Android Photo Apps

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! Did you guys see??!! Instagram is FINALLY available for Android. Oh, and Instagram has just been purchased by Facebook…. but I’m not exactly sure what that means yet….

Anyhoo, as you probably gathered from my waffle about podcasts, I am an Android user (gosh, doesn’t that sound dirty?). I have been lusting after Instagram for what feels like forever. BUT now that I have Instagram it doesn’t mean that I’m going to neglect the other awesome photo apps on my phone. Here’s some apps that I’ve been cranking:

PicsArt

So fun! PicsArt is a photo editing app that has lots of neat tools and tricks, including cropping, masks, effects, callouts, text, drawing and collages. You can also share your creations to almost any social networking site: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram + every other social networking tool I’ve ever come across. Here’s a few shots that I’ve played with using PicsArt:

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Honourable Mentions:

And now, a few extras if you’re still looking for something to play with.

Cute Stuff to Make!

Finally, check out these clever peeps sharing ideas for making adorabubble stuff with Instagram photos:

Fat Mum Slim – Sweet Products to Make From Your Instagram Photos

Sometimes Sweet – Instagram Fun

*This is a good time for a little disclaimer. This is not a sponsored post. I just love the stuff that I’m ranting about. If Samsung or Instagram or Google want to pay me in cash or products they are most welcome. A Samsung Galaxy Tab should do the trick. Ta.

Over to you: What’s your favourite Android app?

Podcasts for Kids and more

I love a good hit of quality podcast. I love it in the car. I love it while I’m doing housework. I love it while working out at the gym (oh, what’s that message on my phone? I haven’t been to the gym for 90 days? Surely a clerical error…).

Here’s what I love to shove in my ears during those moments.

For the Kids

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These are great places to pick up free stories for kids. I have used audio stories lots in the classroom, however the one time I tried one with Pebble she wandered out of the room in under 3.7 seconds. I must try again. Perhaps your toddler will be more interested!

Get Your Geek On

GEEK ALERT! Yep, I can’t get enough of Radio National. It’s not enough that it’s on the free to air radio, in fact, that is almost useless to me. What I like is the shows I want, when I want ‘em. Here’s my favs (click on each pic to find out more).

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My number one fav is Life Matters, and it was quite the adjustment this year saying goodbye to long time presenter Richard Adey. RN chose a fantastic replacement in Natasha Mitchell, who I already loved listening to on All In The Mind. It’s about life and stuff that matters. Monday Modern Dilemmas is a good new segment to check out.

New favourite is Download This Show presented by Marc Fennell. It’s everything geek-tech news and I can’t get enough.

For a Laugh

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Answer Me This: Two British presenters, Helen and Olly, along with Helen’s husband, Martin the Soundman, answer anything and everything from their listeners. I’m about the same age as all of the presenters and their humour just gels with me. Plus, I love English stuff. The weekly live custom theme tune is enough for me to tune in alone.

I Like to Move It, Move It…

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For those times that I do move my butt and get some exercise, Motion Traxx has an amazing selection. You can choose depending on exercise (running, cycling, walking) and BPM, to match your fitness level. Now, where are my sneakers?

How I listen

I use my Samsang Galaxy SII to stream podcasts using Stitcher and Samsung Kies Cast. Stitcher generally satisfies all my geeky needs but occasionally there’s something that I can only get through Samsung Kies Cast so I use both. I’m a bit of a slut that way.

Phew! I think I’ve ranted and raved about my love of Podcasts enough.

Got something to say? Go on, you know you want to…

Grateful: Blogging

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I’ve always been a writer. If I haven’t been writing on paper or on a keyboard then I’m writing in my head. Constantly. I have written blogs in the past, but nothing with any real direction. This little project is something that has been brewing for a long time. I’ve had a big break from blogging. I really missed it. I didn’t think I’d ever blog again.

But then you know what? I read this post from one of my favourite bloggers and I just thought “THAT’S IT! I’m gonna blog! For me. Right now.” And I did.

I feel like I’ve pulled my favourite fleecy jumper out of the cupboard and am snuggling up by the fire, settling in for a good story. Sure, I have dry, tired eyes from staring at my screen far too long in an effort to understand WordPress (WTF was I thinking leaving Blogger!?). But it’s all good fun, a learning journey.

Today, I’m grateful for blogging.

Another fabulous blogger has been helping others keep in touch with gratitude for quite some time now. Pop on over to see what others have to share.

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Websites for Kids

I’m a technology addict. I love myself some blogs and gadgets and games and social networks. Oh, hey! Did you see you can catch up with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter – shameless, I know…

So, I thought, how can I make the most of my addiction, and probably your addiction too, if you’re reading this, am I right? I’m going to make your day, because this little blog is going to be sharing fun and fabulous techy things all the time. Like, weekly. I’m calling it: Click.

This week? Something for the little ‘uns and something for the school kids too. Next week? Who knows… maybe some fashion, maybe some blogs, maybe a new gadget, you’ll have to wait and see. Fun!

For now, get your small one and plonk them in front of this for a bit:

Poisson Rouge

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Poisson Rouge (French for Red Fish) is a labyrinth of fun, easy, interactive games for little kids. It’s great for teaching the smallest of hands to use a mouse as they click and click and click all over the page. Almost anywhere you click will take you to somewhere exciting or make something amazing happen. You almost can’t go wrong.

Oxford Owl

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Oxford Owl looks a little more studious, but don’t be fooled, it still has plenty of fun factor. I use this a lot in the classroom, especially during guided reading sessions. I hook up the six-way headphone set to the PC and BAM! instant listening centre. Plus, many of the books come with follow up games and activities to teach literacy concepts from the story. I’m sure kids would have fun reading with this at home. Books are levelled by age, and can be searched for by genre, book type and series.

Have you found any fab clicky places for kids lately? Please do share them in the comments.