Free iOS App Today: Classkick

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Classkick shows all your students’ live whiteboards as they work at their own pace on *any* of your content. Then it lets you give instant & individualized student feedback right in the moment of learning.

Use Classkick to make sure that no student is ever left hanging.



Free iOS App Today: Lumen Trails Weight Loss+ A Universal App That Lets You Create a Personal Health and Fitness Program, Daily Calorie Counter, Point Calculator, Food Journal, Nutrition Plan, Weight Loss Diary, Exercise Log, Workout Planner & More.

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Lumen Trails FREE today with

Lumen Trails lets you take notes, make lists and keep track of other things in your life, such as time, workouts, expenses, calories, food, weight, sleep or anything else you can think of. Thousands of people use it every day, and they love it because it truly makes a difference in their lives. 

"I've been using Lumen Trails for 6 months and continue to love it. One of my most sticky and useful apps ever on my phone." – David D'Souza 

The beauty of Lumen Trails is that you can track absolutely anything. There are tons of other apps that allow you to track one or two things, for example, calories and weight. But what if you decide to track something else? Say, how many cigarettes you smoke as you try to quit, your eating habits or even net worth? Lumen Trails is the app for that! 

Instead of having one app for your to-do lists, one for tracking expenses, another one for tracking your weight, you can declutter your home screen and just have one app that does it all. 

Designed exclusively for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Lumen Trails is incredibly powerful, easy to use and looks beautiful on the Retina Display. It can even backup your data automatically to Google Drive, sync with iCloud and is fully accessible with Apple VoiceOver in 8 languages. There's nothing that comes even close to it. And to top it all, your data is not locked on your iPhone. You can export it to Excel or Google Docs! 

So what's truly important to you right now? Your Health? Fitness? Finances? Productivity? 

Track it and get things done! 

:: Note to iPhone 5 & 5S users 

Now you can ask Siri to find information for you and dictate right into Lumen Trails. For example, hold down the Home button and ask Siri: "How many calories are in a chicken sandwich?". To start dictation, tap the microphone button on your keyboard and just start talking – your words will be turned into text. 

:: Lumen Trails in 8 Colors

The 8 versions of Lumen Trails differ in the color of the icon and the sample categories to get you started. They all share the same core functionality and allow you to create as many custom categories as you wish.

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Free iOS App Today: Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World

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Now universally available on all iOS devices (iPad and iPhone) – the world's most loved dinosaur app!

Revamped with better graphics, latest facts and improved gesture-based navigation, Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World is a revamped version of the original Inside the World of Dinosaurs, which won the 2012 Appy Award for Best Education App. 

In this new version, BBC Worldwide and its BBC Earth team have collaborated with the original developer to bring this comprehensive interactive dinosaur encyclopedia to the iPad. The app, narrated by actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry, contains more than 60 fully animated, interactive and photorealistic dinosaurs to engage and delight dinosaur fans of all ages. Every page contains information that has been meticulously researched by expert palaeontologists and each creature has been designed to create an unparalleled dinosaur experience on the iPad.


Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World™ features:
– 280 fully interactive 3D models 
– 60 expertly modeled, photorealistic dinosaurs, pterosaurs and reptiles
– 40 fully interactive 3D recreations of dinosaurs in mid-fight
– 200 pages worth of original text
– Hours of magical narration by Stephen Fry
– Animations and historical pictures
– 60 original dinosaur sounds
– Interactive 3D walking dinosaurs
– 15 pages of famous dinosaur hunters
– 22 pages of thoroughly researched articles on prehistoric life

Every dinosaur can be rotated the iPad screen with a swipe, allowing fans to closely study each detail such as skin texture and color. Breathtaking fight sequences can be viewed from any angle as the dinosaurs come to life with real sound and full animation. Some dinosaurs can be scrubbed backwards and forwards, so their walk cycle can be analyzed in detail. This comprehensive and magical app is a virtual A to Z encyclopedia of dinosaurs and will enthrall dinosaur fans of all ages!


Edutopia’s Unit Planning Guide

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Edutopia published a unit planning guide that's quite good.  I like the fact that it focuses on the experiences you desire your students to have – engagement is a key factor in student success and learning retention.  The guide says, "Building rich experiences into a unit plan is complicated. As an aid for tweaking or overhauling the big elements of a unit plan, we’ve created a checklist, broken into planning steps. You cannot do it all, so make your curriculum choices count."

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Free Word Lens App – Translates signage into another language on the fly

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iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad) –

Android (on Google Play) –

See the world in your language: instantly translate printed words using your built-in video camera, in real time! (PLEASE NOTE: language packs must be purchased separately from within the app.)

Buy language pairs using in-app purchase (I noticed today all the languages are FREE to download!!!):
+ English ⇆ Russian
+ English ⇆ Portuguese
+ English ⇆ German
+ English ⇆ Italian
+ English ⇆ French
+ English ⇆ Spanish

Try out the included modes first so you can see the technology in action:
– Reverse Words (spell all words backwards)
– Erase Words (digital white-out)

Word Lens gives you translation on the go:
– NO NETWORK required – results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world.
– Easy to use, like the regular camera.
– Also look up translations by typing them in.

Get the best quality out of your translations:
– Best used on clearly printed text (e.g. signs, menus).
– Does NOT recognize handwriting or stylized fonts.
– It's not perfect, but you can get the general meaning!
– Keep text in focus by holding it at least one hand-length away
(or even further for iPod and iPad owners).

iOS device support:
*** iPhone 3gs and old iPod Touch do not have zoom or flash light features.
*** old iPod Touch and iPad 2 cameras do not have auto-focus feature, which will result in reduced translation quality.

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