May 21, 2010 in Medical (F)
[prMac.com] Lantana, Texas - To celebrate the international launch of Apple's iPad, the firm Deep Pocket Series (best known for its medical and scheduling software) offers a two-day sale on its application Better Letters: a "personal handwriting trainer" app designed to help doctors and others produce more legible, efficient handwriting. Better Letters, which was originally designed for the iPhone and iPodTouch, is currently being optimized for the iPad platform.
Although Better Letters was originally designed to cure the notoriously poor handwriting of physicians, it is increasingly purchased by people who want to teach their children how to write -- or who see the need to improve their own scrawl.
Better Letters is the brainchild of two people who care about the proliferation of bad handwriting in our high-tech times: Deep Pocket Series founder Harvey Castro, MD (an emergency medicine physician) and Kate Gladstone, a handwriting improvement specialist known internationally as the "Handwriting Repairwoman" and director of the World Handwriting Contest.
Unlike other handwriting apps, BetterLetters takes users beyond mere copying of onscreen worksheets. Over and above providing sample letters and numerals to trace and copy, the BetterLetters application also includes features such as user-selectable "ink" color, a list of 299 suggested practice words (chosen to include every letter combination in the English language), onscreen instructional essays and audio composed and recorded by handwriting specialist Gladstone, a built-in sketchpad for independent practice and application of handwriting skills, and several screenfuls of active links to handwriting instruction web-sites selected by Gladstone to provide further resources for the study and practice of rapid, readable handwriting.
Why think about handwriting in the computer age?
* Even in the most highly computerized workplaces, computer networks crash or electric power fails. Even when computers and power sources function, physicians and other professionals must often must scribble quick notes, or perform other handwriting tasks. For example, a physician in a computerized hospital will often still need to give ward clerks the day's handwritten records to read and process.
* Children, teens, and young adults face high-stakes exams, whose written sections increasingly include timed handwritten essays. (Since 2003, the SAT exam given to USA high school students has included a timed handwritten essay which provides about 1/6 of the total SAT score. When schools neglect handwriting instruction or use counterproductive instructional methods, BetterLetters allows students to gain and maintain competent handwriting.)
* Parents and teachers - at every level from kindergarten through graduate school - often need to improve the legibility and speed of their own handwriting in order to teach more effectively. (A teacher's handwriting, if it lacks precision and speed, can derail even the best-planned lesson or demonstration at the board.)
Because the iPad is expected to launch internationally at the end of May, for the last two days of May (May 30 and 31) the app's normal price of US $2.99 will be temporarily reduced to US $0.99. The price will be US $0.99 on these two days! The app currently sells for $2.99, visit us on May 30th and 31st.
Headquartered in Lantana, Texas, Deep Pocket Series LLC is a privately funded company founded in 2008 by Dr. Harvey Castro. By leveraging his longtime experience in the medical field, Dr. Castro's focus is on the creation of innovative educational solutions featuring high yield medical information, which ultimately led to the formation of Deep Pocket Series. The Deep Pocket Series focus is on helping other health care professionals continue to expand and review their medical base knowledge. Dr. Castro received his BA/BS in Political Science and Biomedical Science at Texas A&M. Graduated medical school from UTMB, and went to Emergency Medicine residency in Bethlehem Pa. He has proudly served his country in the US Army. Co-founder of Vital Complex heart vitamins. Copyright 2008-2010 Deep Pocket Series LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.