Handwriting Recognition on the iPad: 3 Way Shootout

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One of my friends has just become a head teacher for the first time and she asked me if there were any decent handwriting recognition apps on the iPad which would enable her to turn her handwriting into text to save typing up notes after her meetings. I thought carefully about this and nothing sprung to mind, certainly nothing which would beat the performance of her Galaxy Note and S-pen. Handwritten note taking is really the one weak link that the iPad has and although styluses have come a long way recently, I wasn’t so sure about handwriting recognition. After a search online, I found three contenders for the iPad crown; Notes Plus, WritePad Pro and MetaMojiNote. Here they are, in order of greatness. [click to continue reading…]

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Back to School with an iPad? 5 ways to go paperless this term.

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Back to School. The phrase that strikes horror into students (and teachers) of all ages up and down the land. Back in the day, there was the excitement of writing neatly on the first page of your new exercise book, and then slightly less so on the second page which was not quite so nicely padded on all those leaves of fresh paper. Now, many students are just as likely to walk into the classroom with a piece of tech as they are with a pencil case. Here are the top 5 cost effective, paper busting productivity apps for a student going back to school in 2014 armed with an iPad, in no particular order. [click to continue reading…]

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Graduation time from your favourite notes app? Notes Plus iPad Review

IMG_1074As some of you may know if you have read my articles before (thanks Mum!), I love productivity apps and the app which constantly does the business for me is Notability. Ginger Labs, the creators of Notability have designed their app in such a way that it appeals to power users and beginners alike. The school I work in has a lot of iPad users of varying experience, but Notability is a favourite amongst many of them. It is with this staunch Notability love that I review Notes Plus. [click to continue reading…]

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Explain Everything for iPad Review: The 21st Century way to present

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We’ve all done it before. Sitting in a classroom on a hot, hazy afternoon, the teacher explaining something to the class in great depth, only for your mind to wander to the latest cricket score, what you’re going to have for dinner or what time you’re meeting your mates for an after school kick around. Suddenly, it’s work time and the teacher asks you to apply this knowledge they have so painstakingly imparted and you haven’t listened to a thing they have just said. So, the teacher will either have to patiently explain it to you again, or say “weren’t you listening to anything I just said?” and you have to desperately ask your mates for an explanation. Either way it’s not an effective use of either student or teacher’s time. As a teacher and student, I’ve been there on both sides of this situation and if Explain Everything was around in the 90s, I wouldn’t have had to worry about my mind wandering during lesson time. [click to continue reading…]

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Screens VNC for iPad review: Ideal for Productivity and Pranking!

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Mac on your iPad

In my first teaching job, my school at the time had a remote desktop system going where I could use my dodgy old computer at home to remotely connect to a desktop at school which gave me access to all of the programs I needed to prepare my lessons. I remember thinking it was almost like witchcraft – having more than one computer on your computer! It actually worked pretty well in the early days of broadband (despite having to set it to 16 colour mode!). This was a feature that I sorely missed when I moved schools. Jump in the DeLoren and get to 88.8 mph and fast forward to today. Fast connectivity and mobility everywhere means that we don’t have to rely on a meaty central server at a place of work to provide these connections, you can do it yourself at a fraction of the price. This is where Edovia’s Screens software comes in. [click to continue reading…]

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Quick Look: Writer Pro for iPad

I’ve now spent a few days with Writer Pro on my iPad and it’s feeling more like a puzzle than a tool. Writer Pro is built to brute-force a certain approach to writing. There are four modes to the app: Note, Write, Edit, and Read. Each of these modes features a different font type and […]

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Review – Concepts: Smarter Sketching for iPad

Concepts: Smarter Sketching for iPad I am someone who likes to sketch, but my skills need refining. Concepts: Smarter Sketching app appealed to me; the descriptions and images on the developer TopHatch’s website and App Store implied it had tools to help me achieve better drawing results. Concepts is marketed to design and creative professionals, […]

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Review: 30/30 Simple Task Manager for iPad

30/30, a task management app by Binary Hammer LLC, is built around the ’30/30 work cycle’ concept, which advocates a balanced approach to performance. More specifically, 30/30 refers to alternating between work and rest in 30-minute increments. The method is based on the theory that productivity and creativity increase when one is intensely focused on […]

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Fantastical 2 for iPad Review

A lot of iPad apps falsely tout that they’ve been re-imagined for the tablet form factor, when they’re really just reconfigured versions of their iPhone counterparts. Fantastical 2 for iPad is refreshing because it’s the real deal. This app takes the best concepts from Fantastical on the iPhone and Mac — the DayTicker, list, and […]

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