Amazon giving away $5 appstore credits to all Android users through Dec. 28th

Hi, Futurenauts!

This is just a quick note that Amazon has an appstore promotion going on– everyone is eligible to get a $5 credit toward appstore purchases.

This offer is valid for anyone who has any Android device, not just for Kindle owners. You just need to install Amazon’s appstore app and download an app from it– even a free app like Facebook or Twitter. Once you’ve done so, a $5 appstore credit gets applied to your account. Super easy.

Enjoy the holidays, folks!

Android in the classroom? “Google Play for Education” challenges the iPad’s dominance

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Just last week, I wrote a teacher’s review of the Nexus 7 tablet. A reader on Reddit commented that it was a shame that the review didn’t talk about the possibility of students using the tablet in a 1:1 deployment, but there are a few reasons for that:

  1. I teach adults at a university—and manage technology in that context—so my expertise is quite different from that of someone coordinating technology for a K-12 school or district.
  2. Historically, Google hasn’t done a very thorough job promoting tablets for educational use.

Yesterday, though, Google launched the Google Play for Education program. Under this program, educational institutions purchase tablets in bulk for classroom deployment, whether for a tablet cart or under a 1:1 program. The tablets come pre-configured for educational use and promise a nearly-automatic setup “fully loaded with student accounts, custom settings, and WiFi.” It looks like all you need to do is use one tablet to log in and select your class information, then physically tap every other tablet against the first one to transfer the settings over via NFC:

For content, there’s a curated “Education” section of the Play Store which includes educational apps and e-books:

Content is sorted by content area, grade level, and Common Core standards:

Google Play for Education also enables teachers and tech administrators purchasing apps to basically “put it on the tab” by using pre-paid credit established through a purchase order. Under this system, purchases aren’t required to handle credit cards:

The device lineup is currently limited to just the Nexus 7, but an as-yet-unreleased 10″ ASUS Transformer Pad and an 8″ HP Slate8 Pro will be added early next year. The ASUS Transformer in particular looks pretty fascinating: it’s the size of a typical iPad and can be paired with a detachable physical keyboard. With the keyboard, it runs $95 more than a Nexus 7, though, which is quite a premium.

Sound exciting? Check out the Google in Education page for more details!

Transferring Photos and Videos Off Your iPad

This guest post by Miguel Guhlin was previously published in his blog, Around the Corner.

When I read this blog entry entitled, Can I Transfer Photo Albums Created On My iPad to My Windows PC? I couldn’t help but feel it was a bit short…here it is:

If you are using the Photos app to create albums on the iPad – those albums will not transfer to the PC.
Those albums do not actually contain the photos or copies of the photos. They merely have a pointer to the original photo in the photos app. The albums created in the Photos app are for local photo organization on the iPad only.
You can transfer photos but not albums.

While this is true, there are ways to make transferring photos organized in albums easy, regardless of Windows/Mac computer.

Approach #1 – Transferable App ($.99)
To transfer a photo album–not videos–from your iPad to a Windows, Mac or Linux computer, you simply need the right app. One of my favorite apps is Transferable, an app that allows you to connect via the IP address (e.g. 192.168.1.101) of your iPad on a local area network. You simply type that address into your web browser on your computer…

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and you’ll see the following:

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Notice that you can get a zip file (compressed file) of all your iPad’s albums. This makes it child’s play to save your iPad Photo Albums to your computerwithout iTunes and a cable.

Approach #2 – Readdle Documents (free)
Ok, let’s say you’re a cheap-skate and don’t want to spend money on Transferable. You could use Readdle Documents, although it will take a few more taps. Simply go into Documents’ settings under FILE MANAGER and turn ON “Show Photos.” Now, you’ll be able to access the photos stored in various albums on your iPad.

You can save a copy of the photos/videos to your Documents folders, perhaps even creating folders to mirror the names of your Photo Albums. Once you’ve done that, you can zip those folders holding your photos, and connect to Readdle Documents via your WiFi network from a computer (just as you might have done with Transferable).

Approach #3 – Dropbox (free)
This approach works photo by photo, but it does get you a copy of all photos on your iPad to Dropbox and at that point, you can do whatever you want with them. Simply install the Dropbox app and allow it to put photos on your iPad into Dropbox. Even if you have a few hundred (or more) as I do, the process shouldn’t take TOO long.

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Are there other ways to get this done? Yes, absolutely! Please share those in the comments. Maybe we can help the iPad Academy folks dig a bit deeper when providing answers to questions.

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