DEMO SLAM: RunPee (Clara & Eric)

 

The RunPee app will give you a list of boring moments in a movie when you can go run and pee.

RunPee is very simple to use. Once you click on the app, it brings you to a list of current movies. You click on the movie that you are watching and enable the timer at the start of the movie. By setting up this timer, you will be given vibration notifications throughout the movie as to when you can go run and pee. RunPee also gives you detailed explanations as to why the scene is boring and worth missing. The RunPee app has another feature letting you know if there’s anything to see during or after the end credits.

– Clara Chang and Eric Wong

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Desmos Demo Slam

This online graphing calculator helps visualize and compare graphs and equations.

Just type in the equations into the side bar and the graph will appear as you type.

To change colour of the graph, go to Settings and then select the graph you would like to edit.

Clicking on the graph will allow you to choose it’s colour.

There is a built in keyboard with all of the functions you can use, so just find the one you need and put it into the sidebar.

For this demo slam, we incorporated a variety of functions to create a snowman.

It was a fun, simple way to demonstrate how to use this web tool for new users.

The equations we used are:

Function of a circle: (x – h)2 – (y – k)2 = r2

  • h represents the horizontal shift
  • k represents the vertical shift
  • r represents the radius of the circle

Function of a line: y = mx + b

  • m represents the slope
  • b represents the y-intercept

We also used the slider function on Desmos to animate the snow falling.

The slider function allows users to set a loop on a variable within an equation.

We used the variable i in the circle function:

(x – h)2 – (y – i)2 = r2

Now the circle will continuously shift down by a value of i.

Users can change the speed and direction of the loop by changing the settings of the slider.

For our falling snow, the slider was set at 0.5x speed and the loop would begin from -1000 and run to 1000.

by Devika Lekshmi and Hugh Yoon

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Tablets Cheat Sheet

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Overview

Having tablets in the classroom is a concept with growing popularity that teachers and students are realizing has an impact on learning. Due to their versatility and wide selection of applications, tablet devices are the all-in-one, ultimate tools for learning any subject. Adding tablets to the classroom environment is especially useful in our current generation of accessible knowledge and communication. Information online, resources, and different ways to learn interactively all become so much more accessible when students have a tablet at their desks.

Every tech company crafts their devices in unique ways, each flagship device differing from the other slightly. For example, Apple’s most recent iPad Pro is an ambitious attempt to replace laptops by boasting a sizable display and army of accessories. What makes the Nexus 7, and all Android tablets for that matter, so unique is their Google account integration. The entire tablet experience with Google Nexus is centered on using Google apps and your Google account. Gmail, Hangouts, Google Play, and Chrome are just some of the Google oriented applications you can expect to use when using a Nexus. This is useful for students because since almost all of their activities on the tablets use Google accounts, it is easy to pick up the work you left off on a tablet in class from a laptop at home. Simply log in to your Google account and you’re ready to go.

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Features

Hangouts – Screen sharing

Google’s communication platform includes many different ways for users to interact with one another. Hangouts chat rooms can be made between numerous users and within these chat rooms users can send instant messages, files, or video chat. The main feature of Hangouts that students should take advantage of is the screen sharing option where users can show a group their display and what they are doing on their device. Teachers can choose to share their slideshows or lesson material through this feature.

Screen capturing

Screen capturing is taking a picture of what is currently on a device’s display. To do this, the volume down button must be held down at the same time as the power button. This will save an image of what is currently on the display to the device’s photo album. Taking pictures of what is on your screen is an easy, yet efficient way to save important notes and diagrams for future reference.

Multitasking

The multitasking button on the bottom right of the Nexus 7 allows users to quickly switch between applications. This allows for applications to run in the background while the user focuses on using a different application. Furthermore, when using this feature users can swipe an app to the side to easily close it. This ensures that battery is not being used up on an idle app.

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Educational Uses

  1. Typing down notes during a lecture is a common use for tablets. With their multitasking capabilities, it’s even possible for tablets to run a voice-recording app in the background so that students can go back, listen to the lecture again, and make sure they have written down every important point.
  2. Students can download textbooks to eliminate the hassle of carrying heavy bags. Also, students can use the screen capture function to take a chart from one of the pages. This image will be saved to the photo album and it can be added to typed-up notes for easy access.
  3. Using Hangouts screen sharing is useful when there is a large class and the teacher only has a computer accessible to them. Even with just a computer, teachers can share their slideshows and lessons over a chat room with the entire class.
  4. When using the screen sharing option on Hangouts, it can be useful to capture a slide or even a “chalkboard solution” if the teacher is using a Smartboard. A step-by-step tutorial of how to solve a problem on the Smartboart can be captured step by step by the students using both the Hangouts screen sharing and screen capturing features.

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