Where Technology Leads Us
There’s An App for That!
Last week’s happenings included a day in Jamestown at an in-service for staff working with the 4-H program in ND. You know 4-H people are dedicated when EVERYONE comes even though it was 30 or more degrees below with the wind chill!
Part of the training session was dedicated to a technology update –especially apps for cell phones and which apps could be reliable resources for educators. The individual leading the training started by saying she had put together just a few of her favorite places – the list was five pages, single-spaced!
Calendars, cameras and calculators have long been part of cell phones. Now Google Earth and National Geographic features allow you to travel the planet with a swipe of your finger. If you are actually walking outdoors, MyTracks will record your journey, speed and the amount of ground you’ve covered. If you are outdoors after sunset you might wanted to have added the Flashlight app to your phone earlier in the day.
NDSU has a tremendous Winter Survival Kit app for safety’s sake in our harsh winter conditions. If you become stranded, the Winter Survival Kit app will help you determine your geographic location and contact emergency services. The app's "gas calculator" will help you estimate how long you can run your engine on your remaining fuel. It will also alert you every 30 minutes to remind you to periodically turn off your engine and to check your exhaust pipe for snow buildup. Those alerts can be critical in helping you avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. (it’s at: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/apps)
If your phone goes missing and is manufactured by Apple, FindMyPhone allows you to use another iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod Touch device to find it and protect the data for security reasons. My husband needs that for his keys and his gloves and his hat and remote controls-- there may not be enough apps for him. Several Moms in the groups wondered if there was an app for lost shoes and misplaced homework. Most of us at the training sessions, agreed we would not be downloading the AgingBooth app which lets you see what you might look like as you age. Whoever created that app has a strange sense of humor.
Snapchat and Skype apps allow you to place free video calls for a view of whoever you are calling. We Skype with our oldest son – and say he’s looking well and the new deck looks great, etc., etc. – but he knows we are really looking for a view of the grandsons. Just prop up the phone Son-turned-Dad and we will happily watch the 13-month-olds eat, crawl, pull themselves up, plop back down, investigate a toy, try to grab the phone, smile, cough, chatter and just recently wave good-bye. There’s no app for that feeling.