Tag-Archive for ◊ apps ◊

Hi-Q Audio Recorder
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 | Author:

We wanted the ability to record audio on our tablets. There was an audio recorder built-in but once recorded, the file was saved within the file structure and was a little tricky to get back. So with a bit of Googling, I found Hi-Q audio recorder. I did try a few others, but this seemed the best one. We have decided on the free version as we have no need for more than 10 minutes of recording.

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You simply press record and then stop.

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Once done, you press the menu icon (below).

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This then shows you all of the recordings and gives you the option to play them back, delete them or of course share them. I blogged before about Google Drive, so we could store our recordings online for others to get to if we wanted or we could email them to our radio station team and they could put them online too. It all works very quickly and easily!

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By far my favourite use of this so far has been by a teacher with a child that found writing difficult. She gave him the audio recorder, he spoke his sentence and then played it back, over and over before writing it down. I love this idea and it has now spread to other classes and they have started to orally rehearse their work before writing. They did this anyway, but hearing how it sounds when spoken will hopefully help to improve the quality of their work.

This could be used as an alternative to the Easi-Speak microphones that many schools have used in the past.

Update 2/1/15 – The free version of this app seems to have disappeared. The paid-for version is here

Free software!
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Author:

Ok, so the heading was meant to grab your attention, but I had a play with some free stuff today. I installed it in less than 10 seconds and children were able to do the same. What am I talking about? The Chrome Webstore.

The webstore is available here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore?hl=en-US

I recently installed Google Chrome at school as we are doing so much on Google Apps at the moment that we needed something better than Internet Explorer. IE had the problem that it couldn’t keep up with our typing speeds on Google Docs and it didn’t always load the full screen, we had to keep refreshing and Google Squared doesn’t work in IE very well.

I’d looked at the webstore a few months ago but mainly because I saw Tweetdeck worked online and I thought it’d be interesting to play with. But today I looked with different eyes. I tested it with a child’s login and they could install anything from the webstore in (around 5) seconds. A huge amount of the apps are free too. It must be said that you need a Google login, but our children have those. I have also enabled the Chromestore for them in our Google Apps domain.

Luckily it was raining today so I showed 6 children the webstore and set them to finding ‘stuff I could use across the school’ and they found some maths games, a planetarium and Brainpop resources too.

So what now?

I could provide shortcuts to the relevant apps, pupils then just login with their Google Apps accounts and install the software they need. No admin logins required.

I found apps for organising thinking (like wallwisher etc), mindmapping, creating artisitc masterpieces, mixing music, creating maps and throwing birds at pigs (I had to have a go…) I also found a fantastic one called Kido’z tv which had classic Tom and Jerry cartoons, how to make… videos and clips from Lion King, Toy Story and Bug’s Life.

I know this is all moving towards Google’s vision of a completely online Operating System, but it is definitely looking possible. Even without an online OS, the thought of how I could use some of these tools is quite exciting. I will definitely be spending more time playing in the store in the coming weeks.

What’s your favourite app in the store?

Run, Ian, Run
Sunday, February 06th, 2011 | Author:

As you may have read here,  I am taking part in a weight loss challenge this year and to be honest, the main challenge is with myself. Trying to stay motivated is always the hardest part!

For the past 2 years I have taken part in the Great South Run, a 10mile run in October around the windy streets of Portsmouth. I intend to take part again this year too. Usually I train a bit, do the race and then snuggle up and hibernate for the winter until around March time. I don’t want to do that this year so I booked myself a place on a 10k run around Chichester. I thought about it worked out that it’s 6.2 miles so thats around 62mins at my pace (ish).

I’ve tried various apps on my phone and none had come close to matching the one I had on my nokia 5800 until now. I love Cardio Trainer. For a number of reasons, but mainly because it helps me to run. It measures my time and distance and allows me to share these via facebook and/or Twitter. It gives me a little medal to show me how many calories I’ve burnt off in the past 7 days. I HATE it when it gets below 500, but boy, that 2,000 medal sitting there at the moment looks damn good. It does miles or kilometres and saves me from working that out. It lets you measure your weight each week and puts it in a graph for you. It can even measure the food you’re eating if you want to and it shows how much red (bad) food you’ve eaten compared to green (good) food. Simple, but it makes me think before I buy a chocolate bar!

The best bit is that this app is free. It does most of that for nothing. I have paid for the app (£6 or so) because it has totally changed my running. I tend to run on the same route most mornings and I can race against previous times and it’ll tell me how i’m doing and if present-me or past-me is winning.I also paid for it because I wanted to support the developer as it obviously wasn’t easy to pack so much stuff in. They offer a 30-day refund too if you’re not happy. Win and indeed win.

Today though, one feature came into it’s own. Like I said, the race was 10k, my mind is in miles. I set the app and turned on the voice settings. A lovely voice then told me my pace every 500m (you choose how often) so I could judge how far ahead/behind of target I was. Within about 3k I realised I might be able to do this race under an hour. So I sped up just a little and the voice confirmed it as I managed 5k in 28mins.

I finished in 59.13 which I am chuffed with, but I truly believe it is down to the Cardio Trainer app.

Here’s the Android link. I hope it helps you too.