Another day, another tablet. We recently saw the new tablet by HTC…and by the looks of the video, it looks pretty good…
“In the cloud…in the cloud…”
Yup, everything is moving to the cloud, and now Amazon wants to get a big piece of your music in the cloud. They recently introduced their cloud drive and paired it with their Cloud Player app. So, what is it and how can you use it in school? Well, they start you off with a free 5GB of storage for music you can upload to your digital locker. Then you use the cloud player app to stream music on any of your Android devices. If you buy an album from Amazon, ahhh–there’s the rub, you get a free 20GB trial for 1 year. Well, of course, I went ahead and bought a 30 Seconds to Mars album for $7.99 and scored my 20GB storage.
Sounds like a great idea. You would always have your music with you. In school–I always liked to play classical music or period pieces when studying history. In North Carolina, 4th graders study jazz, and to have a variety of music on my phone, which I could plug up to my speakers–golden!
How is the quality? Unfortunately you need wifi or a good 3G signal. Even at my desk in a rural county where Pandora streams well, I kept getting the connection error. So you need a good signal. Or you can download to your phone. Overall, a good idea. Maybe ahead of what Google wants to do, but then, if you snooze, you lose!
So Amazon recently released their own Appstore for Android phones and tablets. Yes, Appstore, all together. Heaven forbid we anger the gods at Cupertino…
So, why did Amazon feel the need to release their own Appstore? Will this hurt the Android Marketplace, or more specifically, Android in general? Well, so far, the general consensus is that competition breeds success, so time will tell. The Amazon Appstore definitely does a nice job of providing a nice, clean store with good information. Plus providing a free paid app everyday helps. Yes, that’s right, Amazon provides a different paid app free everyday. Today they are giving away Talking Tom Cat. So definitely try the Appstore, download it to your device, and at least get your free download everyday.
Ok, so today’s app for Android (or I guess iPad too) may not immediately appear as a ‘school related’ app. But trust me for a moment…
So I always used trulia, a Google Maps mashup that lets you search your area for real estate. It provides a nice view of what homes are available in your area. When you find one, it shows you photos, mortgage calculators, and other information.
Now, they recently released apps for Android and iPhones/iPads. This is great for education! I love the possibilities that come along with this. Imagine, if you will, using this in a Social Studies or Economics class. Looking for trends on home prices, population changes, and migration patterns. I can see a good teacher pulling out so many discussion points from this, then providing tablets to groups to research and draw their own generalizations. Lots of possibilities for high order thinking.
The best thing? Trulia provides this app free! Search for Trulia in your Market or App Store.