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Tips and Tricks: Crashes, Freezes, and General Belligerence

30 Jun

From time to time, you might encounter a few problems while using your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Apps may quit unexpectedly, freeze, or the device may crash. This post has some tips for recovering from those little episodes and what to do to avoid them.

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Using your iPad with Stylus

8 May

There are lots of accessories for the various generations of iPad, but catching my eye recently were the range of styluses available.  What is a stylus?  Basically, it is a pen for your iPad or iPhone (or finger-alternative perhaps?)  There are many models available and a quick internet search will show you more than you thought.  I simply went down to electronics and entertainment section of  my local Big W store and found a nice range there.  There was a blingy stylus for the yummy mummy or glamour iPad user, one that had a real pen inside, some attached to iPad stands, and styluses in various colours.  They all work exactly the same, so I picked two of the more basic varieties, each just under $20.  Shop around and you will find similar styluses at similar or cheaper prices.  Any of these styluses will work on any touch screen device, including other Tablets and Smart Phones. Continue reading

Can Apps help your child with Show-and-Tell?

5 Mar
Public speaking

Public speaking (Photo credit: brainpop_uk)

Recently I went along to the parent information evenings at our primary school.  Along with all the other information we received, the teachers in each class discussed the importance of the weekly oral presentation our children are expected to do each week.  The children are working on developing good oral presentation skills, including looking at the audience and speaking clearly.  Each week they are rostered to do a talk on a particular topic.

Teachers suggest we get our children to practice their talks at home, particularly the talk that is assessed (one per term).  My children tend to do well, but they are reluctant to practice before hand, and one of them has a bit of a problem with mumbling.  What to do, what to do.  One of the teachers suggested that we record the children.  In “the olden days” everyone had a tape recorder, but these days it is not as common.  Luckily there are things we can do with mobile devices that can help. Continue reading

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