There is a great article on assistive technology at Buzz Feed titled – How A Simple Apple Feature Called Switch Control Is Changing Lives

“For years, Christopher Hills’s cerebral palsy made it nearly impossible for him to use a computer. Now he’s editing video on one.”

android_appsAndroid apps are plenty, and I have had the past couple of years to decide on what I consider to be the most essential. I am a low end user, purchasing economical devices for classroom use and, in the case of my phone, a StraightTalk ZTE Rapido LTE device. In these situations you don’t have access to much storage space; so, I have narrowed my usage to the following apps (all FREE):

WPS Office (Kingsoft): My go to app for reading and creating documents as needed. Yes, Google Drive is there too, but I really like WPS Office on my devices.

AVG AntiVirus & AVG Cleaner: Great antivirus detection and a cleaner to free up space when I need it.

Camera360: Solid photography app to make your phone camera full featured.

AccuWeather: In the Midwest it is nice to know what is on the horizon. This app provides you with all the information you need.

Chrome: First choice browser.

Dolphin Browser: The browser I use when I need to employ Flash for classroom use.

Amazon Kindle: This is where most of my books are; so, it’s nice to have access on multiple devices.

Facebook: Allows me to connect with family and friends.

Jewels 2: My favorite handheld game. Infinity mode is the best.

Walmart: Savings Catcher saves me money each time I go to the store.

FTP

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filezillaAnytime you have several files to transfer to a web server, FTP is the best option. In the past I have used Transmit (not free) on my Mac, but there are some good options that are free to use.  The one I like the best is FileZilla.  Better than being free is that it works on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux).  It is easy to setup once you know your connection information, is simple to understand and manipulate, it works fast, and it does a good job of reconnecting in case it disconnects and therefore picks up right where it left off.  Give it a try if you are looking for something fast, easy, and free…

Interesting World War II article at The Morning News on a WWII secret unit the “waged war and fakery” as a weapon… The Ghost Army

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The Associated Press (AP) has several great resources for teaching history…see links below:

AP Explore Page (Some examples follow)

Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary

D-Day 70th Anniversary

World War I 100th Anniversary

JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary

Vietnam – The Real War

As I shared some time ago, I have been embedding DOPO Android tablets into the learning process in my classroom.  My students and I have been utilizing the devices this school year without any major bumps in the road.  One was dropped and met its end, but the rest of the tablets have weathered heavy use.  One thing I miss is access to Flash; so, I installed the Dolphin and FlashFox browsers as a solution to run some of my Flash based resources (I do have alternative HTML versions as a work around too).  Yes, these browsers utilize the last version of Flash to run on Android (11…), but I’m not too concerned about a security risk as we spend most of our time in the walled garden of my classroom website.  Many of my students also use their own devices (a few tablets and mostly phones) to access my online resources.  I also reworked my classroom site, that runs via WordPress, with a more mobile friendly theme.  So, what will the new school year bring?  A continued effort in personally financed and low end tech that can follow me anywhere…

Great article on professional development for teachers:  A Smarter Way to Teach the Teachers