Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

PostHeaderIcon EasyBib App

EasyBib is my first review of an app.  I have not reviewed very many apps because I have yet to procure a iPad or iTouch of my very own.  I have been able to borrow them from my local BOCES (School Library System).  I found it extremely exciting.  However, I wanted to share with you a wonderful app for all those research papers that librarians have to help with.  Bibliographies and giving credit is a big problem for students.  It is imperative for us, as teacher librarians, to instill in students an understanding of digital ownership.  If we are going to go to Google Images use creativecommons.org.  Okay, I am off my soapbox.

EasyBib is an app that takes the wonderful free citation creator website and repackages it as an app.  You can keep track of your bibliography and email it to yourself.  Three styles are included on the site: MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian (however to use all the types you have to pay).  (From Appstore: Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to EasyBib.com’s popular bibliography management service.)  The scanning of the barcode is exciting to me.

It is also a GoogleApp.  Your Google Administrator can add it to your Google Apps account.  The App is free and have MLA styling.

If you are using the internet it is just as easy to use a free option:  Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) Citation Maker

PostHeaderIcon The Next Generation Book

Al Gore’s follow up to An Inconvenient Truth is called Our Choice. However, why create a traditional book? Along comes Push Pop Press and Charlie Melter (sp?) with the first feature length interactive books.  This book is a perfect book the explore interactivity in books.  The book details all the solutions for the environment challenges on Earth today.

This video comes from Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading and is a mere 6 minutes long and features Mike Matas explaining how the book will function and read. Over an hour of documentary footage with be included in Our Choice. You can use gestures inherent in iOS. It shows and explores how the information impacts regions in real time.  I think we really do need to think of interactive books as separate entities.  Traditional books are good at what they are trying to accomplish.  However, there is so much more that can be conveyed in this medium.  The book almost functions as a pathfinder and collage of different media, pictures, and text.  It is not a book that needs to be read the whole way through, but can.  It is a bit like a personalized book….or at least what a personalized book looks like today.

There are some new features within this book (it does help that Mr. Matas worked on the interfaces and artwork for the iOS).   As you can see from the picture at the left, one of the interactive components is the ability of the user to blow into the iPad/iPhone/iTouch and it shows the impact of wind energy.  Think about the possibilities of interactivity.  I am excited to see what Mr. Matas has up his sleeve for fiction books.  Please note:  It currently works with iPhone and iPad but I wonder about Android products.

About Mike Matas (from Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading)

“Mike Matas has worked on some of the most intriguing tech projects of the past 10 years. As a (surprisingly) young coder, he co-founded Delicious Monster, makers of the elegant cataloging tool Delicious Library. In 2005, he went to work for Apple, where he designed user interfaces and artwork for the iPhone, the iPad and Mac OS X.

Now he’s the co-founder of Push Pop Press, a new digital publishing company.  Push Pop’s first title is Al Gore’s “Our Choice,” playable on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.”

 

PostHeaderIcon Browser Compatibility

Have you ever created a website and wanted to make sure that it is viewable to all browsers and devices?  Well a new website will do it for you.  I stumbled upon LaunchCheck which allows users to check their website (or any websites) compatibility.

The site checks the following:

  • IE6
  • IE7
  • IE8
  • IE9
  • Firefox (MAC & PC)
  • Safari (MAC & PC)
  • Chrome (MAC & PC)
  • Opera (MAC & PC)
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Other Mobile Devices (Ex. Android)
  • HTML Valid
  • CSS Valid

Creators do not know what browser their readers will use, so it is important to be as compatible as possible.  The only thing required is a twitter account (login) and your email address to send the report.  It is easy to use and the report is very quick.

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