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There was a time when mobile application development was only for the elite programmer (i.e. people who knew the native platform language). With the dawn of hybrid mobile application technology, it was possible to create mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Hybrid application development made it possible for non-mobile developers to get their hands dirty with mobile app development.
But what about those people who don't have any prior programming knowledge? Can they make a mobile applications on their own?
They certainly can.

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Is it possible to make any app without code ?

No. There are several web services which enable users to create simple mobile applications. As of now, you can't rely on these web applications to help create complex mobile applications. But they may surprise you in the future.
In this article, we'll look at some services which enable people with no prior programming knowledge to create simple mobile applications.

Appy Pie

To get started with Appy Pie, sign up for an account and sign in. Once signed in you should see a link to create a new app.
Creating an app using Appy Pie is a 3 step process:
  1. select a category
  2. build your app
  3. publish.
Start building an app by entering a name and selecting a category. Based on the category it will have some default splash and background images which you can change later.
Once on the second page, you have the options to add pages to your app, style your app and change the app navigation.
Appy Pie
You can add different pages to your mobile app by clicking on the icons listed below. To customize the look and feel of your app click on the Style & Navigation tab. Styling and navigation options are neatly placed under a single tab and hence accessible.
Once finished with modifying the style and navigation of your mobile app, click on the publish tab to proceed. Based on your subscription plan you should be able to publish to an app store or test the app on your mobile.
Based on your pricing plan you will be able to use Push Notifications, Ads etc. in your mobile apps. You'll need a developer account to publish to the Apple app store or Google play store.
On the Appy Pie market place you can preview mobile apps created using the service.


To get started with Nativ, sign up for a free account.
You can start creating a mobile app by choosing a template for the app. After choosing the template you should be presented with a screen with two tabs, Design and Features.
Layout, background image, font and logo can be modified under the design tab. Under the features tab you can select from a list of different streams that can be added to your app. Nativ has streams like facebook, twitter, PDF reader etc. Some streams like WordPress and Chat should be available soon.
Once you have completed your app, you should be able to see a preview on the right side of the screen. When you are finished, click the finish the app button.
By default nativ publishes the app under their own developer account but you can also publish under yours. Push notification features are available only under paid plans.
More info can be found in their faq.


Although Kinetise is in beta, it's more appealing to me due to its look and feel. When you click on thecreate app button you are presented with an app preview in the middle of the page with customization options on the side which gives it a different feel (or so it seemed to me).
You can start by selecting any particular app type or begin with an blank template and click Start Building. On the next screen, you can see Kinetise has the option to drag and drop widgets and controls onto the app. Widgets are displayed on the bottom of the page and can include text, images, video, gallery etc.
Dragging Widgets
On the left side of the screen you can see options to edit the splash screen, main screen and to add new screens. Once new screens have been added by clicking add screen on the left hand side, it's added to the bottom of the app.
To emulate the app, click in the preview screen and you need to right click on the preview screen.
At the top of the preview screen you can see options to view the app on different platforms. There is a button above the preview to change the app mode to portrait or landscape.
Once you are finished designing the app, click on the build native app button in the bottom right corner. After the build has finished you have a web preview or a build for your native platform.
Based on your pricing plan you can have features like push notification, publishing to app stores etc. In case you don't have a developer account for Android or Apple, Kinetise can publish the app using their own developer account for a small fee.
Here is a preview of an app created using Kinetise.


Do you have any experience with any of the app creation services above? Or any other services?
Did you face any issues while developing apps using them? I would welcome your thoughts.
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8 Great Free Flipped Classroom Resources

These Resources and Applications Make Excellent Additions to Your Flipped Instruction Tools Set This cool tool lets you take any video on YouTube and deliver it in a private mode to whoever you choose to share it with, but its real power comes from the ability to create a quiz, supporting links, and “dig deeper” content that you can associate with the video (you can review the responses online).
Screencast-O-Matic: When you’re ready to give screen casting a try, Screencast-O-Matic was one of the first screencasting tools to be published that’ still around. It works with both the Mac and the PC, and requires no installation. There’s a quick demo video on the home page. You can record and host 15 minute clips for free, and create unlimited clips if you have the Pro version, available for just $15 a year.
PowerPoint’s Voice Annotation Function: Many teachers use PowerPoint slides as a part of their lecturing process. Adding your voice to these slides is pretty easy to do, turning a presentation from a plain set of slides into a self-contained instructional asset that stands alone. This can be a great way to test the waters with flipped content delivery. Get a quick overview of how easy it is to do this inthis video.
Wikispaces: If you don’t have somewhere to deliver your content, a Wiki is a great place to start. Creating simple web pages with text, images, videos, links, and more is a snap with Wikispaces. This wiki is very popular with teachers, for good reason.
Online Videos and ClassesThis article offers 7 free online education video resources teachers can use when they are looking for videos to help reinforce what they are teaching, or to provide a different perspective. These videos and video courses come from a wide variety of experts and thought leaders, and many provide an entertaining or thought provoking examination of academic topics.
Tackk: An easy tool for creating digital assignments … homework, flipped class content, blended learning lesson material, etc. Tackk is an Internet based application that provides an easy to use interface enabling you to post an image, video, or other content and add some text so you can ask questions or post some other form of assignment. A comments section is automatically available for each piece of content, so there’s an instant discussion forum! View an example Tackk and learn more here.
Creating Engaging Screencasts: The low cost of good quality web cams and the availability of free or relatively inexpensive screencasting applications helps to make the development of video learning content easier than ever. Yet all the free or low cost tools in the world do not inevitably yield good quality results. There is an essential element of technique to be considered. If one is going to invest time and energy (and budget dollars) in tools for the creation of video content, it is highly advisable to learn a bit about how to do what you are doing well. This article,Dozens of Tips & Techniques for Creating High Quality Engaging Screencasts, provides a wealth of insights and ideas to help you make the best of your screencasting efforts. This video is a companion to the article.
Edmodo: Edmodo is a powerful, much loved application in the K-12 world. The rich functionality offered by this education-specific course deliver tool is very impressive for a free (and ad-free) application. Click over to this article, “10 Reasons Why Edmodo is an Excellent (and Hugely Popular) Digital Learning Platform” to dive into the many reasons why you will want to know about Edmodo if you don’t already have a digital learning platform.  This video provides an overview of the article’s content.
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When you listen to experts in the field, it is easy to conclude that digital technology is transforming education as much as Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press did nearly 600 years ago.
The talk is not all hyperbole.
The impact of these technologies goes far beyond smart boards in classrooms and learning games in computer labs. Many advocates believe digital technology has the potential to dramatically expand access to education to underserved children worldwide.
Teacher and students using digital tabletTable Stakes for the 21st Century
In a speech delivered as part of the annual South by Southwest family of conferences in Texas, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called technology the new platform for learning.
“Technology isn’t an option that schools may or may not choose for their kids,” says Duncan, “technological competency is a requirement for entry into the global economy . . . ”
Indeed, technology-enabled education seems like a natural fit for a generation of tech-savvy school children raised on video games and text messaging. One survey found that 53% of American children already have their own a cell phone by the time they reach seven years old.
Duncan Clark, a British tech investor and founder of e-learning company Epic Group, sees educational value in this kind of ubiquity.
Clark believes that mobile phones will be “the single most important factor in increasing literacy on the planet.” As he explains, “Every child is massively motivated to learn to text, post and message on mobiles. The evidence shows that they become obsessive readers and writers through mobile devices.”
Beyond Familiarity
But familiarity is only part of what is driving the technology revolution in education.
Secretary Duncan also expressed his belief that technology is the game changer we desperately need to improve achievement and increase equity for historically underserved children and communities.
Digital technologies, for example, offer unique opportunities to many millions of children who are underserved by traditional educational programs.
Educators Ted Hasselbring and Candyce Williams Glaser write that computer technology has enhanced the development of sophisticated devices that assist “in overcoming a wide range of limitations that hinder classroom participation––from speech and hearing impairments to blindness and severe physical disabilities.” These aids include word-prediction software, live-speech captioning, and control devices based on voice recognition.
The authors note that “computer technology has the potential to act as an equalizer by freeing many students from their disabilities.”
The Promise of Education for All
Educational equity fueled by technology is a global phenomenon.
Andrew Dunnett, director of the Vodafone Foundation, recently described the digital school in a box that his organization is currently using to benefit 15,000 young people in the Kakuma refugee settlement in Kenya. Each of these instant classrooms is a single case containing a laptop and 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software aimed at children aged 7 to 20.
The kits also contain a projector, a speaker, and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. The tablets can connect to the laptop locally, enabling teachers to deliver content and applications to the students. All of the components can be charged simultaneously from a single power source while the case is locked. Once charged, the kits can be used for a full day in a classroom without access to electricity.
“There are over 50 million refugees and displaced people worldwide,” writes Dunnett. “Half of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18 and are displaced from their homes for an average of 17 years with little or no access to education.”
The Vodafone Foundation story is perhaps the best example of the transformative power of digital technology. It has the ability to provide access to education for children around the world who are limited by socioeconomics, geography, different abilities, or world politics.
It’s interesting. In many respects, isn’t this exactly what the printing press did in its time?
You can hear more about technology and education by tuning in to this prerecorded “Meet the Visionary Game-Changers” radio episode. Oisin Walton, Instant Network Programme Manager at Vodafone Foundation; Karim Ramji, Senior Advisor, Consulting at Deloitte Canada; and Alicia Lenze, Head of Global Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP SE; discuss Technology and Education: Empowering Youth Worldwide.
This story also appeared on SAP Business Trends.

25 Ideas for Using ClassDojo This Year

If you're a ClassDojo user, you probably received the same email I did this morning in which they shared the ClassDojo Idea Board. In case you missed it, the ClassDojo Idea Board small site featuring 25 ways to use ClassDojo. The Idea Board has four sections; getting started, connect parents, engage students, and tips. Many of the items on the Idea Board have been featured in other ClassDojo promotions, but now they're consolidated into one place.

I think the best use of ClassDojo is to promote and recognize the good things that students do. That idea is featured in the video embedded below.

Creating Blogs and Websites

This page is where you can find resources related to my presentations about creating effective blogs and websites to complement instruction.

How to create a Blogger blog.

How to turn on comment moderation in Blogger.

How to add or subtract contributors to your Blogger blog.

How to create an Edublogs blog.

How to create a blog.

Creating a Google Sites website.
Step 1.

See more Google Sites tutorials herehere, and here.

Using Google Forms to give an online quiz.

Tools for online quizzes, polls, and surveys.
MyStudiyo, multimedia online quizzes - Example in action.
ProProfs - Online Quizzes, Flashcards, and Polls.
Obsurvey, Custom Online Surveys. - How-to Video.
Survey Monkey
Poll Daddy
Skribit for Gathering Suggestions - How to.
Google Moderator

How to Edit the Size of Videos Embedded in Your Blog.

Games you can embed into your blog.
Novel Games

RSS Feed Widgets to embed into your blog.
Spring Widgets
Widget Box

Online Tuition

Creating E-Book

e-Books: Important Web-Links

The Popular Book Creator is Now Available on Android

15 Top Interactive Ebook Creator Tools

25 Tools to publish an eBook

Search engine to find apps:
E-basta portal from July 2015
Textbook of all states educational boards and CBSE
Student can free download it.
ICT Project @ School Project-Gujarat
Std. 8th to 12th all subjects’ textbooks are available
It can be downloaded free of charge.
For log in: User name: guestuser, Password: Guest@user1
Available CDs
Secondary Education and Examination Board prepared Set of CDs for 9th and 10th Mathematics, Science, and English of TV programs telecasted by BISAG.
9th to 12th standards animated CDs are prepared under e-Content project for schools of Gujarat State.
Some private websites for Educational CDs:
Level-1: e-Book(Text & Graphics)
Level-2: e-Book(Multimedia): Multimedia includes text, graphics, animation, audio, video, activity, link and hipper link, and test.
Level-3: e-Book(Multimedia & Artificial Intelligence)

Interactive White Board

Interactive White Board
Free Open-Sankore software and tutorials are available on this website.
Hitachi company( Star Board):
Smart Board company:
Gynzy company:
Promethean company:
Online white board


Shree Shailesh Bhatt's Lecture note: m-Testing
You can download m-Learning e-Books from the following links

To find m-apps. Search engine is:
To find m-apps. Website:
BYOT: Bring Your Own [Learning] Technology/Device (Tablet)
Tablet Project-1: Gyan-Setu
CEE, Thaltej tekara, Ahmadabad.
Teaching with tablet & TV.
Project schools 200 in Gujarat State.
Any school can join in this project by paying 2000 Rs. Per year.
Tablet is given to each school.
 Digital Educational Resources (DERs)
Some material is stored in their server.
Material is in Gujarati language.
Std. 6th, 7th, and 8th Science material is in tablet.
Mathematics will be added in future.
Oft copy of Std. 6th, 7th, and 8th textbook is also in the tablet.
MCQ type test is available.
Tablet School-2
High Tech School since January 2014
Primary School, Sanganva, Taluko: Lodhika, Dist: Rajkot
Strength of the School: 300 students.
Present technological facility in the school:
Wi-Fi School Campus
Smart Classroom
70 students from Std. 5th to 7th are learning and tested through 70 tablets.
Software’s are in Gujarati
Pathshala soft ware
School has website
Tablet School-3
R. N. Podar International School, Santakruz, Mumbai.
40 branches are in India.
Each student learns all the subjects on tablet from Std. 6th to 12th since June 2012.
Video recording of lecture is available on internet.
Student learns online.
Lecture is delivered by video-conferencing.
Teacher-Student keeps contact through social-media.
The largest tablet based MBA in India
Online lectures by IIM faculty
Any time, anywhere learning on a Tablet
Sikkim Manipal University
Sem-College-Vidyanagar teaches through tablet.
Students can audio-video record the lectures in their tablets
Education of competitive examinations likes IIT, PET, and CPMT
at home by tablet. Lecture, test, and animation are in the material.
Material can be down loaded.
Std. 10th & 12th old question papers can be download by Android Application
Free appsFastMCQ
For online test: URL:
Std. 10th, 11th, 12th Science stream readymade tests
Offline test can be created by FastMCQ
Android apps Fast MCQ is available free at Google Play Store
Private Company
eSense: eSense UTOP the Educational Tablet with software for standard
1st to 10th is made available by eSense learning Pvt.Ltd, Ahmadavad.
Standard: First to tenth
Medium: English and Gujarati
Syllabus: Gujarat Secondary Education Board
Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science


Dr. Amit Mali’s lecture note: e-Learning: MOODLE
E-Learning Free Software (OSS):

Moodle Hosting 
Visit the websites:
Free online classroom using MOODLE
For teachers nationwide
Anyone can teach & learn alive on line (as wiki):
Ask n Learn:
Learning School Subjects:
Learning MS Office:
Portal Sakshat: KG to PG, HRD:
BAOU: Baba Sahe Ambedkar Open University- Amdavad
CCC course is totally online, in four languages, Gujarati,
Hindi, English, and Urdu.
Online Tuition:
E-Learning: Learning through digital material, either online
Or offline is called e-Learning.
Generations of e- Learning
1. e-Learning 1.0 (Slogan: Content is king)
2. e-Learning 2.0 (Slogan: Community is king)
3. e-Learning 3.0 (Slogan: Artificial Intelligence is king)
4. e-Learning 4.0 (Slogan: Omniscient is king)

e-Learning Websites

Websites for TEACHERS

Teacher Training India Paid

Primary Teacher Training Paid 
Where do teachers find free resources?: 
Academic website: 
Teacher for 21st century: 
Portal for Teachers: 

Where do teachers find free resources?:

Lesson Plans:

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