History apps

Titanic There are some really good histoy apps around for iOS. Some of them may well have Android versions if you check. HistoryApps has a number of freed educational history apps which seem to be for younger children or those young at heart. TechRadar recommends apps for an older age group but most of them seem to be paid apps. There are two free ones , though, which are well endorsed: National Geographic’s Titanic and Streetmuseum’s Londinium. Timeline Eons is another really good free app for history. eLearningIndustry has free apps for teaching American history.

Pixntell

Pixntell has been around for a while but apps like this one probably need to come back into fashion again. The world has moved from an event driven approach to a narrative constructed one. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and then gadgets like action cameras are all about recording your own narrative. The belief is that everyone has a story to tell and so short videos are now the thing. Pixntell is a free app which easily converts images into a quick video which you can share. It was designed as an educational app but we really have moved on to anywhere anytime learning and so it’s an app for anyone. There is a small fee in terms of an in app purchase to remove the watermark.

Australian Geographic’s Top 50 apps

National Geographic Atlas

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Australian Geographic’s Top 50 apps are a mix of paid and free apps and the links to the apps are on the website. They cover a variety of nature based, weather based and astronomy based apps but also those to do with high quality travel and photography. Certainly worth a look.

iPad handwriting recognition apps

This video looks at handwriting recognition apps for the iPad and their functionality. It also shows you how to use handwriting recognition apps if you don’t know how to use them. My question is why? Why would you want to handwrite and convert that to text? There must be people who think it’s important because there are quite a few handwriting recognition tools around. My simple way of looking at it is there is a keyboard available to me. If I want to create text I type it. If I want to handwrite I use a stylus. I am still better at handwriting on a graphics tablet than I am on an iPad. Notes Plus is a good app for handwriting and if you want the hand recognition facility then it is there. I find the stylus is important. It is important to test run different styluses so that you get the one which functions best with the handwriting tool and the one which suits your hand movements the best. Having a test run with a pool of different styluses is always a good idea. No point in buying them all…just share and see! There is an article here on Macademise which discusses other hand writing recognition apps and reasons for using them. One app will suit your handwriting better than another so it’s a good idea to test different apps too.

Hay Day

Hay DayMy horses can walk through walls. Seriously. And hay bales, fences, olive trees, raspberry bushes and hay carts. Horses can walk through whatever they want to. I was so indignant when I first put them on the farm that they had the gall to walk, glide actually, over the unpurchased land to their new stable. What? I can’t even use that dead land for the dead nectar bushes which amass at an alarming rate and drive me crazy. There is no real solution to the dead nectar bush nemesis and the game gods need to get onto it. It holds me up and blocks me no matter how much I try and deal with it practically or creatively. The animals, though, are in their own class in the game. I finally got 4 goats because they have made an effort to improve their appearance and they no longer look so ghoulish. Whoever conceived the dogs knows them very well. They are into everything. They are very canine and they are fun. The puppies need worming, though. Poor things. The duck salon is inspired. The artists and animators on that have done a really great job. It is clever, ingenious, amusing and just so well done. The cats continue to stare disconcertingly with their stiff legged walk and the beady eyed sheep are just so cute. The cows are well, cows. Docile and friendly. Then there are the beautiful touches of the birds who visit the bird baths , bird houses and trees. They are gorgeous as are the butterflies. The turquoise frogs are hilarious and so well thought out. It’s amazing, then, that some animals are so poorly conceived. It is truly sad what they have done to the donkeys because they are lovely animals and in the game they are portrayed as goofy nitwits. Then there are the horses with their weirdo expressions and behaviour. I want a Pinto. It’s the only really decent looking  and behaving horse and it’s so hard to get because you either have to pay a stack of diamonds (cash) or wait until you need carbon dating to get the 9 gold credits along with the other credits to purchase it. Getting the other credits is easy. Getting gold ones is very ageing. I heard the horses glide over water too. They are initially very hard to keep confined if that is what you want. It’s part of the game , though. You have to move things around , watch what happens then put their stable in different places and watch what happens. They have a short range trajectory , unlike the dogs who are everywhere! I spent over a week doing this and that and now I have more or less solved my problem of escaping horses. One sneaks out when I am not looking but comes back in for hours when I whistle at the stable. So most of it is good on Hay Day and there is room for improvement. I have just spent a million and a half coins to buy a tractor with flowers around the wheels. Yes. I did that. Games can make you behave in interesting ways. I also spent 32 diamonds making a little creek. Each tiny waterhole costs an exorbitant 8 diamonds and I bought 4. The pricing on some things is a bit bizarre but that’s fodder for another post.

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