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In this video Luis shows off using the iPhone 4s VoiceOver feature and Camera App together. Being able to use VoiceOver with the Camera app can aid an individual with a visual impairment take pictures without cutting off the subjects head. This is because face recognition feature of the camera app comes into play allowing VoiceOver to announce how many faces are in the shot. It also tells the photographer where in the frame the faces are located (I.E. “Top Left”, “One Face”…etc..).
Being able to use VoiceOver and Siri together is an awesome feature. If you have ever tried to type using VoiceOver you know how tedious and time consuming creating a short text message can be. Now on the iPhone 4S, you can tap the microphone icon in the keyboard, tap your screen once with one finger to begin dictating to Siri. Double-tap the screen with two fingers to stop dictating to Siri and have your text appear in a message or search box.
Let me know any other cool features with Siri or iOS 5 that you have discovered.
Streamlining your learning with technology makes education work seamlessly from any of your devices whether it is an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or the computer. There are an overwhelming number of apps available for students to try as part of their work process.
Some resources that are valuable and worthwhile whether you are a freshman or working on your doctorate that we recommend are:
1. GoodReader for iPad: GoodReader is a mulit-tasking tool that supports large text and PDF files, syncs with remote servers, and works with .doc, .ppt, .xls, iWork, HTML and Safari webarchives, high resolution images, and audio and video. This app, also allows you the opportunity to annotate your documents or PDF’s, manage the files, transfer files, sync files and folders, zoom, do a text search, and do a quick hyperlink search in your PDF’s. Cost: $4.99
2. Tap-Dictionary: Works with the Safari web browser and gets dictionary definitions with the tap of a finger. This app will not make you switch applications to find the definition. It instantly finds the definition while you browse the web. Tap-dictionary will pronounce the word in 56 different languages. Cost: $.99
3. Remember the Milk: This utility app lets you take your to do list anywhere. There are a variety of versions for the iPod, iPhone,and iPad. The app also works with your online version that you sync with your calendars at rememberthemilk.com This app lets you add and complete tasks on the go, sync with your online version, organize priorities, due dates, search, receive reminders by email SMS and IM and much more. Cost: Free
4. Dropbox: Once you download this feature to your computer and purchase the app on your iPad or iPhone you have the ability to save and open or share documents, photos, or videos anywhere and at anytime. The best thing about the dropbox account is that you can save, share, or email anything from or to the dropbox account at any time. Cost: Free
5. Dropvox: Dropvox records audio and sends it directly to your dropbox account. It can be used to capture any audio (e.g. interviews, memos, or lectures, ets.) In addition, you can set the audio to start recording immediately when dropvox is launched or continue recording in the background. Cost: $1.99
Taken from Dr. Blog, PhD., this site shares information about apps for research with a focus on obtaining a PhD., but has many apps that are valid for everyone.
One of the most difficult things you can do academically is to get a PhD degree. There are a lot of tough tasks you have to complete in order to be awarded this high degree — including writing research papers. Indeed, anyone on a Ph.D. track knows that it is impossible to get through your schooling without writing several papers. And, of course, a Ph.D. dissertation is a research paper on a massive scale.
If you are looking for ways to improve your ability to write research papers, you are in luck. Technology makes it simple to get help with research papers. If you have an iPad, you can get help writing your research paper.” –from http://www.phddegree.org/
The link for this site is: http://www.phddegree.org/top-20-ipad-apps-to-help-you-write-a-research-paper.html
Until recently if you wanted your wordpress blog to have a different design for mobile devices you had to download a mobile plugin such as WPTouch. WordPress and OnSwipe have worked together to make all 18 million blogs on wordpress.com look more app like when viewed on the iPad. OnSwipe.com promises to make it easy for all publishers content appear more app like.
This new design reminds me of the FlipBoard app or Zite app available in the iTunes app store. Publishers who host their own blogs can go to OnSwipe.com and sign up for the beta.
Will this make reading blogs online more enjoyable? The iPad does provide a different reading experience than reading from your computer. And it looks like this most popular design for reading magazine type or content of short articles being adopted or at least getting the most buzz. But should that be the standard or default design or user experience for viewing Rss feed stories on the iPad?
Many times in academia students are asked to work in groups to finish an assignment such as a research paper, video, or other project. While many educators advocate group projects in education, how often are students not provided the necessary tools to coordinate and manage their group projects? Businesses use project management tools to coordinate their tasks, efforts and documents all the time. Why shouldn’t students in college regardless of them being in Business degree program or not?
At the University of South Florida, students’ emails are now powered by Google Apps. The university has provided students the collaboration tools by becoming a Google University. Here students can work together on papers, presentations, websites, and even conversation with Google talk while being in different parts of the state or country. Google Docs allows the students the access to this type of collaboration, but in itself does not handle the management of meetings, tasks, milestones, Due dates and features that are used in business to manage group projects.
Manymoon.com provides many project management tools with in its online environment. Another great feature is students can login into manymoon.com with their USF student email address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org) and use the service for free! Students just need to choose Google Apps from the login menu.
In the next box the student types in their USF email address. The next window will ask for permission to use their email account with Manymoon.com.
After students have logged in to the system, they will have the ability to create projects. Once the project has been created, other students can be invited by email, tasks and milestones can be created, and Google Docs can be created or attached to the new project.
The Many Moon service is free for with storage limitations and some features are not included. Branding, Customizability, More Storage, Email features, and other extra features that are more like “Nice to Haves” are apart of Many Moon paid for features. Click the image below to learn more about the upgrade options of Many Moon.
The University of South Florida is adding to its collection of technology tools to benefits students in their course work. The addition of Google Apps and Many Moon is just an example of this forward thinking Research One University.
How many times have you searched endlessly for scholarly resources and found your searches inadequate? Did you know that Google Scholar is a great tool and a useful enhancement to other searches in Proquest, Eric, and any of the other journal sites or databases? Google Scholar is a separate tool in Google and is meant to be a place to research peer-reviewed journal articles, court decisions, magazine articles, books, patents, editorials, and other similar written publications. Be aware that it will find books and articles that may or may not be peer reviewed.
In order to start your search in Google:
- Open the main search page and locate the upper left hand corner where it says more and click onthe down arrow to the right of it.
- Click on Scholar.
- Once you click on the link, Google Scholar is opened up.
Remember that it may be an additional resource to the other databases provided within the library research database for your school. Ask your school librarian if this resource is available to you. There are times when you will look up an article or book that takes you to an outside resource that requires a fee for access. Make sure you have accessed the information for Google Scholar through your library research database and if this continues to occur, speak to your Librarian as they may have a way to obtain the resource through your school library.
Search tips in Google
There are a variety of tips for searching the site that applies for any searches. These shortcuts work with many other search engines that are available in your university library and other search engines.
There are a number of little tricks that can be used to help create a better search. The table below gives a number of the best tips that are useful.
|Modifier||What it does||What to type||What you will get|
|“ ”||searches for an exact phrase||“assistive technology in education”||results that include exact phrase “assistive technology in education”|
|─||excludes search results with a particular word or phrase||bass -fishing||results about bass that are not related to fishing|
|~||searches for a word and all its synonyms||~mobile phone||results with the word “phone,” as well as, “cell,” “cellular,” etc.|
|OR||searches for webpages that include either word||vacation London OR Paris||results with the word “vacation” and either “London” or “Paris”|
|…||searches for a range of numbers||Willie Mays 1950…1960||results about Willie Mays during this time period|
|define:||define a word or phrase||define: plethora||links to definitions of the word “plethora”|
|site:||searches only particular websites||global warming site:edu||references to global warming found on .edu websites|
|link:||searches for webpages that link to a particular website||link:www.usf.edu||websites that link to the University of South Florida website|
|1+1||basic calculator functions||4+7, 30% of 55, 20^2, sqrt(4), etc.||the answer|
|cm in foot||converts unit of measure||cm in foot, 28C in F, $ in pound, days in fortnight, miles in league, mph in speed of light, etc.||the converted answer|
For more search tips to use in Google Scholar, follow this link: http://www.google.com/librariancenter/librarian_tools.html
There are many posters that librarians or teachers can post in the classroom or library to remind students of the various methods of searching the database and finding the specific information for a research project or paper. One is linked below.
Google Scholar Email Alerts
Email alerts are a tool that can be used to continue receiving information as it becomes available. Once you are inside a search, click on the envelope icon on the green bar that says create email alert and a new window opens where you can place any email or your Gmail address. Once this is done, any new papers, articles, or other items that fit into the search parameters is published, the information will be sent to the specified email.