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.

Assembly app

Assembly app is one of the most productive and professionally presented apps I have seen.  I got information about it via @uxigers on Instagram. The great thing about it is that the free version has plenty of tools and resources to work with. You can then have the option of  purchasing in app extras to further enhance what you are doing. The video gives a good overview of the sorts of things you can do. It is focussed on design and layout so it does have the snap to grid option which you can enable as you wish. The app also comes with a sound tutorial suite so that you can learn how to use different aspects of the app and set yourself right when it comes to using the app. It makes excellent use of the attributes of tablets/smartphones and so has brought us into the 21st century in its approach and intention. The more you know the better you are with this app. It teaches you to refine and improve your skills and create something of good quality. The Assembly app site is well laid out with plenty of information to help you get started. You can download it here from iTunes. There is a review here on Stuff which looks at it and then gives you other ideas of how to use it. Assembly is intelligent design because it functions well and anyone, no matter their level in graphic design can enjoy using this app. It means you can create and customise your own pictures, you can create layouts for apps and web pages, you can just use it as a sketch pad and playground for your ideas. It really is a productive, helpful, well thought out educational app.

Hay Day

Hay Day Town So who was the bright spark who suggested wheating as a wonderful way to make money, collect tools and get the advantage in Hay Day? I have been on Hay Day for around 6 months and this week I’ll be on level 60. I have never used wheating as a ploy because a) it doesn’t help b) it is boring c) it doesn’t help other players d) it is not a superior strategy and I could go on and on. So over the wheaters. The brochure is full of wheat. The farm shops sell wheat and more wheat. You also get the egg farmers, the lavender (indigo) farmers and the corn farmers. You need so many other things to meet truck and riverboat orders. Variety! Then there is the one egg for sale , you click and it’s one tomato. Or the gold nuggets – Sorry, someone has already bought this. Clearly not . There was not a SOLD sign on them. What is that all about? Or the things which are already sold when the brochure has just published. Time lapse? Atomic clock issues? All part and parcel of a game which holds you on a leash. It’s their time and their decisions. You shall have gold nuggets when we permit you to. Not a lot of free thinking goes on this game but a lot of complex thinking does. You always have to be thinking about how you will manage resources, lack of resources, strategy and a positive path forward. You get no rewards for throwing your hands up in the air and having a hissy fit. You do learn the lesson that diamonds can get you anywhere. They are anyone’s best friend in this game. Diamonds will break through any barrier. You can earn quite a few but mostly you have to buy them. I focus on challenges with diamond rewards and then the game comes good sometimes and gives you diamonds in the red chests. I save them to hire Tom mainly. He really helps out and smooths things over but you have to have Tom working for you on a day where you can access his help every 2 hours. It works and is cheaper than spending diamonds on the offers of saws , axes and whatever. I never have enough axes. Saws and axes come in waves but if you are making honey you cannot keep up with the dreaded nectar bush expiration. You clog whole tracts of workable land with dead nectar bushes and come to hate the sight of them. Recently I have been extending the town and am well pleased with my beach cafe and the other decorating I have done. There is plenty to do in this game and a lot of variety. It still amazes me how international it is and how we can connect without needing to use language. It truly is a global village and quite an achievement in that respect.

Still feeling insecure about ICT?

1.TeacherCast is a very good site to be familar with and to occasionally take the time to browse. It comes up with so many practical ideas not the least of which is this video about what to do with Google in your classroom. It helps you imagine other things when you watch a video like this.

2. Our government also has a useful internet site to help you get the best out of the internet at internetbasics

3. Goodwill community foundation has free tutorials, lessons and materials to help you feel really comfortable with technology in all its forms.

4.For things iPhone and iPad then visit the site ipodiphoneitunestutorials which will walk you around all the things you need to know.

5. Snapchat, anyone? Heard about it and don’t know whether it’s for you? There is a humourous but very helpful LinkedIn slide presentation by Todd Brison. If nothing else you will know what it’s about and know how to approach it.