Posts in category "Applications"

The solution to humdrum holiday cards? Digital

Sending greeting cards is a lot of work. You write personalized notes, address envelopes, lick stamps…and if they’re holiday cards, you’re doing it all during the busiest season of the year. Many of us have turned to the Web and sites that let you create custom cards using digital photos. But these services can be expensive, and... Read more »

Counting down to Christmas: 5 tools to help you plan, shop and get festive

Counting down to Christmas: 5 tools to help you plan, shop and get festive
Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live included some memorable skits, but the one that stuck with me was Mr. Senior. In character as a “common sense correspondent” for Weekend Update, Kenan Thompson hit the streets of New York to protest our rush to get festive. “No! Enough! It is the middle of November!” he... Read more »

Writing fast and furious: Your NaNoWriMo digital survival kit

Writing fast and furious: Your NaNoWriMo digital survival kit
We’re a week into National Novel Writing Month, that breakneck 30-day event in which thousands of aspiring novelists try their hand at penning a 50,000-word book. NaNoWriMo is expected to reach 500,000 participants this year, drawing writers from all over the world. Besides being a fun personal challenge, signing up for NaNoWriMo could result in something... Read more »
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Are you smarter than a mobile app?

Are you smarter than a mobile app?
What would happen if you let a collection of apps dictate your every move? If instead of deciding what to wear, eat, or do you left those choices up to an algorithm, would you be better off? Mobile technology is now so functional, so advanced, it can track down information in the blink of an... Read more »

Horror or humor? 2 very different stories to kick-start your Halloween

Horror or humor? 2 very different stories to kick-start your Halloween
‘Tis the witching season, and that means the media’s overrun with clips, films, and specials related to Halloween. Some of them are pretty innocuous. Others try their darndest to completely freak us out. At the top of that list is horror movies, which have been spooking since the 19th century. From the silent shorts of... Read more »

Hone your storytelling skills with these digital tools for grown ups

Back in May I posted a collection of digital storytelling tools for kids, sites and apps designed to teach storytelling in creative ways. Being an effective storyteller is an important skill to have – and not just for kids. From grad school students and teachers to bloggers and brand marketers, virtually everyone can benefit from knowing... Read more »
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5 apps for fall: Make the most of the season with mobile

Jump in a pile of fallen leaves: check. Create a tabletop vignette out of mini gourds: check. Wear a scarf in a jaunty manner: check. There's so much that needs doing this time of year, but <a href="http://www.any.do/anydo">Any.do</a> can help. This free app for Android, iPhone, and Chrome lets you plan out every autumn day and assign due dates to each event. As you accomplish your desired goals you can swipe them off your list and add more for tomorrow. There's a calendar, a reminder feature, and voice recognition for all-around organization. This tool is designed to make staying on task as much fun as the tasks themselves.
The arrival of autumn means a lot of things. Halloween decorations. Apple picking. Pumpkin spice everything. It’s a favorite season for many of us, but doing it justice requires a little preparation. I’ve rounded up five mobile apps for fall that will help you navigate everything from rainy day reading material to seasonal cuisine. Use... Read more »

Write or die: 5 online writing tools to boost your productivity

This weekend marked the arrival of the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference, a local event now in its second year that’s designed to help writers of all kinds, and at all levels, hone their craft and further their careers. Held at the Harold Washington Library Center downtown, the conference features an impressive lineup of authors and publishing... Read more »

Digital tools for back-to-school

If your kids are between the ages of 2 and 6, you may have come across this site already. If you haven't, now's the perfect time to give it a try. Packed with free games and videos, <a href="http://www.starfall.com">Starfall</a> is designed to introduce children to reading and improve their early literacy skills. You'll also find seasonal features and a few counting games. This is a great site to introduce little ones to computers - a precursor to the 21st Century Learning curriculum to come.
The 2013-2014 school year is nearly upon us. If your household is anything like mine, that means there are shopping bags filled with school supplies absolutely everywhere. And more to come. Collecting it all feels like a pernickety scavenger hunt: “3 notebooks – spiral, not bound! With plastic covers – red only!” Now that the... Read more »
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Science fiction brought to life: Augment your reality with these 4 apps

Science fiction brought to life: Augment your reality with these 4 apps
Augmented reality might seem better suited to a Sci Fi movie than a walk down the block, but tech companies are coming up with some creative ways to apply the technology to daily life. By using digital and mobile media to enhance the physical space around us – either by adding elements that aren’t actually... Read more »
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