Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Creating ePubs on the fly

"dotEPUB is software in the cloud that allows you to convert any webpage into an e-book."

Friends know I am an avid reader, and have many books around me at all times. Lately though, I find that I am reading more and more on my iPad. (I think I am hitting about 50% with the eVersions starting to win out!) It's easy to find content with all the eBookstores, but what about creating my own? One handicap has been the process of creating ePubs (the format I prefer on my Stanza app.) I know I can create ePubs using the latest version of Pages (which I don't have) or by running a conversion in Calibre. But what about doing it on the fly?

This is why I was so excited to find "dotePub" the other day. This tool works via a bookmarklet, great for my laptop or desktop, but it also works on the iPad itself. How perfect is that! Simply visit the site, add the bookmarklet to your menu bar, and start converting.

You can view "how to videos" on the site as well.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Music App for iTouch, iPad

here's a great iTouch/iPad app I found:

Slow Down Music Player"
(Web site here)

Here are some of the specs
  1. Change tuning or musical key 
  2. Loop phrases or entire song 
  3. Easy to define and save phrases 
  4. 4 beat count in gives you time to move your hands back to your instrument 
  5. Displays elapsed and remaining time 
  6. Quickly cue song to play any where you want 
  7. Seamless integration with your devices built in iPod Music player allows you to access your entire music library! 

 The app is "free", but if you want to listen to more than 2 or 3 songs, then it costs $2.99 to upgrade. Could be a real boon to music teachers and music students. A great tool for learning a part or for analyzing a particular passage of music.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    QR Codes...everywhere!

    QR Code to our list of Library Catalogs.
    I've seen so much about QR codes on LM-NET these days, I thought I'd give them a plug here. They are a great way to raise the profile of your library program and give your displays a "cutting edge" feel.

    Use them to point kids to your catalog, to reviews, to booktrailers and other interesting extras that connect with the materials you have in your collection. You could even make short video tutorials for equipment in your library, or how to create bibliographies, or....the sky's the limit. One recommendation was to create T-shirts graphics where the QR code is to the library website.

    Check out the comic below from the daring librarian.


    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    What iPad apps are you using?

    My district is looking at ways to integrate iPads into classroom instruction (like everyone else!) and I would like to "pick the collective brain" out there. I've put together a Google form (with a link to the resulting spreadsheet so everyone can see the contributions.) 

    Suggest your fav iPad Apps for classroom use by going to http://t.co/q4bDG9C .

    (You can view the spreadsheet as it's being populated here: http://bit.ly/gquHAz )

    You can download the results as an excel and then sort it any way you want (by price, by subject, by name.)