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Monday, June 9, 2014

23 Mobile Things- Thing 23- Evaluation

Go back to your thoughts/ideas about mobile devices and apps.  Has anything changed as a result of this experience?
There are more mobile apps out there than I ever dreamed possible.  As a result of 23 Mobile Things, I'm alot more confident in my skills and knowledge in using mobile apps.

What were your favorite Things and discoveries?
Thing 12 (Books)
Thing 20 (Games)
Thing 22 (Discovering apps)

How did you connect with others doing the 23 Mobile Things?
I read and commented on other peoples' 23 Mobile Things blogs.  I also used social media mobile apps such as Facebook and Pinterest.

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Quixey was a great find.  I didn't realize there was a search engine devoted specifically for apps.
I realized there are apps for things I never expected there to be an app for. 

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or content?
I can't think of anything.  This was a great learning opportunity.  If you have access to multiple mobile devices, that's better because some apps are only for Apple or only for Androids.  Also some apps work better on tablets than on mobile phones.  Having a more current version of your device is also useful.  Occasionally, I'd run across into some Android app that didn't work because my version is older.

If we offered another 23 Things program like this in the future would you participate?
Definitely yes.

How would you describe your learning experience in one word or in one sentence, so we could use your words to promote 23 Things learning activities to others?

Free Professional Development opportunity that will quickly make you more tech savvy

Addendum to Thing 21- Moves App

The Moves app is another app I'd recommend if you are into tracking your walking, cycling, or running.  It is available for both Android and iPhone.  It has a built in pedometer that can count your steps.  There is also a map feature to see the paths you took.

23 Mobile Things- Thing 22- Discovering Apps

I found Quixey to be a useful source for finding apps for a given type of device.  You can search for a specific type of app or just browse to see what's currently popular.  I was happy to find that there is a Quixey app for Androids.

I also had fun using the Droid of the Day app and looking through the list of the 100 Best Android Apps of 2014.  While, I probably won't be using most of the suggested apps in the near future, I had fun learning about the wide diversity of good apps available. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

23 Mobile Things- Thing 21- Free-for-all

It's hard to think of apps I enjoy that were not covered in the 23 Things modules because it is so comprehensive already.  In Thing 4 (Keeping Up), I would add Feedly to the list.  Feedly is a popular RSS feed reader and one I use regularly.  It's similar to the formerly popular but now extinct Google Reader.  It's easy to use and you can sort your feeds into various categories and save posts to read for later.  For Thing 20 (Games), I would add Words With Friends to the list. It's a word game very similar to Scrabble where you invite your Facebook friends or Twitter followers to play with you.  If I think of any other great apps I'll let you know.

23 Mobile Things- Thing 20- Games

I had alot of fun exploring new games and downloading apps of my favorite games on my Android.  Bubble Mania and Candy Crush Saga are both very popular but this was my first time playing these.  I found both to be highly addictive.  Candy Crush saga is similar in some ways to Bejeweled Blitz, one of my favorite games for killing time.  Candy Crush saga though, is even better as it adds more new twists and levels.  I also tried the Frogger game.  That one was really frustrating.  It was difficult enough getting one frog home let alone all five.  I tried downloading Take Ten from the Google Play Store and when I opened the app, the text was in Russian!  I'm not sure how that happened, I'm guessing it's some sort of glitch.  One of my favorite card games is Cribbage and I was happy to find a good free Android app for it.