Many of us in high school are learning first hand how difficult time management can be. I have a daily planner I carry with me, and a wall calendar, and I still feel like I don't know when anything is. So I decided to try out this app/website. I just got it set up, and so far so good. You can set it to remind you via email, text, or any of multiple online messaging sources. I have mine set to send me a text reminder the day before, and the day before a certain task. I receive both at noon. I also receive email alerts at the same time. You can add and edit tasks via email, using certain formatting. I am still looking for whether or not you can mark tasks complete with an email. I will try and keep this blog updated with my experiences with Remember the Milk as I use it to help me make it through the last half of my senior year.
**Update 2/5: While the emails are very helpful, not having the app certainly seems to be hindering me. I also am having a hard time to get the text reminders to work. All in all though, this app certainly seems worth the while. You can make the tasks as detailed or vague as you would like, and it makes it difficult to forget things so long as you have a proper amount of reminders. I highly recommend this app, especially if conventional means of task management don't seem to be quite working for you.
As the title indicates, StudyBlue is an educational app that gives you information on virtually any subject. It comes with a function that allows you to make paperless flashcards and then study with them. Everything gets saved onto your personal account, and is also accessible on the computer. A study guide keeps track of how many cards you have for a class, and how many you have studied. It also tells you your percentage of accuracy with the cards.
If you work better by physically holding the cards, you can pay to have them print a study guide. In my opinion, this is best if you have messy handwriting and plan on sharing them, but since it's $8.99 to buy the study guide.
The digital backpack let's you save everything from flashcards to practice tests and self assessments, and sort them by subject. The app also let's you collaborate with partners and classmates, and gives you access to textbook pages.
StudyBlue has raked in positive reviews from college students, and many have reported an improved overall average. This is the perfect app if you are like most of the population and have a hard time learning material the first time through.
This app powered by YALSA is a little library search engine. Funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the books available are all titles acclaimed by the Young Adult Library Services Association. You can search for books based on the usual title, author, or genre, or even look for books that received a certain award!The app even shows you where to find the titles in your local library. This app is available free for both iPhone and Android.
The app contains various useful features, other than showing you where to find the book. Three Hot Picks features three titles available on the database, and is updated daily. There is also a Favorites button, which lets you make a personalized reading list. This is definitely a must have for bookworms.
The app even lets you post your reads on social media! Some of you are probably wondering why someone would bother with this function, but bookworms tend to gravitate towards other bookworms, so what better way to suck them into your new favorite book with you than to tag them in a Facebook post or tweet with the book title?
-written by Meghan Hansen
I'm sure you've all seen the poster in the library about essential apps. I'm also sure many of you never really thought about what benefit these could have in your school career. Well, I've done the research for you on these 7 apps! Each one will be posted on separate posts, for your convenience and mine.
First up is one you've probably used, or at least heard of, Remind. This app is a free, easy, and safe way for teachers to send one-way messages to their students. Formerly called Remind101, this app makes it possible for teachers to send out test date reminders, or a notification that class will be in the computer lab.
On the Remind app, not only are personal numbers never shared, but you can access message history whenever you need to. In a Harvard study, when there was regular communication between teachers and families, homework completion increased by 42%, and rates of teacher redirection decreased by 25%.
The app is available on iTunes, and the Google store, and parents and teachers alike agree that it improves a student's overall performance. Students have also said that it helps out a lot of they forgot a test, and the get a Remind notification from their teacher reminding them about the date.
If you're a student who regularly forgets assignments, I highly recommend using this app if your teacher does. You may very well see some positive results on those 5 and 10 week grades!
-written by Meghan Hansen
Okay, so a lot of people are very adamant when it comes to siding with Google, but how may people have actually compared the two? I decided to do that research for you guys. I'm going to pick five sets of key words, enter them into both search engines, and compare the results based on relevancy of the first five items. For simplicity's sake, Google will be typed in blue, and Bing in orange. Let's begin!
The first set of keywords is gonna be a simple one: pie.
Keyword set number two: horror novels
Keyword set number three: Skeleton
Keyword set number four: Dunkin Donuts
Keyword set number five: Honda Civic 2016
Now let's take a minute to look at the results. The general consensus is that Bing brings up a lot of irrelevant material, while Google is pretty precise. However, so far the most irrelevant thing from Bing has been the airport location during the pie search. With the skeletons, it actually had more about actually skeletons than Google. Google had a lot of templates and wed page designers. Every other topic has been fairly evenly matched. Considering that Bing and Google are both set up the same way, there really isn't much difference between the two results wise. It's just a matter of the order of the results for the most part. Take from this what you will, but don't assume that old or new is always better or worse.
-written by Meghan Hansen
Watch 'em when your sad. Or happy. Or whatever just watch 'em all the time.
Nature is pretty neat. They want you to know that. Totally noneducational unless you literally know nothing about nature. Which they probably don't know anything about, as well. 3 episodes, so you can watch to your heart's content.
Donald Trump says China
Only when every occurrence of Donald Trump saying "China" is put side by side, you realize how much this man loves talking about China. Spoiler: he says it a whole lot.
I'm Jeff, you're Jeff, everyone and everything is Jeff. It's the classic show Jeopardy, but with literally everything replaced with Jeff. And Jeff is, of course, the only correct answer. Or... question...
Toyota Corolla- The Book
Sometimes the best way to make a bad commercial better is to make it worse. So, so much worse. The commercial starts out normal- bad acting, bad script, bad concept. So an editing genius decided to mix it up by splicing and re-splicing the footage. It's a train wreck. In a good way.
"I always be that book."
Yesterday, Jacksfilms asked everyone a question. Today, he reads the best answers. YIAY, or Yesterday I Asked You, is a (somewhat) daily video series by YouTuber JacksFilms, in which Jack reads his favorite answers to a question he asked the day previous. Questions include things such as "what are some great book sequels that don't exist?" with shining responses like "the Bible," as well as a few where he asks the viewers to give him original lyrics to a song that ends in a vowel sound, which he then combines into a full length song. Warning: this series does have some profane episodes, so view with caution.
We all know apps. They come in varying shapes, sizes, colors and uses, along with the occasional glitch or bug. But how much do we actually know about apps? If you asked most people how they're favorite app worked, (I'll use Flappy Bird as an example) they would simply say you tap the screen to make the bird jump and avoid various obstacles. If you asked to explain deeper, they would be confused. The basic building blocks of apps are often viewed as confusing and other worldly, but it can be as simple as translating a sentence or command.
Using the MIT app generator and Scratch programs, I have been studying the basics of coding and app building. While these click and drags aren't quite the 0's and 1's of binary, they still get the job done to make a functional app. I have used the MIT generator program to construct a color pallet generator for Android phones.
Before I explain the app, I'm going to explain the different parts--or "roles"--of code. There are 8 different roles commonly referred to while constructing an app:
1. Fixed variable. Fixed variables are things that never change in an app or program. No matter what else is happening, this variable remains as it is set, unless changed by hand. An example of this is colors of the bird; It stays the same color throughout the game.
2. Accumulator. This makes a running total of numbers. This is used in Minecraft when materials are picked up.
3. Aggregator. This creates a running list of numbers, actions, colors, or commands. Instant messaging software runs heavily on aggregators to save the conversation.
4. Walker. The elements of an iterator. This simply means a large list of code (or blocks with the app inventor) that go with a specified action or command.
5. Stepper. A stepper is a predetermined sequence of events. Steppers are used in a lot of horror games. Say you click a button to open the door. That action opens the door, then sends a command for a table to fall, or a monster to appear, or something like that.
6. Best-so-far. This one is pretty self explanatory. This is what makes score boards possible, with the highest number isn't removed until a higher number is reached.
7. One way flag. One way flag is a term for an action or change that will occur in the app or program, and will only be reset by starting over, clearing, or performing another specified action. This can be as simple as hitting the "try again" button on most games.
8. Most recent. This is a variable that contains a number, color, or command that was performed last. The simplest most-recent variable is the copy-paste function.
My app, called PickAPallet, is designed for artists who don't know what colors to use, or are trying to experiment with different colors. Simply click the Generate button, and six random colors will appear on screen. You can save a pallet you like by clicking the Keep Pallet button, and clear both pallets by clicking clear.
My pallet is extremely simple as far as the code. It is basically the same three or four lines repeated with some numbers changed here and there, but it gets the job done. It contains three one-way flags, one for each button. This is because nothing will happen in the program until a button is clicked.
This app contains six different fixed variables for the generated pallet--color1 to color6-- that are each assigned different RGB values whenever the generate button is clicked. The RGB values are three numbers between 0 and 255, one for green, red, and blue. With these three numbers, the computer can generate every color.
The Keep button simply transfers the color codes from the top to the bottom of the screen, The color for ball1 goes to ball7, ball2 to ball8 and so on.
The Clear button simply sets the colors for all 12 of the balls to white--their original setting.
This program shows just how simple some programs are, but also makes it clear how complex others are. If my app contained a large code mostly made from duplicating a few blocks for three buttons, how complex is the coding behind some games like World of Warcraft or Call of Duty?
-written by Meghan Hansen
We live in the age of technology. Past generation will look back on the time we're living in and view it as a sort of technological golden age. If we were suddenly robbed of the internet somehow, the ripples of it would be devastating and inevitable. While our desperate dependence on technology is a bit frightening, it's proves the essential human nature: humans are designed to survive using the tools around us. The internet is possibly mankind's greatest tool so far.
The internet is everywhere. Literally everywhere. There's almost nothing you can do anymore that doesn't require the internet or technological assistance. Is this necessarily bad? No, not really. But it has it's weaknesses as well. Let's list some things you may not have considered run on technology or the internet:
Without Netflix, the world lost it's chill.
And so it's not much of a surprise when those who didn't grow up with phone-in-hand criticize that behavior of those who did. We as students use the internet like a third arm- an extension of our own intelligence. It's easy to make the argument:
"Why would I ever need to know this? I can just Google it."
The argument makes sense in the mind of someone who has never had to go a day without access to technology. Google basically can answer any question you can't, and any question you can answer, you don't need Google for in the first place!
So why should we know things that Google can answer anyway?
I'm not saying that some event is going to wipe out the internet tomorrow or anything, but maybe it is good to be prepared for a situation in life where access to internet either: A. isn't available or, B. isn't useful or convenient. In almost any trade occupation, what's equally as important as knowing how to do something is knowing what to do in the first place. In art fields, good technique is only half the battle. It's also important to know what looks good and what is attractive. While Google can help, this is something that can't be looked up, it has to be learned. With any sort of STEM career, law, art, hospitality, you must know things that can't be researched. You have to have certain talents. Perhaps if we focused on these talents more, focused more on the individual, we would see a verge in the way people think
I believe the reason why it doesn't seem like such an emerging issue to teenagers like myself is because at this stage in life, we're not often challenged with situations like those above. There's few times when we're forced to think critically or asked to creatively solve a problem. Who's fault is this? I don't believe anyone is to blame. This is inevitable as mankind progresses- when presented with an easy way to do something, why would we choose something else? Why would we want to challenge ourselves?
Does it come down to character?It's hard, maybe impossible, to say. What's evident is that while technology has made life easier by leaps and bounds, there's a certain human characteristic that machines can't (yet) supply: we are the only ones who can show emotion through the things we create. We can make things that are beautiful not because a computer helped us, but because we have creativity built inside of us. We can solve problems intuitively and have the ability to find new solutions to old problems.
That's something computers will never beat us at.
-written by Caleb Goldberg
Pick a hosting service.
Tumblr, Weebly, Wix, Squarespace (if you're into paying), all of these are great for making a website. Easy, clean, and in most of these cases, free.
Pick a topic.
Your blog can be about anything that you know you can talk about extensively.
Like animals, or food, or travel, or stamps.
Karen is widely known as the coolest kid on the block.
Use pictures and .gifs.
Like Gandhi once said: "Image macros are the spice of life."
By being regular, people will know to expect posts, and be more eager to look at them and generate traffic.
There's not much else to it! Publicize- get as many people as you can to start reading and sharing your blog, and pretty soon you'll be on your way. Happy blogging!
-written by Caleb Goldberg