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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

iMotion for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

This week I’m looking at an application that has a variety of uses in all content areas. This application can be used for time-lapse photography and it can also be used for stop motion animation.

Time laps photography can be a very useful tool in more than one content area. There are so many things that go on around us. We often miss out on those events or moments. Time lapse photography is used by professionals all over to study the world around us. Enter iMotion HD. This application is a photography application that can be configured to take pictures at specific time intervals. These images are automatically compiled into a video.

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What are e-books part 3

This is the last part of my e-book series for teachers.

In this last part I want to talk about recent applications on the iPad for creating e-books.

The iPad is becoming more of a desktop and laptop replacement for most things. Creating and publishing e-books is one option. In our district we are seeing more campuses purchase iPads. This is due to several factors. They are easy to carry and hold. They offer an intuitive interface for students and offer a long battery life. Battery life has always been one of those things that limited the large-scale one to one use of computers. Many school building were built before the advent of massive computer technology. Many campuses had rooms with only one or two electrical outlets. Buildings with this configuration often could not support the power requirements for desktops or laptops. More often than not, you found that all this drain on electrical resources blew out fuses. iPads have a long battery life. Enough to power the drive through a typical days worth of instruction. Charging iPads requires 5 volts per iPad, compared to 12 volts for a laptop.

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What are e-books part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part article.
In my search for e-book creators I looked at various sites and tried their recommendations. My criterion was simple. Find e-book authoring applications that were easy to use and could produce quality books that met the basic requirements for most e-readers. This meant they had to be very similar to basic word processors and published e-books in the EPUB format.
In my search I found software applications for Windows, Apple and Linux platforms. I also found some online sources for creating and publishing. There were applications that converted Word documents to the EPUB format but most of those didn’t, in my opinion, provide reliable desirable results.

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