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Category ‘iPad’

Brightcenter, the multi-user classroom solution for educative app(lication)s

May 15th, 2014 by
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Tablets inside the classroom

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For years now, PC/Desktops have been present in the classroom providing children and students digital learning environments. These learning environments are helping the teachers by providing interactive learning aids where children and students can independently work and learn. In primary schools, classrooms are filled with just a couple of PCs in order to allow children to learn how to use a computer. Many of these PCs include special software written specifically for kids, where they can learn to practice basic mathematics, writing, language, etc. Most of the time these PCs are not even connected to the Internet, because of the nature of the applications and run on local machines. Read the rest of this entry »

iOS Development Tips & Tricks - Part II

March 27th, 2014 by
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To continue my previous blog, iOS Development Tips & Tricks - Part I, in which I explain what tools I think are best to use for iOS development, I want to dive more into the actual code and tell you about my most used and therefore favourite frameworks in iOS.

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iOS Development Tips & Tricks - Part I

December 19th, 2013 by
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As you might know, I am very fond of developing apps for the iOS platform. I started back in mid-2009 by trying to create an app for the Dutch Lowlands festival but I unfortunately failed to make the app a reality. I didn't care because now I learned how to write iPhone apps!

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After that I never stopped trying out new app ideas in my spare time and occasionally blogging about it. In 2010, I created an app to use to communicate with friends using our custom forum-like website which was called 'Yert'.

EasyCalendarAnd later, March 2011, I created an app in my spare time together with my uncle (Jos Jong) and brother (Jim van Zummeren) which turned out to be quite profitable: Easy Calendar. I learned the most creating this app. I also developed some iOS apps for clients of Trifork, for example I made the love to load app for The New Motion and an app that allows doctors to log their hours for GeriMedica: Ysis Mobiel.

Oh, and I almost forgot: Learn to write with Tracy! An iPad app that makes learning how to write for children more fun and thus effective.Tracy

Next to the apps that made it into the App Store, I worked on a bunch of other ideas in my spare time that unfortunately never saw the light of day. But I learned from them every time. I want to share some tips & tricks with you all, which I learned over time. I want to talk about what tools I use nowadays, what frameworks I recommend and the different ways of distributing an app.
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iOS 7

November 27th, 2013 by
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Better late than never, a blog about iOS 7! I want to talk about some different subjects concerning iOS 7 both from a user's as from a developer's perspective.
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Apple WWDC Keynote 2013 - My opinion

June 12th, 2013 by
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AppleIf you haven't already you should all watch Apple’s WWDC keynote that was streamed live from San Francisco earlier this week; some really interesting things were announced. At least that’s how I see it and in this blog entry I'll give you my thoughts on some of my highlights, but there were so many small things they covered which you really have to see (or experience) instead of reading about it. Anyway, if you don't want to watch the 2-hour keynote, then this blog entry provides you with a good alternative...

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Digital assessments with the QTI delivery engine

May 23rd, 2012 by
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For many of our customers in the Education domain we have spent a lot of time looking and exploring the impact of technology; in this particularly case especially with regards to digital assessments. Developing good digital assessment techniques is very important in order to measure and examine what students are actually learning.

We are proud and excited to share with you a short presentation on Digital assessments using the QTI delivery engine. This presentation will give you some insight on the capabilities of our Assessment Delivery Engine with use of the latest QTI standards. QTI is an Open Standard determined by the IMS Global organization and provides a solid basis to support interoperability for delivering assessments.

Just click here and you can experience an assessment for yourself. Our demo is a fun quiz all about The Netherlands using different questions types based on the QTI spec, some more advanced than others. The assessment engine will deliver these questions through any browser type, making it possible to assess on virtually any platform.

If you are not familiar with digital assessments with the use of the QTI delivery engine, here is a what we can offer:

  • Multi-platform assessments
  • Use in any existing Web Application
  • Customization and extension
  • High performance and scalable environments
  • Security and a robust solution

To discuss possibilities on how to tailor to your specific requirements and for more information just drop us a note. For now good luck with your assessment!

May 2012 newsletter

May 15th, 2012 by
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At Orange11 there has been a lot going on in April, and in May there is even more in store, this blog covers a few of the highlights.

Welcome onboard

Firstly, we would like to welcome Jeroen Speekenbrink.Jeroen Jeroen started this week as Director Delivery Operations. Jeroen has been active in the software industry for well over 15 years and joins us from Inter Access. Jeroen will be responsible for running our entire delivery operation and will be a key strategic level contact for our customers. Welcome to the team Jeroen.

Hello Tracy

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Although it may sound like it, this is not another new team member, but Orange11's successful new I-Pad app; Learn to write with Tracy. This iPad app has been developed to help children to learn to write letters & numbers.

Since its launch it hit the top 5 Educational apps in the Dutch apple store. It's available for download in English & Dutch, try it out for yourself.

If you want to read more about the application check out our blog or visit our website for the case study.

Tick Tock Amsterdam here we come

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In just a few weeks it's time for GOTO Amsterdam. We are very excited as we finalize the program. The Berurs van Berlage is going to rock with a host of top speakers and companies we have joining. If you have not signed up already, don't miss out on a chance to mingle with the top tier of the software development industry. Blog readers that sign up now can get a further 25% discount. Remember when registering use the  discount code: orange11vip.

Training session at Berlin Buzzwords

bbuzzwords_logo_social_witheardate(1).pngI guess most of you have already got your tickets for Berlin Buzzwords THE event on scalable search, data-analysis in the cloud and NoSQL-databases. On request we will offer training opportunities the two days following the event (6th & 7th June). Register now for the Lucene & Solr training in a location very close to Urania in Berlin.

For all Berlin Buzzwords delegates we offer a EUR 300 discount so for more information & registration check out our website now. Discount code berlinbuzzwordsvip.

Up & Coming Rotterdam

A group of developers from Rotterdam (one of whom works for Orange11) have started up 010DEV; a social techy evening for those who live or work in Rotterdam (or not!). They have their first official social-tech event in May. They have some cool speakers too namely Trisha Gee presenting Disruptor and Peter Hilton who is going to set off in search of the perfect programmer. In between the sessions there ample opportunity to socialize and to taste some of Locus Publicus' excellent beer. If you wanna go register here.

Another QTI success story

Building further on our expertise of the QTI assessment delivery engine, we have implemented this engine for yet another customer; ThiemeMeulenhoff. The Oefenmodule is part of a new portal where Educational content is connected to an assessment engine that has the ability to conduct tests. This new module has been developed based on ThiemeMeulenhoff's existing DigiTrainer. Orange11 optimized the code and introduced new question types and introduced a feedback system that could prompt the use of tips or help. In a dashboard environment teachers can track progress, performance and results for individuals & groups of students. If you are interested in finding out more or a demo, then please contact us.

MongoDB User Group comes to Amsterdam
mongodb logoOrange11 are proud to initiate together with 10gen the MongoDB User Group to the Netherlands. The first session will be hosted at our monthly tech meeting. We will welcome to this session a MongoDB specialist from 10gen. A tentative date for the meet up is Thursday 7th June. We're just mapping out logistics but sign up and we will send more information within the next week or so. Sign up for free and come and enjoy the usual pizza & beer too.

Caching for fun and profit

If you missed our last tech meeting the presentation is ready for download. It gives an overview of where & why caching matters in enterprise application architectures and then focuses on some practical applications and gotchas in Enterprise Java apps, like Hibernate's 2nd level cache and Spring 3.1's new caching abstraction. Here's the presentation.

Thanks for reading as always.

Learn to write with Tracy

April 26th, 2012 by
(http://blog.trifork.com/2012/04/26/learn-to-write-with-tracy-ipad-app/)

I am very proud to announce Orange11's first iPad application: Learn to write with Tracy (dutch: Leren Schrijven met Tracy) which has just been released world wide in both Dutch and English. I personally developed this app from scratch with the help of my colleague Dennis de Graaf for the graphical design work. I thought this would be a great opportunity to tell you a little bit what the app is all about and a sneak behind the scenes as to how it was made.
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