All posts by Rebecca Hopmayer

XCode: An IOS App Developer

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XCode is an Apple software that allows someone to use Swift, along with Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, to create their own IOS app. These apps can be displayed and used on iPhones, iPads, or any other Apple product that supports apps. Using the Interface Builder, a person can see immediately see how their app changes when they alter or fix the code. The Interface Builder, along with an IOS simulator, provides a hands on look on the visual and technical effects of an app as well as a “live” look at the app as if it were already on an iPhone or iPad.

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This view of the code and IOS app simulator shows how someone creating an app can see how any changes they make in the code will change in the simulator. This tool is extremely helpful for picking out any minor details or mistakes that the app creator wants to edit, change, or get rid of completely.

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3D Printing in classrooms

What is 3D printing? 

3d-printing_13D printing is “a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.” For example, 3D printing could be made using heated plastic and made layer by layer from the ground up. Or, it could be carved into wood using a rotating drill. It all starts with a virtual design that you the creator design and export onto the computer working with the machine. I’ve had multiple experiences with different kinds of programs that allows someone to freely design something that they want to be 3D-printed, and most of these programs are fairly easy to use. They allow total individuality over what you want to be created, how big, what color, etc.

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Educational Technology – 3D Printers

downloadA new and emerging popular technology is the 3D Printer. 3D printers uses various processes to make a 3-dimensional object. The objects can be made in various shapes and sizes. 3D printers have been used for industrial use and for consumer use. They’ve been used in several industries like in space, architecture, automotive, defense, and many others. 3D printers have been known to make things from turbines to toy cars to a camera lens. In school, any students taking a graphics class can design something on Photoshop and transfer it to a 3D printer to be created. A robotics class can use a 3D printer to create new parts for a project, and those parts will be fully functional. Students can use their engineering skills to think outside of the box and bring one of their creations out of the screen and into their hands. 3D printing provides a visual aid to help illustrate a hard to grasp concept, and it enhances the hand on learning. A biology teacher can create a 3D model of a heart or of a bone to teach students about the human body. It allows students to get creative and put their interests into their own work.3d-Printing-EDU-Infographic

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Google Books

 

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WHAT IS GOOGLE BOOKS?

Google Books is a service from Google that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converts it, and stores it in their digital database.

A click on a result from Google Books opens an interface in which the user may view pages from the book, if out of copyright or if the copyright owner has given permission. Books in the public domain are available in “full view” and free for download. For in-print books where permission has been granted, the number of viewable pages is limited to a “preview”. For books where permission for a “preview” has been refused, only permission for “snippets” may be allowed, but the full text of the book is searchable on this limited basis. Continue reading

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