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Purposeful Walking
There are literally dozens of fitness-tracking wristbands, companion apps and stand-alone apps available today. Fitbit, Jawbone, Basis, Withings, Garman, Nike+, Polar, BodyMedia, LifeTrak, Sync, Lark Life, Shine… just to name a few. The rumor mill says that Apple will soon introduce iWatch with HealthBook and speculation is wild about what capabilities such a combination would Continue Reading →
Best Study Hall Apps
Study hall should be a time for further processing as well as the comprehension of new information learned during the day. Unless a school bans smartphone or tablet usage, these apps are amazing tools for studying, organizing and writing. StudyBlue Flashcards (Free, Android Handheld, Android Tablet) StudyBlue Flashcards uses user-generated content to provide students with an Continue Reading →
Basis B1
After wearing the Basis B1 fitness-tracking wristband for a week, my first thought is that it is really uncomfortable. If I wear it tight enough so that it can track my average heart rate, it actually hurts. If I wear it loose enough to tolerate the steel case and sensors over my wrist, it can’t Continue Reading →
The leap in reading comprehension difficulty from Elementary to Middle School can be daunting for some students. These five mobile apps, curated for use by Middle and High School students, assist in refining reading skills. From the transition of learning how to read to being critical thinkers to spelling new vocabulary words and understanding literary Continue Reading →

Fitbit vs. Jawbone

According to MyFitnessPal (the calorie tracking app I use on my smartphone), Friday was the 189th day I’ve logged in and, in that time, I’ve lost 58.3 lbs. That’s approximately 2.16 lbs. per week, or… for the quantified selfies out there, approximately .3 lbs. per day. One nanosecond after, “You look great… I bet you Continue Reading →
Middle and High School astronomy courses rely on visualization, particularly when it comes to seeing the “images” in constellations and orbital trajectories. This five app bunch is perfect for students who want to more clearly see the planets and stars, as well as learn the history, present and future of space programs. Gravity App ($7.99 iPad) Continue Reading →
2014 International CES
The craziness and awesomeness of CES is in full swing once again, and we’re smack in the middle of it. I’m literally in the middle of it, as I’m writing this from the booth in North Hall from where our Silver Tours are launching. These tours show off the best of the best that CES Continue Reading →
Snapchat's Breach
If we learned anything this past year, it’s that information we store online is exceptionally vulnerable. Our metadata (the data that describes who we are and what we do) is in the hands of people who are about as successful at protecting it as 1850’s bankers were at protecting money in the Old West. Sure, Continue Reading →
Spelling Bee Winners 2019
What better way to celebrate the next batch of competitors for the Scripps National Spelling Bee than with mobile applications and games designed to prepare Elementary to Middle School students for spelling quizzes and tests? These apps (most vetted by educational experts) can help students spell, expand their vocabularies and use words in the correct context. Continue Reading →

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