Socializing by App Discovery

Lately I’ve been pondering on a new idea/concept, the idea, a social networking service for app discovery. What I imagined is an app with a layout like Instagram. I began my journey by searching the App Store for an app like what I imagined, I had no luck. I turned to the web after that, and still, not much luck. I found a few websites that offered similar concepts but none caught my eye. So I tried again, searching the App Store, and then the web, and finally, I found it. Hubbl is not exactly what I had in mind, but pretty darn close. I haven’t used it enough to write a review, but I hope everyone gives it a try.

The “Trial” Folder

When you download an app where does it go? Do you put it in a folder, or maybe just put it on a certain page, maybe you don’t care where it is. For me, I like to organize my apps with folders. I have a “Games” folder, a “Social” folder, an “Apple Apps” folder, you get the idea. In the past when I downloaded an app I put it in the folder it i thought belonged in. Though, about six months ago, I realized that those new apps weren’t used that much, therefore, when I needed them, I didn’t know how to use them, or I didn’t really like them. So I came up with a system, whenever I download an app, it goes on “trial”, in the “Trial” folder. Now I could see what apps needed some attention or experience. If I liked the app, it eventually made it out, and into a new folder. This helped a lot with making sure I liked an app before I kept it and eventually forgot about it until I needed it. I recommend doing this to everyone. All you need to do is make a new folder and give it a creative name, I chose “Trial”, maybe you could name it “Recently Downloaded”, whatever you chose. Then, when you get a new app, put it in there for awhile, see how you like it. If you’re one of those people who don’t use folders, make it a page, you just won’t be able to name it. I hope everyone gives this a try, if you have an idea for a name, leave it in the comments below.

iPads and Studying

Today at end the end of our lesson in health we were given a choice, to study for the quiz we have tomorrow, or, whatever else we wanted. We had about twenty minutes until the end of class, enough time to study and do whatever else we wanted. Since most of us had our iPads, I saw many people start to play their games or do something else on their iPad. Some people read, tried to sleep, texted, or just sat there. I remember thinking myself “who would study, this stuff is super easy”. Though I actually spent about five to ten minutes looking over the material posted on the class website. What I found interesting though, is that I don’t think a single person other than me studied during class. We had two choices, and the majority of the class chose to play games, while other people did whatever. My question is, if this was a more difficult class, maybe biology or algebra, would the choice to do whatever or study be different? I’d hope so. Maybe some people did try to study but having the temptation of the iPad, book, or relaxing desk right there was too strong.

Digital Badges

Recently I became interested in the idea of digital badges and social networking in the classroom. I haven’t yet looked into the social networking but plan to in the near future. I first looked at classbadges.com, then at Purdue’s Passport Profile. Along the way I grazed over Mozilla’s Open Badges, but I didn’t get any “vibes” from it. After about a week of searching I found ClassDojo. I played around with it until I was sure it was the one I like most. I created several classes and fiddled around with them using the teacher, student, and parent interfaces. I thought ClassDojo was simple, fun, and effective. Teachers can create their classes, add students, create badges, take attendance, give students and parents codes, and create student reports. Some my favorite feature are that once students have their codes, they may sing in and create their own custom avatar. Another is that there is an app for ClassDojo, but it is currently available for the teacher only. If you’re looking for a way to make class more interactive and fun, I defiantly recommend ClassDojo.

Below is the Student Introduction, though I found this useful to help me understand ClassDojo a bit more. View the ClassDojo Prezi Here.