November 21

Google Voice App finally in iTunes

This past week, I read some good news that the Google Voice App finally has made it into the iTunes App Store. 

Moments after downloading the App, I got the bad news.  The Google Voice App is only for iPhones.  For reasons currently unknown, Google has left out iPod Touch (and iPad) support for the App.  Hopefully, Google will release an update of their native App for iPod Touch and iPAd support.  Until then, the Google Voice Web App works fairly well and will have to suffice.

August 10

Online Timeline Creation Tool

Xtimeline is an online tool for creating interactive timelines. 

Sign up is free and quick. 

After creating my account, I was able to quickly begin creating my first timeline.  I chose a title and URL for the online timeline.  Adding events with associated graphics was as easy as clicking on the add events button and browsing for a photo.  Completed timelines can be embedded on a web page or shared with others. 

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August 5

Free Moodle Hosting

These past weeks, I have talked to several people inquiring about using Moodle.  This summer, I attended a conference where the facilitator of a workshop attempted to sell people on the benefits of Moodle (although he never really explained what Moodle was & implied that it was an app you run from your local hard drive like MS Office).  Anyway, some school systems around here are actually getting on board with Moodle.  It looks like word is finally getting out about this free LMS (Learning Management System).  If you are not familiar with Moodle, check out this earlier T4T post.

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June 17

Wallwisher – Online Notice Board Maker

Wallwisher.com is a great site for creating an online bulletin board.  Boards can easily be created by posting sticky text notices, photos, weblinks, and more.  Creators of the wall can either keep their wall private (for todo lists and personal notes) or invite others to view and collaborate with the wall by posting their own sticky notes.

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May 25

Google’s Chrome 2.0 is Available

Google has released version 2.0 of their browser.  According to reports, Chrome 2 is even faster than previous released versions.  According to Google, web pages loaded with multiple Javascripts will load 30% quicker in Chrome 2 over Chrome 1.

If you have not use Chrome for web browsing, I highly recommend it.  Chrome has been my primary browser (about 60% of the time) for the last 6 months.  The only drawback is the lack of plugins.  For that reason, I still use Firefox about 33% of the time (IE and Opera make up the other 2%).

Get Google Chrome here.

 

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May 10

Online Accounting Tool – Outright.com

Outright.com is currently offering free, online accounting for small businesses. Outright started out under the name GoBootstrap a little over a year ago.  In February, they received new venture capital funding and re-launched as Outright.com.

The site uses 5 Tabs (Home, Income, Expenses, Taxes, and Reports) to keep the interface simple and uncluttered with a running profit total in the corner.  The creators of Outright.com have backgrounds in developing for Quicken and Quickbooks, which can be seen in the clear cut design of the data entry.

Outright’s current Terms of Service does not contain any language that would prohibit students using the site as an educational tool.  As long as the service is free, I think this could be a great tool for business classes.

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May 9

Apps I Love … Evernote

As part of my "almost" paperless classroom project, I have been using Evernote for a couple of years.  About a year ago, I had been deciding between Evernote or Microsoft’s OneNote for my preferred note taking application.  I had been leaning towards OneNote for my personal notes.  I love how OneNote will record audio and help link the audio recordings to notes.  I also love OneNote’s interface with the side-tabs and drag and drop capturing of work.

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