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What's it about?
After installing LINO - STICKY AND PHOTO SHARING and signing up, teens find themselves at their main page already full of stickies with links to web-based help explaining how it works. In the My Canvases section, users on iOS devices can create a new canvas. On Android devices they'll need to connect to the website, which functions like a dashboard for most of the Android app's functionality, then return to the app, where users are restricted to creating new stickies and viewing tasks. Tap on a sticky to edit, pin, or delete.
Is it any good?
As a virtual yet private message center, lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing works like a charm with an old-fashioned bulletin board feel and some nifty modern bells and whistles. Canvases can have cork or various fabric-looking backgrounds, and stickies can be one of 10 pastel colors with tags, icons, colored fonts in varying sizes, and a "due date" (which adds it to the tasks list). Users can embed in each sticky an image, a file for download, or a link to videos hosted at YouTube, Vimeo, or Ustream; and canvases can be embedded or linked to from other web sites. Synchronization is pretty quick between device and desktop. The iOS version of the app is superior to the Android version in some ways; for example, you can easily create and save a new canvas within the iOS version of the app, but you'll need to leave to app and open a browser to do this in the Android version.
While it does lend itself to sharing and collaborating, the app seems more like an appealing way for parents to stay in touch with kids (e.g., "Remember to walk the dog.") than something teens would use on their own. A great deal of the functionality -- like the ability to create canvases and move stickies around (for the Android app), and to manage groups (for both the Android and iOS apps) -- is available only through a link to the website, but this out-of-app interface can be difficult to navigate on the small screen. Plus, lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing is just a tad too busy and crowded overall. A scenario could involve a parent on a desktop or tablet posting and managing, while the teen on a mobile device would be mostly reading and posting simple stickies.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others
- Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
Collaboration: group projects
Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
Self-Direction: goal-setting, time management
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Subscription price: Premium is $1.99 per month or $29.99 per year
- Release date: November 19, 2012
- Category: Productivity
- Size: 4.30 MB
- Publisher: Infoteria
- Version: Android 1.0.138; iOS 1.5.0
- Minimum software requirements: Android 2.1 and up; iOS 5.0 or later
For kids who love to create
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