Monday, April 30, 2012

TED - Juan Enriquez shares mindboggling science

http://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_shares_mindboggling_new_science.html

Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.


The Geologic Time Spiral

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2008/58/

The Earth is very old—4.5 billion years or more according to scientific estimates. Most of the evidence for an ancient Earth is contained in the rocks that form the Earth's crust. The rock layers themselves—like pages in a long and complicated history—record the events of the past, and buried within them are the remains of life—the plants and animals that evolved from organic structures that existed 3 billion years ago.

Also contained in rocks once molten are radioactive elements whose isotopes provide Earth with an atomic clock. Within these rocks, "parent" isotopes decay at a predictable rate to form "daughter" isotopes. By determining the relative amounts of parent and daughter isotopes, the age of these rocks can be calculated.

Thus, the scientific evidence from rock layers, from fossils, and from the ages of rocks as measured by atomic clocks attests to a very old Earth.

See USGS Fact Sheet 2007-3015 at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2007/3015/ for ages of geologic time periods. Ages in the spiral have been rounded from the age estimates in the Fact Sheet. B.Y., billion years; M.Y., million years. For more information, see the booklet on Geologic Time at http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/.

The Geologic Time Spiral poster is available for purchase from the USGS Store.

The Geologic Time Spiral is available for download in Portable Document Format (PDF). The PDF file allows for printing on 8.5"×11" letter-size paper or larger. Also available for download is the text that accompanies the image. Geologic Time Spiral

8.5"×11" letter-size paper [2.9-MB PDF –120-dpi resolution ] | Poster size [8.8-MB PDF – 100-dpi resolution ] | Text [8.40-KB PDF]


PD Opportunity from Microsoft


The Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum is Microsoft’s premier educator recognition program open to all K-12 educators. The Forum seeks to find and showcase examples of innovation happening in classrooms and schools. It is easy to apply, and if accepted, Microsoft pays expenses for you to come to a unique 2-day professional learning experience that will include project exhibitions, professional development and the ability to collaborate with like-minded colleagues from around the country. Finalists from the US Forum will go on to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Global Forum in Athens, Greece. Learn more and apply: http://bit.ly/US_Forum

Useful iPad Apps For Designers & Creatives

Read the article for details about the sites below...

http://designwoop.com/2011/10/useful-ipad-apps-for-designers/

From the article:  "The creation of the iPad made it more easy to digest content on the go without having to carry around and boot up a bulky laptop, with this also came the ability to create content on the go.

When I first got my iPad I found it overwhelming at the amount of applications available to designers and creative types, following on from last months ‘10 useful web apps for designers‘ I thought I would share with you a collection of iPad apps I have and of course some that are on my wish list.

I have included a selection of iPad apps that will allow you to sketch, code, create beautiful CSS3 and  create app and website mock ups."

Note from Nathan:  The apps below are paid apps (not free!)

OmniGraffle
LogMeIn Ignition
Draft
Brushes
Note Taker
Web Designer’s Idea App
CSS3 Machine
iMockups
Gusto
App Cooker
SketchPad HD
Typography Insight
Source Viewer XL
FTP On The Go – Pro
Textastic Code Editor
TypeDrawing
iDraw

9 Useful Web Apps for Designers

Read the article for details about the sites below...

http://designwoop.com/2011/10/10-useful-web-apps-for-designers/

Invoice Bubble
Gridulator
Screenr
Launchlist
Kuler
Favigen
Fillerati
Loads.in
Domainr

You might also be interested in this article (once again, check the article for details about the sites below) - How Usable Is Your Website? 20 Tools for Testing Website Usability 

Feedback Army
Page Speed Online
Pingdom Tools
Check My Colours
Readability Test from Juicy Studio
WordsCount
W3C Markup Validation Service
Browsershots
Vischeck
WebAnywhere
Navflow
WriteMaps
OptimalSort
Websort.net
Treejack
PlainFrame
Intuition HQ
Loop11
Usabilla
FiveSecondTest

Avira Free Mac Security

From PCMag.com


Editor's Note: Product not yet reviewed by PCMag Editors.

German security firm Avira, maker of the popular Avira Free Antivirus 2012 (free, 4 stars), has released a new free product for Mac users. Avira Free Antivirus for Mac (free, direct) isn't limited to non-commercial users. Avira has made it "truly free for everyone—private consumers, professionals and even businesses—without exception and without any advertising or marketing pop-ups."

The product's user interface "shields the casual user from configurations and complexity they may not want" but still allows power users to drill down for fine-tuned control. Press materials characterize it as "the best antivirus you'll never experience" and "a smart application that almost never needs attention."
The user can launch a scan of the entire system, of common malware attack points, or of a specific file or folder. In addition to on-demand scanning, a built-in scheduler runs periodic scans and keeps the product up to date. The real-time protection feature scans all files on access to make sure no malware sneaks onto the system between scheduled scans.

According to Avira COO Travis Witteveen, "we’re seeing more viruses, worms and Trojans designed specifically for Mac, and also more Macs transporting Windows viruses when they collaborate with PCs." For that reason Avira Free Antivirus for Mac detects and removed Windows-oriented malware as well as malware aimed specifically at the Mac. Witteveen went on to proclaim that "we are giving away Avira Free Mac Security to everyone so that we can all live free, no matter what OS religion you may follow."

The server-based Avira Management Console lets businesses install, configure, update, and monitor security from one central location. At present it only manages PCs and Windows servers or Unix servers and workstations, but Mac support is pending. Use of the management console "requires a separate license file that will be available from Avira soon."

Avira Free Mac Security is available now as a free download at www.avira.com/mac-download.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Time Magazine TechLand - 50 Best iPhone Apps for 2012

http://techland.time.com/2012/02/15/50-best-iphone-apps-2012/#find-my-iphone

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/02/15/50-best-iphone-apps-2012/#all#ixzz1tUoDO700

Free iOS App - Dragon Go!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-go!/id442975871?mt=8

Description

Control your personal universe with no boundaries – all with the power of your voice! With Nuance Dragon Go! all you have to do is say what you want and Dragon Go! will deliver your results within seconds.

So smart, Dragon Go! knows what you want simply by how you say it! And it will deliver you directly to the best mobile sites offering what you want– such as Fandango for movie showtimes and trailers, Accuweather.com for local weather updates, Pandora® internet radio, Yelp for local reviews, recommendations and more!

Dragon Go’s dynamic Dragon CarouselTM not only delivers you to the best site featuring what you want, it also delivers complementary results that enable you to slide the carousel from side-to-side to compare information across the most relevant sites for your Dragon Go! request.

For example:
You say….
“Cowboys & Aliens showtimes” – Dragon Go! delivers you directly to Fandango featuring movie trailers, showtimes and ticket purchasing for your local theaters. The Dragon CarouselTM also enables you to see what people are saying about the movie on Twitter and flick over to Wikipedia to learn more about the graphic novel the movie is based on.

You can also share your Dragon Go! results via an easy-to-use pop-up toolbar featuring link share options across email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter.

And that’s not all! In a place where it’s not convenient to speak? Just type your Dragon Go! requests for the same fast, accurate results!

To watch Dragon Go! in action visit http://www.youtube.com/user/NuanceMobileChannel.

Dragon Go! Say it. Get it. Go!

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Dragon Go! requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE).
2. Dragon Go! requires iOS 4 or later.
3. Dragon Go! works on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and on third and fourth generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).

Engagingly Written 30 Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials Read more about Engagingly Written 30 Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

http://blog.templatemonster.com/2012/04/26/photoshop-text-effect-tutorials/


Friday, April 27, 2012

Free iOS App Today - AirPlay Intercom

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id507383706?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

The AirPlay Intercom lets you broadcast your voice to any AirPlay audio device on the same wireless network or any  Bluetooth speaker paired to your device. Start by selecting your speakers from the list of available audio routes. Then hold down the talk button and speak your message. When you let go of the talk button, your message will be broadcasted to your selected speaker. You can quickly adjust the volume of your broadcast by swiping the volume display left and right or pressing the rocker buttons on the side of your device.

AirPlay Intercom is a handy way to communicate around the house and provides the same utility as a one way intercom. Send a quick message from your front yard to the living room stereo. Call for help from the garage. Tell the kids to stop making so much noise from your bed.

AirPlay Intercom is the only iOS app that will broadcast your voice from your device to a bluetooth or AirPlay speaker system. Once you've tried this app, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

AirPlay Intercom does not broadcast live. It first records your message and then replays it wirelessly through your speakers when you release the TALK button.


15 Inspiring Examples of Free Online Education

http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/01/22/15-inspiring-examples-of-free-online-education/?goback=.gde_126998_member_104840154

The Internet is full of free and open educational resources, from courses to academic journals, and with so many education providers getting in on the movement to offer free educational content online, there's likely to be even more in the future. Yale, Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley are just a few of the high-profile universities that share some of their best courses with the world for the low, low price of zero dollars. While there are a lot of great resources out there, there are some online education resources that truly stand out as inspiring, for their vast collections, unique perks, and incredibly supportive organizations. We've picked out 15 open education resources that we find to be the most impressive and inspiring out there, and we encourage you to take advantage of what they have to offer.

  1. Khan Academy
  2. MIT Open Courseware
  3. Berkeley Webcast
  4. Tufts OpenCourseWare
  5. OpenCourseWare Consortium
  6. Academic Earth
  7. Textbook Revolution
  8. Project Gutenberg
  9. iTunesU
  10. OpenLearn
  11. WatchKnowLearn
  12. University of the People
  13. TED
  14. Wikiversity
  15. Instructables

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Nov. 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due July 2, 2012.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to help organizations obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for students.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain complete information including how the technology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to obtain the proposal/application form by sending an email to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-1919.

Additional information can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ariss.html.

NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012

To mark Earth Day 2012, NASA presents the Earth Day Video Contest 2012. For the second year in a row, NASA is challenging the public to create a compelling video vision of NASA's exploration of Earth -- The Home Frontier.

To enter, produce a short video that captures what you find inspiring and important about the unique view and understanding of Earth provided by NASA science. Upload your video to YouTube and tag it using the instructions found on the contest website. NASA will feature the best entry -- chosen by a panel of NASA scientists and communicators -- on the NASA website. And, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the next rocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite.

Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2012.

For more information, official contest rules and to see the winning video from last year, visit http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earthday-vid-2012.html.

If you have any questions about this contest, please email Patrick Lynch at Patrick.Lynch@nasa.gov.

2011-2012 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit a well-documented design paper for a large cargo aircraft that produces less noise, fewer emissions and is more fuel efficient than current models.

Participants, either teams or individuals, must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. International students may participate but are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships. Entries are due May 7, 2012.

For more information about the contest, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/era_univ/competitions_univ_era.htm.

Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

2013 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and provide a real-world challenge, exposing students to the engineering and design processes, the Advanced Exploration Systems Habitation Systems Deep Space Habitat Project team has begun accepting applications for the 2013 eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on another celestial body. The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and $49,000 to design and produce functional products of interest to the Deep Space Habitat project.

Proposals are due May 2, 2012, and awardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in May of 2013.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an ABET-accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum at an accredited university in the U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities also are highly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-Hab Challenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition -- How Much is Waste? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and project LE&RN are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 2, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to guide your students through three mathematical computations to determine usable and unusable portions of foods. Your students determine the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-percentage-and-volume/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2012 workshop June 16-21, 2012, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2012.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA's future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/rockon/2012/index_2012.html.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at 303-492-3141.

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through May 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
May 1, 2012, 6 - 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 2, 2012, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
May 3, 2012, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will explain NASA's mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about the K-12 educational materials created by each of the directorates and how educators can access these materials free of charge. Learn about citizen science opportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resources that educators can incorporate into their classrooms.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 3, 2012, 7 - 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 5, 2012, 9 - 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition in the Classroom (Grades 4-9)
May 5, 2012, 11 a.m. - noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share "Food for Thought," a new NASA educator guide designed to explore space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts that includes a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 7, 2012, 6 - 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

NASA's S'COOL Program (Grades 4-12)
May 8, 2012, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduce NASA's Students' Cloud Observations On-Line, or S'COOL, program. The program engages students to make observations of cloud type and cover and then share it with NASA. Scientists use the data to assist their understanding of global climate change. After sending in observations, teachers receive satellite images for comparison to student data.

Free Planetarium Program for Your Computer (Grades K-12)
May 15, 2012, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduce participants to a free planetarium program. Participants will learn how to use the program to demonstrate day/night cycles, the sun's changing position in the sky, as well as seasons, phases of the moon, constellations and more.

Looking at Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 15, 2012, 6 - 7 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 16, 2012, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 - 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 - 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share NASA's Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program, astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Students predict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth's gravity, putting Newton's Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receive copies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 7 - 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will introduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity "Kinesthetic Astronomy" will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.


For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through June 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

Geometry: Space Math Problems -- Solar Storms Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on April 30, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Solar Storms provides teachers with a unique opportunity to have students use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to analyze NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this seminar, participants will preview a video about solar storms. An overview of the problem sets, suggestions for implementation of best practices and some extension activities that may be appropriate for your curriculum will be provided.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-geometry-space-math/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA.Explorer.Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

New DIY Podcast Module Available -- Space Station

Are you looking for new ideas to integrate technology into your lessons? Or are you a student looking for a savvy idea for a class project? Then NASA's Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast "Space Station" module may interest you.

Learn what astronaut Mike Fincke enjoys doing most while in space. Finke served as a flight engineer on the station as well as the commander for Expedition 18. He shares how extraordinary efforts of teamwork have resulted in the largest space structure ever built -- the International Space Station, or ISS.

Ground-breaking research is being done on the space station by NASA and its international partners. Camille Alleyne, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station, shares some of the work being done in space and how it benefits us on Earth. And astronaut Garrett Reisman, flight engineer for Expeditions 16 and 17, takes us on a tour of the station.

So, why are you waiting? Choose from 40 video clips, 25 audio clips and a variety of images to learn about the station while having fun creating a podcast.

How DIY Podcast Works:
-- Download NASA video and audio clips.
-- Write a production script.
-- Record your narration.
-- Edit your product.
-- Share your podcast.

Visit NASA's DIY Podcast site at http://www.nasa.gov/education/diypodcast to learn more and to access information and resources for the new Space Station module.

MIT launches student-produced educational video initiative

Original short videos, in collaboration with Khan Academy, aim to fuel K-12 students’ interest in engineering and science. 
http://web.mit.edu/press/2012/k-12-education-video-initiative.html 

Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/04/augmented-reality-coming-soon-to-a-school-near-you/


Free iOS App Today - iPractise Kids First Words

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id514237699?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

!!!! FREE FOR 24 HOURS !!!

iPractise Kids First Words is an educational and entertaining word game for kids.

Playing is very easy. First, choose a level (Easy, Medium or Hard) depending on your kids word knowledge. Then let your kid to figure out the word in the picture dragging the the letters to underlined spaces. If a word is difficult to figure out, your kid can use "Hint" option to hear pronunciation of the given word.

Free iOS App Today - Astro Math

http://itunes.apple.com/app/id501402856?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

All of our PAID iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac apps are FREE April 27th-April 29th! Just search for "EnsenaSoft" in iTunes or the Mac App Store and download everything you would like including our latest iOS release "The Lightfall Codex" and our recent iOS and Mac apps "When Pigs Fly", "Raging Pigs" and "Barnyard Mahjong". This may be the last all FREE event we do this year, so take advantage of it today!

Free iOS App Today - Sammy Squirrel Flies Away In Shape Rocket

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sammy-squirrel-flies-away/id332635390?mt=8

All of our PAID iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac apps are FREE April 27th-April 29th! Just search for "EnsenaSoft" in iTunes or the Mac App Store and download everything you would like including our latest iOS release "The Lightfall Codex" and our recent iOS and Mac apps "When Pigs Fly", "Raging Pigs" and "Barnyard Mahjong". This may be the last all FREE event we do this year, so take advantage of it today!

Free iOS App Today - Sammy Squirrel Battles the Alphabet Robots

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sammy-squirrel-battles-alphabet/id329518475?mt=8

Match the upper and lowercase alphabet letters to clear the board. The letters are all designed with a nice robotic theme and letter pronunciation occurs when a match is made. This is a great game for your younger children or children or adults who are learning English at an older age.

Free iOS App Today - Sammy Squirrel and the Haunted Numbers

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sammy-squirrel-haunted-numbers/id331015891?mt=8

All of our PAID iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac apps are FREE April 27th-April 29th! Just search for "EnsenaSoft" in iTunes or the Mac App Store and download everything you would like including our latest iOS release "The Lightfall Codex" and our recent iOS and Mac apps "When Pigs Fly", "Raging Pigs" and "Barnyard Mahjong". This may be the last all FREE event we do this year, so take advantage of it today!

Learning to count can be scary - especially in "Sammy Squirrel and the Haunted Numbers". Match the number with the card that has that number of things on it to clear the board. The numbers are all made from the leaves of autumn trees and the objects all have a fun haunted theme. Number pronunciation occurs when a match is made. This is a great game for your younger children.

Now with interactive gallery and popup quiz so you can touch, listen, learn and test the knowledge gained.

"Throughout the experience, the aesthetic of the app is true to the spooky theme — both melodies and illustrations deliver on the promise of some ghoulish Halloween fun." - theikidsblog.com

Features:
★ Matching of 8 numbers at a time.
★ Great background music and sound effects.
★ Fun and educational at the same.
★ A point system that gives bonuses for extra concentration.
★ A system that allows children of any age to enjoy and win.
★ Option to change the voice announcing the numbers. You can choose between child (English), adult (English) and Spanish.
★ A gallery where your child can view all of the numbers/counting cards and play with them to study and learn.
★ Popup quiz to test the knowledge gained.
★ Head 2 Head system for 2 players at once in fun turn based game. This is great for siblings, parent/child and among friends.

Free iOS App Today - i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! HD - Science educational games for kids in preschool and kindergarten

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-learn-poko-seasons-weather!/id420472804?mt=8

Discover three fun games in which Poko helps children 3 to 6 learn to identify different various weather situations in various different seasons, and teaches them all about appropriate clothing and activities, a curriculum staple in preschool learning.

The Teaching Channel - Prize Giveaways for Teacher Appreciation Week

https://www.teachingchannel.org


Free iOS App Today - Music Tutor (Sight Reading Improver)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id507691358?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Improve your sight reading skills using Music Tutor. This is a perfect tool for people learning music. Choose to practice between treble, bass or both kind of notes for a duration of 1, 5 or 10 minutes. Try to make a higher score each time. After each test, you can review your mistakes. With Game Center integration, the app keeps track of your high scores too.


Free iOS App Today - Bedtime Story

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id510891227?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Download A Bedtime Story - the perfect night time companion to help ease your young one to bed. Using amazing graphics, A Bedtime Story will instantly become a staple in your nightly routine.

Record your own voice over, so your young one can read along with his mommy or daddy.

Enter your child's name and walk through 6 beautiful, interactive scenes as he or she prepares for bed.

- Put the toys away
- Change into pajamas
- Brush his/her teeth
- Give Mommy and Daddy a kiss goodnight
- Turn off the light
- And finally fall alseep to 5 different lullybyes

As you turn the last page, you can expect a sleepy smile and at least a yawn or two.

Free iOS App Today - Tinman Arts-Jojo the Chick 2-I want to learn to swim

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id495858506?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Finally Jojo the Chick 2 made it to the readers before the new year. Jojo the Chick 2 focuses on emotion management, being about sharing, trusting, helping, lying, good manners & love. Jojo once again shares every bit of life with everyone.

There are rebellious behaviors, dangerous acts, warm scenes and anxious feeling. Children will see their own reflection on Jojo, think about their behaviors and go easy with growing up.



Free iOS App Today - Sail Through Math - McGraw-Hill

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id468652153?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Ahoy Mateys, discover a fun way to practice math skills with Sail Through Math, a game for students from McGraw-Hill Education. Do you have the skills to conquer all the levels? Set sail for learning and find out.

Free iOS App Today - Periodic Pro

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id433199684?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Application will have the following features:

1. Table has elements with their symbols and atomic Numbers.
2. Clicking on any element details will be shown
3. Details can be physical, description of element, name, atomic and uses
4. User can see the details of individual or in the form of list of all the elements.
5. The list can be any of the properties like e.g. atomic volume etc.
6. The Group names will also be mentioned.
7. User can search the list of elements in a specific group name.
8. Different colors show different group names in table.
9. Customer Support is also available
10. You can share this application with all your family members and friends.
11. You can suggest and give us feedback.

Free iOS App Today - TopXNotes

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id368084877?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Personal Note Manager for Apple touch devices that Includes live link support, email notes from within application, font and font size control, built-in search, landscape mode support and built-in backup/restore to the device.

Free iOS App Today - Measuring Sheet

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id511736134?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Measuring Sheet is an application that, as well as calculating the areas of the main geometric shapes, can add them to a measurement sheet where they will remain recorded as further areas are added.
It is very useful when we have to measure an area (plot of land, garden etc) with irregular shapes. What we do is divide the area into known geometric shapes and, with the help of this application, we can calculate the total area.

It is also possible to introduce other measurements that don't correspond with the standard shapes. The shapes included are: square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, parallelogram, trapezium, circle, sector and ellipse.

There is a simple calculator for extra operations.


Free iOS App Today - Everyday Mathematics® Divisibility Dash™

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id428594346?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

The Divisibility Dash game by McGraw-Hill offers a quick and easy way to practice recognizing multiples of a number and applying divisibility tests. This fast-paced computation game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Free iOS App Today - Everyday Mathematics® Equivalent Fractions™

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id417016316?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

The Equivalent Fractions game by McGraw Hill offers a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce fraction concepts and relationships. This game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Free iOS App Today - Everyday Mathematics® Monster Squeeze™

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id414294235?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

McGraw-Hill’s Monster Squeeze game reinforces number recognition and offers a quick and easy way to practice number line concepts and number comparisons. This two-player game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Free iOS App Today - Indicator Everyday Mathematics® Beat the Computer™ Multiplication

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id413518042?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

McGraw-Hill’s Beat the Computer game offers a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce basic multiplication facts (0–10). This facts practice game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Free iOS App Today - Everyday Mathematics® Addition Top It

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id413312885?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

McGraw-Hill’s Addition Top-It game offers a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce basic addition facts (0–10) and number comparisons. This two-player game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Free iOS App Today - Monarchy Explorer

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id429156997?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Discover a wealth of information about the English and British Monarchy, from the first recognised English King in 802 AD right up to the present day.

With Monarchy Explorer, you can:
* Discover unknown information by using the "Shake to explore" feature.
* View a list of Monarchs in chronological order on a Timeline.
* View and filter an A-Z list of Monarchs and Royal Houses.
* Save Bookmarks within the app for quick and easy repeat access.
* Read extensive content and a rich portrait image of each Monarch and Royal House.
* Understand key relationships within the Monarchy lineage such as Predecessors and Successors using the "Also see..." feature.
* Share content with friends using Twitter, Facebook, email and more.

Note: Much of the original content in this app was sourced originally from Wikipedia, but has subsequently been re-arranged and edited to provide new features and ways of exploring the Monarchy.

The Scale of the Universe - Interactive

Flash Animation Credit & Copyright: Cary & Michael Huang

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/youth_grants.aspx


Youth Literacy Grants

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:
  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs
Click here to apply for the 2012 Youth Literacy Grant.

Grant Deadline: May 16, 2012
Grant Announcement: August 24, 2012
Maximum grant amount is $4,000.

TEDed - TED launches new education site with customized teaching tools

http://ed.ted.com/

TED

TED believes passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. This underlying philosophy is the driving force behind all of TED's endeavors, including the TED Conferences, TEDx, TEDBooks, the TEDFellows Program, and the TEDTranslations Project. With this philosophy in mind, and with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world, TED is excited to launch its newest initiative, TED-Ed.

TED-Ed

TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.

TED-Ed Videos

TED-Ed's videos aim to capture and amplify the voices of the world's greatest educators. To achieve this, we pair extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of exceptional educational videos. This website, similar to TED.com, is ever-evolving and we depend on you, the TED community, to nominate inspiring teachers that have touched your life or clever animators who have the skills to bring a gifted teacher's lesson to life.

Grant - Up to $500 for students in need

Elmer's & Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Tool Kit Grants

Teachers can apply for an Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit Grant that can range from $100 to $500. The grants will be given to teachers who wish to conduct classroom projects selected from a catalog of more than 500 projects.
Contact Information
  • Grant Organization: Elmer's & Kids In Need Foundation
  • Contact URL: http://www.kinf.org/elmers/index.php
  • Eligibility: K-12 teachers
  • Grant Deadline: Monday April 30th, 2012
  • Grant Value: $100-$500

Pretty smart: Class builds low-cost teaching technology

eSchoolnews: Read more news from Around the Web

North Carolina’s Trinity Episcopal School might not have interactive whiteboards, but they have a middle school technology class smart enough to craft a cheap alternative, reports the Charlotte Observer. After watching a YouTube video, about a dozen boys in Josh Thornton’s class made their own interactive whiteboard with a Wii remote control, about $6 worth of Radio Shack material, and the casing from a marker. “It can do everything that a Promethium board can do, for the most part—85 percent of the functionality for 5 percent of the price,” Thornton said. Many schools spend thousands of dollars for the boards that let teachers and students use a whiteboard like a computer. Trinity, a private school with 415 K-8 students on the northeast edge of uptown Charlotte, doesn’t have any. Thornton showed his class a video by Johnny Chung Lee of Carnegie Mellon University explaining how to do make a do-it-yourself version. It’s not pretty, but it works…

Read the full story here.

Free iOS App - Free Graphing Calculator

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id378009553?mt=8

Description

A powerful, flexible graphing calculator . . . and it's free!

Does way more than most of the paid calculators out there . . . let alone the free ones.

Features:

1) Scientific Calculator. Simple to grasp and easy to use, but powerful features are available when you need them. Available functions include the following:

• the usual arithmetic functions and exponentiation.
• square root, cube root, nth root, natural log, log base 10, log of arbitrary base, absolute value, factorial, permutations (nPr), combinations (nCr), modulus, random integer, bell curve, cumulative normal distribution, decimal to fraction.

2) Graphing. Capabilities:

• Graph up to four equations at once.
• Graphs are labeled.
• You can drag the graph or pinch to zoom in or out.
• Calculator can find roots and intersections.

3) A unit converter. With a tap, you can enter the result of your conversion into the calculator. Currently converts different units of the following: acceleration, angle, area, density, distance, energy, force, mass, power, pressure, speed, temperature, time, and volume. Great for doing physics homework!

4) Constants for scientific calculations -- speed of light, strength of gravity at Earth's surface, etc. etc. etc. Tapping on a constant will insert it into your calculation -- i.e, you don't have to key in the value. Again, great for doing physics homework!

5) It can make a table of the values of any function you care to enter. You can choose the starting x value of the table, as well as how much x increases for each successive row.

6) Forgot the quadratic formula? Or the double-angle formulas for sine and cosine? The math/science reference hits the high points of various subjects. Currently includes algebra, differential and integral calculus, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, vector calculus, and classical mechanics.

I'd love to hear your comments or suggestions. You can write me at mathscixyzgraphcalc@gmail.com -- but without the xyz. Thanks!


Free iOS App Today - Math Bingo Games - A Racing Game for Kids by Tap To Learn

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id415231843?mt=8

★ Free now for a limited period of time! ★

Using your favorite racing game we help you gain mastery of elementary math.

Recommended for age groups 3 - 8.
Math Bingo Games combine routine mathematics presented in a whole new fun way that helps children master all aspects of counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The clock ticks away as you solve math problems that keep your car racing ahead of the obstacles. You need to choose answers in a simple correct or incorrect option quickly before your car crashes against the oncoming barricade.

★ FEATURES ★
✔ 40 Math Levels right from K1 to K5.
✔ Fun arithmetic game with 3 difficulty levels.
✔ Create your own custom avatar with over 100 themes to choose from.
✔ Create up to five player profiles.
✔ The racing game engine is a real racing game that you are going to enjoy.
✔ Solve more math problems to race more frequently and master all the tracks.

Free iOS App Today - Miss Olive's Backyard Games

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id489973339?mt=8


Free for a limited time

Miss Olive has helped thousands of grade-schoolers increase their memorization, math and spelling skills! Let her help yours today!

Miss Olive really would like to get a treat and helping her with the correct answers in her backyard games will earn her a prize.

THREE GAMES IN ONE!

** POP & PAIR ** Pop the balloons to reveal the pictures and find the matching pairs. Great for memorization, concentration, shape recognition and of course the fun of popping balloons!
Beginner level allow Miss Olive to give you a hint if you rub her belly.
Expert level has no hints so look sharp! (** Preschoolers can even join the fun! **)

** WORD BIRDS ** Miss Olive can’t remember one of the letters to the word she is thinking of. Choose the Word Bird who has the correct letter to complete the word.
Beginner level has the first letter missing, great for beginning spellers.
Expert level can have any letter missing as an added challenge.

** MATH MUNCH ** Miss Olive needs some help with her math problem. Her friend the hungry frog is ready to munch on the correct answer (the bad answers give him indigestion you know!).
Beginner level presents basic addition and subtraction.
Expert level includes advanced addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division.

With vibrant colors, pleasant natural ambient sound and Miss Olive and her friends cheering you on learning has never been so fun!


Free iOS App Today - GRE Vocab Master for iPhone

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id495310326?mt=8

Do you want to improve your GRE score? Building your vocabulary is one of the most effective ways to improve your verbal reasoning score on the GRE. Using the latest research in cognitive science, GRE Vocab Master can help you learn vocabulary words *faster* than other apps. GRE Vocab Master has one of the most comprehensive sets of GRE Words with almost 3,000 flash cards.

Free iOS App - Math Ref Free

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id312756358?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Math Ref Free is a free version of the great math reference application, Math Ref. This app gives you just a sample (over 600) of the over 1,400 helpful formulas, figures, tips, and examples that are included in the full version of Math Ref. So, if you're a student, teacher, or need math for work and want to try before you buy, this app is for you.

*Let us know what we can do to be a 5 star app! Email us at info@happymaau.com*

"Math Ref is just an awesomely useful app for students, teacher, and anyone else who works with math and needs to do a lot of calculations." - FindmySoft.com

Free iOS App - GCSE Science

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id412789559?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Free is the best thing in the world, which is why we made GCSE Science totally free.

Take your science notes with you on your iOS Device!

Optimized for iOS, GCSE Science is the perfect companion for your science studies. And the best is, that it's totally free, and will always be free, and will be kept up-to-date, and new notes are being added all the time! (No internet connection required)

VisionLearning - classroom science resource

http://visionlearning.com/

At Visionlearning, we've developed a set of peer-reviewed materials for learning science including modular readings, interactive multimedia, and a glossary - all available for free on the web in both English and Spanish. In our readings, we emphasize science as a process, not just a collection of facts. These resources can be used individually by anyone and can also be combined and customized within online classrooms by teachers. For more information, follow one of these paths into our site:







Free iOS App - VideoScience

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id333284085?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.

VideoScience is hosted by Dan Menelly, a Science Teacher at the UN International School and a 2010 Einstein Fellow with the National Science Foundation in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure.

VideoScience is proudly brought to you by Science House and the Science House Foundation.


Free iOS App Today - Big Sounds

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id418391714?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Big Sounds gives you 117 of the biggest, LOUDEST sound effects. Play them in the app or use them as ringtones!  Could be used in children's theater productions for sound effects.



New Educational Podcast - BBC Radio - Shakespeare Dramas

http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/shakespeare-dramas/id520481896

A new series from the BBC Radio - Shakespeare Dramas just released the 2 hour audio podcast of "Twelfth Night."  Looking forward to each new release.


10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future

http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/04/10-changes-to-expect-from-the-library-of-the-future/

Suggest by Kaitlyn Cole.  Thank you.

Libraries have acted as community cornerstones for millennia, and every April marks School Library Month, celebrating how they promote education and awareness in an open, nurturing space. What makes them such lasting institutions, though, isn’t the mere act of preserving books and promoting knowledge. Rather, it’s the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike. The library system probably won’t disappear anytime soon, but rather, see itself blossoming into something new and exciting in congruence with today’s myriad informational demands.

Click here to read the article....

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free storage for you: Google Drive to arrive today

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/free-storage-for-you-google-drive-to-arrive-today/2293?tag=nl.e589

https://drive.google.com/start#home

Summary: Google’s new cloud-storage service is here. The Google Drive comes with 5GBs of free storage and up to 1 Terabyte of storage for paying customers.  Click link above to read ZDNet article.

Educational Podcast - Sesame Street

http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/podcasts

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sesame-street-podcast/id264537349

The Sesame Street Podcast is a series of free portable video episodes featuring Murray Monster and all your other favorite Sesame Street Muppets. Celebrity guests and fuzzy friends explain the meaning of words like "Challenge" and "Arachnid." Sign up to get new weekly episodes automatically delivered to your computer, video iPod, or other media player, and easily turn any moment into a learning moment for your child.

79 podcasts and counting...





31 Great Ways Universities Are Using Google+

Social media resources like Google Plus offer a great opportunity for growth in education through collaborative work, communication, and camaraderie. Many of today’s universities have recognized this incredible potential, and have put G+ to work on campus. We’ve discovered more than 30 great ways universities are currently using Google Plus, along with several ideas for the future. Read on to learn about the amazing possibilities that Google Plus offers for universities.

Click here to read the 31 ways...

100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics

 http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2012/04/23/100-serious-twitter-tips-for-academics-2/

Twitter may have started off as a fun social media site for keeping up with friends and sharing updates about daily life, but it’s become much more than that for many users over the past few years as the site has evolved and grown. These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure. It has become a staple at many online colleges and campuses as well, leaving many academics wondering just how and if they should be using Twitter both in the classroom and in their professional lives. So we’ve revised our our original 2009 list to get you started or up to date. Whether you’re an academic or just interested in building your Twitter profile, keep reading to learn some tips and tricks that can help you take the first steps towards using Twitter for coursework, research, building a professional network, and beyond.

For all 100 tips - click here to see the post...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Free iOS App Today - SimpleTimetable

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id463371005?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Straightforward & easy-to-use app for creating & viewing all sorts of timetables, schedules and plans.

Free iOS app today - Hiku for iPad (Children's Story)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id399620495?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Children will delight in joining loveable, little penguin Hiku as he sneaks away from an important family visit!

Unique illustrations and ANIMATION capture charming memories as Hiku reminiscences on the great times he and his family have had together. Will Hiku realise that it’s much more fun to be with his family than on his own? Children will love to spot Hiku with his heart-shaped waistcoat in each scene. Children love being able to run their fingers over the text to hear the story and touch any word to hear it said or spelt. They will happily spend hours colouring in the book and they can record themselves as well. This is the perfect gift for your children and, even better, it’s great learning too!