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!
How can you help your child learn the English alphabet? How do you do that and keep track of their improvement? Why don't you give Akshara (.99), by Rega Interactive a try? In the mean time, I was given a copy of the app for evaluation by the developer and will give you a run down of the features. For the past few weeks I've been using the app on an iPhone 3G running iOS4 and it has been working great, though there are some issues, I'll go over them further on.
When Apple developed iBooks, the first thing that I thought of was how one app could revolutionize the education market. I imagined all the times I walked a mile across campus carrying 20 lbs. of books and thought what a miracle it could be to students around the world to be able to carry only an iPad.
Who doesn't remember the planetarium? I thought it was the best school field-trip that was ever conceived, way back when I was a kid (besides the Smithsonian Institute), but I digress. Star Walk version 5 (which is the point of this post) is a pocket-sized planetarium that brings the cosmos to you, adding a ton of cool stuff to this already great educational app.
I just discovered this in iTunes developed by Apple. It is a continuing series of interviews with corporate execs talking about how they have integrated iPhones and iPads into their businesses. I love this type of thing. By watching and hearing how people from all walks of life are using iPhones and iPads, I get so many ideas for all those people that ask me why they should buy iStuff.
Language Learning Anywhere, Anytime
In the sea of iPhone applications vying for our attention it’s easy to lose sight. It is also easy to spend countless hours absorbing useless content or information that is getting you nowhere.
I don’t like wasting my time. I am a busy doctor and parent. Hence I am all about combining technology, efficiency, entertainment and education. Recently I have come across a language learning platform called Babbel. Babbel has just released a new iPhone app that includes speech recognition, allowing you to speak words, just learnt, out loud to check if your pronunciation is in sync with a native speaker’s. But let’s start at the beginning.