Maker in Residence
Patrice Gans, founder and executive director of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, will be the “Coder”-In-Residence at the Danbury Library during the month of December. We are lucky to have her here during Computer Science Education Week, December 5th – 11th, which encourages students to try Hour of Code. Using her experiences in computer science, Ms. Gans will be facilitating easy and accessible workshops that will introduce students to computer science and beyond.
Starting December 3rd, Patrice will be teaching a number of workshops geared towards children: Robotics with Dash and Dot on the first two Saturdays, MIT App Inventor for the first two Sundays and Scratch workshops for the first two Wednesdays. These computer science and coding workshops are FREE for kids ages 6 to 18. Registration is required, so please check the Danbury Library’s calendar of events for more details. Ms. Gans will advise and guide students during her workshops using elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art.)
The role of the Danbury Library’s Maker-in-Residence is to create with the help of community influence. This influence will come from library patrons, members of the Connecticut Science Center & Danbury Library Teen Innovation Program, library staff, and community members. They will be involved through active participation in the creation of a project, artwork, presentation, or performance, or by helping to shape their creation through an exchange of ideas.
The Maker-in-Residence Program will feature a new maker every month at the Danbury Library.
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Cloud Storage Apps
Many cross platform apps utilize cloud storage. With cloud storage, you do not save your documents and notes directly on your device or computer. Rather, you are storing information through the app on third party data servers which you can access anywhere you have an Internet connection (Strickland, n.d.).
Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/): a cloud based file hosting service that allows for simultaneous synchronization across devices and platforms. It also allows for file sharing and can be installed on MAC and PC desktop computers. Similar products include CloudApp and Skydrive - but Dropbox is one of the most popular and easiest to use.
Mobile Web Browsers that Support Flash
Puffin Web Browser (http://www.puffinbrowser.com/): There is a free version which will give you unlimited access to Flash videos for 2 weeks. The pay version is $2.99 and will give you unlimited Flash support through the cloud indefinitely.
Opera Web Browser (http://www.operasoftware.com/operators): Optimized for viewing streaming flash video from websites that would not normally display on mobile devices.
Google Suite of Apps
Google Drive (https://drive.google.com/): similar to Dropbox except that it utilizes Google’s free, web-based Google Docs Office Suite to create content. It is possible to upload standard Microsoft Office and other file types as well to this system.
Quickoffice: Free app from Google that lets you sign in with your Google account, create and edit Microsoft Office files on your iPhone and iPad, and save the finished version to your Google Drive account.
Google Play Books (https://play.google.com/store/books?hl=en): Google has updated its Play Books eReader apps for iOS and Android platforms to include support for EPUB and PDF files from outside the Play Store.
Evernote Suite of Apps
Evernote (https://evernote.com/): is a suite of software and services designed for note-taking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, or a voice memo. Notes can also have file attachments, like video content. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. In addition to being a useful app, there is also an Evernote Web Clipper tool which can be installed as an add-on to all major web browsers including Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.
Skitch (https://evernote.com/skitch/): from the makers of Evernote, it allows you to draw and annotate images including photos and screenshots, PDF files, notes created in the Evernote app, and more. Both Skitch and Evernote connect into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and you can easily share your creations with others via web links. Both Evernote and Skitch are considered part of the Evernote Software Suite. The free version of this suite allows users a 60MB per month upload allowance. There is a premium version of the Evernote Suite which increases this monthly allotment and gives users advanced note-taking and annotation features.
PDF Reader and annotation apps
Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/): This standard application for opening PDF files now has the ability to store your PDF files online and access them from any computer, laptop, or mobile device. Also includes limited annotation tools such as marker, strikethrough, pencil and pen, comment boxes, and e-signature features.
ezPDF: Designed for use on mobile devices only. The Pro version is a pay app for $3.99 and you get advanced features like connecting into Google Drive and Dropbox. There are more annotation tools, including the ability to draw shapes and upload a photo and overlay it onto an existing PDF file.
Indeed.com is one of the largest job search engines on the Internet. This handy app lets you quickly identify and apply for jobs in your area. This a useful app for public library patrons who may be applying for jobs, have limited computers skills or don't own a regular computer, but own a basic smartphone.