10 iOS Apps That Make Your Pictures Talk

The possibilities are endless- take the photo essay to a new level by recording a script over it. Have your students go to local landmarks, take photos and record their reactions. Have your students use this for explainer videos. What else?

The apps in this article are all free and should work on the iPad though they look like they are made for phones. Just remember when on the app store to change the “iPad only” tab to “iPhone only”.

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Almost everyone shoots photos and video. But how many people shoot multimedia? More than you might think. Multimedia apps — a hybrid that blends still ima

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Updating my Skill Set: Getting Over my Fear of Photoshop

ladieslearningcode-500x500Learning something new is scary, especially if you have had time to build up a good infrastructure of fear around it. But there comes a time when you have to woman up and face your fears directly. That time came for me this last Saturday, when I took an introductory workshop on web design with the organization Ladies Learning Code.

That wasn’t the scary part. The scary part was that we were using – gasp – Photoshop as a design tool.

Confession time. I am Photoshop phobic. The few times I have tried to use it, I end up simply moving my mouse up and down with no idea where to even begin. Anytime photoshop is required beyond resizing or cropping images, I get my husband to do it (or my daughters- they are now both adept at using it due to Mr. Scruton’s multimedia class.)

Photoshop is one of the few tools I felt I needed some handholding to begin to understand (and, for the sake of my marriage, the hand holder could not be my husband), so I jumped at the chance when I saw the workshop advertised. It cost $50 and included a catered lunch. There was a workshop leader and then a mentor for every 3 participants (these people volunteered their time to help out) which meant that there was always someone around to help if I got stuck.

I met some interesting people and above all, learned the basics of navigating the arcane (ok, now a little less for me) world of Photoshop! I was even able to put my new found skills to work on Monday, when I designed the following poster using Photoshop:

Used Book Sale Poster

It was way easier than using word or powerpoint (which is what I have been using) once I finally understood the advantage of layers. Okay, so I have a ways to go in terms of design, but it’s a start!

I would definitely recommend Ladies Learning Code if you want to learn something new (they give introductory workshops on html, CSS, etc.) Their next workshop is a mother/daughter introduction to html/css. Check it out!

Now can anybody tell me what the heck rasterizing means?

Fun Friday! iPhone Photo Apps: iPad/iPhone Apps AppList

It is Friday and the weekend is upon us! Okay, so our weekend is a little truncated this time- but still. We can still make fun photos and dress them up with some fancy new effects, can’t we?

All of the apps listed in the article below are also available for the iPad. Many of them are free!

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Taking photographs with your iPhone is something that people do

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How to Organize your Data on the iPad: Photos

Because organization is my middle name, yo.

Let us start with Photos. Did you know you can create albums with your camera roll (the app with the pretty sunflower on it)?

1. Tap Edit.

2. Select the photos you want to gather in an album by tapping the image:


3. Tap on “add to…” and select new album (or previously created album of which I have none):


4. Name your album (white album has already been taken)


5. And if you decide that your album is full of bad photos and should be all deleted now like me, just tap on edit, tap the photos you would like to remove and then tap on the big red REMOVE FROM ALBUM BUTTON:


And voilà the making and unmaking of a photo album on your iPad.

Remember- you can also sync selected photos from your iPhoto on your laptop or desktop to your iPad, either with a wire or through the cloud.

Here is what you have to check when syncing from your desktop:

Here is the settings you must select before doing it over the iCloud:

Just be careful- syncing via the iCloud eats up bandwidth like the Giant ate villages (what giant? I don’t know! How many giants who ate villages were there?)

You can also share them via dropbox:

I look cray cray…I think this one will be removed from album.

or email them to yourself. When you save the photo, it goes directly into your camera roll and then you can sort them into albums.

Tomorrow: folders on your home screen and in Pages!

To Kill a Mockingbird Background Documentary Project

Last year, I devised a few scavenger hunts in the library to compliment the required reading in different English classes. They were strictly Old School (indeed, that is what I called them) in that the students were not to touch a computer to do their research. They were only to look at books, the idea being to give them some historical context for their book and at the same time showing them what kind of print resources are available in the library.

Although the students had a lot of fun scavenging, I am not sure how much information they actually retained. We only had one period to do it in and the girls would write their answers by copying directly out of the book. There was no thought, no digestion of information, nor any reason to do so as they wouldn’t be using it.

With the new ipad lab and our emphasis on the fact that it can be used for creation and not just as a content provider, I thought I would try something new. The girls still have a series of questions they must answer using books in the library. But they now need to type their answers in full sentences and in their own words using Pages. The students use another ipad to scan QR codes which will bring them to websites, or use Apps with photo archives for images. They then bring their images and texts together in imovie.

Grade 8 English Class of 18 kids= 6 groups of 3.


  • 12 ipads: 2 per group: 1 for  their “script”(answers typed in Pages), 1 for their movie production
  • 8 questions on the topic of the Great Depression and Racism in the 30s.
  • An instruction manual for the various ipad functions they will need (I made it into a PDF and saved it in ibook)
  • Apps:
    • pages
    • Qrafter (for Qr codes)
    • Safari
    • LIFE app (photos)
    • Linetime app
    • imovie
    • Photos
Behind the Scenes Guide:

The students are asked to answer 4 questions each. Each questions has two parts:
1. The research. Here they are given the name and call number of a book. They must find the book and answer the questions in full sentences and in their own words on their script ipad. They must take a photo of the book they use for their credits.
2. Visuals: Then they either scan a QR code that brings them to a digital archive or use one of the apps listed above. Here they choose images they feel best represents the concept behind the question eg. Dust Bowl). They save the images into Photos. (does this automatically when you press save image).
3. They insert the photos into imovie and record their script over top of the images..
Sample Questions:
This question uses a QR code to find suitable images for their imovie
This questions requires the student to find the Life app and screenshot images
Length of time:
Originally we had planned to take a double period for this project. However library and ipad availability as well as a shortened day meant we had a little less time during the two periods and so we need to add another period tomorrow for some of the groups to finish up their last question and put their movie together.
Ms. Allison made an awesome rubric for them and will be grading their finished product.
  • I tried to keep my explanations to a minimum as experience has taught me that information overload is a real problem. I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly the girls understood the project and how quickly they got down to work.
  • Most of the girls understood intuitively how to use the ipad- not a whole lot of instruction was needed besides the odd functionality of an app (for example, when scanning a QR code in QRrafter, they have to open URL in Safari and not in the app itself or they won’t be able to save images from websites).
  • The project was a little too long- a double period would have been sufficient to do 3 questions properly.
  • Although Ms. Allison would be able to better judge of this, I felt that the students had a better grasp of the Great Depression and Racism in the 30s, just by virtue of having to do something with it. The conversations I had with the girls and the answers I saw confirm this.
We had our second class today and although several groups have answered their four questions, they are not finished putting their movie together. Once they do and Ms. Allison has a chance to review them, I’ll ask if I can put one up on this blog so you can view the results!

Using the Ipad for Marketing the Library

 I used my ipad to create a slideshow of different services, events, etc. the library offers for new parent orientation and for open house. Though I am not sure how many people actually looked at it, especially at new parent orientation – I’m not exactly the main act, or even the off broadway act at this event. But still. It was there and it looked cool.

I began by creating slides on my desktop. I used powerpoint for my slides, as it offers different themes and you can add different media.

1. Create your slides.
2. Save them as jpegs.

3. Open iphoto.
4. Create a new album:

5. Add your slides to your album.
6. Sync your ipad, but be careful to select only the album- if not you might sync all the photos on your computer (trust me, unless you have hours to wait for it to download, you don’t want that).

7. After ejecting your ipad from your computer, click on the photos icon on your ipad.
8. Choose your album.

9. Select the slideshow option in the top left hand corner.

10. Press play!

If you want to customize the settings you need to go into settings, then into photos:

I have uploaded my files to slideshare.net so that you can see it for yourself: