Training your brain in lockdown

University of Melbourne has put together some excellent advice for keeping alert and active during lockdown: how to train your brain during lockdown so you cope with the new set of circumstances and continue to thrive. The information is set out clearly.

You do need brain exercises, social contact and a way of staying solutions oriented. As I wrote the other day, technology is helping us significantly to create avenues for ourselves and others so we can keep moving in a positive direction no matter what the challenges.

We have been mastering web conferencing. We have been getting better at visual communication. Our reluctance to video call has been abandoned because it is hard not actually seeing anyone so it’s good to see them on video calls. We are all wearing our at home wear and our longer hair. We are more concerned we can see and talk to someone than we are about that picture in the background. It is making us real. Some people are getting together on web conferencing apps to do amazing things like the French orchestra who made Bolero for us all. Researchers can work together globally. People can use their languages skills to translate information so it can be quickly circulated. We are not perfect but we are rising to the challenges. Apps are being developed which will help us, 3D printers which were idle have been put to good use to make masks and face protection.

Training our brains is vital. We need to get through this and we can do it by sharing our knowledge. Technology lets us do that from home. Who would have thought we’d run the world from the settee? Big shout out to the teachers, students and parents running school from home and for @EduTweetOz and others for letting us know the successes of this . We are all pioneers.

Making videos on your phone

The world is making big demands in terms of technology. One of those demands is we help each other navigate the things we need to be able to do because we are staying at home, in quarantine, working from home or in isolation because we want to stay safe and keep others safe. When it comes to technology we cannot know everything, we can’t do everything and we can’t feel bad because we don’t know. I have been helping others who contact me achieve their learning aims in terms of technology. Others have helped me. We are all fantastic when we hold hands across the ether.

One of the things people are needing to do is make videos . They need to for work purposes and they need to because it is a way of helping or entertaining others. These videos keep us productive , focused and sane. It is a weird world out there. I am sharing this video by Think Media because it is a four part series which goes through all the basics and allows you to understand how to use your phone better for videos. Tips from this will help you get better value out of a mobile device which you always have. Not everyone has video and sound equipment. Most people have a smartphone. They can cost a lot. Learn to get the best value out of them. By the end of these four videos you will feel much better and more confident in making videos. Take a tip from Think Media and just relax and enjoy what you are doing.

Do it! Clean those screens!

How many germs live on your screen?

I am reblogging this post. You can find others on this blog if you search clean your screens. While we are trying to manage and contain the Corona Virus we are all looking at ways to avoid cross contamination. Phones and tablets need to be cleaned. Slate has helpful advice directly related to the Corona virus outbreak. 

Go on, get out the microfibre cloth, the sanitiser, the cleaner and clean those glass screens. Fingers and glass are a bad mix until we invent self-cleaning screens. I have blogged about it before. We wash ourselves, our dishes, clean our clothes and our toilets but we don’t think about our screens. It needs to become routine. Which? has done some interesting studies to show that screens harbour more bacteria than toilet seats. The article offers a sensible way to keep your screens clean. There is another informative article here about what lurks on your screens. When you have read both of those, take the test at The Oatmeal!!

Free images

Unsplash

Photo by Arzu Cengiz on Unsplash

Unsplash is a treasure trove of wonderful, free images. We need that. Much of our online life requires good images. We can take our own because we have smartphones and sometimes we need an image to suit a particular project or event. Unsplash supplies hundreds to top quality images which download quickly and are of a decent size so image clarity and integrity can be preserved . All that is asked is you acknowledge the person who created the image. Each image has a citation so it just a matter of copy and pasting that. You can belong to the community and contribute as well. Good way to build up your image portfolio if you need one.

6th generation iPad

As well as my Samsung A8 phone, I upgraded my iPad Air to a 6th generation iPad. I wanted the gold but they had sold out so I got the silver. Colour isn’t actually going to make one bit of difference to how the tablet works. The gold is amazingly popular, though.

The prices were very good and iPads are cheaper. This was well worth the outlay. The iPad Air was a bit smaller than a normal iPad. It didn’t really make a difference and made it ultra portable. It did suit my Logitech Bluetooth keyboard better in size. All of that is with a new owner who can make good use of it.

The new iPad connects to my 5G wi-fi and there have been no issues with it dropping out like I had with the iPad Air on the normal wi-fi. The nbn connection can be flaky at times. It also runs very smoothly in terms of gesturing and moving between apps and screens. It is running on iOS 12.1.1.1. The integration really is seamless and so using it is a real pleasure especially since the camera takes better photos which are actually decent. iPads have never been very good with photos.  With the improvement in my phone and now with this iPad I really feel like I have come into 2019 very well set up and loving mobile technology. It is no longer half baked , make do stuff.

I have my bluetooth case and that protects the iPad and has made it more productive and functional. It can work with an Apple pencil which I haven’t as yet purchased and it will be far better for augmented reality which is set to grow significantly.

This iPad is less intrusive and less pushy so I am getting the impression mobile technology has worked out we don’t want to be swamped by push notifications and something which takes over our device.

It’s the size of a normal iPad and I am glad to have that back. Screen real estate is important when graphics are so good these days.

There is a review of it here on laptopmag.

6th generation ipad

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