Friday, April 10, 2015

Manage your PowerPoint Presentations on Android Office Remote

Microsoft has brought the Office Remote features from Windows Phone to Android. Microsoft's latest Android app let you control a PowerPoint presentation that is on a PC with your phone or tablet. This app really has two parts:

  • A Desktop Office Add-In, which you install on the PC your projector is connected to (NOTE: The PC must have Bluetooth for this to work.)
  • A mobile app that you install on your Android device.

If your PC does not have Bluetooth built in, you can buy a USB Bluetooth adapter to plug into the PC.

Office Remote allows you to navigate slides and view speaker notes for PowerPoints. It also allows you to navigate through Excel worksheets by swiping on your phone. You can also navigate through Word documents from your phone.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A New Live Streaming App

Apple has recently launched a new live-streaming app, Periscope, which is owned by Twitter. Periscope allows you to live-stream video to the world, anywhere, at any time. As soon as you start live-streaming, the app notifies all of your followers, who can join in your stream and experience the world through your eyes.

A screenshot of what the Periscope
app looks like opened inside an
iPhone. Source:
With all types of customizable options, like privacy, notifications, and how long your want your archived broadcast to appear to other viewers, Periscope really opens doors in terms of two-way communication and sharing.

Users have the ability to press the "lock" icon on the screen, which essentially makes your broadcast private. You can choose who you want to invite to watch your broadcast (like a professor, inviting his/her students), but it is important to press this button before every broadcast that you want to be private. Much like other social media platforms, Periscope offers a search box to find users, but also gives suggestions and hints on who to follow, to get you started.

As with any new app, it is most important to explore all of the settings and configure them to what will work best for you - the user.

Of course it’s new, so technological bugs are still being worked out, but this could change the way professors interact with their students, and how students can share news with one another. In a university setting, the options really are limitless with a mobile application like this. In terms of sharing information, knowledge, and course material, an app like this could really aid in teaching when used appropriately. It might be worth a look in due time!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mobile App: PhotoMath

XDA-Developers has posted a thoughtful review of a new mobile app named "PhotoMath". While there are plenty of calculator apps out there (and even MyScript Calculator, which lets you hand write in simple problems), PhotoMath takes a different approach. This app uses the camera on your smartphone to analyze equations. This turns the camera on your smartphone into a tool you can use to analyze where you made a mistake. It does not simply show the answer, but also the steps along the way to solving the equation. When encouraged to use this app in the proper way, it could be a nice study tool for low level Math classes. I suggest you give this review a look: