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Acquisition Abounds

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to thank you for following this blog and ask you to consider checking out my new all-in-one blog called “Acquisition Abounds: The Adventures in the Life of a Language Educator.” This new blog is where I plan to do most of my blogging from now on.

I really hope to see you there!

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Celebrating 100,000 views! App Store Gift Card Giveaway!

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Thanks for this chance, Steve!

Thank you readers so much for the over 100 000 page views on!

The most popular posts of the year were:

How to use Instagram’s features without posting online

TubeBox Pro (Now unavailable, but replaced with Instatube) – Save YouTube videos to your iPad!

How to be a Terrible iPad Teacher 

Setting up your iPad for projected display

App Store Cards Giveaway

I am going to give away a few $10 App Store cards  to people who share this website or any specific post(s). Leave a comment and mention where you shared it. Share using Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, or just by word of mouth to your staff at school. Remember to leave your location and email address or Twitter handle in the comment (your email address won’t be posted publicly!). I will randomly select winners from the comments, and contact you through email.

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I hope to earn a free promo code to this app…and then create a book en français with the kiddos. Looks like fun!!!!

“Storypanda is an iPad story platform that brings families together by enabling them to read, create and share kids stories. One App, Unlimited stories.”


With this interactive children's book app, students, parents and teachers will be able to create personalized stories based on the original books. Storypanda is an app that has a great collection of books that both kids and adults will love. New books are added regularly, and the people over at Storypanda are looking to incorporate lesson plans to go along with these books. Reading will become (more) fun, and kids will increase creativity in changing the stories.

While the app itself is free, most books cost $2.99. You can purchase them within your bookshelf. Each book can also be made available as a separate purchase through the App store, and they will be brought back into the bookshelf of the original app (if…

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Videoscribe = Pure Genius!

Very few apps will ever earn a title like this by the “Appy Family,” but Videoscribe by Sparkol has done it! This easy to use app has some amazing features that blow many other creation apps out of the water.  It creates professional-looking content in a matter of minutes! Here is a link to their website and here is a link to purchase the app.

I have my friend, Sylvia Duckworth, to thank for tweeting me this a few days ago (click tweet to view Sylvia’s animation):

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Some quick words of advice on how to get started:

1. Make sure your iOS software is up to date. At first mine wasn’t, and therefore I was unable to launch

2. Play around with the app just a little bit before you start anything serious

3. Watch the tutorials (Even if you’re like me and usually try to just figure it out without the tutorial…I did NOT watch them and wish I had as it would have saved me some time and trouble). Click here to view the tutorials. The first one should be enough to get you started.

4. Plan your video out from start to finish before starting with the app. Include your wording, layout and image ideas. Only when complete with planning, start creating with the app.

5. Plan to create the animation when you have a good chunk of quiet time. I was in a semi-public place and you can hear quite some background noise behind the music. Also, I ran out of alone time well before I wanted my time to be up…the app is ADDICTIVE!!!

6. FYI: When importing images, best to use .svg since those are will draw the best, but you can also try others like .jpg, .png, etc.

7. Have fun! This is going to be an extremely fun app to play around with!!!


Here’s my first videoscribe:

The downsides:

The audio recording feature is  one thing I’d like to see improved. What I don’t like about the built-in feature is that you cannot record small sections of audio as you go…it’s all at once (unless I’m missing something). I know that you can upload your own audio file that you create using another software, however.  I guess I am comparing it to Explain Everything a bit. I really like how with Explain Everything you can record small sections of audio that go along with your presentation as you’re creating it. To learn more about this other “Pure Genius” app, visit this blog post. It is possible, however, that I just haven’t learned enough of the advanced features yet…I’ll have to report back if I was mistaken on the above judgement!

Secondly, I was unsuccessful publishing to YouTube or Facebook directly from the app. It stated that it had published it, but it had not. I ended up saving it to my camera roll and then publishing it from there. Not a biggie, but weird that it didn’t work as it should.

Lastly, I’d like to see more images added to the free built-in library with future updates.

Despite these minor downsides, Videoscribe still earns the highest thumbs up ever and has made one very (h)Appy Family! I am VERY happy to report that this is our new favorite creation app!!! It is just too cool! 🙂

I simply cannot wait to see what creations will come of it and neither can my husband…he was quite impressed!!!

Thank you, Sylvia and thank you Videoscribe!!!!!