Setting Up Your Mac to Run Any Android App You Want Using Chrome: A How To

Alright, this was way easier than I thought it was going to be. You do have to copy and paste a couple of commands into your Terminal and turn on Developer mode in your Chrome extensions, but that is really all that there is to it. I’m just writing this out in case you are looking to do this and play around, but here is what Angry Birds Star Wars looks like on my Mac:

  1. Install Homebrew (follow the first instruction on this page… that’s it.): Homebrew — The missing package manager for OS X
    Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.

  2. Install NPM and Node.js (follow the first instruction on this page… that’s it.): Setting up Node.js and npm on Mac OSX | Shape Shed
    Setting up Node.js and npm on Mac OSX

  3. Install ChromeOS-APK (follow the download and install instructions on this page): chromeos-apk/README.md at master · vladikoff/chromeos-apk
    npm install chromeos-apk -g

  4. Download and install the right version of the ARChron extension (follow the instructions on this page): chromeos-apk/archon.md at master · vladikoff/chromeos-apk
    ARChon runtime lets you run unlimited number of Android APKs created with chromeos-apk on Chrome OS and across any desktop platform that supports Chrome.

If you are the type of person who is really looking to test out a lot of Android Apps but doesn’t know which ones will work with this method, here is a quick spreadsheet of nearly all of them that have been tried. Please note: this spreadsheet contains links to download APK files as well. If you haven’t paid for the APK through the Google Play store, please don’t download the APK for use on your Mac.

 

 

 

 

What I’m Learning: A bunch of new programming resources for kids to start their CS Journey.

Hat Tip to Jessica Raleigh for this one. While I did know most of these apps, it is nice to have them all collected in one spot. I also didn’t know Waterbear, so I got to check it out!

10 Tools To Teach Kids The Basics Of Programming

Waterbear is a convenient and free to use programming toolkit for kids which uses a drag and drop approach for programming purposes. Waterbear is a visual programming language which means there is no need to learn syntax to start programming with it. Kids can create a new file, look at examples of other creations and play around with the different features among other things. There are even descriptions for each element that are easy to follow as well. [Visit site]

What I’m Using: exercism.io

I love the idea of learning to code in context. Although there is definitely a steep learning curve for getting it up and running, I think this project has huge potential.

Exercism

Better code through conversations. Thousands of conversations are happening on exercism. Here’s one of them. You start with some code. Talk about it a little. Rewrite the code a bit, then post the new version. Make it better. After a few cycles you’ve got improved code, and perhaps even a new friend!

The power of Better.

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There is a lot of juice in transformational change. Everyone is looking for it, coveting it above all other types of change.

But, I wonder if there needs to be a defense of incremental change. I wonder if we need to think about how “better” is something really amazing.

The reason why this came up for me this morning is that yesterday I updated to iOS 8 on my iPhone.wow there is nothing radically different or transformational within the operating system, everything works better. Even the fact that I am able to dictate this entire blog post without stopping the dictation after every paragraph is something that I have been wanting to do for years.

Better is amazing in this regard.

Because these changes are not transformational, I don’t have to learn a whole new paradigm of workflows or management for my ideas. Rather, all I have to do is embrace the subtle differences that make every interaction more amazing.

This makes me wonder where we might find better in our own lives. When can we champion incremental change something worth pursuing.when can we make it a ration a priority instead of innovation.

Now, I don’t mean that innovation in and of itself is bad. Instead, I’m talking about how people use innovation and transformational change as a way to obfuscate the fact that they don’t truly understand what has come before.

It is in this understanding that we truly can step up on the shoulders of giants rather than knocking them out at the kneesevery time we have a new idea.

But, what do you think? When is incremental change and advocating for “better” the best strategy for championing great work?

Project Roundtable: The All-Day Q&A

This is the All-Day Roundtable to support any and all teachers that are looking to use Webcams, microphones, Swivls, iPads, Chromebooks and any other device that helps teachers to collaborate with one another throughout this school year.

Please come and ask/answer questions. Please come and share your own educational excitement.

What I’m Using: An App that lets me see who has access to my Google Drive Files and Folders

I think this app may be what a few of you folks have been waiting for. It scans your Google Drive and determines which files and folders are shared with which people and you can remove folks very quickly if they shouldn’t be there. Good times!

Who Has Access – Chrome Web Store

Find out who can access your Google Drive. You’ll be surprised. Find out who can access your Google Drive. You’ll be surprised. – Analyze your Google Drive share options for all your files and folders. – Discover who can access what in your shared folders. – Remove the people that shouldn’t have access and feel better.

What I’m Learning: Scott Berkun has some wonderful advice for folks on how to run a workshop.

I absolutely love these rules and the ideas behind them. Study this blog post!

How to run a good workshop

  • RULE #1: A 3 HOUR LECTURE IS NOT A WORKSHOP
  • RULE #2: THE MORE STUDENTS YOU HAVE, THE LESS OF A WORKSHOP IT IS
  • RULE #3: WORK THE TRIAD: EXPLAIN, EXERCISE, DEBRIEF
  • RULE #4: STAY OUT OF THE CENTER
  • RULE #5: BETA TEST YOUR EXERCISES
  • RULE #6: MATCH PROMISES TO EXERCISES
  • RULE #7: ALWAYS HAVE A WHITEBOARD OR FLIPCHART IN THE ROOM
  • RULE #8: THE ROOM SHOULD LOOK LIKE A WORKSHOP WHEN YOU ARE DONE
  • RULE #9: BUILD A WORKSHOP CHECKLIST
  • RULE #10: GIVE STUDENTS THE NEXT THING TO DO AFTER THEY LEAVE

What I’m Using: SlideRule – A Search Engine for Online Courses and MOOCs

I like the idea of not having to go out to all of the different providers of online courses in order to find the content I am looking for. This is a great tool for filtering and finding great content.

SlideRule: Find Online Courses/MOOCs. Read Reviews/Ratings

Education is changing, with great educators from around the world increasingly putting their amazing courses online. We believe we are in the early days of a revolution that will not only increase access to great education, but also transform the way people learn. SlideRule is our way of contributing to the movement. We help you discover the world’s best online courses in every subject – courses that your friends and thousands of other learners have loved.