FastCustomer Demo Slam

FastCustomer is an app that will dial a company for you. It will go through all the steps of dialing and once it has reached an available agent, it will call your phone. It’s great for when you have limited minutes on your phone plan, hate listening to elevator music/the constant ringing of a phone or hate it when there’s an automated message telling you how much your patronage means to the company while keeping you on the line for hours.

Steps to use FastCustomer:
1) Download FastCustomer from the app store
2) Click on FastCustomer
3) Go to “Settings” and then change the number to your phone number
4) Go back to the list of companies and select the company you would like to call
5) Let FastCustomer do its work and wait for a call from the company

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myHomework Demo Slam

What is it?

myHomework is a homework organization app that acts as a student planner. It is available for all types of devices: Android or Apple. This app allows you to personalize your school planner to your schedule and helps you manage the homework that you have in any form that you want it.

First, this app allows you to set up your school timetable in any way you want it. Since our school works on a Day 1, Day 2 basis, I was able to use the period the block based timetable setup.

You can also add in homework with different information that you can provide. You can assign the type of homework it is: test, project, study, etc. Then, you can set the date and time of the deadline. There are different types of priorities that you can set for your homework, so that you are able to organize the importance of each task.  Lastly, you can set a reminder or multiple to help you remember that you have a task due.

myHomework also allows you to personalize the app to your liking. You are able to change the theme to either one of the three free versions or pay for an elaborate theme.

You can track the progress of all the homework you complete. This function helps you see which tasks you have finished, which are late, and which are still left to do.

If you have signed up for a free account, you can also sync the information between your devices to ensure that you are constantly updated with your to-do list.

How do you use it?

1. Download the application “myHomework”

2. Use a gmail, Facebook, or any other email account to sign up for the account

3. Setup your timetable

4. Set your theme

5. Set your preferred default settings

6. Start adding homework!

7. Sync each time you login to your devices to get the updated done and to-do lists.

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The Groovly Moovly Demo Slam

(A small ‘music video’ that shows off Moovly’s animation capabilities.)

What is Moovly?

Moovly is a versatile website that can help its user create everything from e-cards to documentaries. At its foundation, Moovly is an online video-making website with built-in transitions between images for a fun and engaging presentation. By combining images, sounds, and animations from the site’s library and your own (that you can upload), you can make an amazing video that is 100% you.

How to use:

  1. Go to Moovly.com and create an account.
  2. At the top of the page there should be a bar with links. Click ‘My Moovs’.
  3. Near the bottom of the page there should be a ‘New Moov’ button! Click it.
  4. The ‘Create new Moov’ page should pop up. From there, you can set the video’s title, description, and its category.
  5. The next page will lead you to a bunch of Moovly templates. Choose one and get started! A new window should pop up.
  6. The interface will let you drag and drop images, sounds, and animations from the library (left) to the stage (center). Every time an object is placed on the stage, it will pop up in the timeline (bottom).
  7. You can add little transitions onto objects by clicking the small grey arrow beside the object in the timeline.

A more in-depth walkthrough is offered when you open a Moovly project, and is recommended viewing for beginners.

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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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Google Goggles Demo Slam

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_uYdA2RwdWGNTdKMkp5R192cXM/view?usp=sharing

Google Goggles is a very useful tool to keep on your phone. It works by opening the app and once the camera is in focus, taking a photo. After scanning the photo, it will try to identify what it is, and either give you the option to search it on Google or show you similar photos if it could not identify.

Works best with books, famous landmarks/logos, art, business/products, barcodes and text. It doesn’t work well with people or objects.

Steps:

  1. Open app
  2. Take Photo
  3. Browse similar images or search results
  4. Translate/copy text

Additional Features:

  • Crop (only scan part of a photo)
  • Flashlight (to take brighter photos)
  • Upload Photos (for Goggles to scan)
  • Save images to phone
  • Help menu

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Demo Slam: Google Guitar

Google Guitar is one of the many great doodles Google created. In honour of Les Paul’s, a popular guitarist and songwriter, 96th birthday, this tool was created to allow users to play melodies on a virtual guitar. Use this tool to serenade that special someone, compose background music to your vocals, de-stress after a busy day, or just to simply entertain yourself.

To access this tool: search “Google Guitar” on your Google search engine and choose the first result (This result should have the url: http://elgoog.im/guitar/).  This will redirect you to a new Google search engine. This new Google search engine has its Google logo rearranged to form a guitar shape. Typing various characters on your keyword will enable you to play different tunes on this virtual guitar. In addition to typing, you can strum over the guitar with your mouse to produce different sounds.

The Google guitar plays ten notes. The following picture demonstrates the different chords and its corresponding numerical value on your keyboard. It also shows the chords location on the guitar if you are strumming with your mouse.

For this specific demo slam, Justin Bieber’s hit song “Baby” was played using Google Guitar. The correct sequence of keyboard characters to play this song is the following:

Baby – Justin Bieber

Starting from: “You know you love me” 

G L J H J

G L J H

G L J H J

G L J H G

L L J H G

L L J H

GG H HJ HJ HJ HJH

G L J H J

L J H G

L H J GGHHG

G H J K K J J H G G H H G H H HHHHH J H G G H G

Chorus 

JH JH JH L

JJH JH JH ;

JJH JH JH L

HJHJ JJJ H H G

 

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Moovly Demo Slam

Visit Moovly!

 

What is it?

Moovly is an online software used to create videos, animations, and presentations using the given tools and library images stored on the website database. With options enabling users to import their own drawings, animations, and sounds, Moovly can be used to share and continuously edit projects for visual display.

How do you use it?

  1. Create an account
  2. Create a “New Moov”
  3. Title, describe, and categorize the video
  4. Choose a template
  5. Drag in elements from the library on the left onto the screen and adjust colour, size, and animation length
  6. Add in your own images, sounds, and animations
  7. On the bottom toolbar, choose different transitions and animations to apply to the element
  8. Save and watch!

(For more detail, Moovly offers a tutorial of their editing screen for new users)

By: Kim Le

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Snipping Tool Demo Slam

Getting Started

The Snipping Tool is a simplistic tool that you can use to snap and save a picture of any area on your screen, with many customizing options. You can find it either under your task bar (located at the bottom right of your screen) or in the start menu by searching “Snipping Tool”.

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The Menu

After opening the Snipping tool, you will have 3 options: New, Cancel or Option.

By clicking “New”, you can pick what type of screenshot you want. You can choose freeform, which allows you to drag your cursor around what you would like to snip, rectangular, window, or full-screen snip.  

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Under options, you can choose to activate up to six check boxes that include preferences for an outline, prompt to save snips, and screen overlay, to name a few. There are also various colors that you can choose from for your snip outline.

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Cancel allows you to continue to interact with your screen, while having the menu bar open at the bottom.


 

The Customizing Toolbar

Immediately after capturing your snip, the customizing bar will open. There are many options to pick from including; taking a new snip, saving your image, copying it, sending it as an email or drawing over top with a pen or highlighter. Additionally, if you want to delete your drawings you could use the eraser to erase the ink.

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There are many different pen styles that you can choose from. To change the pen style, simply click on the arrow beside the pen and select “Customize…”. Here, you can choose your preferred color, thickness (fine/medium/thick), and tip (chisel/round). If you draw something and want to delete it, use the eraser.

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After taking your snip and customizing it, you can either save it, send it as an email, or paste it (onto a document or an online chat). To send it as an email, you will need to validate your email address.

Have fun using the Snipping Tool 🙂

 

 

 

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SLAMomentum

 

What is it?

Momentum is a Chrome extension that replaces the default New Tab page with an attractive and uncluttered personal dashboard. The dashboard features a personal greeting, a different inspiring quote each day, a minimalistic to-do list, as well as a convenient weather widget.

 

Instructions

You can install the extension by visiting the Chrome Web Store and entering “Momentum” in the search bar. Once added to your browser, it will automatically reconfigure your New Tab page the next time you open a new window.

The first time a tab is opened with Momentum, you will be given the option of logging on with your email to enable location settings.

Once on the dashboard, you can set a daily focus, which will reappear with each new tab load and help to keep you motivated throughout the day. You can also track your progress by writing and checking off tasks in the to-do list, found in the bottom right-hand corner.

To make important sites easily accessible, you can add them to the Quick Links toolbar in the top left corner of the page.

Using the magnifier icon there, you can search the web directly from the new tab page.

If location settings are enabled, you can also check the weather for your city in the top right corner.

Finally, you can click the gear icon in the bottom left-hand corner to show or hide widgets and personalize your space.

 

Why use Momentum?

Momentum is tailored to help tame the procrastinator within each of us. It effectively refocuses our attention on what is important, even as we are in the process of digressing from tasks, and provides a clean and calming visual with all of the essentials that a student needs.

 

By: Alyssa and Winnie

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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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