Today’s Free Apps

Kids
Storybooks
Price Drop: Henny Penny – Children’s Interactive Storybook HD (Books) [iTunes] (iPad Only)

Flashcards
ABCD Flash cards [iTunes]
Learn your ABC’s [iTunes]
Learn your 123’s[iTunes]

Chemistry
iChemistry En [iTunes]

English
SpellBoard Buddy [iTunes] (Requires Spellboard)

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Today’s Free Apps

My Picks
Apps that I use every day.
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Utilities
myNotes mobile[iTunes]
Futuregram – Fast fun reminders [iTunes]

English
English BigDict [iTunes]

Maths
Super Calculator [iTunes]
Brain Machine for iPad [iTunes]

Language
Chinese
Chinesizer [iTunes]

Religion
Qur’an HD [iTunes] (iPad Only)
لبيك [iTunes](Google Translate )

Today’s Free Apps

My Picks
Apps that I use every day.
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Kids
123 Color: Hanukkah Coloring Book [iTunes]

Math
MathCalc [iTunes]

Language
Learn Spanish [iTunes] (Spanish for French Speakers)
Red Flower [iTunes] (Russian Fairy Tale)
Kids Math Fun ~ First Grade / Portuguese / (Korean) (French) (Spanish)(Filipino)

Geography
Geo Walk – 3D World Factbook [iTunes]

Worth the Buck
PhotoForge [iTunes]
New Oxford American Dictionary (audio) [iTunes]

Worth more than a Buck
iDisplay[ iTunes]
Japanese [iTunes] (Japanese -English Dictionary)

Today’s Free Education Apps

My Picks
Apps that I use every day.
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Kids
Books
The Velveteen Rabbit[iTunes]
Maths
Chicken Math[iTunes]
Alzebra[iTunes]
Geography
YouLearn: U.S. State Flags[iTunes]
Videos
Rhymes for Tots[iTunes] (iPad Only)

Utilities
Presentation
webout[iTunes]
Offline Reading
SiteToPdf for iPad[iTunes] (The 4.99 for the full version of Instapaper is worth it, but this is a free alternative you can manage yourself)
Social Media
HelloWorlds[iTunes]

Education
English
Vocabulary
Who is the Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary[iTunes]
Best Jane Austen Collection (with search)[iTunes]
Maths
iCalculus[iTunes]
Geography
Über Geography[iTunes]
Music
Flashcard Learning Set – Music[iTunes]

Worth the Buck
ReaddleDocs[iTunes]

 

What is this?

These daily Free App posts are an experiment in curation using the custom RSS feeds from AppShopper.com. I use my best judgement to point out apps that are free today and have some potential for use in education. Feedback is always appreciated.

Today’s Free Apps

This is an experiment in curation. I’m using the RSS feeds from AppShopper to collect apps that have recently gone free in the Apple App store. I’ll be using my best judgement to suggest apps that have potential for use in education. Feedback is always appreciated.

My Picks
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Classroom Management
Utilities
PentaTimer [iTunes]

Language
Spanish
Spanish ABC Plus [iTunes]
Spanish Plus [iTunes]
German
Schall & Rauch[iTunes] (Sound archive of the Music Research Institute of the University of Hamburg)

Software
Design
Adobe Press Learn by Video [iTunes]
IT Utilities
Subnet Calc [iTunes]

Science
Physics
Fantastic Contraption 2 [iTunes]

Biology
Dr Nano – 3D Artery Adventure [iTunes]
Stethoscope Expert 2011 [iTunes]
Astronomy
Galaxart Studio [iTunes] iPad Only

Maths
Mathster [iTunes]
Quick Multiplication 2 [iTunes]
Foxie Hunny Math[iTunes]

Geography & Political Science
World Anthems[iTunes]

Google Reader to WordPress

Most of my reading is now done through Google Reader (well, Google Reader + Byline with a side of Instapaper) I’m trying (NaNoBloMo was a bit of a failure) to post more often and I often find that I don’t make the connection between ‘I should blog that’ and actually doing so.

I was excited to discover this blog post on how to use the Google Reader ‘Send to’ function to send links from Google Reader to your own WordPress blog.

The genius here is the URL pattern.

http://www.YOURDOMAINHERE.com/wp-admin/press-this.php?u=$url&t=$title&s=$source&v=2

I’ve added both my personal blog and the CNAQ Library Technology blog to my Google Reader for quick posting.

Via Thingelstad

Direct Linking to Bibliographic Records in VTLS Virtua

We are using VTLS Virtua at CNA-Q, and it’s an interesting system. VTLS has some huge strengths (full Unicode support) and some weaknesses (the Session ID system in the OPAC).

The manuals that come with VTLS Virtua are pretty comprehensive, but there are parts of the system that are undocumented, or just difficult to find.

One of my long-term puzzles has been to find a way to deep link to bibliographic records.

Virtua, even though it’s based on a session ID system, can do persistent searches. Here’s my example.

http://classiccatalog.cna-qatar.edu.qa/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=INITREQ&u1=1035&t1=chicago

U1=1035 tells Virtua to search in the title field, 245 /a

t1=chicago is the search term.

You can sort out many of the numerical designations for search types yourself by looking in Profiler > Cataloging > Keyword Index Configuration.

However, for some reason the search type for Bib ID is hidden in some odd corners of the documentation. (Appendix E Vectors iPortal Interface Customization Guide)

To create a direct link to a Bib ID in Virtua, here is the pattern.

http://classiccatalog.cna-qatar.edu.qa/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=INITREQ&u1=12101&t1=397

U1=12101 is the numerical code for a Bib ID search.

T1=the search term, here the Bib ID for Kate Turabian’s A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations.

Thanks to Saiful at Edutech for pointing this out to me.