Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds Released on iTunes

Derived from the popular iTalk to God series, released in September of 2009, Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds is now available on iTunes for free. GTGWGD facilitates a personal and meaningful conversation between the user and Ahura Mazda. Ahura Mazda is the highest deity of worship in Zoroastrianism. The app also contains the 101 names for Ahura Mazda.

Key Features:

  • Personalized experience specific to your current feelings
  • 7 categories to choose from, each with a specific prayer
  • Favorites
  • Post verse to Facebook wall
  • Email share
  • SMS text share
  • App remembers last favorite viewed, displays new one
  • Encouraging commentary on each verse

Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later

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Mobile Learning in the Classroom

It’s the start of a new school year for thousands of students across the country, and 98% of returning high school students have access to a Smartphone. Instead of fighting mobility in schools it’s time to embrace it – and today’s technology leaders are doing just that. Educators from kindergarten to the collegiate level are integrating mobile technology into their every day curriculum.

Children as young as 2 years old can be seen playing educational games and increasing their motor skills on a mobile device. With the iGeneration being raised in a socially integrated, technological world, it’s a prime time for developers to seize the opportunities in mobile learning.


Here are some examples of the many ways you can use apps to educate kids, teens, and college age students alike:

Apps for Small Children

  • iWriteWords is a game used to help children develop their handwriting skills. The lite version is available for free and the full version can be downloaded for $2.99.
  • Peekaboo Barn is a game used to help children identity different types of farm animals. The lite version is available for free and the full version can be downloaded for $1.99.
  • TeachMe is a series of educational apps that teach young children different subjects based upon their education level. There are three separate applications available for 99 cents; toddler, kindergarten, and first grade.
  • Kids Math Ace is an app that teaches children how to count, add, and subtract, using visual guidance and tools. The lite version is available for free and the full version can be downloaded for 99 cents.
  • Story Builder is an interactive and creative application used to help children improve paragraph formation, integration of ideas, and improve higher level abstractions by inference. The app is available for download for $3.99.

Apps for Middle to High School Students

  • Flash Cards Deluxe is a flashcard app designed as a study tool for students. The lite version is available for free and the full version can be downloaded for $3.99.
  • Molecules is designed to view 3-dimensional renderings of molecules with the ability to manipulate them with your fingers. The app is available for free.
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn works with Blackboard’s web-based teaching and learning software. The app is free to download once your school has enabled the software.
  • Star Walk turns your device into a stargazing tool to view stars, constellations, and satellites in real time. The app is available to download for $2.99.
  • iHomework is a tool used to keep students organized and up-to-date with their daily homework, grades, to-do’s, and teacher information. The app is available to download for $1.99.

Colleges are also taking note of the exploding mobile market and using creative ways to interact with their students. In 2008 Abilene Christian University starting equipping their students with iPods and iPhones. Now, they are incorporating iPads into their mobile program. They have offered everything from interactive theater productions, to lecture podcasts as ways to stay in-tune with an increasingly connected student body.

According to a report created by onlineeducation.net, 38% of college students can’t go more then 10 minutes without connecting to an electronic device. Students will continue to expect mobile programs in their daily curriculum while veering further away from the old days of pen, paper, and textbooks.


6 Positive Results of Tablets in the Classroom*

  1. Tablets are an optimum way to show textbooks
  2. Students expect the technology (classrooms are ready)
  3. The devices fit students’ lifestyles
  4. Tablets have the software to remain competitive
  5. Tables have the ability to integrate with current education IT trends (i.e. cloud computing)
  6. Tablets are becoming more and more available (extending beyond the iPad)

90% of college students who own tablets feel like the devices are a more efficient way to study.

Technology is only moving forward. Educators who embrace the technology to enhance involvement and learning will benefit students and the younger generations entering their school age years.

*Resource – mashable.com

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Medical Apps Mobilizing Smartphone Users to Better Health

Mobile apps aren’t just for check-ins and increasing revenue streams, they’re also monitoring your blood pressure and even mapping out a detailed view of your skeletal system.

The app industry has catered to everyone from gamers and music lovers, to the avid traveler and everybody in between since the inception of the app store in 2008. Over the last few years we’ve seen some amazing applications use some incredible technology, and the medical industry is no different.

According to Research2Guidance 2010, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health care application by 2015.* According to those stats it should come as no surprise that nearly 72% of physicians have tossed their beloved beepers for a Smartphone. With the mobile health market expected to hit $9.6 billion by 2012 there’s no doubt we’ll continue to see an increase in mobility for physician and patient use.

Here are just a few examples of how the medical industry can utilize mobile technology to assist physicians in day-to-day tasks:

  • Epocrates is a drug reference resource for thousands of prescriptions. Features include clinical information, BMI & GFR calculators, drug interaction checker, and many more. The initial download is free with the option of a premium service upgrade.
  • Skyscape Medical Resources is a decision-support tool that includes drug information, medical calculators, and clinical information on more than 850 topics. The initial download is free with the option of a premium service upgrade and in-app purchases.
  • Mobile MIM provides wireless and portable access to medical images for those using SPECT, PET, CT, and MRI systems. Mobile MIM allows you to store, share, and view images using MIM specialized workstation software. The app is free.
  • iChart EMR is an electronic medical record system used to track and manage patients. Some of the features include the ability to write prescriptions, track labs and studies, and look up CPT4 and ICD9 codes. The app is $139.99.
  • 3D4Medical.Com’s suite of apps utilizes 3D technology to showcase some incredible imagery of the human body. 3D4 Medical has over 15 apps on the iPhone and iPad giving in-depth views of the Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Digestive, and Cardiovascular systems. Apps range from free up to $6.99.

Medical apps aren’t just for aiding patients. You don’t need a doctor to check your symptoms if you aren’t feeling well, or even to track and monitor your diabetes. Mobile apps are keeping patients informed while leading them down the path to better health.


Here are a few examples of how medical apps impact the lives of the everyday mobile user:

  • WebMD was released in 2008 and has been downloaded over 5 million times. Key features include symptom checker, drugs & treatments, pill identification tool, local health listings and many more. The app can be downloaded for free.
  • What to Expect is a series of apps geared towards pregnancy and parenthood. From fertility to birth What to Expect lets you log, track, and get informed on your unborn child or new addition to the family. There are 4 apps in the series; baby, fertility, pregnancy, and baby name. All of the apps can be downloaded individually, for free.
  • iTriage is a symptom checker, doctor finder, and medical reference tool. iTriage guides you throughout the entire process of pin-pointing the illness, finding a doctor, directing you to the location, and even showcasing the ER wait times for particular hospitals. The app can be downloaded for free.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor – Family for iPad is a health tracking app that monitors and tracks blood pressure, weight, and heart beat rate. The app also utilizes iTunes file sharing to import your existing medical information into the app. Blood Pressure Monitor has a free version as well as a Pro version available for $1.99.
  • Diabetes Buddy – Control Your Blood Sugar helps you manage your diabetes by tracking, monitoring, planning, and sharing your data with a health care professional. The food database houses over 200,000 food recommendations as well as a customized food feature, search, and recipe builder. There is a free and paid version for $4.99.

What are some of your favorite medical/health apps? Let us know in the comments field below.

Resources: FDA News Release, July 2011

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