Author Archive for Emily

Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite

A 21st Century Apple for the Teacher: From Pre-K to Grad School, Educators Embrace the iPad


From digital textbooks to edu-apps, the iPad is an undeniable asset for students of all ages, but kids don’t get to have all the fun. There are multiple ways that teachers and professors can use the iPad to educate, communicate, and stay organized.

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Mount and Charge iPad with the xWallDock — A Kickstarter Project


There are a number of solutions available for iPad owners who want to charge their iPad, and even more products that display or mount our favorite tablet. The xWallDock, a stand that plugs into an outlet that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, meets these two needs with one product.

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PadGadget Weekly App Series – Apps for Meetings and Conferencing

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included six essential apps for writers in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Apps for Meetings and Conferencing

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Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret: Weeks 6 and 7 Wrap-up

We’re bringing you double the excitement by covering weeks 6 and 7 of Edmund Pevensey’s Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret. Part two of our tale came to a close at the end of week 7, as the children uncover more information about Edmund’s mysterious farm.

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Brighten Bedtime with Pajanimals: Light in the Sky – iPad App Review

Now that my kids are in school full time we don’t watch shows aimed at the pre-school set. That, along with my cable company’s decision not to carry PBS Kids’ Sprout programming, meant that Pajanimals: Light in the Sky was my first exposure to the four Muppet-like animals — CowBella, Apollo, Sweetpea Sue, and Squacky — who star in this playful bedtime story.

Light in the Sky felt like a full-fledged TV show in app form, with interactive playtime interspersed throughout the story.

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From Soup to Nuts, Food Network in the Kitchen Has it All – iPad App Review

After its most recent update Food Network in the Kitchen now offers a more complete cooking experience. In version 3.0 users can now plan meals and shopping lists, watch how-to videos, and enjoy deeper iOS integration. The iPhone/iPod touch version of the app also enjoyed a complete overhaul, but though the two platforms offer slightly different experience, users only have to pay for the app once, since it is a universal binary.

iPad-toting foodies can still access recipes from their favorite celebrity chefs including Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Paula Deen, but now users can browse through recipes by chef, theme, or collection, so it’s easy to find just what you’re looking for.

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Relax! It’s Easy to Tell a Robin from a Chickadee with Larkwire Backyard Birder – iPad App Review

Birding and iOS are a natural marriage of technology to an old-as-the-hills way to experience nature. As an enthusiastic backyard birder  – you won’t find me crouching, motionless in a field hoping to spy a Summer Tanager — I’m always looking for ways to learn more about the birds I see most often at my feeder and in the ash trees that border my yard. I can hear the jarring call of the Pileated Woodpecker at this very minute.

But not every birdsong is as distinctive as the Pileated Woodpecker, and that’s where Larkwire comes in. The developer’s series of birding apps offers avian fans at all skill levels an education in bird song identification. Identifying birds by sound is a central component to successful birding, but it’s difficult to practice. Larkwire Backyard Birder: Land Birds of North America, Songs & Essential Calls lets a user play a game where she listens to bird songs and then identifies the bird associated with each bird.

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Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret: Week Five Wrap-up

Here we are at the rough mid-way point in the iPad fictional serial Seven Poet’s and the Assassin’s Secret. Who’s still with me? As we move onto the second half of the story, I’m looking forward to learning more about the baddies, particularly the “Devil.”

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Bring Spatter & Spark to Life on the iPad — A Kickstarter Project

Polk Street Press, publisher of the well-received kids edu-app Goodnight Safari, want to team up with NYTimes bestselling author Deborah Underwood, and artist Luciana Powell to create Spatter & Spark, a children’s story book for iPad and iPhone/iPod touch. The publisher turned to Kickstarter to raise the funds they need to bring this engaging story to life for iOS. And really, is there anything cuter than a fox and a hedgehog? I didn’t think so.

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Put a Healthy Meal on the Table with Cooking Planit HD — iPad App Review

Cooking Planit HD was born from a husband and wife’s need to find recipes to accommodate their daughter’s soy and dairy allergies. It’s a challenge for all busy families to get dinner on the table, but anyone who has food allergies or other restrictions, or cooks for someone who does, knows how hard it is to find appealing, healthy recipes that take out everything you don’t want and include all the ingredients that you do.

From planning, to shopping, to prepping, and cooking, Cooking Planit HD helps the user get a full, complete meal (you know, with three things on the plate, and at least one of them is a vegetable) on the table at the same time.

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