide to sign up (with a Gmail account or other email) as a ‘learner’, ‘teacher’ or family member’. I chose ‘teacher’. Nothing happened after that, so I switched over to the website and logged on there.

Set up a new classroom and select the age group. A short tutorial follows. Devise a class activity and add learners. Upload or create units and give feedback, either publicly or privately. It is quite intuitive and should be fun to play around with.

Could be used for: allowing students to create portfolios.

What I liked about it: real time feedback – even if your students are in a remote location.

Watch out for: the app didn’t work on my device.

Available from the Apple App Store.

More information here: https://wabisabizen.com and https://www.wabisabilearning.com/

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Friday, 10th January 2020

 

Freegal – free music

 

From their website: “Freegal® is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and possibly a PIN if your library utilizes them. Freegal offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos.”

Use your (free!) public library card to log in. If you provide your email you’ll receive twice weekly notifications of available downloads.

There is much to discover – music albums, songs and videos as well as audiobooks. Click on “browse” in the menu at the bottom. You can select “trending” or “new arrivals”, browse further by genre or use one of the playlists. “Featured” items might entice you to check out music you wouldn’t have before. There is a straight forward search function. Artists have their own page, which lists all songs, albums, playlists and videos available for them.

All music is available for streaming or download. You can also create your own playlist.

I looked for one of my favourite bands and was seriously impressed. The sound quality was excellent. There is a limit for downloads (4 per week), but streaming is unlimited.

Could be used for: everyday use. No need to pay for any other music streaming service.

What I like about it: all of this for free through your library membership!

Watch out for: for non-commercial purposes only (license for personal use).

Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, and on Amazon. Or from the website: https://dcpl.freegalmusic.com/home

More information here: https://www.freegalmusic.com/home

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Friday, 13th November 2019

Baby and child first aid app

Christmas is nearing – and we might be out visiting family and friends with babies and toddlers. What if there is a health emergency? Hopefully you will never need this, but just in case: The British Red Cross has released an app to help adults find quick answers.

The first tap is “tap here if you find yourself in an emergency”. Presumably this would connect you with emergency services, but this might only work in the UK.

The menu is hidden on the left hand side, so you need to swipe to the right. The ‘learn’ submenu has more information than the ‘emergency’ tap, which gives you only the most important steps. In alphabetical order it lists the most common emergencies. A video shows what you need to do, but there are also written instructions interspersed with animated graphics. A Q&A tackles some common misunderstandings – e.g. under “nose bleeding”, it discourages parents from making their child tilt the head back (something some of us had learned in First Aid lessons back in the 80s…).

The ‘prepare’ tap gives practical advice about possible hazards, such as electrical incidents and fire, but also everyday scenarios, such as “home and garden”, which e.g. reminds people to keep a list of local emergency numbers. There is also a test feature, where you can check your knowledge. You can also record a child’s medication and allergies as well as contact information.

Could be used for: an app you might want to check out before anything serious happens, but is easy enough to use to help you in an emergency.

What I like about it: it uses videos and written information, which allows for quick learning (especially when you are in a panic).

Watch out for: no oral clues to help people with visual impairments navigate the app. And, of course, it is no substitute for doing a First Aid course.

Available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play. There is also an version for adult First Aid.

More information here: https://www.redcross.org.uk/first-aid/first-aid-apps

 

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Friday, 6th November 2019

 

Met Eireann app

 

Winter has truly arrived. Keep an eye on the weather with this handy aid by Met Eireann.

You need to allow the app to access your location in order to get your local forecast. Also, allowing notifications to be sent to you also might be useful as these include weather warnings.

The main screen shows a lot of information: national, marine and environmental (think pollen, UV and potato blight!) alerts; maps; a current outlook and a six day forecast for your area; as well as national, regional and marine & sea area summaries. The last one is very detailed and includes inland lakes. A ‘farming weather’ sub menu concludes the main overview.

Click on any of these categories for a fuller picture. The Ireland maps are particularly well done – a general overview is followed by rainfall radar and forecast as well as wind, temperature and pressure forecasts. There are graphs and numbers, but all is quite self explanatory.

You can also lookup locations on the island of Ireland – just use the search function in the top right corner.

Could be used for: outdoor activities (check on conditions before you head off), but also for discussions around weather and climate change.

What I like about it: easy to use.

Watch out for: could be complimented by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute’s app (https://www.yr.no/?spr=eng) for more accurate readings.

Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

More information here: https://www.met.ie/

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Friday, 29th November 2019

 

Typorama: Text on Photo Editor 

Download the app. It automatically opens on the ‘stock images’ page. These are royalty free photos you can use (e.g. nature pictures). There is also a search function which looks through content from ‘Pixabay’ (also free access). Pick one. This is the canvas you use. You can also take your own pictures – the app then needs access to your camera.

You need to decide how you will use your creation – original size image, as a background wallpaper for your phone, or as part of a social media post. This will shrink the image to the required format. Next you need add the style of text and colours as well as shadow, gradient and ‘3D rotate’ effects. Erase bits of your work that you don’t want. The ‘background’ tap allows for overlaying pictures, filters and other adjustments. The menu is self-explanatory – and playing around with images is real fun.

When you are happy with your result, you can save it to your device and share it on social media.

Could be used for: any type of visual information you want to share with students or the wider school community.

What I like about it: you really need no design skills.

Watch out for: you have to upgrade to Typorama Pro to unlock more content and to remove the company’s logo from your creation.

Available from the Apple App Store.

More information here: http://www.apperto.com/typorama/

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Friday, 15th November 2019

 

 

Today in History

 

From their website: “The BEST way to get key facts about iconic global events and fun facts from across the centuries, delivered right to your mobile device.”

The app runs a short tutorial at the beginning. Its main focus is on historic events. You can set the daily reminder (up to 5 events) and choose when and how often you receive notifications (you need to enable this option). Sign up with your Facebook or Twitter account or by email. You can also browse as a guest. Another short tutorial then highlights the main features.

‘Events’ list incidents that happened on today’s date, ‘Headlines’ show some of them in more detail.

‘Births’ and ‘deaths’ tend to list musicians, actors, sports people and a few politicians.

Categories, such as e.g. countries, cities, empires, religions and wars, group historic events together.

There is also a search option, which could entice students to follow up on information. The “quote of the day” is hidden in the main menu on the left hand side.

It is not clear what selection criteria are being used by the app – also, in terms of geographical spread, there seems to be a preference for North American and European content. As a starting point for discussions, however, it could serve a purpose.

Could be used for: history lessons, but also other subject areas and home work. And pub quizzes!

What I like about it: you can go back and forth in time. And lots of links between entries make it easy to follow a story.

Watch out for: although the app provides a connection to Wikipedia, for more in-depth information you might need to consult additional sources.

Available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

More information here: http://www.tihapp.com/

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Friday, 8th November 2019

 

Science Glossary

 

 

Science Week (follow #ScienceWeek on Twitter), coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, will take place 10-17 November 2019. Helping you to get into the swing of things, here is a handy app from science eduation website Visionlearning.

It is basically a glossary of terms used in STEM subjects. Simply touch ‘index’ in the left upper corner and an alphabetical list of words pops up on the left hand side. Scroll down or use the blue alphabet to select a specific letter. There is also a search function.

Each entry is succinct, but there are graphics and links to other terms. A great addition is the sub menu, which links to the website, where you will find extended articles, quizzes and other resources. A fabulous repository for anyone teaching or learning STEM subjects.

Could be used for: STEM subjects.

What I like about it: written by researchers and academics, all resources are targeted at non-scientists and explanations are easy to understand.

Watch out for: nothing to report:)

Available from the Apple App Store.

More information here: http://www.visionlearning.com. They also have more free science resources when you sign up as an educator, including podcasts.

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Friday, 1st  November 2019

HAPPY MID-TERM BREAK

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Friday, 25th October 2019

 

Zooniverse – people-powered research

 

The first thing to decide is whether or not you would like to receive notifications. Given that the purpose of this app is to work on new projects, it’s probably appropriate to allow these. You can always change this under ‘settings’, which is found in the menu on the right hand side.

Zooniverse is based on the wisdom of crowds. Researchers invite people to participate in their work: “from classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts.” Simply select an area of interest – they range from arts to natural science to social science. A beta review section tests projects in development. Citizen scientists are asked to watch videos or look at photos. There are no special skills involved and no prior knowledge necessary. Tutorials and field guides are available for each project. I selected ‘floating forests’, which looked at whether kelp, which builds these forests in the sea, was visible on the images provided as this could be an indication of warming oceans.

The ‘publications’ section contains a database of online articles of studies which have been written acknowledging the work of citizen scientists. There are different subject areas to be explored: space, climate, humanities, nature, medicine, and meta (which is looking at citizen science as a topic).
You can work as a guest user or register. The second option will if you want your contribution to be recognised in subsequent publications. For teachers it might make sense to sign up. Additionally, you could decide to start your own project. Information on how to do this is on their website. External project links might provide you with some inspiration.

Could be used for: getting students to think about how much work goes into discovering something new.

What I like about it: a real sense of contributing to science as all of these small steps add up.

Watch out for: it’s a bit frustrating to select a category and to see that the project has been concluded – ‘in-browser experience’ leads you to the website: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects

Available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

More information here: https://www.zooniverse.org/

For lesson plans click here: http://www.zooteach.org/?_ga=2.40999010.1757696563.1571914832-475386910.1571914832

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Friday, 4th October 2019

 

ChatterPix – give your photos a voice

This is an app for younger children (with a simple, slightly babyish interface), but don’t let that deter you using it with older students. Chatterpix is a fun way of adding audio to a picture by making the photo “talk”.

A short animated video introduces the app. You can reload this by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the screen. You need to give the app access to your camera and the microphone on your device. Take a picture (or choose one from your gallery). The next step involves drawing a line with your finger where the “mouth” of the photo will be. A hand appears to show you how to do that. You then need to record a short (funny?) message by clicking on the ‘microphone’ icon at the bottom of the screen. A three second countdown starts. The recording can last for up to one minute. Check your audio by clicking on the big arrow. If you want to redo it, simply use the microphone again.

If you’re happy with your creation, add some more features in the next step: change the colour of the photo or throw in some decorations and text. Your final product will be added to the ‘gallery’, where you can export it to your camera roll (and then share on social media).

More information about the team who created the app as well as their social media contact details are hidden behind the “i” icon. The “our apps” logo in the right hand corner of the screen leads you to Khan Academy’s Kids App page. There is also a version for children aged 6-12 called “ChatterPix Kids”.

 

Could be used for: people of all ages having a bit of fun with photos.

What I like about it: it could not be easier to use.

Watch out for: as always, make sure you have permission when taking pictures of others.

Available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

More information here: http://www.duckduckmoose.com/blog/creative-ways-to-use-chatterpix-in-the-classroom/

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Friday, 13th September 2019

 

Civilisations – discovery history

The BBC are running a fascinating programme on human civilisation – and this is the app accompanying it. From their website: “Civilisations is an epic new series spanning 31 countries on six continents, and covering more than 500 works of art. Presenters SIMON SCHAMA, MARY BEARD and DAVID OLUSOGA will explore humanity’s desire to create. Alongside, the Civilisations Festival will bring museums’ treasures to life through innovative digital products and events.”

Agree to their terms first. You can decide whether or not to give them access to your camera – you should, because this app uses AR technology. And this is the exciting innovation which makes it so interactive. A tutorial helps you set up your device. You can listen to and/or read the instructions, which makes it accessible to a variety of learners. The introduction is really very well designed and easy to follow. Simply point your camera to a steady background (such as the floor) and the first artefact will appear in 3D on it. As by magic, I suddenly had the sarcophagus with a mummy inside in the library. And I took a picture of itJ. You can move, scale and rotate the item with your fingertips to explore it further.

The ‘book’ icon contains a short written explanation and further references.  There are more hidden special features and audio guides which the ‘spotlight’ helps you to discover. The ‘globe’ symbol brings you back to the main menu where you can select further topics, such as early civilisations, human body, faith, encounters, progress and modernity. A virtual globe shows you where each item was found. You can reset the app by selecting this option in settings.

Could be used for: Both History and Art classes.

What I liked about it: Very well designed and beautifully presented. It is a fantastic addition to the popular TV series.

Look out for: Some users might get dizzy when using AR technology.

Available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

More information here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/GThNCvQtxsgJfJrxCxFJb2/civilisations-masterworks-of-beauty-and-ingenuity

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Friday, 6th September 2019

 

SketchAR – drawing tool using AR technology

SketchAR helps you learn how to draw. No matter how talented or ungifted you think you are, this tool really gives you results.

The app asks you first whether you are left- or right-handed. The main menu is at the bottom of your screen. The category ‘school’ allows you to browse lessons and start on step-by-step drawings. ‘Courses’ start at beginner’s level, so should be doable for most people. Only the beginner course is free, though – more advanced ones require payment. ‘Lessons’ offers more templates.

Follow the instructions and start drawing using simple shapes. Choose between different types of pencils and markers – change the colour if you want. You can now use them by using your finger as a drawing aid. You can view a time lapse video of how you created the image and even share this via social media and email. This could be great fun for students. Your drawing can be further manipulated by clicking on the icons on the right hand side. The ‘library’ has many more patterns ranging from figures, flowers and animals to more complex sketches. If you allow the app access to your photos and camera, you can use your own pictures as inspirations.

Drawing with AR, however, makes it even more fun. A virtual assistant is very keen on helping – a short tutorial is hidden under ‘draw with AR’. Point your device to the floor, the wall or to a piece of paper (depending on what you’ve chosen in the sub menu) and see what your oeuvre looks like in a virtual reality environment. It takes a bit of time until you are able to hold your device and draw virtually at the same time. You are basically copying what you see on your screen.

Could be used for: creative students and teachers alike. It could also be very helpful if you want to create art on your classroom wall.

What I liked about it: really helpful for getting to grips with drawing using only your fingertips.

Look out for: paid services.

Available from the Apple App Store, on Google Play and from Microsoft.

More information here: https://www.sketchar.tech/

There are also video tutorials available in ‘settings’ as well as a chat function.

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