I have been using the FirstClass client software on my iPod touch for a little while now. The software is very functional and easy to use for the most part. Setting up the calendar was clunky – not obvious, needed research and makes you ask why???
Activating the calendar requires a couple of steps.
1. Select the ‘i’ on the lower right corner of the main screen to access the settings options.
2. Tap the version number 3 times. The ‘alarm on’ message will appear indicating that calendars and contacts are now visible on the mobile client.
Last week I upgraded my old cell phone to an iPhone. The transition between devices worked well – kept my same family phone plan, added a data package, transferred the contact list from the phone and presto – ready for action with the iPhone.
I synced the iPhone to the same laptop as I sync my iPod Touch to. A separate profile was created and off I went. After a little use, I noticed that the number of available screens within FirstClass was not the same between the devices. Further checking showed that the number of icons available differed as well. Hmmm.
A closer comparison showed that the calendar feature was not active in the client setup synced over to my iPhone and the version number was not there to tap and activate the calendar feature. I deleted the installation, downloaded a fresh copy over the internet and went through the configuration settings again. Now the iPod Touch and iPhone versions are functioning the same and everything is humming along as I expected.
I came across some interesting videos highlighting where we are headed with the next generation of iPhone applications. I continue to be amazed at the rapid rate at which the envelope of what is possible is continually pushed. The 3 examples below illustrate different ways in which the envelope is being pushed.
Starbucks is developing an iPhone app which allows you to use a credit card to load money into the Starbucks app to use like a reusable gift card. Is this the birth of the iWallet?
Click here to watch the YouTube video
ARider: The next video demonstrates how iPhone GPS technology can benefit cyclists.
Click here to watch the YouTube video
The Bionic Eye application is essentially a new version of the ‘Nearest Subway’ application which previewed in the summer. The Bionic Eye allows users to locate fast food outlets, hotels and wifi hotspots.
Click here to watch the Bionic Eye demo on YouTube
Since my earlier post about Skype for the iPhone and iPod Touch, I have had an opportunity to try out the application first hand.
After the file download & sync from iTunes, and a quick stop at an electronics store to pick up some iPod earbuds with a built in external mic, I was ready to go in short order. Since I already had a Skype account for my computer, the setup was a snap ~ join a wireless network, launch the software and log in. I took advantage of my prepaid Skype out package to make a couple of test calls – one to my wife who was cooking at the time and did not expect my call from the dining room, and a second call to a work colleague. How nice to say ‘Hello, I am calling you from my iPod Touch’!” The next day, a third test call occurred at work while standing in the same cubicle as the person who you are calling. 🙂
In each case, the iPod performed well and the voice calls were crystal clear audio. Based on the quality of the calls, my mind turned to potential classroom instructional uses of Skype (computer and/or ipod based). After a bit of internet searching, I located the following resources for Skype use in the classroom to share:
1. 50 awesome ways to use Skype in the classroom: Teaching Degree
2. Using Skype in education
3. Skype in the Classroom by ISTEvision
4. Technology Medley: Skype in the Classroom
5. Skype in the classroom: Celebrate Oklahoma Voices
6. Skype in Schools: Resources and Videos
7. School Tube: Howe High School
Vendor website: Skype
Goods news, and further to my August 12th post Skype in the Classroom, it is out – Skype for the iPhone and iPod Touch is now available in Canada. The free application is available on the Canadian iTunes store. A quick search for Skype will locate the application for you.
Skype allows you to make free wifi calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world. If you have paid for the Skype ‘out’ feature, you can call landlines and cell phones over wifi in the geographic area you paid to access. I have been using the North America package and it works great! See the Skype web site for details. Have an iPod Touch? – just add a mic or earphones/mic combo and you are good to go!
Now, think about all the curriculum applications!
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