tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:/posts CDK's Ed Tech Place 2018-04-16T11:25:57Z Cyndi Danner-Kuhn tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1091594 2016-09-19T18:44:59Z 2016-09-19T19:00:48Z Thinks Different: Learn a little about the new iOS 10 for your iPad and iPhone

IOS 10 is available for download: Learn a little about it, before you install from David A Cox

David A Cox simply does the best tutorials.  ENJOY and thank you David for sharing your Knowledge.

http://techtalkamerica.com/favorite-ios-10-features/?mc_cid=5b521fb9b0&mc_eid=bb490b2acc (Links to an external site.) 

iOS 10 is here and we’ve put all our favorite features into this video. If you have trouble remembering them we made a handy PDF guide to help you out. Here’s a link: http://bit.ly/iOS10FavoriteFeatures (Links to an external site.)


Who SHOULD consider upgrading to iOS 10?
In our opinion, not everyone should upgrade to iOS 10. If your device is listed below, we think you're good to upgrade. Otherwise, you might want to hold off since newer technology in older devices tends to slow them down. 

Upgrading to iOS 10 Recommended
iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPad Pro 9.7"
iPad Pro 12.9"
iPad Air 2
iPad Air 1
iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 3
iPod Touch (6th Generation)

Not Recommended 
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5
iPad (4th Generation)
iPad Mini 2
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1091593 2016-09-19T18:44:31Z 2016-09-19T18:44:31Z Thinks Different: Learn a little about the new iOS 10 for your iPad and iPhone

IOS 10 is available for download: Learn a little about it, before you install from David A Cox

http://techtalkamerica.com/favorite-ios-10-features/?mc_cid=5b521fb9b0&mc_eid=bb490b2acc (Links to an external site.) 

iOS 10 is here and we’ve put all our favorite features into this video. If you have trouble remembering them we made a handy PDF guide to help you out. Here’s a link: http://bit.ly/iOS10FavoriteFeatures (Links to an external site.)

 (Links to an external site.)

Who SHOULD consider upgrading to iOS 10?
In our opinion, not everyone should upgrade to iOS 10. If your device is listed below, we think you're good to upgrade. Otherwise, you might want to hold off since newer technology in older devices tends to slow them down. 

Upgrading to iOS 10 Recommended
iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPad Pro 9.7"
iPad Pro 12.9"
iPad Air 2
iPad Air 1
iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 3
iPod Touch (6th Generation)

Not Recommended 
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5
iPad (4th Generation)
iPad Mini 2

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1088390 2016-09-09T15:43:57Z 2018-01-15T17:34:13Z Think Different: Keyboard Shortcuts and iPad Starter Guide
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1061946 2016-06-10T13:01:04Z 2016-06-11T17:02:18Z Convert PDFs t Word Documents
I thought you might be interested in hearing about PDF to Word, a state of the art smartphone converter

The most praised PDF to Word converter on the market. Easily and quickly convert PDFs from anywhere on your device, Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail, Box and OneDrive, into editable Microsoft Word documents. Easy-to-use app and powerful converting engines.

• No limits on file size or number of converted files. 
• Excellent conversion quality.
• Scanned and complex PDFs can be converted as well.
• You can convert Gmail attachments and files from Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive directly from our app.
• You can also convert PDFs and Google documents from your Google Drive right within our app.
• Word documents are optimized for fast viewing and reuse. 
• The converted document is in the .docx format and immediately ready for further reuse. 
• Layout, formatting, tables, images and text look exactly like the original.
• No need to further fix the converted document.
• Your file is deleted from servers, right after the conversion ends.

Reuse and edit your PDF documents. Fast application and cutting-edge converting technology allows you to turn your PDF texts, forms and tables into editable Word documents. Find your PDF document and open it in PDF to Word. Once the PDF is imported, it is automatically sent to our servers for conversion. The file is downloaded once the conversion is done. Because the conversion is not being performed on your device, the app will not burden your device’s resources or drain its battery.You can find out more about PDF to Word on iTunes by following this link:

Hope you’ll find it helpful.

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1060313 2016-06-06T11:52:51Z 2016-06-06T11:56:57Z Free Teacher Resource of the Day App by Simple K-12

The school year has ended and many of you are enjoying your summer and many I assume are teaching summer school like I am. I have an online class this summer with 63 students, Yikes!  

I have been a member of Simple K-12 for years, and have even presented for them.  Recently, they came out with an App to share one resource a Day.  Thought you might be interested, even if it is summer. It’s free so you have nothing to loose by checking it out.
Looking for free teacher resources? This is the App for you! Receive free access to top-rated, award winning classroom resources for teachers.  

These educator-created and approved resources are sent to you daily, exclusively through this App.

Sign into SimpleK12’s Teacher Resource of the Day iPad App and discover a new free teacher resource every day. Receive daily inspirations to spark a new idea, refresh a lesson plan, or engage your students in new and exciting ways.  

•Instructional Videos
•Lesson Plans
•Educator Interviews
•And much, Much, MORE!

•iPads and Mobile Learning
•Digital Storytelling 
•Common Core State Standards
•Special Education
•School Safety
•And much, Much, MORE!

To access your Resource of the Day, sign in to your FREE SimpleK12 account. Don’t have one? You can create a free membership quickly and easily once you have downloaded the App. Just click the “Sign Up for SimpleK12.com” button of the App welcome screen.

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1050415 2016-05-12T17:28:30Z 2016-05-12T17:30:49Z Think Different: Turn Webpages into PDF with InstaWeb - Free for a short time

Have you ever needed to turn content from a website into a PDF? Maybe you just want to get rid of the rubbish for an easier read or possibly you need to print and not waste a ton of paper with all the rubbish?  

Try the InstaWeb, an iPad/iPhone app to turn a website into a PDF and holy moly, is it easy. It is a simple app hat does only one thing!

For example, I need a page from my website for a Professional Development Workshop like this one, The app allows me to turn that page into a PDF and use as a Handout.  Open InstaWeb and paste in the URL of the website or you can even search for the site.  

Tap the button in the lower right and you make your PDF. Give it a name and save it to iBooks, or Notability, or Dropbox or Google Drive your favorite reader app. Email it to your self and you can even print the PDF.

The InstaWeb app is normally $2.99, but is available for FREE for a short time right now. If you need to make a PDF out of a website, this app is an excellent solution. Grab it now while it is free.

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1042297 2016-04-27T19:37:00Z 2016-04-27T19:48:24Z Desygner-CREATE YOUR OWN STUNNING DESIGNS A while back, I told you about an awesome graphic design site and app, CANVA, recently, I discovered another one and it just might be even better.  It certainly has more FREE features, templates, images, icons and more.  Desygner has an app and also works from your browser on your computer.  Seems to have more FREE options and works similar to Canva.  Give it a try, I know you will be pleased.

Want to design something beautiful but don’t have the time for expensive and complicated software like Photoshop or Illustrator? 

Desygner offers hundreds of ready-made templates to help you to design your own graphics. Simply drag & drop images, edit text and customize with stickers & backgrounds. 


  • Edit from a computer, tablet or even a phone!
  • Import images and text from Adobe PDFs, PSDs and Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Millions of free to use public images to drag and drop in to place
  • Thousands of free backgrounds, stickers and text with one click
  • Share online or download as a PDF, JPG or PNG for free.
  • MILLIONS OF  FREE TO USE IMAGES: Simply search and drop in a publicly available image from Google or Flickr or add yourown from anywhere.
  • THOUSANDS OF FREE TO USE VECTOR ART, STICKERS AND BACKGROUNDS. Easily customise any design with thousands of stickers, backgrounds and fonts.
  • Tutorial:  

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1035953 2016-04-18T13:16:27Z 2016-04-18T13:17:42Z Forget typing, use Dictation

Siri is a pretty awesome tool on your devices. I use the the Alex voice, but there are other voices. So choose one you like.

Have you tried using dictation on the Mac yet? Dictation has come a long way and if your are on Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan, Apple’s enhanced dictation works magnificently.

Although, Dictation will be a frustrating experience if you are in a noisy room, (people talking, music, etc), but in a quiet place, it can be an awesome tool for dictating in nearly any program including mail. 

Setting up Enhanced Dictation

  • Open System Preferences, select Dictation & Speech. Turn on Dictation and set up your options.
  • Check the Use Enhanced Dictation box. This will download a file so you can dictate without an internet connection.
  • Choose the keyboard shortcut you will use to signal that you’re ready to start dictating. The default is pressing the function Fn key twice, which I find convenient and I can remember it. You will find the Fn key on the lower left of the keyboard.
  • Choose your preferred microphone from the pop-up menu below the microphone icon. Normally, you use the internal microphone but it works very well to use earbuds that came with your phone, that little bar on the cord is a mic and does a nice job of filtering out background noise.

Using Dictation

  • Open mail, or a word processor or any place you normally type 
  • Press the keyboard shortcut (Fn Fn twice) for starting dictation.  Or choose Edit > Start Dictation. 
  • When your Mac is listening, it displays a microphone.
  • Speak the words that you want your Mac to type. Use dictation commands to add punctuation, formatting, and more.  In other words say comma, person, new paragraph, etc. 
  • To stop dictating, click Done below the microphone icon, or press Fn.

The more you use Dictation, the better it understands you and the more accurate. Dictation learns the characteristics of your voice and adapts.

Give Dictation a try!
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1031859 2016-04-12T18:49:16Z 2016-04-12T19:07:42Z Make up to 100 QR Codes at the same time
  • I follow Tony Vincent on Instagram and learn something from Tony every single day.    His amazing website is http://learninginhand.com and is full of useful resources and thing to learn. 

    Recently, Tony had a post about a tool to make multiple QR Codes at one time, up to 100!!. Frequently I have the need to make a bunch of QR codes, it is not difficult, but it takes time, I generally use QR Stuff to make QR codes, one at a time. So QRExplore is super handy for making them all at once. Anything to save me time, I am up for using.

    HINT: If you haven’t embraced Instagram yet, follow Tony and learn from him, I suspect you will discover the power of Instagram for yourself.

    Tony says……

    ( Thanks Tony for sharing your amazing knowledge educators everywhere)

    "Want to generate a whole batch of different QR codes? Then the Bulk QR Code Generator at QRExplore.com is for you! Enter the URL or text for each code on its own line. I like that you can choose to have each code’s URL stamped onto the bottom of the code. After generated, you see a web page with all your codes. You could simply print this page and use scissors to cut out the codes. If you want to use the codes in a document, QRExplore gives you the option to download a .zip file. That file will contain a PNG image for each of your codes. 

    Why would you want to generate so many different codes at once? Well, maybe you’re planning a “scanvenger” hunt. Or maybe you want students to jigsaw content and each code opens a web link to a different topic, article, or video. Maybe each code has a different adjective that students will incorporate into the narratives they are writing. Or, use multiple QR codes to give students random compliments or reflection questions. How about giving students surprise numbers to use in a math problem? There are lots of possibilities when it’s so easy to make loads of QR codes at once! 

    HINT: Be sure to include the http:// in front of each web link you enter into QRExplore.

    So give it a try and follow Tony on Instagram for a new tip each day.  https://www.instagram.com/learninginhand/ 

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1024887 2016-04-04T14:04:53Z 2018-01-09T10:38:51Z 5 Minute Snapchat 101 Tutorial by Wes Fryer and his son Alex.

The kids are using it. So you’ve probably heard about Snapchat. It's the popular mobile app that allows you to send videos and pictures, both of which will self destruct after a few seconds of a person viewing them.

Snapchat is also a fun messaging app. You can take a photo or a video with it, then add a caption or doodle or lens graphic over top, and send it to a friend. Alternatively, you can add it to your "story", a 24-hour collection of your photos and videos, which you broadcast to the world or just your followers.

 So for this weeks resources, here ya go, everything you need to know about using snapchat. My friend Wes Fryer made a tutorial with his Son Alex.  Everything you need to know about snapchat!!  I’ll admit it, I have not used it many times yet, but I am interested and plan to learn more and give it a good try.

WHAT IS SNAPCHAT: Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive "self-destructing" photos and videos. Photos and videos taken with the app are called Snaps. Snapchat uses the device's camera to capture Snaps and Wi-fi technology to send them. 

15 Minute Snapchat 101 Tutorial by Wes Fryer and his son Alex.


Resources from these weekly emails are archived at http://pinterest.com/cyndidk/

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1017379 2016-03-21T14:24:52Z 2016-03-21T14:29:26Z Genius Web Annotator

Genius Web Annotator: Genius lets you add line-by-line annotations to any page on the Internet

Annotate every web page: You can install our Chrome Extension, so Genius is with you everywhere you go. If you don’t use Chrome, try our Bookmarklet.

Share annotated pages with everyone, no extension needed: Put genius.it/ in front of any URL to annotate and read other Genius annotations on any page on the Internet. You don’t need to download anything!

Here is an EdTechTalk Podcast about the tool, it is over an hour, but if you fast forward to about 21 minutes you will see the demo and discussion about using Genius Web Annotator in the classroom and how it works: 

Check it out, install the tool and give it a try, thy website has good instructions and includes a video.  

Weekly emails archived at http://cdk.posthaven.com
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1011881 2016-03-11T16:22:27Z 2016-03-11T16:25:50Z Think Different: Adult Coloring Books for Stress Relief Since Spring Break is upon us, maybe little fun and stress relief is in order.  

I got into the paper versions of the Adult Coloring books last year, but I have to remember to bring a book along and my colored pencils, lots to carry.  Recently, I tried a couple apps on my iPad.  Oh my, now I am really hooked.  

Resources to prove my point……

Ok enough about that, my favorite app is Pigment
https://goo.gl/Ow35eQ Pigment - The only true adult coloring book experience
If you do a search in the App store for Adult Coloring you will find hundreds of options.  My favorite so far is Pigment, there are 33 books included so far and they seem to add news ones frequently , each having at least 3 free pictures.  Thats nearly 100 pictures to color right now before spending any money.

Color like you would on paper with actual colored pencils! Unlike tap-to-fill coloring apps, Pigment is the ONLY true coloring book experience on the iPhone and iPad. Choose from 350+ hand curated, professionally drawn illustrations, 8 different kinds of pencils, markers and brushes, and an unlimited number of colors to choose from. Once you're done, easily share them with your friends and family, and even print them out using AirPrint. There's no better way to color!
  • Pigment is the only coloring book app that simulates pencil and brush strokes for a realistic coloring experience
  • Pigment also offers the common "tap-to-fill" option of coloring
  • 8 kinds of coloring tools — colored pencil, marker, paint brush, fill, airbrush, circle brush, linear gradient, and radial gradient
  • Fully supports finger, Apple Pencil, and third-party stylus input
  • 350+ professionally illustrated works to color
  • Unlimited number of colors using the professionally curated palettes and the innovative shade control
  • Share your work by email, SMS, Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks
  • AirPrint the art that you create
  • Subscribe to Premium Access for a new coloring books every month

Give it a try, you will be hooked shortly, a ton of fun for FREE (mostly)!
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1011814 2016-03-11T15:12:47Z 2016-03-11T15:32:30Z Scribble Press Deluxe-Creative Book Maker for Kids- Free until March 18

Scribble Press Deluxe-Create Book Maker for Kids App has been completely redesigned and is

FREE  until March 18 for iPads. 

Scribble Press YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FingerprintDigitalL 

TELL YOUR STORY with Scribble Press Deluxe, the ALL-NEW, creative bookmaking App for kids!

Designed for the classroom and at home, Scribble Press Deluxe is a creativity platform for children to imagine, write, illustrate, and share their own stories. NEW, Powerhouse features include video export, audio recording, music, 300 new drawing tools, backgrounds, and stickers to inspire creativity and 30 fill-in-the-blank story starters ranging from the silly to the sublime.  

This fun and family friendly creativity platform has been called “hands down the best story creation App” and has won numerous awards from educational and parenting media. Originally launched for the iPad in 2011, Scribble has since been adopted in thousands of classrooms and been used to create over 100,000 books


Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1005455 2016-03-02T16:11:33Z 2016-03-02T16:24:49Z Free TEACHER Fonts from Tech Junkie

A little different direction for the resource this week……42 FREE Teacher Fonts from Tech Junkie.

If you are anything like me, you are always looking for a new font to use in a creation (handout, presentation, bulletin Board, etc.) and the standard fonts on your computer have more or less worn out their welcome. I’d consider myself the font queen, I don’t even want to tell you how many fonts I have. It is only in the last few years that fonts have become free for download.  I am all for artist getting paid for their hard work, however, I also appreciate it when they freely share their beautiful creations. 

I saw a tweet about the Tech Junkie website this morning via Twitter & Pinterest and discovered 42 FREE Teacher fonts.  What an awesome find.  I have been to this site many times, but today I really dug in and found tons of resources.  And I have only scratched the surface of what is available on the Tech Junkie site.  I encourage you to check out the Tech Junkie site.  You can even be featured on their site….


Want to share your blog posts or be an author? You’re in! Check out how to get featured on this site and your articles will go out to THOUSANDS of readers daily through email and social media networks.?

So if you are looking for a new font for a creation, here you go. http://www.teachjunkie.com/blog-files/42-free-fonts-teachers/  Pin the site to your Pinterest or bookmark it so you can find Tech Junkie again.

And Tech Junkie has more than just FREE fonts, 

and much, MUCH more

Tech Junkie describes their site as…….
"Welcome to the place for teachers to share bright ideas, creative lesson plans and activities! Join in and take a look behind the scenes. Return regularly to find featured tips, ideas and activities that help make being a teacher inspiring!"

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1001957 2016-02-26T19:30:50Z 2016-02-27T17:54:55Z Brains cape for making Flashcards
Brainscape is an excellent FREE iOS app/site for flashcards.  Flashcards on Steroids…….Over 800 academic studies have proven the efficiency of spaced repetition. 

But nobody has ever made it as personalized as Brainscape. Brainscape's innovative "smart" flashcards works in timed intervals that a user rates on a scale of 1 to 5.  Brainscape then used an adaptive learning algorithm to differentiate instruction and display the flashcards that need more focus on.  This is a great way to learn difficult subjects and break down difficult concepts.



Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/988694 2016-02-08T15:40:39Z 2016-02-08T15:48:48Z Eliminate Junk Mail with Unroll.Me

I learned about Unroll.Me from David A. Cox,  of PC Class Online, a weekly podcast I subscribe to and this week, it is a great episode.  Only a minute and a half video about Unroll.Me.  But very useful!

Tired of junk mail? Check out Unroll.Me It's a free service that scans your e-mails and automatically unsubscribes from e-mail services. Links below! Let us know how you made out in the comments. Unroll.me only works on certain e-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL, and Hotmail. 

Youtube tutorials 1:35: 

Website: https://unroll.me 

Description: Decluttering your inbox has never been so easy, or looked so good. With Unroll.Me, you can unsubscribe from unwanted emails, consolidate sales/newsletters/listserv emails into a convenient daily digest called the Rollup, and keep the rest in your inbox. Stop stressing over your inbox and get back to spending time on what matters to you. Download Unroll.Me and get back the “you time” you’ve been missing.

App Store, FREE:  (it is actually an iPhone app, but works on your iPad too)

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/985783 2016-02-04T14:21:13Z 2018-01-15T16:59:59Z How to Download Videos from Youtube
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/974312 2016-01-19T22:45:30Z 2016-01-19T23:14:34Z Think Different: FREE Books

eBooks have become an important FREE resource for educators.  If you are not taking advantage of this valuable resource, you should be. Using iPads, and other devices with the apps like iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Google Play Books, & the library system with OverDrive, you can access an unlimited supply of free book on nearly any device. 

Once you have the apps installed on your device, there are many resources you can use to find free eBooks. 
  • iBooks - iBooks is proprietary and only available on Mac & iOS. Within the iBooks Store, you can select that tab labeled “free” to access all free iBooks available.
  • Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is one of the most popular resources for free eBooks that you can download as epub, kindle, or read online.
  • Kindle books - Kindle curates a list of free and low priced books 
  • Nook Books - Barnes and Noble curates a list of free eBooks on this site.
  • Google Play Books - Google Books allows you to search their store and sort by cost. So search or select a genre, select price, and then indicate: free.
  • Google Books - Connected to Google (but outside of the play store), Google Books is accessible online and provides free previews and full length books for its users.
  • Feedbooks - Feedbooks contains a list of free public domain books that you can download and install on your device.
  • Goodreads - In addition to being a social media site for readers, Goodreads also publishes a list of free eBooks in ePub format.
  • Project Muse - Hosted and curated by Johns Hopkins University, Project Muse is a great resources for more advanced readers and researchers; they are a repository of more than 300,000 peer-reviewed journals and 700,000 chapters of academic books.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/972923 2016-01-17T23:41:15Z 2018-04-16T11:25:57Z LiquidText PDF and Document Reader - For Annotating, Researching, Highlighting and Markups
LiquidText, an App Store Editors’ Choice, improves the way you read, annotate, and research on the iPad.

Price: FREE

LiquidText PDF and Document Reader - For Annotating, Researching, Highlighting and Markups 

LiquidText is a free App for researching, annotating, and highlighting your documents, websites, and PDF’s.  Read in ways not possible on paper. LiquidText gives you the tools to focus on what matters, compare distant sections, take notes, build upon thoughts, and pull out key facts from the text. Improve the way you read on the iPad with LiquidText. 

Retire the Printer.
We read to understand the world around us. But both paper documents and computer screens compromise this mission. LiquidText gives users a personalized reading experience, ideal for comprehensive reading, through intuitive interactions that allow the user to compare sections by squeezing a document, pull out key passages, organize ideas, find context, and more. 

Reimagine the reading experience

  • Read and interact with text in a flexible environment
  • Compatible with PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents and web pages
  • Import from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, email, and more
  • Import content from webpage or send to LiquidText directly from Safari
  • Workspace area for writing notes and pulling out excerpts
  • Organize and group excerpts and notes
  • Tap comments and excerpts to find original source
  • Pinch document to compare different sections
  • Collapse text to see annotated parts side-by-side
  • Collapse text to view search term(s) side-by-side
  • Scroll to navigate through pages 
  • Scrollbar shows where highlights, comments, excerpts, and search results are located
  • Highlight text, images, comments, excerpts, and notes
  • Add margin notes/comments to text, images, notes, and excerpts
  • Comment on two or more selections simultaneously
  • Export file as notes only, highlights only, notes and highlights, or entire document with annotations
  • Export as LiquidText file, PDF, or RTF (supported by most word processors)
  • Send files by email or to Dropbox, iCloud, Box, and more
LiquidText App Tutorial: 

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/962770 2016-01-03T18:40:21Z 2016-01-06T20:46:11Z My MLA & APA
As a new semester begins, here are 2 resources that should prove useful.  I know most of you carry your iPad most of the time, now you can leave those MLA and APA reference books at on the shelf.   You’ll invest about $5.00 if you want both both, but that is much cheaper than one  actual book and it is updated frequently and no extra money involved.

Price: $2.29

My MLA is the ultimate guide and companion for students, researchers and scholars who need to utilize the style (6th Ed.). MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

The cost of the app is subsidized substantially in order to become affordable for most users, practitioners and students (Compare to $280 if each app purchased separately and retail price). For your convenience you can easily copy and paste any part of the texts and save, email or text the captured information. (No restrictions whatsoever). This app is tested and optimized to work with all versions of iOS including new features of iOS 4.0.

Price: $2.99

Based on the newest version of the American Psychological Association (APA) publication style manual (6th Edition, 2009), this application provides you with the only complete APA reference tool available. Designed for both students and faculty, the app is an absolute must-have for anyone who has to write using the APA style. It is the most complete APA style guide app available for both iPhones and iPads. 

There are 17 sections in the app and each section covers the most important elements and style examples. It’s like having the complete style manual in your hand, organized in an easy to use, menu-driven intuitive format. If writing in the proper style is important to you and your college, university, or journal papers, then this is the right app for you.  

The app includes both a short written description and examples related to all of the elements associated with the APA writing style including:
• Manuscript Layout, Writing Style, Grammar, and the Scholarly Writing method 
• Punctuation, Capitalization, use of Italics, and Abbreviations
• Headings and Series Formats
• Quotations, Numbers, Metrication, and Statistical and Mathematical Copy
• Tables and Figures
• Reference Citations in Text, the Reference List Format, and Referencing Electronic Media

Mastering the APA style and trying to use the APA Style Manual for every paper is challenging. With this app and its easy to use and apply format, you can focus instead on content rather wondering if you have the paper in the correct style.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/946121 2015-12-08T21:15:17Z 2015-12-08T21:35:39Z Think Different Resource: SMORE

Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly with this web based tool. Smore http://www.smore.com  I have used it for a number of years.  Works on your computer or mobile device.  No app necessary.  https://www.smore.com/.  Information on pricing is below, but I use only the free version.  In fact before Canvas, I would use it to explain assignment for class.  

Here is one I made a couple years about that is all about Using Smore in the Classroom. https://www.smore.com/j6ry.  It has been viewed nearly 3000 times.  (I think I should probably update it) After you have finished your project, it gives you a URL as well as embed code. 

It also gives you analytics, so you can see how many views, what they looked at, how they stayed, and more.   

The days of posting a flyer around the scool building on bulletin boards are over. Smore helps you create amazing pages that you’d be proud to share.  And by the way they print nicely too just in case!!

  • Instant mobile pages: Smore pages work flawlessly on your smartphone and tablet.
  • Styles and themes: Choose from a list of themes and preview them in seconds with your content. No installations ever.
  • Rich content embedding: Not just text and images, but videos, tweets, products and reviews too.
  • Drag and drop editing: Arrange your content with ease.

What is Smore?

Resources archived at PostHaven: http://cdk.posthaven.com
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/934588 2015-11-16T19:41:13Z 2015-11-17T15:24:22Z Paper by 53 iPad App
Paper - Notes, Photo Annotation, and Sketches by FiftyThree

Learn more at the Website: https://www.fiftythree.com
Paper 53 App: https://hec.su/b1fB 

When inspiration happens, put it on PaperPaper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches. Create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease — Paper is like a wall of sticky notes for everything that inspires you.

Paper’s swipe-to-style formatting makes creating checklists and notes faster and more fun than any other app. The photo spotlight tool helps you quickly clarify essential details. 

Bring text, photos, and sketches together. Keep your ideas organized, and see everything in one place to make connections you can’t see in siloed lists. 

Paper’s unique visual notes are designed to help you get your point across quickly and precisely. Paper also lets you share your ideas any way you want to, including as professionally-formatted PDFs, Keynote and Powerpoint presentations. 

I learned about Paper by fifty three back in 2012. I sketch or diagram frequently. Paper 53 makes it so simple., it's magic!  I also use the app to draw.    Paper can transform any simple sketch I make into something amazing.  Now I am using it for my not taking...Sketchnotes.   I have also included some resources about Sketchnotes.

The tools give tons of opportunity for creativity.  Save Images to your camera roll or share online. Save images as JPG or as PNG. The PNG option is awesome because it means that the white background is transparent. 

In the classroom, Paper is good for:

• taking notes
• practising handwriting
• practising cursive writing
• sketching
• drawing
• technical drawing
• watercolours
• learning about colour
• blending
…and much more!

Resource: http://sketcho-frenzy.weebly.com 

Don’t take my word for it. Have a go yourself.

A wonderful video introduction to visual note-taking

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/932767 2015-11-12T17:06:13Z 2015-11-12T17:09:37Z BitGym: Super Charge Your Workout!
Alright, something a little different today.  BitGym.  After your Walking Steps challenge recently, maybe we all need to step it up a bit more.  

Are you ready to enjoy a unique cardio experience? Take your cardio machine, bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, steppers and Ergs,  through the most beautiful locations on Earth with your iPhone®, iPad® or Android. Try it free!

Fuel your workout with speed-interactive exercise tours from around the world.  About 25 FREE tours, so it would be quite a while before your are bored and wanted to upgrade for the Premium account.  The Premium Account is $7.99 a month or $79 for a year. 

Dr. Stoney shared BitGym with me, she has been using only the FREE version for quite some time now.  

Apple Devices: 

Android Devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.activetheoryinc.BitGym 

Website: http://www.bitgym.com 

BitGym's breakthrough software will track every step you take by using just the front-facing camera on your tablet or smartphone.

BitGym upgrades your cardio machine with stunning interactive trails from around the world. Each tour can be streamed instantly or downloaded locally for use at the gym. 

Note: Please make sure to allow camera access to the app once it asks!

NEW Workout with world class trainers in the Coached tours section. Many are FREE!

- No hardware required - BitGym tracks your exercise speed by using the front-facing camera on your device.
- Works on any bike, elliptical, stepper, erg or treadmill - just place your iPhone or iPad down so you're in view and start exercising. 
- Our library of 80+ tours is available via streaming or local download. 
- View the tours to your TV using an Apple TV or an HDMI cable. 
- Constantly growing - With new tours added regularly, BitGym will keep surprising you.
- Track all your workouts and calories burned using the new Health App! (iOS 8 / iPhone only)
- Connected your Bluetooth Smart (LE/4.0) heart rate monitor for heart rate monitoring and increased accuracy in calorie counting. 

Instant Streaming: Or local download for offline use at the gym.
Universal: Works on bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, steppers and Ergs.
Interactive: Tours play at the speed of your exercise, pulling you into your workout.

BitGym Promo
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/928717 2015-11-06T16:47:05Z 2015-11-08T16:31:14Z Slate-Take documents and bring them to life!
I wrote about this App last spring when it came out, but now it is more than just an iPad app, your can also use it from your computer. Yippee!!

Adobe released Slate  for the iPad last spring and it is FREE.  

Take documents and bring them to life!

It is my new favorite too, both iPad and website for sure.  Slate is very easy to use, just add text, photos, choose a design and apply style & motion.  Scrolling transitions make words and images move for an engaging & compelling read.  If you’ve used Adobe Voice,  also Free,  you’ll find similarities.   A big difference in Voice and Slate is sound!!

Adobe Slate is a fun and easy way to turn any document – a lesson, newsletter, book report or presentation – into a stunning visual story, in just minutes.  Clearly, an exciting way to present information!!  This is a great alternative to a traditional report or paper.

Just type or talk to add text and use your favorite photos. Yes you can dictate to your Mac too.  (System Preference > Spec/Dictation > turn on dictation/enhanced dictation. . The to activate in any program, hit the fn key twice, a mic icon will come up and just start talking, it will begin typing. 

Choose a theme and gorgeous fonts will match, magazine-style designs and motion automatically transforms your story – guaranteeing a marvelous read on any device.  

Each Slate story you publish is simply a link.  No unrelated content, no random ads — just your story. You can share it via text message, email, social media or embed it where you want on your own website.  Anyone can view your Slate and it will look great, whether they're using a phone, and iPad, a tablet, or computer.

Find out more on the Slate website.

Learn more about Slate:  

A few stunning EXAMPLES

Find more examples at Tweets #madewithSlate https://twitter.com/hashtag/madewithSlate?src=hash 

Slate, is an extremely powerful communication tool that can be invaluable in the classroom — An easy way to share your knowledge and express creativity in visual essays, reports, journal entries, portfolios, book reports, science projects and more.  Ditch that Powerpoint! Through a simple link to the web, you can share your ideas and knowledge with the world.

Slate is free, which is kinda of unusual for Adobe, it makes me wonder if it will eventually be a paid. So, install it on your iPad now, while it is free and give creation a try using the website. 

Check Slate out, you will not be disappointed.  

By the way, we just did a Slate project in DED 318 class last week. 

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/923984 2015-10-29T16:51:09Z 2018-01-09T10:48:42Z Garmmarly: A Better Way to Write

https://www.grammarly.com  Free and Paid versions

A Better Way to Write

Grammarly makes you a better writer by finding and correcting up to 10× more mistakes than your word processor.

Grammarly is an online grammar and spelling checker that improves communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. It’s easy to use:  Copy and paste any English text into Grammarly’s online text editor or install Grammarly’s free browser extension for Chrome and Safari.  Grammarly’s algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, so you can make an informed decision about whether, and how, to correct an issue.

It works in a variety of ways from your browser (Safari & Chrome). You can upload your paper,  or copy and paste the text, although there are size limit on papers, so you might have to upgrade to premium.  Grammarly works on almost every web page to check your spelling, grammar, tone of voice, and more! While typing a blog post or composing a tweet, Grammarly  s checking my English. Clicking on the Grammarly icon shows not only spelling errors but grammatical errors passive voice, punctuation and more… much more! Grammarly not only tells me for example, that I have passive voice but gives me the option of a tutorial to learn what it is. Clicking on the error, or suggestion makes the changes in my blog post or tweet for me or even in my Canvas course site!

What the difference in the FREE and Premium.  It is a better deal to purchase for a year and….So far, I have only used the free version, and it is very handy, but I am seriously thinking about the Premium, it has some features I believe would really helpful.
  • No-hassle, money-back guarantee:
    If you’re not fully satisfied with Grammarly within 7 days, we’ll refund 100% of your purchase price!

Grammarly can operate as a spellchecker in the background, but the full proofing interface is much more capable and complex than just the red squiggly line. Garmmarly helps you by taking small, distracting grammar issues out of the document before you share.
Improve Your Writing With Garmmarly

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/920535 2015-10-21T18:55:51Z 2015-10-21T18:58:33Z New Padlet iPad App and it is FREE
Padlet iPad app: https://hec.su/bQSA FREE

I am always looking for ways I can use technology to help enhance learning in my classroom and I’ve been a fan of the Padlet website  for some time now, but lately had been wishing there was an iPad app, 

Wish granted….. Padlet has released an iPad App.  Yippy Skippy!!!!  It functions the same way as the website, so not much of a learning curve, but with an additional very cool feature that teachers will no doubt love.  When you want students to join your Padlet wall, they can scan a QR code with the Padlet app to instantly join.  No need for a separate QR code scanner app.  So one less thing to worry about.

What is Padlet exactly.  It is a blank slate or wall where you can collaborate.  But very different from Google Docs collaboration!  Padlet takes the concept of a blank piece of paper, and lets you put whatever you want on it and share. When you are done adding and putting things onto your wall, you can share it with others in a variety of ways.  By things, I mean, text, links, videos, images, and even attachments.  

In my opinion, the best feature of Padlet is the ability to collaborate with others easily. When you share your wall with someone or a group of people, they can contribute to your wall with the same features that you have.  It really is a great way to join forces easily and looks very nice when completed. Hold a discussion, collect resources, share information and more.  

My one suggestion, is to choose the Grid layout, otherwise you have to organize the “tiles.”  I did an App Smackdown a while back, where students added their favorite apps, http://padlet.com/ded318/26sjklf5uerd.  We did this in class in about 15 minutes!!

A few more resources and examples for Padlet:
How to Use Padlet

Tech Edge, iPads In The Classroom - Episode 150, Padlet on the iPad

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/916823 2015-10-14T21:06:58Z 2015-10-14T21:09:11Z El Capitan OS X Tutorial

El Capitan is the new Operating System for your Mac.  Here is an excellent tutorial.  Learn about all the cool new features.  Takes about 20 minutes, but you will be an expert by the end.

Download the video user guide here: http://bit.ly/ElCapitanGuide 

OSX 10.11 aka El Capitan is the latest operating system for Macs. In this tutorial you will discover c its main features including split screen mode, new spotlight features, Apple Mail runs better than ever in full screen mode, and a lot more. 

Skip to A Section by Clicking the Time Code

Apple Mail Changes 00:50
Photos New Features 03:38
Spotlight  05:25
Split Screen Mode: 07:57
Safari Features: 11:58
Notes  14:47
Additional Features: 17:24

El Capitan is a free upgrade for all Mac users who meet the system requirements. 


Our class about Alfred for Mac: 
TechTalk America is a free public service that teaches technology to people all over the world. Discover all their classes at http://TechTalkAmerica.com 

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/915921 2015-10-12T18:16:01Z 2015-10-12T19:10:11Z Edit Photos with Adobe Photoshop Mix
I have always been an Adobe fan, and have been using Adobe software like PageMaker, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator since the beginning, in fact, that was one of the missing pieces on the iPad for me.  Well, Adobe is adding apps at a rapid pace.  I am excited about these capabilities on my iPad.  Photoshop Mix brings real photo editing to your mobile device.  The app requires an Adobe ID (it is free), but no paid Creative Cloud subscription, and runs on the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.

Crop and straighten images, adjust exposure, contrast, clarity, and saturation or just tap the Enhance button to let the app figure out the adjustments for you.

The app is more like the Photoshop on your computer…. Dragging your finger over an image engages selection technology for finding edges and manipulating them, and a Feather Edges tool softens hard edges.  It makes working with a finger much easier on the iPad than if you were to use a stylus or mouse on the desktop.

Another new FREE app is Adobe Photoshop Mix

Photoshop Mix makes it quick and easy to transform your photos anywhere you are. Cut out, combine and seamlessly blend pictures to create sophisticated multilayered images. Apply one of over a dozen Looks to select areas or your whole photo. Share with friends for fun. And refine photos further or incorporate them into other creative projects by accessing them inside new Photoshop Fix or sending them to Photoshop CC on your desktop. 
  • Cut out and remove sections of your images and merge photos using multiple layers.
  • Create sophisticated image blends by experimenting with different blend modes and Fill Opacities within each layer until you get the look you want. Mix includes some of the most popular blend modes from Photoshop CC.
  • Adjust colors and contrast or apply preset Looks (filters) to your pictures. Enhance the entire image, or just a portion with the touch of your finger.
  • Nondestructive editing means your original pics stay pristine and untouched.
  • Quickly and easily share your creations on social media.
  • Easily move images to and from Mix and a variety of Adobe desktop and mobile apps — including new Photoshop Fix and Photoshop CC — so you can access a wealth of additional features to get the look you want. It’s all powered by Adobe CreativeSync.
Website: http://www.adobe.com/products/mix.html 
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/913650 2015-10-06T15:00:30Z 2015-10-06T15:13:25Z Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you were born in the Victorian era?
It is almost Halloween, not my favorite holiday, but here is a little fun for you this week.  Creepy Victoria Photo, iPhone/iPad app.  It is free, but does include in app purchases for selected features.  I challenge you to print and hang your creations on your office doors.  Enjoy!

Creepy Victorian Photo is a scary photography app where users can transform their portrait into a strange ancestral photography.  With Creepy Victorian Photo, the you can select from one of the 184 old Victorian portraits in which to add your face. So you will want to take a good selfie!  Simply take or import a photo and place you face behind the selected Victorian portrait. Apply photo-editing effects and choose from hundreds of ghost stickers to create a dark and mysterious portrait.  Share your portrait on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email. 

• Take a photo or import one from your album
• Both front and back cameras are supported
•184 adjustable layouts 
• Dozen of filters
• More than 200 scary stickers
• Control transparency, adjust light, contrast, blur and focus. Use pen and much more
• Add text and captions
• Save your creepy portrait to your device
• Share it on social media like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, & Email

Website:  www.creepyvictorianphoto.com for more information, including videos and screenshots of the app.


Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
tag:cdk.posthaven.com,2013:Post/911144 2015-09-29T21:30:55Z 2015-10-12T19:10:31Z Apps for Keeping you & your family safe
A little different resource this week.  Unfortunately, I could not narrow it to just one.  I am sure there is something for everyone in these 6 apps to help keep you safe and protected.

"Last year, University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was murdered. Now three new smartphone apps are available for free download to help prevent such tragedies."
  • Companion: Never Walk Alone - Your Personal Safety Service and Mobile Blue Light: Companion lets you reach out to family, friends or your campus police and have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night. Wherever you go, get there safely with a Companion!
  • Circle of 6: With Circle of 6 you have a new way to connect with your most trusted friends —to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens! It's the mobile way to look out for your friends— on campus or when you're out for the night.
  • LifeLine Response: LifeLine Response has a 100% FREE TRIAL and is your chance to test drive a personal burglar alarm! It requires set-up with info to identify you to 911 in case of emergency. Activate the app a few times during your regular activities. Be prepared, not scared! 

And the same day I heard a report on the radio about the 4Parents collection of apps that allows you to leverage technology to protect and manage your family.
  • LifeSaver by 4Parents: Helping save lives by preventing people from texting while driving.
  • ParentalBoard by 4Parents  Parental Board is an online parental control service that allows you to easily monitor, track, manage and secure your children's mobile devices (phones and tablets). Using Parental Control Board parents can track position of their kids, get a notification when kid leaves a predefined zone, get a notification when kid is in emergency, etc.
  • SquareHub Your Family Organizer: Shared Calendar, To-Do Lists, Locator, Photo Journal & Private Group Messaging: SquareHub keeps your family connected, organized, and happy. You can send private group messages and photos with each other, share calendars, share to-do lists, share child location information, and create those spontaneous moments of joy with the people who matter most to you, your family!  Whether you’re a family with young kids, mobile teenagers, kids away at college, or you’re a family living in multiple locations, SquareHub makes it easy for everyone in your family to stay connected! 
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn