A great post-Halloween way to get in shape for the Zombie apocalypse

A friend of mine recommended this app to me a few weeks ago- she had just begun running and found that with this app, not only was she getting out everyday, she couldn’t wait to go for a run so she could hear the stories. With the help of this app, she recently completed her first 10k ever!

Here is a small quote from the description:

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure, co-created with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. We deliver the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings – and when you get back home, you use the supplies you’ve collected while running to build and grow your base

See on Scoop.itipadyoupad

Get Zombies, Run! on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

See on itunes.apple.com

All in all, a great way to celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead without zombifying yourself with vast amounts of sugar…

Augmented Reality in PE

via Mr. Robbo

Here is an interesting use of augmented reality in a PE:

If I am understanding correctly, the aura functions a little bit like a QR code that brings you to a website or a video of the image.

Ideas of how Aurasma could be used in PE:

  1. Take a picture of a product, eg. Kraft Peanut Butter and link it to a video of the

    Price: free

    student evaluating the nutritional value of that product.

  2. Take a photo of an exercise infographic and have it link to a video showing the right form.

Okay. I’m tapped out. I don’t actually know what happens in PE therefore my bucket of ideas as to how to use this app is very very small. Phys Ed teachers- want to help me out?

However, I have already talked about the potential of Augmented Reality in this post and I do have some evil schemes for Aurasma as I plot an English project on Persepolis. [insert evil laughter here]

The Case of the Missing Apps

So, yes. I admit it. I am not the most observant little critter in the technology forest. It took the genteel gym teacher (genteel. Who uses the word genteel anymore? However she is very genteel. gentle. But not genuflecting. I don’t think) asking where the clock app was on the iPad for me to realize that it was never there.

Yes, for some reason, Apple did not bless the IPad with all of the wonderful built-in apps you get with the iPhone and even the iPod if I am not mistaken. What is missing:

  • Stocks
  • Weather
  • Clock
  • Calculator

Which is just weird in my opinion. Especially since they want to be the end all be all for education- calculators are a handy thing when you are doing, oh, say math! (Okay, the stocks one I can do without, but that is because looking at stocks for me is like trying to read a novel in cuneiform).

Here are two articles that suggest alternatives to these apps for the iPad:

  • Finding the iPad’s 7 missing apps
  • Replacing the iPad’s Missing Apps (this one is a year and a half old so might have some out of date info)

    I downloaded a free app called Classic Clock HD Free just to see if we can replace the awesome iPhone clock/stopwatch app. It seems to have a lot of functionality, though if you want to set the alarm and have it go off when the app is closed, you need to upgrade to the paid version for $2.99.
    Here is what it looks like:
     Here is the stopwatch:
     As you can see, you have two options- elapsed time and set time. With the elapsed time, you can also record the time it takes to complete 1 lap. Very handy!
    There are a lot of free options for a clock and stopwatch however, all with pretty good reviews:
    I will talk to IT Guru about purchasing one for the iPad labs!