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 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.

Having trouble? We want to hear from you! Email us at:


Launch Opportunity: RockSat-C and RockSat-X Programs

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NASA, in partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, is offering the opportunity for university instructors and students to participate in three programs designed for everyone from the novice to the more experienced space researcher.

RockSat-C is a competitive program for university and community college students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and then launch the payload on a sounding rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The program actively engages students through full design-process mentoring, with assistance through the design phase throughout the fall semester. During the spring semester, teams are lead through testing and integration reviews, along with a launch readiness review.

RockSat-X pushes the RockSat-C concept to new extremes by providing participants with full access to the space environment, more in-flight resources and less restrictive design space. Deployable items are even allowed. In addition, payloads will be provided power and a live telemetry feed for real-time data acquisition during the flight. These amenities allow experimenters to focus more on the science and leave power and data handling to the Wallops rocket team.

Selected RockSat-C experiments will launch in June 2015. RockSat-X experiments are expected to launch later in the summer.

Student teams who are up to the challenge are invited to submit an intent to fly form beforeSept. 19, 2014.

To learn more about Rocket-C and to see experiments selected for previous flights, visit

Questions about the RockSat-C program should be directed to Becca Lidvall by email at

To learn more about RockSat-X and to see experiments selected for previous flights, visit

Questions about the RockSat-X program should be directed to Jesse Austin by email at

Free Webinar — Secrets to Fundraising for Competing in NASA Challenges

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NASA has several exciting technical challenges open for universities and colleges. The challenges include the Student Launch, the Robotic Mining Competition, the Human Exploration Rover Challenge, the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge, as well other challenges. In order to be successful, teams not only need to master engineering and technical obstacles, they must also raise the funding necessary for equipment and travel expenses.

To help all universities and colleges interested in competing, the NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, is hosting a free webinar on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT. Topics covered during the session will include:

– Fundraising practices utilized by teams that competed in the 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Competition.
– How to locate potential donors, and the best way to land contributions.
– How to use crowdfunding websites to expand fundraising efforts to regional and national levels.
– Grant opportunities that are open and receptive to funding university teams.

The webinar will be hosted by a certified fundraising executive along with two certified grant writers.

To sign up for this webinar and gain access to MICI’s other free webinars, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mary Baker at

International Observe the Moon Night

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On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun!

Check the map of registered observation events at to see if there is an event being held near you. If not, please consider registering and hosting one and inviting your family, friends or neighbors.

Don’t know where to start?
This link walks you through the process of planning an event of any size. How to host an event in six easy steps:

Need suggestions for hands-on activities?
Visit for ideas.

Worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the moon?
The “Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, team, gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries — as an inspirational muse — but this time from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of eyes that see in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn more at

Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the moon’s surface taken by LRO’s cameras are available at

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to