All posts tagged: iPad

Draw Something! How to Make S’Mores – Traditional and Super Simple

TRADITIONAL S’MORES Ingredients: graham wafers marshmallows chocolate bar or Nutella Technique: First, the ideal marshmallow cooking stick must be found, and then whittled to the exact right point. The stick has to be brandished like a sword by a child (or someone who is child like) for a few minutes, until some mom says, “Put that stick down before you poke someones eye out!” In the meantime, someone has to build a fire. Probably a number of someones – the paper bringers, the match finders, the log splitters, the kindling scroungers. Then there is a discussion of how best to stack the paper, wood and kindling. Once the fire is off and running, the ritual of telling stories, adding more wood, and poking the fire with a big stick, has to take place. When mom says, “Put that big stick down before you burn up the forest!” it is time to get out the marshmallows, and find the very pointy sticks again. Once a marshmallow is skewered, they are slowly browned until they are golden …

Draw Something! There Be Pirates

The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate. – Bern Williams – I’ve been drawing again. The Draw Something app on my iPad is letting me express my creative talents. Okay, I realize I am rather talentless, but I’m having a good time drawing. Can you guess what I was drawing? The category was ‘There Be Pirates’. Does that help? The word was 5 letters long. There are many very talented cartoonists on the internet – here are a few that I have discovered: Mark Armstrong Doodlemum Mike Smith Aren’t these people good? They can draw clothes! Since my last post about Drawing (A Drawing Game) I’ve earned enough ‘coins’ to buy colours – including green, which the Draw Something app doesn’t include when you first start playing. Now I can draw grass. A green squiggly line is grass. A similar squiggly line, only in blue, is water. You can see from my drawing above that …

Draw Something! for the iPad

Third Daughter and The Car Guy have been playing Draw Something on their iPads. They invited me to join, so I downloaded the App a few days ago. The premise is simple enough. Player 1 chooses one of 3 supplied words –  which they then illustrate. They send the resulting drawing to Player 2 who tries to guess what the word is. Player 2 is told how many letters are in the word, and they are given a selection of letters to choose from. It is an odd game for us to play. None of us seem to have the artistic gene. Then, there is the issue I have with the colour palette. They only give you four colours: black, red, blue and yellow.  They don’t give you green. How can anyone draw without green? Correct answers earn you some points and once you have enough points, I think you can trade them for more colours. Or maybe not. I’m not too clear about that part. But it doesn’t matter, because when three people who …

What my iPad2 has Taught Me

Meet my new iPad2. It has a handy four segment folding front cover (I chose red, of course) that flips right over to the back side to form a little stand. When the cover is closed across the front, it puts the iPad to sleep. A very light sleep. It pops awake almost instantly if I lift the cover even a tiny bit. I know all this because I’ve tried to catch it off guard. I’ve had my iPad for just over a month now, and I’ve learned a lot about the world of iPads and Apple Apps. No, let me rephrase that. In relative terms, I know hardly anything, but compared to what I knew before I got my iPad, I know a lot more. Briefly then, here is what I have learned: – Not to put a bunch of hand lotion on my hands just before using the iPad – makes the screen very greasy, very quickly. – There are over 90,000 Apps. There is no way to wade through that many choices …

iPad 2 – A Six Day Journey

It is not that I don’t embrace new technology. It is just that I don’t adopt it very quickly. My cell phone is a good example. Sometimes I turn it on, phone The Car Guy to tell him that I survived a shopping trip in The Big City and I’m on my way home to eat the hot supper he is making. That gives him time to go get some take-away. Then I turn the phone off for a few months. So when The Car Guy asked me if I wanted to have an iPad, I looked at him skeptically. The thing had only been out for a year. And it was an Apple. Why would I spend that much money on something that might be only a fad, and would require me to Cross Over to the Dark Side? He replied, “We aren’t getting any younger. I’ve got some extra money this month. Let’s live on the edge.” And so it was that we made the pilgrimage to the Apple Store and looked at …

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The Slate Comes Full Circle – The iPad

In early schools, children used book sized writing slates to practice penmanship and to do lessons on. The use of a slate required children to be good at memorizing, because once the slate was wiped off, the writing was gone. An entire classroom might only have one textbook for the teacher to instruct from! By the time I started school, lead pencils and paper had replaced slates. Textbooks were readily available, but the back pack to carry them in hadn’t been invented yet! Today, I watch my grandchildren lugging a pack full of stuff back and forth to school each day, and it makes me think there has to be a better way of doing things. There should be a way that children can return to yesteryear by carrying a simple tool such as a slate, but a slate with modern technology. Enter the tablet computers. I think these are going to be the next big thing in education.  To see one in action, you have to look  no further than the Apple iPad. The …

iMac iPod iPhone iPad iBroke

i Encounter i Things – iPad How-to Lesson #1

Nate Beeler is a cartoonist with The Washington Examiner. The caption of one of his Toons is “iMac   iPod  iPhone  iPad  iBroke”. What does ibroke cost? In Canada, an iMac starts at $1299. iPods cost between $59 and $429. An iPhone  and an iPad both start at $549. So, entry level iBroke is about $2500. We have a few older iPods and an iTouch, but we haven’t made the giant leap to iMac or iPad. In our household, that would be going to The Dark Side, a place we aren’t prepared to go to yet. An iPad was a house guest this past few days (along with one daughter -The Cooker- and one granddaughter – Wild Child), so it was inevitable that I would learn a bit about it. I had no option. I couldn’t let an 8 year old grandchild think I was a computer illiterate. I was okay not knowing how to play Angry Birds but I was not okay with being unable to turn the iPad on to find Angry Birds. …

How to Replace iTunes with CopyTrans Manager

I’ve inherited several iPods from my husband. He has graduated to an iTouch, leaving me with several Nanos that he no longer wants. I decided to put my Christmas music on the smaller size one, and the rest of my music on the other. I downloaded iTunes onto my computer. The installation took quite a long time, and installed a lot of other things on my computer as well. Then I discovered that iTunes wouldn’t let me put the music from the iPods into my iTunes, so I went through all the steps that would transfer the music from my husbands computer to my computer into my iTunes. This took me most of the evening to figure out, and when I was done, well, I was tired and I still didn’t have everything working right. I plan on buying a new computer soon, and I didn’t want to go through this whole thing again, so the next day I went online and searched for an easier way to manage my music. I came across a …