Monday, October 13, 2014

Music Monday 169 :: Rock The Vote Presents #TURNOUTFORWHAT

Music Monday 169 :: Rock The Vote presents #TURNOUTFORWHAT

This could rank high on the list of all time best public service announcements (PSAs).

It's a crazy cast of well known actors and actresses, some subtle humor and a strong message:
  1. Don't mess around and not vote.
  2. There are many reasons why you should vote.
Unfortunately, this vid has not gone viral - yet. Let's do this.



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Sunday, October 05, 2014

New App Discovery :: Adobe Voice

New App Discovery :: Adobe Voice

Actually, I've known about this app since earlier this year when it was first released. However, I just created this short vid for my ohradiogirl Channel on YouTube. Unfortunately, you may never see it there. More on that in a minute.

First, let me say that I created the video using Adobe Voice. It's a free iPad only app and it's super simple to use. Love that.

It took me just a few minutes to bring it all together. They provide themes/templates along with some cool clipart and the music too. You can, however, add your own images and/or music.

But here's where the trouble starts, there are some sharing mechanisms like Facebook and Twitter and obtaining the embed code, but you can't download the video. Group sigh!! And shakes fist.

There are some work arounds for this issue, but they are indeed, 'work' arounds like this one using TechSmith's SnagIt. You'll need the 15 day Snagit free trial for that.

And I'm not the only one to speak up about this. Here's a very thorough review from PCMag giving the app 3 out of 5 stars.

Not sure if Adobe Voice realizes it, but some of us might be willing to pay a nominal in-app purchase in order to have the ability to download or upload to our camera rolls, say via AirDrop.

There have been some updates to the app, so maybe there's still hope for the ability to download the vid or to share directly to YouTube. Also, they have an Adobe Voice YouTube Channel where they seem to be responsive to requests with some of their tutorials. You could also reach out them the via Twitter or through the official Adobe Voice blog.

I'll still play around with the app and hope that some other sharable options are introduced in the near future because Adobe Voice is an ideal tool for storytelling. I may even try to incorporate the app in class.

Give it a try and oh, check out my Adobe Voice vid.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Music Monday 168 :: Jon Batiste and Stay Human "Express Yourself" on The Colbert Report

Music Monday 168 :: Jon Batiste and Stay Human "Express Yourself" on The Colbert Report

What an exciting and energetic performance from Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Colbert Report in August 2014. Playing various instruments along with endless dancing and further encouraging the audience's participation = a huge block party.

So much fun. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Interactive Image: My Summer 2014 Tech Travel Pack

Interactive Image: My Summer 2014 Tech Travel Pack

My summer travel plan is in full effect.

Destinations
  1. Akron, Ohio
  2. Washington, DC
  3. New York, NY
  4. Montreal, Quebec
  5. Cairo, Egypt
This is a shorter trip than trips in the past and I've tried to cut down on packing. However, I still have a need to have my technology when I travel. I like to document the sights and sounds and just tech out new gadgets.

With that in mind, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you ... my Summer 2014 Tech Travel Pack!

I used Thinglink for this interactive image, so just click on the icon that correlates with the item to hear more about the item.



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

My Favorite iPad Apps :: Part 3 of 3

My Favorite iPad Apps :: Part 3 of 3

The apps in this short series are in my regular rotation - I use them daily.

Evernote logo borrowed from Assistive Technology

Evernote: A note-taking application.

Pros:

  • This app has proven useful for me for grocery lists. I make the grocery list on one device and then make sure I sync devices before heading to the grocery store. The inclusion of the check box is simple yet helpful.
  • I audio record my students presentations, usually about 5 minutes. I also tag the notes and they're easy to access for grading.
  • For taking notes, meeting minutes and outlining presentations, it's nice to have some formatting options like italicizing and indentation.
  • My Instagram pics are automatically synced to Evernote thanks to ifttt.
  • The Evernote app is great for capturing business cards and organizing them, however, make sure you double check the details to make sure that it's correct.
  • Before I travel, I use Evernote Clipper to capture and file notes on places to go and things to do. I assume that I won't have Internet access and I'll activate Evernote Premium to access the folder offline.
  • I don't really use a calendar/task app, I sync my Google Calendar with my iPhone/iPad. Simple and easy. I also don't use the reminder option since I use that feature exclusively with Google Calendar.


Cons:

  • I think the paid platform is too expensive for what you get and have access to.
  • With the paid platform, you get offline access, however, you have to download and sync in advance. Depending on the size of the notebook that you want to access offline, it could take some time for it to download.
  • I know that Evernote and Moleskin have a happy relationship, however, I have the Evernote Notebook by Moleskin and I'm not seeing the big difference between it and any other notebook.

Evernote is available for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

I hope that you've enjoyed the My Favorite iPad Apps series. Please share your thoughts on the Evernote app and the other apps in the series in the comments.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Music Monday 167 :: Snoop Dogg "Gin & Juice" LIVE w/The Roots

Music Monday 167 :: Snoop Dogg "Gin & Juice" LIVE w/The Roots

Just in time for summer ... a live concert performance of what will surely be a classic (a little premature to make that claim; at least in my book).

This is not my favorite song, but I do love a party starter and this is that. And to have this performance backed up by The Roots, who I love unconditionally, is certainly one way to win me over.



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Saturday, June 21, 2014

It's not too late to get in shape ... not for summer, but for life!

It's not too late to get in shape ... not for summer, but for life!

It's typical for me to troll YouTube seeking workout videos. My preference is for vids that are short but effective. Sometimes I want to move, but I don't have the energy. Other times, I want high impact.

The FitnessBlender vids are interesting. They're usually short, but you will do either 2 or 3 rounds - or you can just do what you have time to do or what you can do.

The instructions are perfect and of course there's the visual to help offer guidance as well.

This particular vid is great because you have a bit of a pause between each 40-second exercise; and there are eight (8) exercises in the round. It ends up being about 22 minutes in total.

So get movin and give it a try.

Beginner Boot Camp Workout -- Easy Toning & Low Impact Cardio Workout


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