Enter D'Apps I'm using this site to gain competence with technologies that I intend to utilize in the classroom. My college is doing a pretty good job teaching traditional methods, however, I only have one instructional media class and I believe that 21st century students should learn with 21st century technology. When I begin my teaching career, I want to integrate technology starting on the first day, and the only way I'll be able to do that is to start practicing now. I'll use blogs in the classroom for communicating with parents and daily roving reporting by students. Students will also have the option to write on their own blog. Over the next couple of years I'll model how I'll use use blogging in the classroom on this site. Please check out my other sites concerning Handhelds and Podcasting.

Monday, January 29, 2007


New App: SequenceM and Video

This is the sequencing app I started to work on last term. I even had the opportunity to use an unfinished version in a class room with good results.

*collection of 20+ premade sequences-Download Here
*evaluation check button
*create new sequence
*beam application
*beam Record
*export to memo
*print sequence

Although I messed up the aspect ratio again, here is a video for some basic usage. If you are unable to view the video off my site his is the YouTube Link.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


Giveaway of the Day

Giveaway of the Day is a site that caught my attention just before the New Year. The site, in conjunction with the developer, makes a piece of windows commercial software free for the day. Giveaway of the Day also has an extensive freeware section where I found some pretty cool image morphing, image resizing, screen recording, and .avi splitting freeware.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Addition Update

The list of apps that have the installer added help prevent beaming problems is:

Change Counter
DD Multiplication (which has record keeping, IR Printing, and Export to Memo Capabilities)
qNp MATH (which has record keeping, IR Printing, and Export to Memo Capabilities)

Over the summer I plan to add record keeping and IR printing capabilities to Change Counter, Addition, Subtraction, and others. This may involve a complete rewrite of apps like Addition and Subtraction to increase speed using strategies I learned after I had completed them.

A note on IR Printing: I'm using Palm Print software and an Actisys IR100MP print adapter. I'm looking at trying to develop my own IR printing run but so far that's way beyond my capabilities. It involves using Ir COMM programming and then interfacing it with your app and the different IR printers and Adapters. I'm pretty much at the bottom of steep mountain and looking up. Palm Print is fairly expensive. I believe one possibility for using it in the classroom and keeping the cost down is to created a relay procedure.

Relay Procedure:
1. Students create record on their handheld.
2. Student beams record from their to a dedicated printer handheld.
3. Student beams record on the dedicated printer handheld


Periodic Table of Visualization

Christine Tomasino's latest post on efriendlylearning links to the Periodic Table of Visualization.

This one is definitely sidebar worthy.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


The Beaming Issues......

There have been a few reported problems with Mass Classroom Beamings of my applications. Over the next month I'll be implementing the same solution to my applications that I've already placed on Double Digit Multiplication, Jumble, and Rounding. My main goal is %100 prevention of "lib not found" messages from occuring at the start of a lesson. The downside is the addional weight of a file on the handheld. Fortuanately, memory has increased substantially on handhelds and this installer file can be deleted when it is no longer needed if space is an issue. The installer file icon disappears from the Palm Screen upon intial use of the application and can be beamed from within the application itself or from Palm's onboard screen page.

1-10-07 Subtraction has been updated. (please note that downloads for previous versions are being deleted.)

Today's new additions are the Change Counter Application which has had a level 3 Apply added to it and the new qNp MATH. The new scenario for Change Counter was requested in the LearninginHand forums over a year ago. qNp MATH is a basic math quizzer that allows for record keeping and IR Printing. I've been using this app tutoring in my daughter school. Kids love IR Printing.

I'll try to do an update a day, but this month will be particulary busy for me because of a double-paced class and the February 1st due-date of my portfolio and application for Student Teaching in the fall.

Friday, January 05, 2007


Double Digit Multiplication video

I'm new to Youtube and Putfile and I'm really enjoying figuring them out. Hopefully, I get the aspect ratio right next time.

Here is the download for the application: Double Digit Multiplication Application .

Click on the highligted text to view the Video located on PUTFILE.com for the Double Digit Multiplication application if you are unable to veiw the video in the brower.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


5 Things Response

Tony Vincent has a fun request up on LearningInHand for fellow bloggers to post 5 little known facts about themselves on their websites. HMMMMM, I think this would be really fun to do in the classroom with kids and their handhelds at the beginning of the school year.

Anyways, here are mine.

1. My father was in the military and as I result I went to 13 different elementary schools in Virginia, Germany, and Michigan before I was in the 4th grade.

2. I was a blacksmith for 11 years, starting out at the ripe old age of 14.

3. After starting out studying architecture, I eventually wound up with a degree in Political Science

4. I've been a hopeless C-Span junkie for a very long time.

5. Like Tony, I have a fantastic 11 year old cat named Tucker. My wife and I got the name from the 90's song Tucker's Town by Hootie and the Blowfish.

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