As anticipated, Apple announced the release of the iPad 2. Steve Jobs, himself, came out of his medical retirement to unveil the new generation device. Most of the features they discussed were anticipated, but there were a few surprises. The new iPad has...
A thinner and lighter design (1/3 thinner!)
Front and rear facing cameras (we knew this one was coming)
A new A5 Dual Core Processor (Apple claims these will be twice as fast)
They come in both the old black and aluminum AND a full white version (didn't see that one coming)
An optional "Smart Cover" attached magnetically to the front. When you fold it over the front, the iPad recognizes it's closed and goes to sleep. The cover also folds over to the back to become a stand. (Now, that's cool!)
"Mirroring" allows you to attach to an external monitor (via an optional adapter) to display your entire iPad environment. (This will be great for educators!)
And, they will cost the same as the old ones!
So, if you've waited for the new iPad before buying one, you're in luck. This new generation looks great! While it was announced today, they don't hit the stores until March 11th, so get to the mall early! For moreo info, see Apple's Official iPad site.
I recently learned about a slew of Adobe mobile apps and one of my new favorite tools is Adobe Post. It's an iPhone app (that works just as well on the iPad) that allows you to very easily create beautiful image and text graphics.
You simply choose a photo as a backdrop, then add text. Sound too easy? And, here is the really cool part .... after you select your image, the app analyzes the image and chooses a font color palette for your text. And who knows more about creative design than Adobe? Certainly not me!
If you don't like the suggested font and color, you can choose a different design or adjust the color palette, but I have found that for the most part, Adobe Post makes great suggestions! After you're done you can share on social media, save to your camera roll, export to Google Drive, and more.
Here are a few of my own creations using Adobe Post ...
First and foremost, thanks to the incredible Miguel Guhlin for letting me know about today's Friday Freebie which I dub "The World's Easiest Video Conference System." It's appear.in. And, it truly is easy.
Navigate to appear.in and simply start a video conference. When you get to the landing page, you'll see appear.in auto-generated unique URL's for your session. It comes up with some crazy names. The first time I tried it, my video conference URL was appear.in/private-fox. One of my student tech interns had to point out to me that you can simply create your own URL buy typing in the text box where the unique names are being generated. (Smart kids!). So, I started a new session at appear.in/DrRios.
And that was it! I was in and could send the link to anyone else. All an attendee has to do is go to that URL and they're in too. You can have up to 8 people in a conference. Now, to "claim" a URL, you need an account, but it's FREE! So now,…
If you've never heard the term "infographic" chances are you've at least seen one. They're popping up all over the place on a variety of topics. An infographic is a visual representation of data and information in an easy to understand format, usually rich in color and full of great graphics and clipart. I remember when USA Today first came out years ago, their "USA TODAY Snapshots" were the first I ever saw of these types of visual graphics.
Well, as I always look for ways to integrate the latest and greatest crazes into the classroom, I started looking for tools to create infographics that teachers could use. Sure, you could use PhotoShop to create stunning graphics, but not all students and teachers have access to it, nor do they have the experience of work…