Tech Talk: Fun Free Apps #1
I’m not so sure how these “Tech Talk” posts fit into my “Finding Enduring Mathematical Understanding” theme, but I will stick with them for now. I am, after all, a closet AppleFanGirl with a Master’s in Educational Technology. (O.k., so the Master’s is almost twenty years old. . .not exactly “useful” – except on pay day.)
If you have an iPad, iPhone, or (newish) iPod Touch, and you read ANY blogs at all, you MUST get this App. (Oh, it’s probably available on Android as well.) It is, amazingly, FREE! Soon, you too will be swiping through your Google Reader with ease. The magazine-like interface is so relaxing. Each post shows the title, an image (when available,) and the first few lines of text. One click and the whole post appears. Another click and you are taken directly to the website. Double click and you are back to to swiping pages.
In addition to Google Reader, you can set it up to show your Twitter feed. Images of pictures and links show up right on the page. A few clicks and you can reply, re-tweet, favorite…
Facebook is another social networking option. Flipboard also “curates” posts in a large variety of categories. (See Tech, Cool, and Sports in image.) A few months before the Olympics, I added one on the Olympics. (Maybe this wasn’t such a good choice, as I too often knew the results prior to watching the broadcast – what a surprise!)
I recently, refocused my Google Reader so that it only contains education related blogs, but then I am able to add some other blogs that I enjoy (kxcd, This is Indexed, GraphJam. . .ok, they are still kind of “mathy”) to Flipboard so that I can read them at my leisure. Originally you could only fill one “page” but now it might be unlimited. I’m on my third page as this point.
It doesn’t take much time at all to set up and then you can change things around add/delete whenever you want. It is DEFINITELY worth it 🙂