My wife is a fluent speaker of Spanish, and having heard the language for a while (and watched many Spanish language TV shows), I am starting to understand it, though still like a 2 year old when trying to speak, and often I mistake crucial words. I have tried structured language programs in the past, and I usually don't finish them (see my iStart Spanish review here).
It's a tale of two children. One is a rule follower and the other a rule breaker. I love them dearly, but it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page. Thankfully, iRewardChart is a well made app that enables me to track their chores but more importantly, it encourages them to participate. Not only can they see their progress, as they perform daily household activities, but I've begun to let them checkoff their tasks as they complete them. The rule breaker actually likes this as she can get a visual and audible recognition and she has some control... that's her big thing. The rule follower likes it because it's structured, reliable, and most importantly, high-tech.
For the past couple of weeks I have been testing an app for teaching children basic language, and word recognition; Early Childhood Development Phase 1 by Alex Melnick which is (.99) at the app store. While the app is geared towards children, I suspect it would also be well suited suited for teaching English as a second language to adults too.
Museums are adopting iOS apps to provide visitors with a more immersive and enjoyable experience.
A museum visit doesn't always connote an exciting experience. But that's about to change with the introduction of a series of new apps that transform your visits into more meaningful and engaging experiences.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City recently replaced their dedicated "Acoustiguides" with a Web-based mobile application accessible on personal Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones. Fifty iPod touches pre-loaded with the "NA Mobile Guide" (naguide.org) are available for use free of charge. The initial reception was a bit tepid; patrons to the Nelson and other art museums tend to be older and not as comfortable with new technology. However, acceptance increased as the content and functionality of the Mobile Guide improved.
To paraphrase Carl Sagan's famous remark, there are billions upon billions of stars and other sparkly things out there in the night skies. Gazing into the heavens on a clear night can be a mystical experience, but the real magic occurs when you understand what you're looking at.
Astronomy began thousands of years ago when shepherds in the field gazed up at the sky and saw the outlines of objects and mythical beings traced by patterns of stars. As time passed and technology evolved, our knowledge of the sky improved. But to this day, we still cling to the same 88 constellations envisioned by those ancient shepherds on long ago sleepless nights.
You knew someone had to do it. So here it is, iLobster ($1.99) by Ben Greeley from up in the Waterville area here in Maine. There is also a free version, so what is the difference? Probably a 1/4 cup of melted butter and lobster juice down the front of your shirt.
I like LRN the Lingo (.99), I think it does what it says in a straight forward and easy to use way.
Do you know how to play the fiddle? Want to learn... on your iPad? Smule may have outdone themselves this time with the introduction of Magic Fiddle ($2.99) because I think they've really created a new instrument, not just an electronic fiddle.
Though having studied violin for a short period in college, little skill remained, that is until I bought Magic Fiddle on a whim. I can not put it down and have been practicing constantly, even giving my family a short recital on Thanksgiving day.
After loading Redshift onto my iPod touch, I was a little miffed! The app has a gigantic amount of cool astronomy stuff under the hood to write about, and I figured it would take me until 2011 to finish doing a proper review. I hunkered down with grim resolve, and found quickly that hours were flying by in fascination and fun. This app has plenty to draw both hard core astronomy buffs and casual star-gazers as well!