Category Archives: iOS

iOS: Khan Academy

I have recenly begun picking up my 6th grade granddaughter from school and occasionally helping her with her homework. Working with her made me notice an announcement a few days ago that Khan Academy now has an iPad App that allows free viewing of it’s videos.

What is Khan Academy? As Wikipedia says:

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization’s website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world.

In the past few days the free Khan Academy iPad App has become available with access to over 150,000 exercises. I downloaded the App to my iPad and watched one of the videos yesterday (6th grade Algebra on inequalities). I think the video was well done and will be of value to my granddaughter or other students. There are many videos in each grade level to choose from including math, science, history and art.

I plan to watch some of the history videos as that is a subject I am interested in and had far too little of in school. If you are wanting to supplement formal K-12 education, or you are interested in learning just for the sake of learning, Khan Academy is a great place to start.

See my other iOS  and Continuing Education (CE) articles

The Evernote App

Updated 3/7/16

I have been an avid user of Evernote now for several years. What is Evernote?

Evernote is a way to collect and organize notes, ideas, web articles, handwritten notes, photos, and much more. Best of all it is cross platform – Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android. Evernote has a Free, as well as a Premium ($5/month) and Business ($10/month) plan. I have been using the Free plan thus far and I have been very satisfied with it.

Evernote allows you to set up Notebooks, then add notes to those notebooks. The Notes can be Notes created within Evernote, photos or clippings from web pages. I have the Evernote Web Clipper installed in Safari (it is also available for Firefox and Chrome). That gives me a button added to the Safari header which allows me to clip (anything from just the URL to the entire Web page) from web pages that I visit. This is a great way to collect information for later use. I save recipes, technical articles, and just sites that I am interested in.

I have a separate Notebook for each of the topic areas that I am writing about so that articles I find can be saved for later use. The great thing is that everything I save while I am on my Mac Mini is also available on my iPad and iPhone.

One of my Notebooks is just for Books and Reading. I have a Note there that lists all of the books that I own and that I have read. That makes it easier on the rare occasion that I go into a used book store. I can easily look up what I have and have not read by an author. I have also seen books at the brick and mortar stores that I am interested in, but want the eBook. So I just use the camera within the iOS Evernote App to take a picture of the book cover with my iPhone and save it to my Book Notebook. That way I have all the information I need for later to try and find the eBook.

All in all I find this to be one of the most essential apps whether for OS X or iOS.

I came across this article on how to use templates to make Evernote even more productive. If you use Evernote, these are good ideas.

See my other Mac OS X and iOS articles

iOS – Neato

Screen-Shot-2014-11-04-at-9.59.37-PM-640x556I came across the app Neato today and gave it a try. This app installs into Notification Center as a notepad. This is the first widget I have added to my iPhone since updating to iOS 8.1. I have played with this app a little now and I think it will be useful. I often go for walks and listen to podcasts. This little app will let me jot down anything that I hear and want to remember – no longer will I have to remember pen and paper. It is also useful to make notes at anytime regardless of what else you are doing on your iPhone.

A further advantage is that Neato integrates with Evernote and Dropbox (both of which I consider essential applications to iOS and OS X devices), allowing notes to be sent to either of those for later use. You can also send tweets, emails or text messages from the App. The app is currently free on the App Store and I highly recommend it.

See all of my iOS posts