Monday, 9 April 2012

Apps, Books, and Creativity

Let's start with the apps. I found AppAppeal while researching reviews for apps to be mentioned in this article.

The top ten lists give clear comparisons as to the popularity of the various blogging, social networking, and business sites so that you can keep your eye on where to focus your efforts.

 Book Apps

 Their top thirty book apps look interesting and useful. The page keeps all the top sites together in one place. And it may provide new avenues for promo possibilities too. Many were well-known (Goodreads, Shelfari) but others were new to me and perhaps worth checking out.

Promotional Posters 

If you're into creative ways of enhancing your visibility on the web, and don't already know about this, try Glogster.

Glogster only rated two out of five stars on the AppApeal review but it is fun, a new promotional poster tool although, as with the new FB cover terms and conditions, advertising is not allowed. 

However, if you browse the blogs, you'll see that the ban applies to overt advertising.  Every poster is in some way promotional or branding.

Yes, I did spend too much time, as usual, trying it out. It has an extensive gallery of graphics, backgrounds, poster variations. One tip with the graphics--you can simply choose a graphic and move it on to your poster. If you click on the Use It button, the graphic appears at the bottom of your poster and may seem invisible if you are working at the top.

Add photos, audio, video, graphics, text--it's pretty versatile and can be embedded in blogs, Twitter, FB. It,'s easy to use. If you have any questions, just ask or look at the Teacher Training videos

Best of all, as with everything I use, it's free though you can sign up for an educational  or homeschooling licence which allows interaction with students or classes. Take a look at the Best Glogs from the top menu bar and see the range of what you can do.

Read the terms and conditions carefully to make sure they suit you and be sure you are not using anything that you do not have the copyright for..

Let me know what you think in the comments below. 
Better still, post a link to your new glog :-)

 early bird notice

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  1. Did you find an apps for writing by numbers, Annie? Not for me of course. I'm not good at Maths.

    1. Sure there must be more than one of these, Wendy lol. Shall remember not to mention anything like that to you, though. Don't want to be pilloried in Calamity's Corner hehe :-)

  2. Interesting. I know teachers use glogster for their classes to work on different projects but I didn't realize it was for posters too. Thanks for sharing with us. Some new information for me - lol. E :)

    PS - Annie, don't forget to send me an email with your mailing address since you won one of my bookworm bookmarks that I'm giving away through Sunday's postings. I'd like to get it in the mail tomorrow while I'm in town but if not then, Monday will work. - (my email is - sent you an email but haven't heard back from you yet) - E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery

  3. so excited to have won one of your super bookworm bookmarks Elysabeth.

    have emailed you and thanks for the further info on Glogster. I really need time to check it out properly.


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