3 Very Good Apps for Creating and sharing 3D Models

March 24, 2017
Below are three good iPad apps students can use to create and share 3D models and animations. Some of these apps support 3D printing. Students can use the apps to engage in a wide variety of creative tasks from creating simple designs to constructing complex objects. They can create figures, build modules, design  pixel arts and bring them to life through 3D technology. Check out the featured apps below and if you have other suggestions to add to the list, share with us in our Facebook page. Enjoy

1- 3DC.io

3DC.io is an iPad app that lets you easily build, share and 3D print various designs.’3DC uses basic shapes (cube, sphere, cylinder, cone etc.) to create any 3D models. From the simplest design to the most complex objects – you can build anything by simply moving, rotating and scaling primitive objects.'

2- Makers Empire 3D - Easy 3D Modeling

‘MAKERS EMPIRE 3D is a powerful but simple to use 3D modelling app that rewards you for creating! Level up as you design, socialise with other makers and complete daily design challenges. Unlock new design tools as you go…Makers Empire 3D is capable of incredibly detailed 3D designs yet is so simple anyone can use it! Pick a design module like BLOCKER, our feature rich voxel editor, CHARACTER, our avatar builder or SHAPER, our traditional free form 3D modelling module. ’

3- Toontastic 3D

‘ With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around onscreen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video. Toontastic is a powerful and playful way to create interstellar adventures, breaking news reports, video game designs, family photo albums, and anything else you might imagine!’

Google Maps Is Releasing An Important New Feature

March 24, 2017
Google announced the news of a new feature coming to Google Maps called location sharing. Users will soon be able to share their location in real-time from their Google Maps app on Android and iOS. With a few taps you can let your friends know the exact location where you are and the time you are expected to arrive. Whoever you share your location with will be able to see you on they map and they will also know about your trip progress, follow your journey and view your expected arrival time. Data about your location can be shared with people in your Google contacts, or with friends and family through a generated link sent via  your favourite messenger app.At any time you can stop sharing your location. This new feature is rolling out soon worldwide.

Google Maps Is Releasing An Important New Feature

‘Whenever you want to let someone know where you are, just open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are. Tap “Share location” and then select who to share with and how long to share—and you're done! You can share your real-time location with your Google contacts, or even share with friends and family by sending a link on your favorite messenger apps. When you’re sharing your location, the people you’ve chosen to share with will see you on their map.’

Watch the video below to learn more about location sharing in Google Maps.

Important Tech Mindfulness Strategies to Share with Students

March 24, 2017
Is social media addiction similar to other types of addiction? The answer according to the data in an  infographic shared by FIX is not scientifically settled yet. However, positive behaviour associated with some social media practices such as getting likes for a post you shared on Facebook seems to activate reward areas in the brain and have effects similar to those activated by, for instance, drugs and alcohol. You can learn more about this from this page. What grabs our attention from that long infographic is the part on tech mindfulness strategies which we are including below. These are some simple yet important ways to help you control your digital life and monitor how much time you spend using social media. This is especially useful to share with your students to raise their digital awareness.

Check out the full infographic in this page.

Important Tech Mindfulness Strategies to Share with Students

New- Google Classroom Is Now Open to All Students and Teachers

March 23, 2017
Google has finally opened Google Classroom for users without G Suite for Education accounts. With this new update, every teacher and student can benefit from the various Google Classroom features using only their personal Google accounts. However, some of the features such as creating classes  is not yet available for these new Classroom users but will roll out over the few coming weeks.

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‘Starting today, G Suite for Education administrators will see updated Classroom settings that give them new controls over who can join their classes from personal Google accounts or from other G Suite for Education domains. This update gives schools more flexibility in how they collaborate with other organizations and students: For example, student teachers or visiting students can now easily integrate into their host school or university’s Classroom set-up.’

The Popular Workflow App Is Now Free

March 23, 2017
Apple has recently acquired the popular automation app Workflow making it available for free in iTunes App Store (regular price $3,99). Workflow is a powerful application that allows you to enhance your daily workflow through a combination of actions across various  iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Some of the things you can create via Workflow app include: ‘make animated GIFs; add a home screen icon that calls a loved one; make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet; get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap; tweet the song you're listening to; get all of the images on a web page; send a message including the last screenshot you took.’

Workflow is easy and simple to use. You can either start your creations from within the app itself, from Today widget, or from third party apps using Workflow’s action extension. ‘You can even export a workflow as a standalone app on your home screen. Workflow opens up infinite possibilities of what you can do with your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.’

Courtesy of TNW

10 Awesome Android Music Apps for Young Learners

March 23, 2017
Here is a collection of some very good Android music apps for kids and young learners. This collection is featured in Google Play App Store and embeds some highly rated apps in this category. Using the apps below,  kids will get to explore the world of music and sound and  learn the basics of how to play different musical instruments such as piano, guitar and flute. Check them out below and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

10 Awesome Android Music Apps for Young Learners
1- Toddler Sing and Play 3

‘Designed for ages 2+, this game helps your children learn popular songs in a fun and creative way. Each song features an interactive game scene with lyrics.’

2- 123 Kids Fun Music

‘’Beautiful and simple music application for toddlers and preschool kids, which inspires and encourages kids to create own music. Great introduction to explore the world of music and sounds.

3- Kids Fun Animal Piano Free

‘App Family is proud to introduce "Animal Piano", bringing you laughter and fun with 3 hilarious pianos, beautiful HD graphics and high-quality sounds. You play by pressing directly on the cheerfully animated characters. As you play, random effects change the piano keys for variation and fun! ’

4- Cute Nursery Rhymes & Songs

‘The cutest nursery rhymes for toddlers to sing-along! With lots of interactive things and sounds. These are hand-drawn and painted to appeal to babies and little kids. ’

5- Baby Zoo Piano for Toddlers

‘The Baby Zoo Piano for Toddlers app is an excellent educational music piano games for kids….’

6- Piano for Kids

‘This kid piano game is specially designed for kids to play and learn for fun. It will be great for music learning and exploration. ‘

7- Jimi Guitar Lite

‘Authentic sounds, a free mode to play like on a real guitar, a chord mode to play without risking a false note, a song mode to learn the chords of your favorite songs, a powerful song search engine, a tuner, a capo... and more.
Whether you know or not how to play guitar, Jimi Guitar will provide you hours of entertainment.’

8- Toddlers Magic Flute

‘The Flute sound makes you calm. Colorful shapes and amazing visual effects are very interesting for all players. Discover the musician that is inside of you. All the children deserves being a musician.’

9- Astro Boy Piano Lite

‘Kids have fun and learn as they explore the wonderful world of music with Atom, the mighty Astro Boy! The famous robot and superhero character from Japanese animation and manga now has his own educational music app, free!’

10- Guitar Riff Pro

‘ Learn To Play Your Favorite Riffs on the Electric Guitar. It offers over 600 Songs to learn from different eras and genres…’