Free iOS App: Seeing AI – Designed for the blind and low vision person



Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize: 
• Short Text – Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera. 
• Documents – Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting. 
• Products – Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available. (works with iPhone 6 and later)
• People – Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions. 
• Scenes (early preview) – Hear an overall description of the scene captured. 
• Currency – Recognizes currency notes. (Requires iOS 11)
• Color – Identifies color. 
• Handwriting – Reads handwritten text like in greeting cards
• Light – Generates an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in the surroundings. 
• Images in other apps – Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more. 

Seeing AI is built to help you achieve more by leveraging the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, more channels may be added. 

Check out tutorials with this YouTube playlist:

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Recently honored with Helen Keller Achievement Awards from American Foundation for the Blind.

Available in 35 countries including the U.S., Canada, European Union, U.K., Australia, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore. Coming soon to more countries. 
Languages supported – English 
Supported on iPhone 5C, 5S and later; best performance with iPhone 6S, SE and later models.

Questions, feedback or feature requests? Email us at

H5P- Create and Share Rich HTML5 Content and Applications

H5P ( makes it easy for teachers to create, share and reuse HTML5 content and applications. It is simple for teacheres to create rich and interactive web experiences– all they need is a web browser and a web site with an H5P plugin.  The H5P plugin can be installed on Canvas, Moodle, WordPress and many other LMS/CMS platforms.

Teachers can create interactive videos, games, presentations, drag and drop images, charts, image hot spots, timelines and much more.  Visit the h5p site to view examples of the interactive content.  You can preview and explore the content types 

Best of all, H5P is completely free and open technology.  And all content available on is licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 license.

This video shows some of the types of content that you can create with H5P.


Some new twists to USB Flash Drive Storage


With the proliferation of mobile devices, USB flash drives need to be more versatile. Wouldn't it be nice if you could save a file from your computer to your flash drive, and then transfer it to your iOS or Android phone or tablet? Well, you can! Here are three devices that can handle that task!



SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 32GB, Wireless Flash Drive for Smartphones, Tablets and Computers 

  • The flash drive reinvented for your phone, tablet and computer
  • Wirelessly save and access your photos, videos and files
  • Stream HD videos and music up to 3 devices at the same time
  • Connect wirelessly or simply plug into a USB port
  • 1 year limited warranty

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is the flash drive reinvented to work not just with your computer, but also with your phone and tablet. With the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick in your pocket, in your bag or across the room, you can wirelessly access your media and transfer files, stream HD videos and music, and save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device. Delivering up to 128GB of extra capacity, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick empowers your mobile lifestyle – whether you're running a sales meeting or taking a hike in the woods. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time, or gives you access to all your stuff from the pocket of your jeans.


[Apple MFi Certified] USB 3.0 Flash Drive for iPhone iPad, GMYLE Mini External Storage Memory Expansion USB Stick with Lightning Connector (64GB) (Gold)


This is just one example of many similar products available for iOS devices!

  • Apple MFi certified product with lightning connector, 100% compatibility, working smoothly with iPhones, iPads, and iPod.
  • The easiest way to transfer photos and videos between iPhone, iPad, iPod, PCs and Mac Computers, free up your memory space in seconds.
  • Lightest and most compact design on the market, weighing 7g and measuring 4.8cm in length for convenient transport.
  • "One-touch backup function" allows you to back up all the contact, photos and videos from Albums in your iPhone with just one click.
  • Wide Compatibility: Support All Popular-format, works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini2, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPod touch (5th generation) and newer (iOS 8/9)

SanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual USB Drive 3.0 (SDDD2-128G-G46)


  • The Flash Drive for Your OTG Android Phone
  • USB 3.0 and microUSB Connectors
  • Super-Fast Transfer Speeds from Drive to Computer
  • SanDisk Memory Zone App Manages Files
  • Automatically Detected When Connected

zSpace & Google Expeditions collaborate on VR education

zSpace, Inc. is working with Google to create an end-to-end virtual reality classroom experience that combines the power of zSpace’s interactive Screen VR technology with the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. Students will be introduced to learning content through the vivid photo and video Expeditions followed by in-depth exploration opportunities in zSpace. Google and zSpace will begin the program for back-to-school 2016 and showcase the virtual reality classroom experience at conferences and tradeshows in the United States. Read more.


Apps Closing Down

Sad Clyde - Katch
Image Source: Sad Clyde via @KatchHQ
I hate when a particular technology tool or service I have come to rely on and love decides it has to shut down. The only thing worse than losing one well-loved tool is losing multiple tools and that's exactly what's happening within the first few days in May!

The excellent Katch, which was designed to allow you to "catch" your Periscope and/or Meerkat live stream videos so they could be watched later than the 24-hour limit, will be closing shop on Wednesday, May 4th. Although I was still new to using Katch to save my Periscope videos, I was really looking forward to creating a nice backlog of some excellent experiences. I do have a couple of videos uploaded there so I'll have to do something about them soon! And what about the video we took from #UCET16, what will happen to those? We'll pull them off and save them another way.

If you go to the homepage you are greeted with the announcement as well as a link to the Medium article they wrote explaining the reason for the shutdown. There is also a timeline of when you need to take care of your videos currently stored on their site. The team has created two options for you to either export your videos to YouTube or just download them to your hard drive.

Either option just makes me more and more sad, especially since we used Periscope at #UCET16 and then used Katch to save the video. We will probably just pull them off and then upload them to our UCET YouTube channel instead, so don't worry too much about those videos being lost. But on a personal note, I'm saddened because the #PassTheScopeEDU event I participated in last week, and hope to continue with into the future, was based on using Periscope and then Katch to save the video. I'll be working with those folks to find some other way to save those videos now.

So why is Katch shutting down? According to their Medium Post:

We always saw Katch as a Hulu for live streaming. But if we were going to get there, we would need more resources (money, people, servers, time) that would enable us to move quickly to adapt to the increasingly competitive landscape and to mature the features for a wider group of users. We simply haven’t been able to secure the capital to do that.

And if losing Katch wasn't enough, I will also be losing the excellent Copy sync tool on Sunday, May 1st! I've known about the ending of Copy for a while longer than that of Katch, but I think Copy closing is hitting me harder because I have been using it for longer. Copy was a great syncing tool similar to Dropbox except that it offered more initial space for free. For example, I had 25 GB for free simply because I followed their onboarding tips. Such a waste!

Copy Ending May 1
The tear-inducing pop-up Copy users have been seeing for weeks!

According to the homepage, the reason for the shutdown has to do with the need to reallocate resources to other areas of the company.

Copy and CudaDrive have provided easy-to-use cloud file services and sharing functionality to millions of users the past 4+ years. However, as our business focus has shifted, we had to make the difficult decision to discontinue the Copy and CudaDrive services and allocate those resources elsewhere.

If you have been to any of my training sessions at UCET, SUECON, or URSA, you will know that I have been a proponent of using Copy for a while and now I will have to look elsewhere for recommendations. While I do you Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive, I liked that I had another great service that offered a free-tier to recommend to educators. I guess it's back to the drawing board for what other tools can I use.

I guess the moral of the story here is that if you love a service or tool then you need to find a way to send them money to help support the developers or else this is a possible fate. That's why I try to pay for services I find absolutely imperative to my workflow. Would I have paid for both Katch and Copy if given the chance? Possibly, but I guess I'll never know now.

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