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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Identify the Stars and Planets Using Your iPhone

Through my friend Angela Maiers I recently learned about a neat augmented reality iPhone app that helps users identify the stars and planets. Star & Planet Finder enables you to locate the planets and stars in the night sky through your  iPhone or iPad. To use the app, select from a list the planet or constellation you want to locate. Star & Planet Finder will then give you directions to move your iPhone or iPad until you can see through the camera display the planet that you're looking for. The free version of the app only identifies planets. For $.99 each you can add lists of constellations, lists of satellites, and lists of brightest stars to the app.

On a related note, if you're not quite sure what augmented reality is, check out Augmented Reality in Plain English.

Applications for Education
Unless you work in a boarding school, not many of us have our students at night. But that doesn't mean we couldn't pass along this app to our students to use for their own independent learning and discovery at home.

Projeqt - Create Visual Stories from Your Digital Content

There doesn't seem to be any shortage of services for collating and displaying the content you find online. One popular example of that is Scoop.it. Projeqt takes that idea one step farther by introducing your own content to your display. Using Projeqt you can mix content from the web with your own content to create visual stories about your favorite things.

Using Projeqt you can create a visual story by linking together images, videos, and text. The content you link together can be material that you upload or material that you have found on the web. Learn more about Projeqt and how you can create visual stories in the video below.

projeqt \ how great stories are told from projeqt on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
The display format of Projeqt seems to be well suited to having students create timelines of events. Students could also use Projeqt to create visual biographies.

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