Automatically Mute Your Phone at School or Work with IFTTT.com

You know that moment when the room is quiet and everyone is calmly focused on a speaker– and then someone’s annoying ringtone goes off right in the middle, shattering the silence and attracting unwanted attention? Don’t be that doofus. I created a couple of IFTTT recipes to save the sanity …

Teachers: Use ChromeCast for Wireless Presentations on Desktop and Mobile

As a teacher and frequent presenter, I always carry a MacBook Pro DVI to VGA adapter in my bag so I can connect to any overhead projector or flat screen wherever I’m speaking. This approach works well, but has several downsides that the amazing $35 Google ChromeCast can improve upon: …

Create Beautiful Web Graphics with just PowerPoint and Screenshots

You don’t need fancy design skills to make attractive web graphics for your blog or online course. This tutorial will teach you how to create beautiful web graphics using only PowerPoint, images, and screenshots. To be more specific, we are going to find a nice background image on the web, …

Khan Academy – Style Videos? Explore Your Tools and Find Your Own Style

A faculty recently approached me asking how he could produce Khan Academy – style video lessons. He was looking for an Android tablet equivalent to ShowMe, the iPad app that lets you write freehand, record your voice, and post videos online similar to the familiar Khan style. The bad news is …

iOS vs. Android: Your Best Arguments

iOS vs. Android: Your Best Arguments.

A good summary of the good and not-so-good about both iOS and Android. I’d argue that some of the stated downsides of Android are really only a problem on non-Nexus phones from 3rd party manufacturers. My Nexus 4 and 10 came with no bloatware and are not laggy like my previous two HTC Evo phones.

A Teacher’s Guide to Equal Access in the Age of BYOD, Web 2.0, and Mobile Computing

Classroom Responses Systems (AKA “clickers”) offer teachers and students a way to make classroom lectures more interactive and engaging than lectures alone. Eric Mazur, Derek Bruff and others have pioneered ways to use classroom response clickers to promote Higher Order Thinking Skills and inquiry-based education within the standard lecture format. …

Picture Yourself: A Mobile App for College Readiness

Update: Just had an amazing pitch meeting with the University of California’s Office of the President, and they agreed to move my mobile app Picture Yourself in College into production! Details are sketchy at this point, but the app may be used to reach out to underserved middle- and high school …