Headline April 28, 2015/ ''' APP SMART : UNFURLING STYMIED IMAGINATION '''

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THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY Computers-Internet-Wireless, lovingly called,  -!WOW! belongs to every single student in the world:  ! One Share-Piece-Piece !

And while the world holds its breath, - getting Pakistani students to help build a perspective and work..........Oh! O'' dear, dear me. Better go build  the Great Wall of China.

Students are continually engaged in some learning activity or other  -learning to ride a bicycle, learn a  foreign language, swim, cook, play the latest video game....For each person, a selection of such experiences-

And especially the universal one of school, goes on to make up his idea of what learning is all about and what sort of questions need to be answered.

Untangling their stymied imagination?  Just don't think it! But they are now in for a surprise. So, Read on.........

Nearly everything in our daily lives is driven by rules, habits and social norms, which can stymie creative habits at university, at work or elsewhere.  Well, students, don't feel guilty or panic. Help is already around. 

There are apps to help ignite that spark. So, Mariam, Rabo, Dee, Anum, Haleema, Hussain, Haider, Eman, Mustafa, Ibrahim, Aqsa, Armeen, Sarah, Paras. Sorat. best make good time.

For the writers amongst you, getting stuck is a big barrier to productivity. At that point an app like Oflow, $1 on iOS, can really help push your thinking in new directions.

Oflow is essentially 150-plus flash cards full of surprising suggestions or exercises to hep your thinking process. 

You can bring the flashcards up at random, or scan through the list and choose one that tempts you from its brief headline-like description.

The cards are filled with just a few dozen words that tell you to, for example, write a story to summarize your problem, or ask a child how he or she would tackle the task you're struck on.

You can  ''favorite''  flashcards that you particularly like, share them via email or over social media and write notes in response to them for later perusal. While Oflow won't help you change the world, it can help nudge you in new direction.

It sounds simple because it is. The apps menus are easy to use, the flash-cards are well written and using the whole package is a positive experience. 

But the content is limited, so you may stumble across the same ideas sometimes; the app hasn't been updated with new suggestions in a while.

The next app may sound weird, but it can tickle your brain to help untangle stuck thinking. It's called HaikuJAM, a collaborative poem-writing app based around creating Haiku poems.

HaikuJAM began with social poem writing, where someone would write one line of a haiku and others around the world would add other lines until the haiku was complete. 

The apps interface is designed so it's quick and practically frictionless to take part.

It has since been expanded to let people create photo or image montages instead of just haikus, and you can now choose to only share the results among a group of friends instead of with every one.

Still the app has the same principle: You spend a few moments working with others to create something new and surprising.

With this app, having someone else complete your haiku with words or ideas can be a powerful trick. At the very least, you can browse the work being created by others to see if ideas pop out.

The app is free for  iOs and Android so you should give it a try.

Doodling is another trick to help think outside the box, and Tayasui Sketches is one of the nicest apps I've found for just that. It works because it has a minamalist interface-

So the app keeps the controls out of the way when you just want to let your mind wander as you draw on the screen. It also has a good drawing tools so you can produce great-looking doodles in short-order.

Though the app is free for iOS, you can buy more drawing and painting tools pretty cheaply-in-app.

Tayasul is iOS only, for now, so if you're an Android user, check out Autodesk's Sketchbook app. While it's not as elegant as Tayasul, it's another powerful drawing app that's good for doodling. It's free and and also available on iOs.

If all these are too arty for you, check out the mind-map app Mind Meister. Its more structured approach could suit you, especially since mind mapping  -a visual way to plot out information -is recognised as a great way to think creatively about a problem or a task.

MindMeister, which is free on iOS and Android, is a full-fledged app that lets you both create mind maps and work on them collaboratively with colleagues or friends. The interface makes it easy to set out parts of an idea you're tackling-

And when you invite someone else to brainstorm, you can see the entries or changes they are making appear in real time.

To make most of the map, you need to set up  a free account. For access to all the features, like being able to pin images or photos into a mind map, people must pay starting at a $6 a month.

But even the free version is powerful, and lets you customize mind maps, adding colours. useful icons and markers.

Something about laying out the elements of an issue in this graphical way can help people see new connections between parts of the task.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless.

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