10.31.2014

FanDuel App Allows Easy Play On The Go

Fantasy sports in general have certainly evolved in the last few years. During the early stages, people had to play fantasy football and fantasy basketball by keeping their own score or sending selections in through the mail through some sort of prehistoric league. These days, it is certainly much easier to get a fantasy sports fix. There are numerous websites that offer standard season-long leagues, but FanDuel offers shorter, one day leagues for those who want to play fast, quick games on a nightly basis. The FanDuel App makes it easier than ever to get everything set up and ready to go.

Since players are signing up for just one day leagues, time is always limited. There are times in which people can’t get to a computer in order to set a roster full of players in time for the games to start. That is why the mobile app has been developed to allow a person to make all the changes they need. A person can sign up for a league and set the roster in a matter of minutes from any smart phone without having to sacrifice anything compared to the full website version.

Not only does FanDuel offer a platform to play with, but they also offer several links for people to check as far as statistics and match up numbers are concerned. This allows people to make an informed decision before randomly picking people out of the blue. Doing this all on the go can allow a person to even play in a league if they’re going to an actual game that night. It certainly beats having to find a computer with an Internet connection like people were forced to do less a decade ago.

Just like on the regular website, free games and paid games can be signed up for. This method of play is becoming more and more popular with those who play on FanDuel the most. Convenience is always going to win out, and that is probably why you do not see anyone these days mailing in fantasy basketball or fantasy football results like they did prior to the Internet taking off.

The above post was written by guest writer Matt Stevens. 

2.17.2014

So you can record a Screencast on Google Chromebooks - a 60 second intro to Screencastify

This one's been eagerly anticipated.  It's nowhere near perfect, but it's definitely a step in the right direction and takes far fewer steps than recording a Google Hangout just to capture a simple screencast. Below is an embedded video made using the free Google Extension "Screencastify".



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12.12.2013

Sharing and Embedding YouTube Snippets Using TubeChop

During a Google Sites project earlier today, a student asked whether it was possible to use just a portion of a YouTube video.  I recalled being able to do this through other web applications, but only where you would be able to start at a certain point (http://youtubetime.com/) or by manually modifying the link (http://google.about.com/od/googleblogging/f/Time_YouTube.htm).  A quick Google search revealed a tool that's actually been out for awhile (where have I been?), but I'm happy to have found it today.

Challenge: Show a snippet of a YouTube Video

Solution: TubeChop

TubeChop is extremely easy to use.  Simply paste the URL or even search directly from the website. Use the sliders to designate start/stop points for the video, and chop it.  You'll get a dedicated URL for the chopped video, as well as a link and even an embed code.  This was a perfect match for the website design projects, as the students now have a way of showing just a specific piece of some potentially long videos.

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