Sunday, October 30, 2011

Codify: Coding for the iPad Made Simple

10 out of 10 for this one. 
Codify was released on Wednesday, 26 October 2011 for US$7.99 / AU$8.49.

We recently posted about Apps for Building Apps and by coincidence a new App was released less than a week later. It looks so good it would have been included in the first post so we thought it deserved a mention.

Codify is a platform that game designers, educators and students can use to create games or simulations. Codify allows users to build and play interactive games and simulations directly on their device. It was developed by three Australian guys from Adelaide - Simeon Nasilowski, John Millard and Dylan Sale. Kudos guys, love the clean simple interface. Check out their website at But if you want to see just how simple these guys have made this App check out the video.

Turn your games and simulation ideas into interactive creations that make use of the iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer. Codify for iPad is designed to let you touch your code. Want to change a number? Just tap and drag it. How about a color, or an image? Tapping will bring up visual editors that let you choose exactly what you want.

Codify is designed for rapid prototyping and easy development. At any time the code can be “played,” dropping the user into an interactive viewer that responds to multi-touch, accelerometer, and more. 

It includes full, in-line reference documentation at the touch of a button, intelligent auto-completion, and a beautiful user interface. The code itself is based on Lua, a simple, elegant language that doesn't rely too much on symbols — a perfect match for the iPad.

This is a great opportunity those of us in the education sector (teachers and students) to be content creators and not just consumers. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

35 sites for iPads in the Classroom Resources

Here is a fantastic list of 35 sites you can use when using the iPad in a classroom. The list was compiled by Julie Greller a Media Specialist  with over 20 years experience. She has found some really clever sites with lots of ideas for using the iPad in the classroom. This would make for some light weekend reading. Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Apps for the serious Filmmakers

The guys over at Filmmakeriq has put together an excellent list of 22 Apps for the really serious Filmmakers amongst us. These would be perfect for all those short film contests and competitions that students are eligible for. iMovie is the one App that we are all familiar with but that is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Apps for making quality professional quality films on the iPad or iPhone. Check out their article but make sure that you check out the rest of their Filmmakeriq site, it has some really interesting articles on pre and post production as well as the screenwriting process.
The iPad2 and iPhone 4 have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. The iPad2 has only been out a year and we are already seeing it used in some very creative ways.
For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps. As more filmmakers explore the possibilities with these powerful mobile devices, we are sure this list will continue to grow.
Filmmaking Apps


Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fun, feature-rich video editing app only for iPhone 4. Create a video postcard of your day at the beach and publish it to the web — without ever leaving your spot in the sand. Or make a movie of your child’s birthday party and send it to your parents — while the party is in full swing. With iMovie for iPhone, you can start several projects and finish them whenever you want and wherever you are.
Compatible with iPhone 4. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps


Full-blown video editing for iPhone and iPad. Compatible with HD video on iPhone 4! Just set Quality to “High 640×480″, ReelDirector will NOT downsize if the first video added to project is HD.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Filmmaking Apps

DSLR Slate

DSLR Slate is the perfect companion for the DSLR Filmmaker. As a Universal App, DSLR Slate runs natively on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Designed for all needs from student to hollywood, DSLR Slate will be just as useful as the traditional film slate, if not more. “Slating” shots has become standard practice on set and helps streamline shot logging and post production.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps

Movie Slate

“Movie Slate is the the Rolls-Royce of iPad/iPhone clapboards” says Movie Slate a convenient, all-in-one digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and shot notepad— designed for use in film, television, documentaries, music videos, and interviews. This professional production tool is the easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot— saving you valuable time later when capturing and editing footage. At a mere fraction of a bulky digital clapperboard’s cost, you’ll be saving money too.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Filmmaking Apps

Storyboard Composer

Cinemek Storyboard Composer for iPhone and iPod Touch is a mobile storyboard and pre-visualization composer designed for Directors, Directors of Photography, Producers, Writers, Animators, Art Directors, film students and anyone who wants to be able to visualize their story.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - Another Curation Tool

I love the way that so many people are now curating their own version of the web. This means that people with similar interests or needs can follow a number of sites where people have collected meaningful and relevant information into one place. We have posted before about Pearltrees - an excellent way for groups or individuals to curate great info from the vastness that is the web. Another tool that is gaining in popularity is This is similar to in layout and allows for a quick browse of a vast number of articles. If you find one that seems to be on a relevant topic you simply click on it and it takes you directly to the full article.

Here is a good example of a curated by John Evans. John Evans’ iPads in Education is a fantastic resource for information, tips, articles, twitter posts and more, all having to do with … wait for it … iPads in education. Give it a go, create your own or get your students to curate one for a topic they are studying.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Apps for Accessing Wikipedia Information

Wikipedia has become an institution on the internet. It is a powerful and free online encyclopedia that is continuously updated and maintained by it’s own contributors. In the last couple of years it has instigated a number of changes that have allowed teachers to feel more comfortable using Wikipedia as a general source of information. It provides articles on almost everything imaginable as well as illustrating these articles with a host of images. Because it is a wiki it is constantly updated, reviewed and referenced.

The App Store contains dozens of different Wikipedia apps that are able to access this wealth of information, but some are able to do it more effectively than others. WikiNodes is one that I believe does it exceptionally well.

WikiNodes is an app produced by WikiNodes puts the knowledge of Wikipedia at your fingertips, literally. Articles are displayed as nodes that you can touch, drag, and spin around. Tap any node, and it expands to give you more information. Or, switch to a full-page view to display articles as pages, then scroll up and down. Nodes link together sections of Wikipedia articles and related topics, making ir easy for you to make links between connected areas of your research
WikiNodes is just so intuitive to use. The web like interface is one that is easily read. It has a cool interactive feel to the process of delving into information. You actually feel as though you are digging deeper and deeper into the information. I think the kids will love this too.
WikiNodes is fantastic for visual learner. Because the Nodes are connected by the web structure the students can make assumptions about how the information is related and what events or incidents had an impact of the concept.

The best thing about this app is that as a teacher this is exactly how I want to students to be thinking. I want them to be able to instinctively make the connections with other ideas and then link connected concepts across different disciplines and even across different historical eras. WikiNodes gives the students an opportunity to see how the information is related and what the connections are between the different nodes of information. This at best can lead to a deeper level of understanding of how the parts fit within the complex issue or concept. At worst the students can see the explicit links between different sets of facts or data. This is the perfect tool for modeling these research ideas and for making these connections concrete.

These are interesting features when you consider how you might use WikiNodes in the classroom. One of the ways I have used it is as a virtual tour. The students present to small groups using a researched path of Nodes. The rest of the class discover the information as they follow the set path the student has already researched. This again gives the students the opportunity make connections.

What are some of the other Apps for accessing Wikipedia information?
Discover - Free
Discover is another amazing way to view Wikipedia. Developed by the guys behind the popular CoolIris extension, Discover brings Wikipedia to your iPad in a beautiful and elegant magazine format. The App has a gorgeous user interface and presents a new article from Wikipedia everyday as the homepage. Use the magical touch capability of the iPad to flick left, right, top or bottom and you’ll discover exciting new features.

Articles for iPad - $5.49 AU
Articles for iPad presents Wikipedia articles in a fashionable way and has a great interface. It has also won the Apple Design Award 2010 and lets you discover Wikipedia articles easily. You can also save images from articles to your camera roll. The “Surprise Me” feature automatically loads a random article from Wikipedia. Just shake your iPad and the App would pop up an article that would interest you.

Wikibot -- A Wikipedia Articles Reader - $2.99 AU
Wikibot makes reading Wikipedia articles a joy on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Between the beautifully crafted interface, customizable display options, and killer features like tabbed browsing, language switching, a read-later queue and offline caching, there is a lot to love about Wikibot.

Wiki Offline -- A Wikipedia Experience $10.49 AU
Wiki Offline delivers flexibility for the Wikipedia experience. The full text of all Wikipedia articles are stored to your iPhone/iPad/iPod. You will literally hold the world's knowledge in the palm of your hands. No more worrying about slow internet connections, overage bandwidth charges, or traveling to areas without internet, because with Wiki Offline, Wikipedia will be there for you, whenever you need it.

Wikipedia is now officially on the iPhone! This is our official application and we are working hard on making the absolute best Wikipedia app out there. This app is focused on being very simple and very fast. Over time, we'll add features based on requests. The code is 100% open source and community built. If you are a programmer and good at JS/HTML5, then come and help us out!

Wikipanian for iPad - FREE
Perfect access to Wikipedia for the iPad that supports offline reading and bookmarks. It presents Wikipedia articles in the normal Wikipedia way with pictures and links. You could either tap to view a link or tap and hold the link to add the link to the queue. The App even has a lite version.

Simplepedia  - FREE
This App has offline reading, font customization, in page search and a great user interface. You could search Wikipedia using the search bar and the App would also make quick recommendations. With a single tap you could access the table of contents and choose to save the article for offline reading. You could also choose to mail the article, update it or open it in Safari.

Wikiamo - FREE
Sure, it lacks some of the features included in many of the paid Wikipedia apps out there, but it is fast and clean without bothering you with any ads. Plus, it contains the ability to bookmark entire pages, call up your recent history, change font sizes, and it even caches your last view page.

Experience Wikipedia in a easy and beautiful way. Every article you look up is stored on your iPad for offline reading - no internet connection is needed. You can search and find quickly as well as seeing preview images in most search results for easier and faster identifying of your findings. No need to reload articles from Wikipedia as all previously visited pages are stored for you.

Wikihood - FREE
What are the most important sights to see around me? What do others find interesting here? Is there a museum, a castle, a parc or church nearby? What persons are related to this place? Did a historic battle happen at this place? Wikihood knows the answers to questions like these. Within a few clicks you not only get access to all the locations around you, but also the vast information related to these locations.

Wikitude - FREE
Wikitude World Browser is a fun, innovative and informative augmented reality (AR) platform allowing you to discover what’s around you in a completely new way. By using the camera, simply hold up your smartphone and explore your surroundings. Wikitude will overlay the camera’s display and the objects you look at with additional interactive content and information - really cool!