Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wiki This Way: 4 Tools for Accessing Wikipedia on your iPhone or iPad

Wikipedia can be a really useful reference tool. Here are some great apps that for reading wikipedia articles on your mobile device:

iWiki (1.59E) & iWiki HD (2.39E). Experience Wikipedia beautiful on your iPhone or iPad, accessing Wikipedia becomes quick and easy with powerful set of features and perfectly aprimized articles for  reading on your mobile device.

iWiki HD:
Wikipanion - Free. Accessing Wikipedia has never been faster and easier than with Wikipanion, designed for easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking that not only bookmarks individual entries, but individual sections within an entry. Featuring intelligent features such as:
- Table of contents browser that knows where you are in the page
- Multiple search methods including Smart completion with entry preview, Google searching and a full text Wikipedia search
- Dual language searching and language switching (hiding languages you don't care about)
- Bookmark, including bookmarking individual sections of pages
- History, grouped by last visit date
- Full in-page searching
- Wiktionary dictionary term looking without leaving the current page
- Table based category browsing
- Interactive font resizing
- Image saving to the Photo library
- Ogg vorbis audio playback for dictionary pronunciations and other audio content available on Wikipedia
- Contextual knowledge for sending links to specific sections in a Wikipedia entry
- Easily turn on automatic focusing of the search field on launch

Wiki Offline Lite - Free. This is the lite version of wiki offline. Whereas the full version includes 10.000.000 full-length articles, this ''lite'' version contains 1,000 most popular Wikipedea articles so you can get a feel for the application before  you buy it. Unfortunately, the full version costs about 8 euros. It's a little pricey but it is really useful if you do not have all the internet connection. 

Wiki Offline (1.59E) & Wiki Offline HD (2.39E). Wiki Offline lets you access the top thousands pages on Wikipedia, with full pictures, graphics, and convenient layout --- all without a network connection.
It's perfect for airplanes, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad users away from Wi-Fi, and people concerned about battery life.

Friday, January 27, 2012

5 Great Tools for Doing your Next Presentation with Your iPad

Here are some useful apps that will help you make your next presentations. The most apps are free to download and really easy to use. 

Keynote - 7,99 E is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation - complete with animated charts and transitions - as simple as touching and tapping. Use full-screen view to present right on your i- mobile device or use video mirroring o present it on an HDTV, and preview your slides and notes on your device using presenter dispay. Keynote works with iCloud, so your presentation stay up to date across all your iOS devices - automatically.

Keynote Remote - 0.79 E lets you control a Keynote presentation on your Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch from another iPhone or iPod in the room. While you present, view your your current slide and presenter notes in portrait, or the current slide and next slide in landscape. Swipe forward to advance and swipe back to  return to the previous slide.  Keynote works with your Wi-Fi network, so you can control your presentation from anywhere in the room. Keynote remote can use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth when connecting to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

  Prezi Viewer - Free. Show your prezi on the fly! Go to, create a prezi, download to your iPad and show it anytime, anywhere. Drag to pan and pinch to zoom in or out of topics, just like you do in any map apps.

Slideshark - Free. With slideshark you can view and show PowerPoint presentations on your iPad.  Key Features: -play PowerPoint files on your iPad - Preserves animations, fonts, graphics, and colours - Simply tap and swipe to advance animations and slides - Connect to a TV or a VGA - projector to present to large audiences (iPad 2 users)

MobileSlides - Free. The complete solution to your presentation needs. Mobile Slides is a presentation tool that goes whenever you do. It provides playback control, Q&A session archiving and quick web publishing functions. Any computer platform with Flash Player installed can participate anytime, anywhere in the presentation provided by any iOS device that has Mobile Slides installed on it. Of course, you can use a VGA Adapter and export the slides ino a projector directly. 

For iPhone: Designed as a ''Presentation Remote Control'', it emphasizes on single-hand operation and control of the presentation flow.

For iPad: With more screen real-estate, we are able to use the ''Presentation Control Panel'' as the main design concept. It is designed in a way that relevant informationis all present on the sreen so you are in control of the presentation flow.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Create your own interactive books apps with iPad - Free

Here is another great and free app to create an interactive book as an application for iPad. You can create really spectacular books with animations, interactive buttons, music etc. and then publish it on your iPad, share it via email or even publish it on Application Store. It is a little hard to use but when you learn some tips about this app you can really create marvellous books. I have seen that this application can do and I was speechless.

Demibooks Composer is the world's first iPad - based authoring software for creating interactive books. If you're an author, illustrator, designer or publisher, and you've got a story to tell - then this app is for you.

Create your own book apps with realistic physics, animation, images, text, sounds, movies and visual effects.

You can download the user's guide in a pdf here:

You can download the free app here: 

or scan this code to get the link:

Creare your own textbook for ibooks from your iPad

After Apple's recent anouncement about the new interactive textbooks and ibooks Author application for Mac there was a huge wave of excitement in the field of education. However, there was a little dissapointment  that the new textbooks can be created only by a mac device. I have done a reaserch how can I make my own textbook with my ipad as I do not own a Mac computer. I have found a brilliant app that allows me or my students create an ibook textbook from ipad and publish it on ipad, share it via mail, open it with Dropbox or Evernote. It costs 3.99 E but I consider this app really worth downloading. You can add pictures, change the paper's colour, add your own voice by recording and many other exciting features. 

                                       The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore. Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.

  •  Quickly add pictures from the Photos app, or grab them from the web, then move and resize them with your fingers.
  •  Edit text using the onscreen keyboard, and apply rich formatting to make it look great.
  •  Choose from all of the iPad's fonts - over 50 to use.
  • Record and import speech and music.
  •  Layout your book exactly as you want it with guidelines and snap positioning.
  •  A quick tap and you're reading your book in iBooks!
  •  Send your books to your friends over email, to iTunes on your computer, over Dropbox, or to a WebDav server.
  •  With your books created using the international ePub standard you know they will be readable now and in the future.
  •  Support for iBooks’ fixed layout format, including double page images and soundtracks. Please note that fixed layout iBooks are not ideal for long texts such as novels.
  •  Includes a Getting Started tutorial plus online support articles at
  • Upcoming free upgrades will add many more features to Book Creator including video.

---- The app description mentions that you can publish the book on ibooks store but I have not found this option yet.  ------

You can download this app here:

or you can scan this qr code:

Monday, January 23, 2012

3 Must-Have Free Organizers for Teachers & Students

Note-taking is really important. Either if you are a teacher or a student you need a notebook to note down your thoughts, a lecture's main points,  make to-do lists, brainstorm for an assignment or a presentation etc. Here are some worth using note-taking apps for iPad:

 Awesome Note, which is free, is an integrated organizer of your life. Even had ideas and thoughts that flash through your mind? Were you able to write them down? What about tracking your your daily schedule & To-Dos? Besides, keeping your own diary is a delightful experience. Awesome note has all these in one.

Notes can be send via email or via SMS with photos, drawings and a map attached. Instant on the site print is also available. For safe storage, Google Docs/ Evernote are ready to help sync and backup your data.

You can download the app here:

Spring Pad is a free application that lets you easily save the ideas and information you want to remember - on the web, on your phone and your iPad. It is a really worth downloading

You can download the app here:

Evernote is one of the most useful i-friendly applications. Evernote allows you to capture information in any environment using any device, and makes everything accessible and searchable, from anywhere. Evernote is always synchronized, so any information added in one place is instantly available everywhere else. Use Evernote to capture your ideas, snapshots, voice memos, things you see online, and just about anything else that you want to remember.

You can download the app here:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2 Free Incredible Interactive Whiteboard Apps

I have recently discovered two incredible interactive whiteboard apps. It is quite revolutionary what you can do with these apps. You can record your own voice and add images from your camera roll or even dropbox. Then, you can send the lesson via email or share it on twitter or facebook page. I recorded a lesson and I showed it to my students from my iPad (private, one-to-one lessons, elementary level) and I could not believe the engagement to the lesson. They were even remembering the guidelines and explanations that I was talking about in the recorded lesson more than the live one. What is more, while I was recording I had made some questions and paused for a while to allow some time for answering. I did not expected that they would answer but they were indeed not letting a word drop down. It was incredible and I did not expected so much motivation. It really gave a boost to my sessions.

Here are these two apps:

The first one is Educreations. Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula,  create an animated lesson, add commentary to your photos, diagram a sports play.

With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photo imports, and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, now you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere. You can have as many pages you want. You don't have to erase everything and start over but just to go on the next page.

or scan this code to get the link: 

The second app is ShowMeShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s a radically intuitive app that anyone will find extremely easy to use, regardless of age or background.

Here is the link to app store:

or scan this code to get the link: 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Social Networks on the Go - Starter Pack for iPad

Got an ipad recently? Here is a starter pack of the most popular useful and free social apps:

Twitter - Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, and what's happening around the world. 

The official Facebook app:

The official Skype app for ipad. Really useful and user-friendly.

This is the official mobile app of the new google's social network Google Plus.

HotSuite  is a perfect social media tool for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare. It combines all your social news in one single app.

TweerCaster is a very popular application for your Twitter account. It is a highly rated app which helps you organize the chaos of your Twitter stream. I personally love the user interface. It is fresh, quick and user-friendly.
My Pad can link Facebook and Twitter timeline in one app. It bears great resamblance with Hotsuite but there are ads included at the bottom of the app which can be distracting.

Vtok offers Google talk video calls, text chat and google voice. It can be downloaded for  free but you have to pay 1.59 E for unlimited calls.

Air Msn Messenger HD is a high quality Msn messenger app. The user can chat like in windows but not video call.

ABC Phonics Word Family - Free

ABC Phonics Word Family is an i-friendly application which provides the phonics spelling, beginning sound, word family phonics, short vowel sound , and images with animations and interactions for each word. There are a total ten word family groups which focus on the short vowel  family phonics learning. After kids complete spelling in each group, the matching game follows and kids can review what they learned.

The game uses the Montessori Method for children to learn phonics and spelling. It develops the kids learning, spelling, hearing, pronounciation of the words.

                                                  Recommended ages: 4-7

You can download this application from app store here:

or scan this qr code:

Some more ABC phonics apps:

ABC Alphabet Phonics Reading Plus - ABC Song, First Words, Alphabet Ordering, Phonics Letteres Sound, Alphabet Coloring. - 2.39 E

ABC Phonics Short Vowel Words  - 2.39 E

ABC Phonics Rhyming Words - Free & 2.39 E

ABC Phonics Short Vowel Words Lite  - Free

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Spelling Treasure - Free

A Spelling Treasure is a free application which works with iPad and iPhone. It is addressed to young learners. In this app the student can practice spelling from various vocabulary modules like animals, colors, numbers, fruits, food, body, vegetables and treasure.

Here are some screenshoots:

You can download this app from app store here: 

or scan this code from your mobile device:

Friday, January 13, 2012

Your digital notebook: Evernote - Free

Evernote is one of the most useful i-friendly applications. Evernote allows you to capture information in any environment using any device, and makes everything accessible and searchable, from anywhere. Evernote is always synchronized, so any information added in one place is instantly available everywhere else. Use Evernote to capture your ideas, snapshots, voice memos, things you see online, and just about anything else that you want to remember.  It can be used at your ipod, iphone, ipad and on windows. You can access the window's application here:

Here are some snapshots of Evernote:

You can download it here:

or scan this code and get the link to your mobile device: