Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Yousician, Learn a Musical Instrument with this App!




This blog is for you music students! For those who want to learn a new instrument or those who just want to improve their musical instrument skills, this app is perfect for you! Do you ever sit in your guitar lesson and just wonder what the teacher is telling you? This app can help you master your instrument and others! The instruments supported are pianos, guitars, basses, and ukuleles. You can master all of these instruments out of the classroom and show your teacher/class how dedicated and passionate you are about your task at hand! There are over 1,500 exercises built into this app to truly give you the upper hand. The app will give you instant feedback and step by step tutorials based on your level of expertise. Download Yousician as your personal music teacher today!

Shebin Chacko
Class of 2018

Duolingo, Learn a Language!



Ever wanted to learn another language, but your schedule was already full with classes and another foreign language? Well, here is Duolingo to the rescue! This app will take you step by step to learn and master a new language! The languages this program offers are Spanish, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Hindi, and much more! This app allows you to set your own goals daily, which means no more people on your back about meeting a certain learning target by a specific date! The app is available on IOS, Android, and even Windows! Be proactive and learn another language! Learning a new language gives you a step ahead of those who don't! Download now!

Shebin Chacko
Class of 2018



Elevate: Brain Training App

Do you ever feel overwhelmed and as if your brain just isn't powerful enough? Do you think you've tried everything? Well, if you've never heard of the app Elevate - Brain Training, then you clearly haven't! Elevate is one of the most helpful apps when it comes to brain training! This app single handedly helps improve your focus, speaking abilities, math skills, and much more! The research shows, “Users who train at least 3 times per week have reported dramatic gains and increased confidence.” Download this app today on iOS for great improvements mentally and hopefully in that gradebook!


Shebin Chacko
Class of 2018



Monday, April 24, 2017

MyBusVue: Track your bus ahead of time!

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Do you like waiting in the cold mornings for your bus to come? Obviously not, that's why there is the MyBusVue app. This app tracks the location of your bus telling you how far it is. The app is available to download for free on both Apple and Android phones. With this app you can add multiple routes, stops, and schools, like for example having one for the morning bus and one for after school.

With this app you can set notifications for when the bus is nearby and get instant emails. This app emails you when the bus is seven minutes away, two minutes away, and when the bus has arrived at your stop. Another feature this app has is Z Pass, this feature (depending on your school) allows you to swipe in when you enter and exit the bus. With Z Pass, parents would get a notification on their phone when the kids swipe in. Overall, this convenient app is made to help students plan their arrival and departure by knowing exactly when the bus will arrive.

Zunair Muhammad
Senior Tech Leader

Quizlet: The Source to Wisdom

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Have you ever needed to memorize a list of vocabulary words and did not have flashcards at home? Well now there is Quizlet. This is a website where you can make sets of flashcards and share them with others. Quizlet is also a free app that you can download on either an Apple or Android phone. Once you make your flashcards you get the options of having: one side shown or both, hear the words and definitions being read, make quizzes, and play fun games like scatter and race. Quizlet also allows you to choose your privacy settings so no one can access your set. Alongside making flashcards, teachers can make live games and have students join with codes. This is known as Quizlet Live and makes learning more interactive. Quizlet is a fun and easier way of learning new vocabulary words from either your computer, phone, or in class against your fellow peers.

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By Zunair Muhammad

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dictanote

nFNw7IJ.pngWhen it comes to note taking, typing is always better than writing because, it is faster and you don't have to feel the pain of a pencil between your fingers. But, have you ever wondered if there’s something even better and faster than typing? That’s where Dictanote comes handy. It is a full featured text editor with a multi-language speech recognizer. It supports over 25 languages and allows you to create a document faster than you could ever do by typing. It recognizes your speech and converts it into a text with a font style of your choice.

This app is fully cloud based which saves all your stuff on their servers so you don’t have to worry about losing them. You can create your own ‘Classroom’ on it and add notes according to the classrooms or other different categories. You can also save screenshots within the notes. If you’re confused as to where you last left off, you can just hit play and listen to all your notes if you don’t feel like reading them.

It also checks and fixes any writing mistakes. It is a great app to take notes and it’s completely free. So, next time you don’t have to carry a bunch of paper notes and spend a lot of time finding them. Just open the app on your Chromebook or smartphone and you’re good to go.

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Sohaib Hakim

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Diigo Web Collector


Have you ever found yourself printing webpages out just to highlight important information? Diigo Web Collector solves this problem by allowing you to highlight right in the browser. You can add sticky notes and reminders to a page as if you were writing straight into a book. You can even share your annotations with others to create a study group over the internet. As long as you have the extension you can access your annotations on any device. This could be used for adding notes and reminders to research pages. You could completely cut out the process of printing out tens of pages for a research project and instead keep it all saved on your account.

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Tom McDonagh

Turn Off the Lights


Have you ever watched a video late at night on your computer, but it’s too bright even at the lowest brightness? The extension Turn Off the Lights might help with that. Whenever you watch a video on YouTube, Vimeo, or most other video streaming websites, you can click on the extension’s icon and it will dim the rest of the website so that it’s easier to focus on watching the video.

There are also other settings with the extension that lets you customize your watching experience, such as automatically dimming the page and un-dimming when the video is over, changing the darkness level, and adding a dynamic color screen behind the video.

Sure, you can just watch the video in fullscreen, but if you don’t always want to, this extension also focuses the video and helps you ignore the rest of the page for the best viewing experience.



Franklin Moy

Codeanywhere


Programming on a Chromebook can be a difficult task as stock Chromebooks are not able to install anything other than extensions. Codeanywhere allows you to connect to Github, Dropbox, or any FTP/SFTP server to program away from your main computer. Codeanywhere allows for quick easy changes to code that you can keep in the cloud to save you on space. Saving in the cloud also enables you to make changes from multiple devices without having to worry about making sure that the version of your code is up to date. It even features autocomplete for languages like HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, Python and PHP.

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Tom McDonagh

DDR5 RAM


RAM stands for Random Access Memory.  RAM is a way of temporarily keeping data somewhere that the computer can go back to and read very quickly.  For example, RAM is needed when you launch an application on your computer because your HDD or Hard Disk Drive is too slow to be able to keep up with supplying your computer with the data it needs, RAM fills in this gap in performance. It is, what is called volatile memory so any data on it would just be deleted once you power off your computer.  So don’t get any ideas if you were thinking, ‘why don’t we just  use it to store data instead of Hard Drives?’.  


JEDEC, the organization that defines and standardizes the computer memory standards, has announced that the next generation of RAM, DDR5 will have double the speed of current DDR4 RAM. This will allow better overclocking on newer CPUs and expand the maximum amount of RAM that a system can have. DDR4 was finalized in 2012 but was not released and available in the market until 2015. Although they stated it will be finalized in 2018, as it was with DDR4, it is planned to be available a little later in 2020. It is estimated that DDR5 will continue to be the fastest RAM available until 2025.  All of this is important because the faster your RAM is the faster your computer will feel.

Tom McDonagh



Monday, April 17, 2017

iScanner: Turn your pictures into PDFs


Have you ever been absent and need to turn in a really important assignment? Well now there is the iScanner app, available for free on all current Apple and Android phones. With this app you can turn any picture into an PDF! It is free to download and makes sending work faster. Once you open the app and click on the +, the camera will open. With this app you have the option to set the picture to auto or manual. When the camera setting is on auto, it detects the borders and takes the picture, leaving you with the option to edit. On the manual setting, once the picture is taken it gives you the right to choose your borders and crop the image as much as you need to.

Once the picture of the document is set, it gives you the option of making it a PDF or JPEG file. After you have decided on that, you can send it out to: fax, email, email yourself, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Yandex.Disk, Box, and OneDrive. Besides sharing it out to those locations, you can save it in your camera roll, open it with another app, and print it out on spot. iScanner does offer the pro edition which allows you to save unlimited PDFs, unlike the free version which only lets you save three at a time.

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Zunair Muhammad
Senior Tech Leader

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Codecademy

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As we live in a busy world we want to do something but we can’t simply do it because we’re too busy for it, we often wish there was an easier way to get what we want. If you’re a computer geek and want to learn about computer programming but you’re too caught up on other things such as school and homework, then we have a solution for you.

Codecademy, a cloud-based computer programming school where you can learn any kind of computer programmings such as Web Development, App Development, and Ubuntu. It contains a big variety of programming languages to learn such as HTML, CSS, Java, PHP, and even Python.

Their friendly interface helps you learn to program in a very fun way. It has a console where you type your code and instructions on the left, and if you’re stuck, it gives you the hints. Also, you don’t have to worry about losing your data if you’re in a hurry and have to go without closing your console properly, it saves all your work on its cloud technology as you type. You can also download their app on your iPhone or Android so you can continue typing your code from where you left off on your PC.

By Sohaib Hakim