Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sick of Your Old IPhone Background Photo? Click Here...

How to Change your IPhone Lock and Home Screen Background Photo
Welcome IPhone users! Are you sick of having the plain old boring background photo that you’ve always had? Well, I can help you change it to whatever you would like. There are two ways you can change your background photo, I’m going to show you the one that is easier for most new IPhone users.
To change your phone background you will need a picture. You can have a picture from your camera roll of whatever you would like, but there are also photos that come with the IPhone that you can chose from. There are also Dynamics which move slightly when they are displayed on your screen, Stills, which are cool prints that move to the left, right, up or down with the motion of which you tilt your phone. The last one is called a Live, a Live is a photo that moves when you press your finger down on the screen and stops when you release it. You can pick any photo in any of these albums or any photo in your album.
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The first step is to go into your phone Settings application. Then, scroll down until you see the “Wallpaper” tab. Once you are in the wallpaper tab you will see two photos which are what your home screen and lock screen pictures are now. Above those two pictures there will be a tab that says “Choose a New Wallpaper,” tap it.
When you’re in that tab it will show all the photos that come with the IPhone on the top and then it will have all of your photo albums underneath, this is where you will choose your photo. Once you have selected a photo for your lock screen it will bring you to what the background would look like in the lock screen with that photo. If you are satisfied with that photo and the position then on the bottom right there will be a button that says “Set.” Pressing that button will bring you to slide up options that say “Set Lock Screen,” “Set Home Screen,” and “Set Both” if you would only like the photo on your lock screen then press Set Lock Screen, if you would only like it on your home screen then press Set Home Screen, but if you would like the photo on both lock screen and home screen then press set both. If you are unhappy with the photo you have chosen then instead of pressing the “Set” button then you would press “Cancel” on the bottom left, once you have found the photo for you then proceed with the steps. Finally when you have pressed one of the three options then it will set the photo and your background photo will have now been changed!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Having trouble with math? This app is a helping hand! 

Photo Math
Some of us don’t do so good on our math homework, and of course at home we don’t always get the help we need. Something was invented so we could change that… it’s call Photomath. You could find Photomath in the app store on your phone in the  search bar.  Here’s an example:    141022_1.png
 It helps us with our math problems that we can’t seem to figure out. All you do is open the app, take a picture of the problem shown, and it won’t only tell you the answer… but it will show you how to do the problem and how it is solved.
It’s a really easy handling app, especially if you need help in math… which is  understandable. This app is a great quality because it does everything you need for you. It’s very simple with just taking a picture, and them showing you the steps of the equation which shows how they got the answer, and of course the answer itself. Before you begin, it shows you step by step on how the app works. So… did you want a better grade in math by using you phone? Download, “PhotoMath” now!!!  
This is what the app looks like…:


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Google Classroom app

Google Classroom

A recommended app for students and teachers is Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a feature that is associated with the web browser Google. It is a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account. Classroom makes it easy for students and teachers to connect inside and outside of schools. Teachers can easily see who has and hasn't finished an assignment and grade and give feedback right within the app. Classroom saves time, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Google Classroom was created through Google, mainly for schools to distribute, grade and create assignments for students in a paperless way. Classroom was released August 12, 2014 and came out with the mobile app June 29, 2015.
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Classroom has a very easy setup. Teachers can set up a class and invite students and co-teachers. In the class stream they can give announcements, assignments, information, and ask or answer questions with all the people in the class. This helps student know and keep track of when assignments are due on the Assignments page and begin working right within the app. Classroom has many tools such as, having the ability to make a Google Document for each student. Also, the teacher can make Drive folders for each assignment to keep students organized. Google Classroom can be used on the computer and on your mobile device. Students and teachers will get a notification when there is content added to the class. A mobile device makes it easy for students and teachers to communicate in seconds on the go. This app version of Google Classroom is useful for last minute revisions or if a computer is unavailable.

Google Classroom has a four and a half star rating from users all around the world, there are lots of good rating and reviews. A review written by  LilTong465 on Thursday May 4th stated, “Google Classroom is highly recommended for use in classrooms. It allows teachers to send out assignments to students, attaching links and an assignment copy to each child. Google Classroom can also be used for announcements and questions. Teachers can put due dates and grade things in Classroom. There's a calendar for students to make sure they turn things on time. But best of all, it is easily accessible and very efficient. It's an excellent app as well.” Another review that was written on Friday May 5th from app user Moving bird says, “This is perfect to take along in your pocket and get a little grading in, during those evening games, field trips, doctor appointments and all the times you are waiting but don't want to drag papers along. Paperless and perfectly convenient.”

I highly recommend this app to teachers. It is easy and useful on the go! I have gotten to use this app in more than one classroom at a time, it makes school and classes much easier to stay organized and not have to keep track of lots of papers and assignments. It also helps you save money on folders and notebooks to keep classwork organized, and will save teachers lots of time grading and correcting papers thanks to online spell check and many useful online tools.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to take a Snapchat video without hands for IPhone users

How to take a Snapchat video with no hands

Are you sick of having to hold down that darn camera button to take a snapchat video? Or tired of only being able to use one hand in your dancing videos? Or you just simply want to be able to put your phone down to take a video? Well for all you IPhone users I can tell you how!
What is Snapchat? Snapchat is very popular in today’s generation, Snapchat is the mobile app that allows users to capture videos and pictures that self destruct after a few seconds. When a user sends a message they get to decide whether it will live for between one and ten seconds.
Snapchat is known for its ten seconds of content that you can post to your story for all your friends to view. To take a normal video you have to hold down the round shutter button on the bottom of the camera screen and release the button when you’re done recording or until the ten second timer runs out.
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To take a snapchat video with no hands it requires you to go into the IPhone settings application, then, press “General” then “Accessibility.” Once you are in Accessibility scroll down until you see “AssistiveTouch” then turn on AssistiveTouch by swiping on the switch across from it, to know it is turned on, the switch should turn green along with a grey box with a white circle in it should appear on your IPhone screen.
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Once you are in the AssistiveTouch part of your settings you will see at the bottom there is a tab that says “Create New Gesture…” Once you press it, it will then bring you to a grey screen that says “Tap or swipe to create a custom gesture. A sequence of gestures will be combined into one multiple-touch gesture.” Also, the screen will have “Play” on the bottom left corner and “Stop” in the bottom right corner. Once you are here you are going to press and hold down with your finger in the bottom middle of the grey screen. Once you press your finger on the screen there will be a blue bar that starts and then stops once you release your finger or until the time runs out. Hold your finger down until the blue bar reaches the end.
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Great! Now you have made the gesture, now in the top right corner there will be the word “Save” written in blue letters. Once you press save there will be a white box that appears on the screen that says “New Gesture” and a bar that allows you to type along with a “Cancel” and a “Save” button. Inside the typing bar it tells you to make a Gesture name, you can name it anything you would like. After you have made a name for your gesture press the “Save” button. Your screen will go back to the AssistiveTouch screen, accept now that you have saved your gesture, what you named your gesture will appear under the “Create New Gesture” tab.
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Almost done! Now, go into the Snapchat app and put it on the camera screen. Press the grey assistive touch box that is still on your phone screen and then on the top left there should be a white star that says “Custom”. Then, click the star and it should open up to a box that has “Pinch” in the top left corner, “3D Touch” in the top middle, and “Double Tap” in the top right corner. Now, if you have done all the steps correctly there will also be a white star in the middle left that is named what you have named the gesture, press it. Once you have pressed the star, a small, grey, target looking circle will appear, press and drag the circle onto the middle of the record button and your video will start recording, hands free!
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Google Docs Helper!

Let the Computer Read and Type for You!

Have you ever gotten stuck on a word and having then stared
at a screen forever until you figure it out? Well, there’s a much easier was to solve this. There is an inserting add-on you can install that will not only read to you, but you can read to them and it will spell things out for you. Do you ever get lazy and don’t want to type? Talk to your computer! And if you need an editor, the computer will repeat it for you so you don’t need to forget that you missed a word. This app will help many students that are not able to spell or read. It’s not hard to install either! Check it out! 😊

-Just go with these steps:
Speaking to the computer:  If  you want to speak to the computer and have it type for you, you simply go to tools. Go to the 6th one down and click on, “Voice Typing…” It should show up in a little box with a microphone in it. It will say, “Click to speak.” Click on it and start talking!

Letting the computer read to you:  If you want the computer to read to you, you just choose “Add-ons.”You can find it in the top selections in the toolbar and choose, “Reader” which should be the 2nd one down. When you click on what you need, you should see the reader on the right side of your screen. They will have you choose whatever settings you’d like, such as the sound and the speed. When you manage your settings and you’re ready for the reading, simply scroll to, “Start reading” and it should start from the beginning and begin reading.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Do not understand a story that your next test is on? Download Sparknotes!

Usability:  Sparknotes is an easy app to navigate and use. Sparknotes is very easily used with little to no help. When using Sparknotes you can use multiple devices. Sparknotes will help students by giving the summary of the story the student is looking for. Simply type in the book and author and read away!

Support:  Tutorials and instructions are very simple. When you first open the app you will read how to search and change content settings when needed. Sparknotes is a very simple app for your Apple or Android device.

Engaging:  Sparknotes is a highly engaging app that will be used very often.

Export/Sharing:  When using Sparknotes you are able to share content. You will be able to share through Google, email, Youtube, etc. When wanting to share simply go into the settings and click share.

Customization:  Students are able to modify in settings. When clicking the settings options you will be able to change to Night Mode, change Font Size, learn about Sparknotes, Contact them, Share, see Terms of Use, and learn the Privacy Policy.

Collaboration:  Sparknotes does not allow you to collaborate with students through the app.

Import:  When using the app you will not be able to import pictures, videos, files, etc.

Sparknotes is a very fun and engaging apps for all students. Sparknotes helps students by summarizing stories that will be easily understood. Sparknotes is a great tool and can be used in and outside of the classroom.
Really need to know the answer to a math problem but no one is around? Try Photomath!

Usability:  This app is very useful to students in Math. This app is very easy to use and can be downloaded for free on any Apple or Android device. Students using this app will simply scan or type in the math problem they need help solving, Photomath then gives you the answer(s) along with the steps needed to solve the problem.

Support:  With Photomath you will need little to no help. When you first open the app you will be guided with tutorials and instructions.

Engaging:  Students find this app very helpful and it is highly engaging to them and their peers.

Export/Sharing:  Artifacts created with Photomath can not be shared through Google or other websites and/or tools.

Customization:  Students are not able to customize Photomath or adjust content settings.

Collaboration:   Photomath does not allow you to collaborate with students.

Import:  With Photomath you are not able to import photos, videos, etc.

    Despite the down sides to Photomath I think that students can still benefit from this app. When a student is struggling in a subject it can be very hard to stay focused and motivated. With Photomath I feel students will be able to get a better understanding.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Snapchat is SO Mainstream!

Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie
(Snapchat doppelganger?)

This App is available for all smartphones. This app has about 6 filters, some similar to those used in Snapchat, BUT the only differences are that these videos don't disappear after being viewed once, there are no articles, and there is no “subscribing” to people, or a 10 second long video disadvantage. This app has a tutorial guide that you can use until comfortable to begin using the app with friends, family, etc.

  1. Open the app.
    1. OPTIONAL: tutorial
  2. Tap on one of your friends faces.
  3. Now similar to Snapchat there is a circle button at the bottom part of your screen beneath an empty white row (see step 4) tap this button to begin your video message.
  4. After tapping the circle for the second time the video sends and goes to the far left end of the white row, where you can re-watch your video message.

To use Marco Polo’s filters you just need to swipe across your screen, like Snapchat. Since these videos stay in an “archive” of sorts, you or the other folks you’re chatting with can view these at any time. If the recipients are not active on the app you can still send the video and the video will automatically load and start up when they tap your face in the main screen.

If you are still unsure if this app is worth the app storage on your device(s) here is a review for the app

Don't be Late, for a Very Important Date

How to Plan your time BETTER

I spent numerous days worrying about “WHEN will I get a project turned in?”, “HOW am I getting to work on time?”, And “IS it possible to squeeze something in one day so I am a free another day?”

That struggle was REAL I went to extremes to find a plan that works. I present to you…

Right off, the idea of using a useful function on my phone (besides the calculator) seemed a little far-fetched. There was no way this would work. But it is very easy to manage.
  1. Set up an event
  2. Scroll through the event menu to the 🔔, tap the 🔔
    1. Tap one of the 3 options
      1. Specify time and form of event reminder
  3. “Add another notification”
    1. Choose between 10 or 30 minutes before, 30 minutes before as email, an hour before, or “Custom…”
      1. Specify how many…
        1. Minutes
        2. Hours
        3. Days
        4. Or WEEKS before the event
      2. Choose form of notification
        1. Normal app notification
        1. Email

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Take a Load off... Your Storage!

How To Never Run Out of Storage Space

People struggle with their phones when it comes to taking pictures and using up all your storage, but Google Photos is here to save them from their torment, deleting precious pictures. Google Photos backs up ALL of the photos you allow it to, WITHOUT running out of storage space. Just sign in with your gmail account and you are all set because those pictures will never be deleted unless YOU delete them.

  1. Sign into your phone with your gmail account.
  2. Open Google photos.
  3. Start taking pictures!

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To get Google Photos (if you do not have it already) use the link above!