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Leslie’s favorite web 2.0 tool: Evernote. Evernote just continues to grow and morph into an awesome platform that goes beyond just syncing notes. Skitch now supports Evernote, which allows you to clip, annotate, and save images to Evernote on your iOS or Android device. Two of my favorite software add-ons for Evernote are Clearly and Web Clipper.
Clearly will remove all the external content from a web page displaying just the story and its associated images making it easy to read as well as save to Evernote. Web Clipper is just that--a clipper that allows you to “clip” items from the web and save to Evernote. The gang at iPevohas teamed up with Evernote to allow its WebCam software to capture directly to Evernote. Also, don’t forget that you get an email account once you sign up for Evernote so you can email your notes to this address and it will add the email to your Evernote.

Hall’s Favorite hardware: Mounting the iPad. It’s the little things sometimes. There are a lot of ways to mount an iPad but my favorite was Fat Gecko (around $25). It grips the iPad and has a threaded slot for a tripod. I use a flexible little mini-tripod (Sunpak Mini, $2.24). This lets me prop up the iPad for reading, is certainly strong enough for touch-based apps, and also makes it easy to carry. The tripod thread also works on other attachments like music stands, car cup holders (passengers only, please), and other cool stuff. Both available on Amazon and elsewhere.


Another great video app is Green Screen Movie FX. This amazing $1.99 app for Apple and Windows mobile devices let you chromakey (“green screen”) in real time by dropping a color out of the background in the video you are shooting and replacing it, again in real time, with either one their preset videos, like Yosemite or Las Vegas, or--and this is the powerful part--educational videos you have moved into your mobile device. I used videos of the heart and brain from the Discovery Education Streaming library. Instead of dropping out the background, I dropped out the color on a 3x5 card held by another drafted volunteer. It appeared to show a beating heart in the person’s chest and then the brain inside their skull. It’s pretty amazing and at least one person has seriously asked me if the iPad is capable of making these X-ray images. Some great possibilities there. You move your library into the app via iTunes (Windows or Mac). When you click on the Apps tab, the apps that accept media are listed and you drag and drop the video from your library right into the app. From then on, it will appear on your mobile device in the app. You can drop students into state parks or molecules or into volcanoes by replacing the background, but the card was a neat trick to show. The app is $1.99.


**MadPad**. I can’t let apps go by without mentioning MadPad. This media creation tool allows you to put 12 short videos onto the screen. Each one you touch plays. You can repeat it, do sequences, or bang it like a video DJ. I had 12 draftees say numbers (“one,”“four,” “five,” “twenty”) and math operations (“times,” “minus”) and “equals”. Then by punching the screen, we could create true or false math statements. You could do it with capital cities, too. Needless to say, as with Green Screen Movie FX, you can make a live video of your work in real time. MadPad is $2.99.



Leslie’s favorite document editing app:CloundON. At the time of this writing, Microsoft Office is only rumored to come to iOS. I am OK with that because I am using CloudOn, an app that hooks into Google Drive, Box, and DropBox. It allows access and, yes, editing of your Office and Google Docs. I love showing this when I present because people stop and stare in disbelief that I am editing so many things with one free app. I had one person get up and hug me when they saw it.

QR Codes and the IPad
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/2012/12/four-easy-ways-revitalize-classroom-libraries-digital-natives