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Emerging Techbits from NEO

Friday, January 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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NEO’s Holly Klingler talks about a great way to share your screen, help for the visually impaired, coding for kids, and yet another drone this week on Emerging Techbits.

  •  Looking for a way to record what's on your screen? Try Screencast-O-Matic. This FREE tool is a great way to share "How-tos" for technology, as it records the actions on your PC's screen and can record audio. I've been using it for years and, by coincidence, was just using it this morning!
  • CES happened recently, and we always get a few "wows" from it. One wow this year is Aipoly, an app that promises to help the blind by identifying objects held in front of a phone or tablet's screen.

    Holly made the excellent point that this could prove really useful for English Language Learners, too! Right now the app is in beta and iPhone only.
  • Coding for kids is all the rage, but Fisher-Price's upcoming Code-a-pillar is really something unique. It brings hands-on coding to the preschool crowd by allowing kids to "program" the caterpillar by way of hooking up segments.

    Each segment indicates a movement the Code-a-pillar should make, so once everything is hooked up, you can let it go and watch it carry out the actions you programmed.
  • When it isn't coding, it's drones... Another cool CES technology mentioned by Holly is the Ehang 184, a self-piloting drone big enough to carry a person!

    However, you may need to shelve those Jetson dreams for the moment. This isn't even remotely ready for prime time.



 ~Cassondra Vick, SWON Libraries Technology Educator

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