Getting it Write on the iPhone and iPod Touch - Better Letters

November 16, 2009 in Medical (F)

[] Lantana, Texas - Deep Pocket Series LLC, a firm best known for its medical software, now offers an iPhone/iPodTouch application to cure bad handwriting. The application, called BetterLetters, 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." For $2.99, Better Letters provides instructional lectures (both audio and written) along with practice fonts which offer a choice of writing style, guidelines, and directional arrows - turning the iPhone or iPod Touch into a personal handwriting trainer.

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.)

Device Requirements:
* iPhone and iPod Touch 2.2 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Better Letters 1.0 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category.

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 2008-2009 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.


Kate Gladstone
Handwriting Consultant

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