Tuesday, November 1, 2011

There's an App for That!

You hear this phrase quite often if you own a smartphone and enjoy downloading apps. The majority of people out there wonder: how do you exactly go about finding THE app that you really want without paying a hefty price?

Depends on what type of app you want...

If you are an educator, which most of the people I encounter on a daily basis are, check out this Livebinder full of places to find the best educational app for your/your students' needs: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=36989. It might take you some time to go through the different areas of the binder, so start small.

If you are an app-enthusiast, and would rather use an app to find apps: try "appbzr". This app allows you to view several many different categories of apps: Entertainment, games, music, productivity, educational, social networking, sports, travel, books, finance, news, medical....just to name a few. The features on this app include: Top 100 Apps, Hot Apps, Price Drops, New Apps, Updates, and you can create your own lists to organize your interests.

If you prefer to read online reviews about apps: go to: http://appreview.com/ and http://www.appcraver.com/.

Quick tips:
  1. Always read the reviews, especially if it is an app which has been around for a year or so. If the creator hasn't been updating to work out the 'bugs', probably not worth your money or time to use.
  2. Keep up with the updates. Don't disregard an app because it doe not function exactly as you wish at first. That is the beauty of apps--the updates!
  3. Create folders on your phone or iPad to organize your apps. You simply press down on the app until it 'wiggles', bring two apps together and it will form a 'folder' for you. You can drag any other apps you wish to your folders.
  4. Take a screenshot of the app you are using. (This is useful if your friend doesn't believe that you passed that angry bird level you've been working on.) Simultaneously press the on / off switch and the center home button at the same time. You will notice an on-screen flash. If you have sound enabled, you will hear a camera click.
  5. Have fun! Choose apps that are well worth your time and inspire you to learn!

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