The Forest app has been developed to help people stay focused and avoid the temptation of checking their smartphone. When you open the forest app, a virtual seed is planted and takes 30 minutes for it to grow into a tree. For the entire duration of the tree’s growth, your smartphone has to have the Forest app open, otherwise the little tree will unfortunately die.
OlloClip started out life as an idea on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, to develop a new and exciting way to enhance mobile photography. Since then, the company has expanded from smartphones to iPads and is now producing lenses for users across the globe.
The iPad has become a popular device for photography as it has a large display, allowing you to see exactly what you’re capturing. Although it’s not exactly practical when you’re out and about, it is ideal for using in the classroom. Multiple people can see the screen and as a result more students feel involved with what’s going on.
Every 10 days a new set of 10 photos are added to Unsplash. These aren’t just any old photos — they’re carefully selected in order to keep the quality of the content as high as possible. The 10 photos may or may not be related and can cover a wide range of topics, from nature to people to buildings.
Hemingway is a web and desktop application that aims to tidy up your writing and make it easier for readers to understand. It uses a colour system to highlight sentences that need attention and gives your writing an overall readability score.
Maps.me is a convenient mapping app that works like any other, but with the added bonus of offline viewing. Even though it works offline, you’ll still need the internet to download any map data in advance. Each country has it’s own map pack so you don’t have to download individual towns or cities. Some of the bigger countries are split into regions or states as it would be too large to download otherwise.
Plickers is an interactive poll system that provides teachers with a unique way of gathering answers or opinions from students. Data is collected through special printable cards that display a unique shape, similar to a QR code, that the iPhone can recognise when scanned.
The Red Cross have two essential first aid apps that are very similar in design and content, but one is for adults and one is for babies and young children. They are both free and contain excellent medical advice and instructions for the most common emergency situations. In both instances the information is very clear, easy-to-follow and helps keep you calm — which is exactly what you want in a first aid app.
Whether you’re a graphic design professional or a complete novice, Assembly is a creative tool for all. As soon as you open the app, you choose between a blank canvas or a set of tutorials depending on your experience level. The tutorials are very basic and they still give you the freedom to explore the app however you wish.
With so much focus nowadays on coding, it’s refreshing to see a website that focuses on the creative side of things. Kids can immediately put their ideas into action with an easy-to-understand web application called Technobabble Game Maker (from the CBBC TV show Technobabble).
With mobile devices, identifying birds when out and about has been made so much easier. You see a bird, open up an app, tick a few boxes and it’ll display a match. However, sometimes you don’t see the bird. You just hear it.
In today’s world, digital photography is everywhere with more and more people taking photographs. The day of analog photography and 35mm films are fast declining but that doesn’t mean you can’t look back and see how it all began. The Konstruktor kit by Lomography is a build-it-yourself SLR camera that takes you on a learning adventure discovering how it all works. The entire building process takes about 2 hours and at the end you’ll have a fully-functioning SLR camera that looks brilliant.