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Stephen Fry Launches Pindex, a “Pinterest for Education”

Pindex is also known as “a Pinterest for education”, making use of the powerful educational tool that the Internet can be.

Pindex is able to create educational videos for students and teachers. Stephen Fry was responsible for providing creative direction and is also the voice to one of the first videos.

Other videos focus on science and technology including drones and robots. John Leaver, one of the co-founders, explained that the idea of Pindex came from the same boring material that his daughter would bring home from school. He wanted to make topics more engaging and allow teachers to share their best material.

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While Fry has been involved with other significant projects such as Pushnote and Summly, he is planning to invest a lot of time to Pindex. He wants to make sure he creates high quality material. As Pindex grows, it will be using material from external makers such as Youtube bloggers. That way, their audience can expand as well as get insight from any other sources.

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BenchPrep

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Are you a student who is not a fan of tests? Do you wish you could have a chance to improve your test taking skills? Now you can, with the new app BenchPrep! This app is an online learning platform built to help students prepare for all sorts of tests. Tests like: standardized tests, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, SAT, and much more. The goal behind BenchPrep is to make studying be accessible and personalized for everyone whether it is through smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Thanks to BenchPrep’s interactive learning environment that it provides, it allows the users to study anywhere at any time. Students are given access to rich materials from a variety of different publishers, all at their fingertips.

BenchPrep creates a unique and  interactive learning environment. It allows students to study any time. It is the only test prep solution that allows students to study on the internet, using IOS or Android. With BenchPrep, students can access material from a number of different publishers in one place. A student can pay one fee and keep using the app again and again throughout the course of their academic career.

One of the greatest things about BenchPrep is the flexibility it provides for its users. For those who started on the tests on computer and happen to run out of time before completing, no worries! You can continue with your study on another computer or any other device and continue where you last left off.

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Free Educational Apps – Available Today

Now is your chance to download iPad apps that are normally on sale, but are free for a limited time. These educational apps are designed to help students with reading course documents and creating job resumes.

PDF- Scanner

The Smart PDF Scanner (regularly priced at $4.99) has a variety of different features to meet student scanning needs. This app allows students to scan documents even in poor lighting conditions. The app is designed to automatically detect the page edges. Smart PDF Scanner has an excellent tagging system, which helps students organize scanned documents under color-coded categories for easy browsing. If students need to share their scanned documents, Smart PDF Scanner allows students to export their scans in different formats, such as PDFs.

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Resume Maker

Resume Maker is an iPad app that helps students easily create professionally looking resumes. The app is also available for free for a limited time (regularly priced at $2.99). The app provides students with a variety of beautiful pre-made resume and cover letter templates. Students can just add their own information. Resume Maker is also connected to LinkedIn, so resumes can instantly be imported to students LinkedIn profile.

With the help of these apps students are able to have a work space at the palm of their hand. These apps are free for a limited time. Enjoy!

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Paper App

Taking notes is an important part of getting an education. This is a way for students to not only retain knowledge (through writing notes) and a way to look back on lesson information. Paper is an app that is available for iPhones and iPads through the iTunes App store. This app allows you to take notes to the next level.

The main idea behind this app is being able to organize ideas and courses into what they call “spaces”. With this, you can create an array of different notes which include a multitude of different graphics in which you can manipulate.

One of the features is adding a photo that you can take, or have taken and by using a precise stylus, you can spotlight details and make pen strokes on the photo. Underneath, you can put a note or caption of what the photo means or what the spotlight means. This app also has a multitude of ways to create diagrams. You can create shapes using continuous movement, draw lines and arrows by taping the blue arrows at the end of the lines, fill shapes by dragging the stylus to create a freeform fill (this is especially useful if you are trying to make a graph and want a filled area), and duplicate shapes.

All of these features allow for maximum note taking for students. You can go beyond normal words, but also duplicate important graphs or tables that the teacher had already created on the board. This app can also be a one stop shop as a planner of what you need to complete for your courses as it also has a feature to create to-do lists. All of this information is easily accessible through iPad and iPhones with a simple account.

On their website (www.fiftythree.com) they have a “pencil” or stylus, available to purchase.

The iPads in Arts and Sciences Blog

iPads in A&S is a great blog dedicated to providing help, advice, and tutorials on using the iPad in an educational setting. The blog is run by the University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences. Although some information is specific to the university and/or department, it’s still a very valuable tool and can help out with a variety of situations you and your iPad may get into:

As you may be able to tell, this site provides useful information to anyone from beginners to advanced iPad users. Check in every so often and learn something new!