Interactive Image: My Summer 2014 Tech Travel Pack and more


Interactive Image: My Summer 2014 Tech Travel Pack

Interactive Image: My Summer 2014 Tech Travel Pack

My summer travel plan is in full effect.

Destinations
  1. Akron, Ohio
  2. Washington, DC
  3. New York, NY
  4. Montreal, Quebec
  5. Cairo, Egypt
This is a shorter trip than trips in the past and I've tried to cut down on packing. However, I still have a need to have my technology when I travel. I like to document the sights and sounds and just tech out new gadgets.

With that in mind, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you ... my Summer 2014 Tech Travel Pack!

I used Thinglink for this interactive image, so just click on the icon that correlates with the item to hear more about the item.



    


My Favorite iPad Apps :: Part 3 of 3

My Favorite iPad Apps :: Part 3 of 3

The apps in this short series are in my regular rotation - I use them daily.

Evernote logo borrowed from Assistive Technology

Evernote: A note-taking application.

Pros:

  • This app has proven useful for me for grocery lists. I make the grocery list on one device and then make sure I sync devices before heading to the grocery store. The inclusion of the check box is simple yet helpful.
  • I audio record my students presentations, usually about 5 minutes. I also tag the notes and they're easy to access for grading.
  • For taking notes, meeting minutes and outlining presentations, it's nice to have some formatting options like italicizing and indentation.
  • My Instagram pics are automatically synced to Evernote thanks to ifttt.
  • The Evernote app is great for capturing business cards and organizing them, however, make sure you double check the details to make sure that it's correct.
  • Before I travel, I use Evernote Clipper to capture and file notes on places to go and things to do. I assume that I won't have Internet access and I'll activate Evernote Premium to access the folder offline.
  • I don't really use a calendar/task app, I sync my Google Calendar with my iPhone/iPad. Simple and easy. I also don't use the reminder option since I use that feature exclusively with Google Calendar.


Cons:

  • I think the paid platform is too expensive for what you get and have access to.
  • With the paid platform, you get offline access, however, you have to download and sync in advance. Depending on the size of the notebook that you want to access offline, it could take some time for it to download.
  • I know that Evernote and Moleskin have a happy relationship, however, I have the Evernote Notebook by Moleskin and I'm not seeing the big difference between it and any other notebook.

Evernote is available for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

I hope that you've enjoyed the My Favorite iPad Apps series. Please share your thoughts on the Evernote app and the other apps in the series in the comments.

    

Music Monday 167 :: Snoop Dogg "Gin & Juice" LIVE w/The Roots

Music Monday 167 :: Snoop Dogg "Gin & Juice" LIVE w/The Roots

Just in time for summer ... a live concert performance of what will surely be a classic (a little premature to make that claim; at least in my book).

This is not my favorite song, but I do love a party starter and this is that. And to have this performance backed up by The Roots, who I love unconditionally, is certainly one way to win me over.



    


It's not too late to get in shape ... not for summer, but for life!

It's not too late to get in shape ... not for summer, but for life!

It's typical for me to troll YouTube seeking workout videos. My preference is for vids that are short but effective. Sometimes I want to move, but I don't have the energy. Other times, I want high impact.

The FitnessBlender vids are interesting. They're usually short, but you will do either 2 or 3 rounds - or you can just do what you have time to do or what you can do.

The instructions are perfect and of course there's the visual to help offer guidance as well.

This particular vid is great because you have a bit of a pause between each 40-second exercise; and there are eight (8) exercises in the round. It ends up being about 22 minutes in total.

So get movin and give it a try.

Beginner Boot Camp Workout -- Easy Toning & Low Impact Cardio Workout


    

My Favorite iPad Apps :: Part 2 of 3

My Favorite iPad Apps :: Part 2 of 3

The apps in this short series are in my regular rotation - I use them daily.

Stitcher logo borrowed from EdReach.us

Stitcher Radio: Stitcher is a way to organize your podcast listening.

Pros:

  • There are lots of categories to chose from, keeps track of listening stats, sync across devices, offers suggested listening.
  • I have created playlists such as my favs, media, etc. It's nice to hear the various podcasts back to back.
  • Typically, I begin my Stitcher use by listening to the headlines especially for AP Radio News. The AP newscasts are about 3 minutes.
  • You can opt-in to get notifications when new episodes of your favorites are available.
  • When you sign up and sign in on the desktop app, it's syncs your account so that you can pick up where you left off.


Cons:

  • There are many podcasts to chose from, but surprisingly not all podcasts are available on the platform. 
  • The options to 'thumbs up' and 'thumbs down' a podcast is a bit too small.
  • The description is much larger than the 'play' button. They could easily give equal space so that the 'play' button is easy to access.
  • There are some advertisements that run between podcasts. So far, it's not too annoying. However, if you do find it annoying, Stitcher has a paid non-ad platform.

Stitcher Radio is available for the iPad and the iPhone.

Please check back next Thursday for the last installation of My Favorite iPad Apps. And please add your comments about your experience with Stitcher Radio.
    


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