Category Archives: The Apps

Ipad and Android apps

I’m Flipping for the Flipp App For Financial Literacy

Flipp app blog

Before I begin to tell you how great this app is, I must state that I have not been compensated in any way to endorse this app.  I just really think its a well done app that incorporates. a lot of great features.

Besides this app being great for the bargain shopper, with all its bells and whistles, I can think of a number of ways that it can be used for teaching students how to budget, learn percentage increase and decrease, implementing math concepts, rounding and estimation and money management.  Take a look at the features of Flipp.

If your school has access to the internet or use tablets or chrome books, the app can be downloaded for free to use.  When you log into your google account and go to the home page for flipp,  you will be able to go to weekly ads on your device and use the features on the computer.  I’m quite sure there are many teaching ideas that can be developed with this app.  Beside being helpful to the adult shopper, you can begin to teach younger students a little financial literacy.

Popular Social Media Apps – What’s Hot and What’s Not -Don’t Get Fooled

During my daily read, I found a wonderful site that gives tons of information about keeping teens, parents, and professionals safe on-line.    One video that was extremely informative was the, “Popular App Guide for Parents and Teachers.”  It is worth looking at from beginning to end as it is eye-opening.

Off course you can find something unsafe about many social media apps.   The Safe Smart Social site attempts to  explain to those that aren’t so familiar with social media, the way social media apps can be positive, and how to look out for those innocent appearing apps, that can be used for negative behavior.  Below is the video from Safe Smart Social that is definitely worth sharing.

There is a lot of other great information on the Safe Smart Social site.  How will you use this information?  Are there other comments you could make about these apps.  Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.




Why Instagram is good for promoting your ideas

Why Instagram is good for promoting your ideas or business

As a professional, parent, teacher or counselor, have you ever looked at Instagram and wondered, ” what is this app used for other than silly photos?”  Well Instagram can be used as an online showcase for your clients, students, and individual work.  Many people are using Instagram to show off their talents and skills.  A tattoo artist, beautician, seamstress, cake maker, speaker, etc., can place photos of their talents on Instagram as a way of promoting their crafts.  

As a clinician, Instagram can be used to promote a cause, display service learning ideas, showcase students’ work, or tell a stories of inspiration.  The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” means much more when using Instagram as a promotion tool.  When others like, retweet, or share your Instagram photos you can gain a lot within your business or profession, while also promoting your ideas .  The sky is the limit when using Instagram.  So make Instagram your new tech project and share your creativity in the virtual showcase.  

What are some of the ways you plan to use Instagram?  Please share your ideas.

The Not So Innocent Apps. @Sedgrid Lewis shares the dangers of four popular apps

This is an excellent article that was written by Sedgrid Lewis, cyber crime expert. This article was featured on the Good Men Project site.  I thought that it was important for clinicians, parents, teachers and others who have children, to be aware of these apps.  I personally have seen the dangers of each of these apps, and became familiar with them when my students used them inappropriately and ended up in the discipline office.   This blog post is a reprint from the article written by Sedgrid Lewis.  Follow Sedgrid on twitter @spyparent .

Cyber Crime Expert Sedgrid Lewis shares the four hottest apps being used by teens and why parents need to monitor them. – See more at:

The list below is the hottest apps that are being used by teenagers. We take a look at why teens love them and why you should monitor them.


1. Snap Chat – Why Your Teen Loves It. 

 Snapchat allows users to send images and videos to their friend lists.   The secret sauce is that the sender can place a time limit on how long the receiver reviews the image or video.  The content or “Snaps” self-destruct from 1-10 seconds based upon the time limit set by the users.  After the snap self-destructs it is also deleted from the Snapchat Servers. Teens love snapchat because of it’s simplicity and speed.  It sends photos and videos much faster than standard text messages.  Teens sends millions of snaps throughout the day of funny facial expressions or pictures of their pets.

Why You Should Monitor It

Snapchat is the number one sexting app on the market.  Teens send nude snaps to their significant others under the impression that snaps self-destruct.  Forensic Experts have stated the snaps can easily be recovered thus they are never truly deleted from the receiver’s phone. Due to the countless number of nude snaps, porn sites have popped up over the internet to take advantage of the free content. There have also been numerous cases of bullying with the app.


2. Kik Messenger

Why Your Teen Loves It  

Super quick instant messaging app with over 100 million users that allow teens to exchange videos, pics, and sketches.  New Kik cards allow user send Youtube videos, create memes, and gifs without leaving the app.  Kik Cards reached over 2 million users within first week of their launch.

Why You Should Monitor It

Teens are using the Kik app for sexting and dating. Teens are sending nude selfies to one another through the app. The term sex buddy is being replaced with Kik Buddy. Teens used Reddit and other forum sites to place classified ads for sex by giving out their Kik usernames. Kik does not offer any parental controls. Additionally, there is no way of authenticating users thus making it easy for pedophiles to use the messenger app.

whisper app

3. The Whisper App

Why Your Teen Loves It Whisper is the Teen Confession App. It allows users to superimpose text over a picture. The secret sauce is that users are anonymous thus allowing for secrets to be posted. Over 70% of whisper users are women under the age of 25. Whisper provides freedom for young users to share raw feelings and emotions over simple pictures.

Why You Should Monitor It

Teens have started using the app for cyberbullying. Due to the anonymous feature of the app, teens are posting pics of other teens with derogatory text superimposed on the image. Users do not have to register to use Whisper thus no user profile. Unfortunately, the app allow users to communicate with other users nearby by using the device GPS location settings. Pedophiles seek out female whisper users to establish a relationship. Recently, a Seattle, Washington man was arrested for raping a 12 year old girl that was lured to a hotel through the app.


4. App

Why Your Teen Loves It is one of the hottest social networking sites that is almost exclusively used by teenagers and pre-teens. 25% of teens have posted something on over the past 30 days. It is a question and answers site that allows user to ask anonymous questions. Ask.Fm has Twitter and Facebook integration that allows users to connect with all their friends on those popular sites.

Why You Should Monitor It

Due to intense bullying, has led to 4 documented cases of suicide in the United States, Ireland, and Great Britain. User engage in hyper bullying by constantly asking inappropriate and derogatory questions. The app is totally anonymous and is not being monitored by the developers. The key for parents is to monitor downloaded apps on their child’s phone. Google the apps to learn if they are dangerous or inappropriate. Gather all of your child’s passwords and user names for monitoring purposes. If your teen refuses to give you his or her passwords, then download spyware such as Mspy to review your teen’s cell phone activity. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

This article was written by Sedgrid Lewis.   You can also read more on his site











What The New Year Looks Like In Chicago

What The New Year Looks Like In Chicago

Wishing you Happy New Year from Snowy Chicago

Send a nice postcard to someone for the New Year.  Try out the android app Birthday Postcards from developer ShinyDev.  Description: Lovely postcards, weekly updates – pick from lots of carefully selected birthday pictures, add your text, and send via MMS, e-mail and more, or set as wallpaper. Save your postcards and send them again 🙂  Many of the pictures can be used for other greetings to brighten up someone’s day.  Pass along good vibes with this app.  Easy to use, just write what you want, and send.  This is a free app !

Using apps to teach emotions? Try out these free apps.

A good free app for teaching emotions
A good free app for teaching emotions

I try to use the apps I review  for at least a month or more with students before I am ready to recommend them as a useful app.  My first review is of Moody Monster Manor.  I really like this app as it gives you a lot of play time and teaches a variety of emotions.  This app is a game that has 20 different monsters with 20 emotions.  Each monster has a cleaver name associated with its emotion, such as Tired Tilly or Worried Wanda.  There are four games that children can play with others that are to come (these are the locked doors) at a later date.  As of now there aren’t any in app purchases required and this app is FREE!  The games are easy to navigate and take about a minute to play.  This app is best for children ages 3-7 and is very good to use with autistic children that are learning about emotions.  This app is available for download  iTunes.

Emotions - ABA Flash Card

Emotions – ABA Flash Card

The next app that I found to be truly worth downloading was the emotions flash card app, by Alligator Apps.  This app has 20 different emotions with very nice pictures that match the emotions.  There are a number of ways to use the flash cards.  In the settings tab, you can find a variety of play modes and games.  There are four exciting game modes to choose from.  You can customize the flashcards and even personalize the cards to add a photo and voice to your own flashcards.  This is a great app to use if you are teaching emotions.  This app is also free and is available to download at the iTunes store.

Make Your Own Buttons On Your iPad

The site, Class Tech Tips, has great tips and app reviews weekly regarding usage of the iPad.  I’m not as fond of the iPad as the Android tablets, mostly because of some of the limitations the iPad has.  This site is helping me embrace the iPad movement with its great suggestions. I often try out the tips and apps from this page on the iPads in my school and with my students.  Kudos to the author!  Check out this cool trick.

Make Your Own Buttons.Make your own icons

ImageChef: An Excellent Tool To Create Word Clouds

ImageChef Word Mosaic -

This lovely word cloud was made using a tool in the ImageChef library of templates.  They call it a word mosaic in their library but what ever you want to call it, you can make some interesting and thought-provoking images with this tool.  I like ImageChef because of its flexibility to be used on the iPad, Android tablet and computer.  ImageChef is free through iTunes but the app costs $1.99 through Google Play android store.  Of course it is free to use on the computer.  These images can be saved to you computer, exported to various social media, and printed out to use as a piece of art.  

These word clouds can be use to create therapeutic statements or poems.  Students can input feelings vocabulary or statements that are thoughtful, the uses are endless.   Allow various students to make them, print them out in color and laminate the print to hang on the wall.  What a beautiful wall quilt when all placed together.  Students love to see their work of expression showcased in your office space.  Check out ImageChef, they have much more templates to create with.  My students also liked the photo frames when using the iPad.  They had a treat laughing at themselves in different frames with captions.  

Here are links to other word cloud makers:  Wordle  this one is often used but not easy to save to the computer.  You have to use a screen shot and then paste into the paint tool where you can crop off the unnecessary items on the frame. Tagxedo is a word cloud that uses images as custom shapes, and choose your fonts.  You can even have the word cloud used for custom printing.  And for the younger students go to ABCYa where they make Word Cloud creations so simple!


Teacher’s Class Behavior Pro – From the Android Market

Record behaviors with a tap of the button!  This app is awesome to keep track of behaviors you are documenting or doing and observation on.  Its excellent when using the BOSS data collection protocol.  Just put in the behaviors you want to monitor and when you see them tap the button and it will be recorded.  You can email the data to yourself to keep for your records and to print out.  This app doesn’t put the data into a chart, but you can easily find a chart making tool such as chart dog, word, excel or others.  You can find this app on the android market for use on your smart phone or android tablet.  The cost for the app is $.099 for the Pro version.  The free version has preset behaviors that can’t be changed.  Currently not on the Ipad.


Everyone is all in an uproar about apps.  It seems to be the new buzz word around town, but what is an app, and whats it to you?

Apps is an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device. 

So whats a widget?  Just think of a widget as an icon or symbol that represents the application (app).  It’s no different from the icon for Publisher, Word, Excel ect..  Since so many new technology devices have come out recently, that don’t use a mouse or toggle ball, how would you start the application?  That’s the magic behind the widget. Its like the doorbell covering over the electricity 🙂

So for those app thirsty people, who just want to explore, here are some starter links for you. 

One Small Request: if you find an app that is outstanding, put a comment on my site and tell us about it.  What made it fun, exciting, therapeutic, educational or just plain Dynamite!

The Android

Love That Android Market

These are good starter lists for you to review and see if some of them will address your needs  I can get more specific but for your reading pleasure relax and explore.  A lot of apps are mentioned, but have they been tested out, that’s the key.  I will review apps that I think are worthwhile here at the “Pad”, but one at a time :0
I think this is enough for now (LOL)