Jonathan Wylie

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A free Photoshop alternative: No, it's not GIMP

Many users don't see the point in purchasing Photoshop when there are free alternatives for photo editing, such as GIMP. But Photopea could be a …

Tutorials

Don’t rain on the idea of online classes for snow days

IT IS August, so snow is not the first topic of conversation that comes to mind. But recent news about a school district’s decision to abolish snow days — mandating instead that students do assigned classwork online — is worth discussing. Not only that, it is something that other school districts …

South Carolina

Do students lose depth in digital reading?

<b>(Getty/mediaphotos)</b><p>Paper or tablet?<p>Naomi Baron<p>August 13, 2018 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Do students learn as much when they read digitally as they do in print?<p>For both parents and teachers, knowing whether computer-based media are improving or …

Pedagogy

9 Updates for Google Classroom (and 3 more to come)

When Google Classroom launched in 2014 it was immediately a valuable tool to save educators time and increase connection with students. Since then</b> …

Education Technology

Amazon’s kid-friendly storytelling app is now free, and works with Alexa

‘Alexa, tell me a bedtime story’<p>Amazon’s chat-style fiction app, Amazon Rapids, is now free, giving parents and kids unlimited access to the hundreds of stories in its catalog. Previously, the company charged $2.99 monthly for that privilege. Some of these stories will also be available to listen …

Apps

How to make your iPhone videos look like Hollywood movies

Your iPhone is capable of shooting incredible videos. Its camera can capture 4K video, which is good enough for the cinema, and the video camera’s auto-stabilization turns your wobbly pans into cinematic sweeps.<p>And yet it’s still all too easy to shoot a terrible iPhone video. So today we’ll look at …

Mobile Photography

The Anchor iPad App is Here for All Your Mobile Podcasting Needs

Anchor are continuing their march to podcast dominance with the launch of the new Anchor iPad app. Although you could always use the iPhone version …

Apps

Google Lens is a student's best friend: How to copy-paste text from the real world

Google Lens is one of the more underappreciated Google services out there, and nowhere is this more true than in education. Sure, Google Lens can …

Google Lens

Everything we know so far about the new iPad Pro models coming this year

Apple has already had a busy 2018, releasing a new education-focused iPad and new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. There’s still plenty to come as the year progresses, though, with the rest of 2018 certainly shaping up to be busy.<p>In addition to the new iPhones coming this fall, Apple is said to …

IPad Pro

Adobe will reportedly bring the full Photoshop to the iPad

Announcement is expected in October ahead of a 2019 release<p>Last year’s release of iOS 11 from Apple was all about turning the iPad into a full-fledged PC, but there remained a set of core desktop apps that were still stubbornly off Apple’s mobile platform, the full-fat version of Photoshop being …

Apps

Apple Watch Move ring vs. Exercise ring: What’s the difference?

Closing your Apple Watch Activity Rings can become such an obsession that it’s easy to forget why you’re doing it. It’s not just to keep Tim Cook happy in his giant, ring-shaped office in Cupertino. So, what does it really mean to close a ring?<p>The Stand goal is obvious. We all know we shouldn’t sit …

5 Reasons Why the iPad Beats the Surface Go

Microsoft has come for Apple's tablet crown with the $399 Surface Go. I hate to break it to Microsoft, though: I don't think this device can be the …

When did Apple’s built-in apps get so good?

It used to be that the first-party iOS apps were only used by people who didn’t care enough to download something better. Mail, Notes, Contacts, the Calendar — all of these were immediately dumped into a junk folder by experienced users, to be replaced with a proper app. But something happened …

Apple is reportedly upgrading most of its Mac lineup this fall, including the Mac mini

Along with bigger Apple Watches, bezel-less iPads, and the long-awaited launch of AirPower<p>Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published his research note of predictions for Apple’s fall lineup — and it’s a doozy, via <i>9to5Mac</i>.<p>It has been 1,364 days since Apple …

ZAGG’s Slim Book is my favorite keyboard case for iPad Pro [Review]

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is officially my primary computing device.<p>For the past five months, I’ve used it for everything from browsing the web and watching YouTube videos at night, to researching and writing stories for <i>Cult of Mac</i> during the day. I can’t remember the last time I turned on my PC — …

How to use a blank home screen on iPad, and why you’ll love it

What’s on your main iPad home screen? Is it organized so that you can find your most-used apps quickly? Or have you decided to arrange the icons by color? Or divided up the grid by adding a row of blank spaces? Those are pretty neat ideas, but today I’m going to suggest you do something even more …

Apple Watch Series 4: Walkie Talkie Feature Could Prove To Be Surprisingly Useful

The new feature for Apple's wearable device could actually be a game-changer.<p>There is no doubt that Apple’s Watch OS has evolved significantly since …

Logitech's school-targeted Crayon stylus is so good, Apple should copy it for iPad

Apple's latest iPad push to take on Chromebooks in schools didn't just come with a new Apple tablet and software, but new specialized accessories. These accessories, announced by Apple at its education event back in March, are made by Logitech, not Apple: a super-rugged keyboard case called the …

Instagram announces IGTV, a standalone app for longer videos

Going after YouTube — with vertical video<p>Instagram today announced IGTV, a standalone app for watching long-form vertical video that will also have a tab inside the flagship app. When you log in to IGTV, it will automatically begin playing vertical videos from people you follow, along with …

USB-C was supposed to be a port paradise, but it’s become a nightmare

When the transition to USB-C began, we were all promised a better life. Connections would be faster and simpler. One connection to end all …

Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation

In my Future of Workflow article from last year (published soon after the news of Apple's acquisition), I outlined some of the probable outcomes for the app. The more optimistic one – the "best timeline", so to speak – envisioned an updated Workflow app as a native iOS automation layer, deeply …

All the iOS 12 features Apple didn’t mention

iOS 12 is shaping up to be one biggest software updates Apple’s ever released and it’s so stuffed with major and minor new additions there wasn’t time to go over a lot of them at the WWDC 2018 keynote.<p>We’ve been combing through the first iOS 12 beta looking for all the new goodies and have found …

watchOS 5: Podcasts, Siri face, custom Control Center, more

watchOS 5 is packed with lots of welcome changes and new features on Apple Watch — many that check off boxes from my wish list this year. Not everything works in the first developer beta version, but there’s a lot to try now and more coming this fall:<p>If you use Apple Podcasts on iPhone or iTunes, …

10 things I'm excited about for iOS 12

These are the biggest things I'm excited for in iOS 12.I don't know about you, but I was pretty excited about the reveal of iOS 12. While it may not …

The Key to 21st Century Classrooms Isn't Tech. It's Evolved Teaching.

I often hear people question whether teachers are willing to embrace technology, but if we really want to transform teaching and learning, I think …

Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch is a clever riff on FaceTime Audio

It’s not quite the same thing as old-school cellular push-to-talk<p>After the health app improvements, the headline feature for watchOS 5 at WWDC was Walkie-Talkie, a new app that lets you send and receive quick voice messages with friends and family. Earlier today, I got a brief demo of the feature …

Walkie-talkies

iOS 12 is more evidence you should buy an iPhone, not an Android phone

If on September 20, 2013, you walked into an Apple Store and purchased a brand-new iPhone 5S, and have kept using it ever since, later this year you …

Start Training The Teachers And Stop Blaming The iPad

Recently overheard at ASU+GSV education conference someone opined: “I’m tired of hearing people say they’ve added an iPad to their school and now they are a 21st Century school. Give me a break! ”<p>There is a Grand Canyon-sized chasm that separates adding technology to the classroom and creating a …

Education Technology

23 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple Watch

From messaging to productivity to advanced fitness tracking, Apple Watch has something for every user.<p>But not every Apple Watch feature is obvious from the get-go. Apple has filled the watch — which is now on its fourth iteration, the Apple Watch Series 3 — with neat tricks and helpful tools to …

Smartwatches

Top 5 TED-Ed Lessons on creativity

“Do schools kill creativity?” asks Sir Ken Robinson in the most-viewed TED Talk of all time (more than 51 million!). In the video, Robinson …