Friday, February 7, 2014

Thing #4

I took a break to try to stay warm but am happily back at my 23 Things. The timing couldn't be better for playing with Flipboard. (Think Olympics)

My home screen is pretty standard with news, entertainment, and travel. I'm hesitating to link it to my Facebook because I want to keep my personal and professional online worlds as separate as possible. Maybe I'll create a professional Facebook page. Would love to hear how others manage this.

I downloaded Flipboard and have already created a few of my own magazines. I had 6 different news apps on my iPhone and now they are all available, plus some, on Flipboard. I like the look of this app and the ease of flipping page to page and screen to screen. I haven't figured out all the bells and whistles yet, but so far so good.

I'm originally from Canada so created a Canadian magazine to follow news, weathers, entertainment and Rob Ford :(.

With the Olympics starting, I've also created a Sochi magazine. Obviously, this one will be short lived but it will be fun getting information and coverage from U.S. and non-U.S. news agencies/sports websites/blogs.

My next will be a magazine for Kauai where we are going for spring break.

I supposed I should also create one for work. We are doing some renovations in our library as we head to a 1:1 program for our 7th and 8th graders, so a magazine could pull together my pinterest, blogs and the articles that I've collected so far. 

Though I've only begun playing with this app, I can already see it would be better on an iPad rather than my phone. Some of the functionality is tricky on a small screen. My only other frustration is that our firewall at school limits the accessibility.

On a completely different note, we were hanging new artwork in the library and I used the level on my iPhone that I learned about in a previous Thing. Who knew?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thing(s) #3

I look forward to reading what others thought of the Google Search app for iPhones. I played around with it and like a few of its functions but not sure it's worth any hype. This morning it did give me the weather and the highlights of my day. Maybe I need to give it time.
So next I tried the Free Wi-fi app and I can see using it while traveling. It'll come in handy. Again, not blown away by it so moved on to the StandApp.
Fun idea that I will try for a week or so but again not sure it's very practical. I have it set for 30 minute reminders but already know the alert will interrupt during meetings and classes. I haven't given up on it. Perhaps it will help to hear how others are using it.
The first two Things had a coolness factor that I find lacking in these. Regardless, I'm moving on to Thing #4.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thing 2

How much fun is this! I have an iPhone 4S and a few months ago someone had posted a video on Facebook that included a few fun things to do with your phone but the link provided in Thing 2 is much more varied. I've only been playing for just over an hour but my favorite thing so far is the additional keyboard with all the emoticons. Who knew you could have that much choice. I texted a few to my husband and now he wants to know how I got them and wants to add them to his android.

On a different note, after setting up my blog and adding other bloggers to follow, I wanted to choose a profile picture and liked the cartoon ones that other bloggers were using. A friend steered me to bitstrips.com and I created my first avatar. While I was doing this, students began to gather around and voice their opinions about my choice of hair style and outfit. After they were satisfied with my avatar they each went to a computer and began to create their own avatars.  This is what it is all about, learning something new and sharing it with students.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Thing 1

I hope to learn about apps that will help me with my web presence for the library. Finding apps that would be helpful for our faculty and students could be a bonus.
I have a number of apps on my iphone for personal use but have little experience with apps for my professional use. This will be fun. Thanks.

Beginning 23 Mobile Apps for MN Libraries

I've just registered for the 23 Mobile Apps course and am excited to begin exploring. This is my first blog so I'm interested to see how I can use this to more effectively communicate with my school community.