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Published on January 3, 2018

Is It Necessary for Kids in America to Spend Long Hours at Schools?

Is It Necessary for Kids in America to Spend Long Hours at Schools?

American education stands as a model for many countries around the world. Findings have however shown that students spend more time in American schools, but this time spent does not exactly result in a better performance when compared to their counterparts in other countries, where students spend less hours in school. Is this be an important signal for the need to review the school system?

Dispelling the myths surrounding the American school system

In this video, there is an attempt to dispel a perceived notion that American’s spend longer hours in school because it results in better performance; this claim has been found to be untrue. The time spent in school is not the only factor contributing to the results achieved in Japan and South Korea in international examinations. Much of the telling differences in the performance of these students are tied to extra trainings such as cram schools, extra mural classes and the time spent during these extra periods of learning are not part of the time spent at school.

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What are the important differences in the school system in these countries and in the US?

American starts school early in the morning, with the kids having lunch in school and they stay until school closes. In other schools in countries cited in the video, school time is flexible in those countries such as Germany and Finland and the kids ate lunch at home and would not return, but will continue with homework. What is notable here is the fact that the German school system adopted all day school systems when more of their women became involved at work. This video also features other myths that were carefully debunked so as not to start any stream of myths, especially the one concerning the origin of long summer holidays in America.

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American education embracing flexibility- A positive light 

It is interesting to note that these myths exist however untrue. Likewise, it is interesting to note that the education system in America within the last decade, has embraced some school schedules such as online classes, evening classes and this has allowed students take part in extracurricular activities. Many thanks to the advent of technology.

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It is not exactly laudable to compare the American schooling system to that of other countries. What is important is that each country should focus on making their education system achieve more results. As we do this, take a look at the full video here.

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Published on September 21, 2018

Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

Transform Your Memories: 10 Best Photo Editing Apps

How do you get the best out of photos?

By using a photo editing app of course!

Though phones are getting smarter by the day and there is AI to click better photos, for now they can’t match up to photo editing apps.

In this exclusive list, I have rounded up all the photo editing apps that will help you transform your memories. These apps will help you to resize, adjust, beautify, sharpen, apply filters, make collage, remove objects and even shoot time lapses.

So without further ado let’s take a look at the best photo editing apps:

1. Pixlr

    Pixlr is a complete photo editing app that gives you a variety of options. A lot of users rely on it for quick fixes to a photo, adding texts and applying preset filters. Recently, Autodesk acquired it, which validates it popularity.

    Features:

    • User Friendly design and functionality which are extremely simple and logically categorized.
    • Simplified editing tools like crop, adjust and autofix.
    • Advanced tools like Splash which makes the image black and white and helps you add selective areas with colors.
    • Variety of preset filter option.
    • Add text feature.
    • Collage making option.

    Available for iOS | AndroidWeb

    2. Facetune

      Facetune is photoshop for dummies. It helps you to modify your photos, especially you face and make them look picture perfect. It whitens your teeth, removes blemishes and pimples, does away with wrinkles and even reshapes so that you can have those perfect cuts.

      Features:

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      • Basic features like crop, adjust aspect ratio, rotate and flip.
      • Advanced features like whiten, smooth, red eye reduction, tones and details.
      • Option to see before edits and after edits.
      • Preset filters (limited options though)
      • Frames to lighten up your images.

      Available for iOS | Android

      3. VSCO Cam

        VSCO Cam is an editing app for people who are serious about their photos. People in the professional circuit seem to like it a lot. Its filters make the photos look better, but still help it keep real.

        Another standout offering that makes it one of the best photo editing app is that it has an amazing social platform where you can make your own photo journals and share it with the world.

        If you are obsessed about your pixels being perfect and and would like to experiment with a new photo sharing platform, this is a highly recommended app.

        Features:

        • All the basic functions like crop, edit, adjust and resize.
        • Advanced photoshop features like washed out tones, saturated colors, high contrasts etc.
        • Social platform GRID for your photos to get discovered.
        • Amazing set of film like pre-set filters to automatically make your photo look great.
        • Integrated camera.

        Available for iOS | Android

        4. Touch Retouch

          The Guardian says that there is no easier way to remove unwanted objects from your photos. This is precisely what this genius photo editing app does. It removes unwanted content from your pictures.

          If you are constantly photo-bombed or the frame has a lot of disturbance, you can remove them all using Touch-Retouch. The best part? It is not hard at all.

          Features:

          • Replace unwanted objects in the picture.
          • Weed out photobombers by using a lasso.
          • Make portraits more beautiful by removing blemishes and wrinkles.
          • App replaces selections automatically (using nearby pixels)
          • Clone tool can be used to easily duplicate objects.

          Available for iOS | Android

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          5. Moldiv

            Moldiv is a friendly photo-editor app with all the standard photo-editing functions but with more than 550+ stickers in it and a plethora of collage options.

            If you like to liven up pictures using stickers and collages, then this is the perfect app for you.

            Features:

            • 320+ fonts
            • 150+ filters
            • Beautify selfies – face slimming, enlarge eyes, smoothen skin and whiten teeth.
            • Collage – Ability to artistically combine 10+ photos in one frame.
            • Ability to crop, straighten, rotate, adjust colors in a picture.

            Available for iOS | Android

            6. Lapse It

              Lapse it, as the name suggests is a time-lapse capturing photo app. Though there are many smartphones these days that have a slo-mo capacity, lapse it beats them all with its rich features and easy to shoot functions.

              Of course, if your phone doesn’t come with a slo-mo capturing functionality, this app is hands down the best.

              Features:

              • Choose the interval between captures.
              • Customize focus.
              • Pre-set ISO.
              • Battery saver mode that switches off screen while capturing videos for long hours.
              • Crop videos and apply filters.
              • Import videos and apply effects easily.

              Available for iOS | Android

              7. Perfect 365

                Perfect 365 is a virtual make up app. It delivers exactly what it promises. It lets you retouch and apply makeup to deliver that spotless portrait photo.

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                What’s more, you can explore makeup services with this app!

                Features:

                • Change color of your hair and your eyes.
                • Whiten your teeth with one touch.
                • Easily remove blemishes and dark circles.
                • Sharpen your face structure for that perfect jaw-line.
                • Easily apply virtual make-up to your photos.

                Available for iOS | Android

                8. Afterlight

                  Afterlight is a delight for people who want everything perfect in their photos. It has enough filters, styles and toning tools to please probably everyone.

                  It also has an amazing range of premium offerings (in-app purchases), that is non-intrusive and sets it apart from its peers.

                  Features:

                  • Abundant filters and frames.
                  • Varied options in lights and leaks.
                  • Designer letter frames that put your picture in that letter.
                  • AI powered contrast, shadows, highlights etc that understands your image.
                  • Filter collections (free) by popular photographers.
                  • Ability to add overlays, texts and even stickers.

                  Available for iOS | Android | Windows PC

                  9. Snapseed

                    This photo editing app is what we call an all-rounder. If you are looking for an app that is a jack of all trades, this is the one you should be looking to install.

                    It was originally developed by Nik Software, but was then taken over by Google. Now, the app has seen quite a lot of improvements including better user interface and user experience. Also, like most things Google, this app has all things free.

                    Features:

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                    • Simple and user friendly UI.
                    • Myriad of editing tools.
                    • Vintage filters, HDR adjustments.
                    • Remove unwanted objects.
                    • Apply “last edits” to a new photo.
                    • Available guides to better use the app.

                    Available for iOS | Android

                    10. Lens Distortions

                      This app is the best app if you are looking to add natural elements like sunlight, rain, fog, snow and other weather effects to your photos. A lot of apps do have this as an additional functionality, but Lens Distortions is the best in the business.

                      The USP of the app is that it makes it look so natural that viewers won’t be able to recognize that it is an added effect.

                      Features:

                      • Add natural elements like sunlight, snow etc.
                      • Add multiple layer of effects.
                      • Ability to adjust depth, sharpness and brightness of images.
                      • Blur effect.
                      • Adjust the depth of each overlay.

                      Available for iOS | Android

                      The bottom line

                      The marketplace is littered with thousands of photo editing apps, promising to transform your memory.

                      However, as a user, it is entirely for you to gauge what the important features you need in a photo editing app.

                      If you are a professional – you will need something advanced like Afterlight2 or Moldiv. For personal use there are even more options like Facetune, Touch Retouch and Perfect 365. If you need something specific like collage, time lapse, face -emojis – you can take your pick from apps like Lens Distortions and Pixlr.

                      Get explore and find what suits your needs!

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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