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Apps: Education

Preschoolers will love to Rescue Ginger

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Preschoolers will have fun tapping the characters and watching them fly in the sky, make noises, climb trees, play tug of war, and other silly antics as they attempt to Rescue Ginger. As they hear the story read aloud, they'll also enjoy animations and sound effects such as cows mooing and horses neighing.

It's also a fun way to prepare them for Kindergarten! As they listen to the story and play with the objects on the screen, the app quizzes them about colors, shapes, counting, and matching.  



Experimenter - good news and bad news

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I was pretty excited about this app at first, but as I continued to explore it, I have reservations about recommending it.

First, the good news: Experimenter contains 14 experiments that are fun, extremely interesting and easy to do. Your older teens could do them on their own. The directions are included as well as videos showing the actual experiments in action. A brief explanation of how the experiments work is also included.



Math Seeq - A Brain Boosting Game

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I'm pretty smart (so I think)....Well, this game challenged me. My 9 year old had to remind me that 2 is a prime number.  

Math Seeq is a fun educational app that you can give to your kids to help them improve on their math skills or turn them into a code breaker - think (Audrey Tatou in DaVinci Code with the Fibonacci sequence). 

After selecting your game level, Math Seeq tells you what mathematical sequence you are following and gives you a hint on what the first one or two correct answers will be.  You have to find and tap the next correct number in the sequence from a bunch of numbers flying around the screen. (see the video below) The first level is pretty easy, starting out with sequential numbers; one, two, three etc.  You get to tap as many numbers in the sequence as possible during a set time period.  The first level then goes on to challenge you with all the sequences in the basic times tables; multiples of two, multiples of three and so on up through nine.

In the intermediate and expert levels, Math Seeq throws more complex sequences at you such as prime numbers, the fibonacci sequence, and things like "i squared minus i" (Huh?).  So, now you have to remember the equation and calculate the number in your head in order to find and tap it! (ask your kid, if you slept through it in high school - they are learning it in elementary school now!)

Math Seeq can challenge every age.  The grade schoolers can practice their times tables and the more complex stuff will challenge older kids and serve as a good refresher for us adults - trying to keep the brain exercised (Alzheimers!) For correct answers you get points, and you get additional time for each correct answer as well.  High scores are saved so you can keep track of your progress.  There are plenty of ways to practice your times tables out there, but here you have to hunt them down and tap them!  Math Seeq is fun to play and it's addictive!  

Sometimes the number you are looking for gets hidden behind another number and you have to wait for it to escape before you can nail it, but that just adds to the fun.




 

website:  http://www.smileycatsoftware.com/Math_Seeq.html
app store/itunes link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-seeq/id328264591?mt=8

Lite is Free, Full is $1.99

Bottom Line - Worth downloading the full version for kids or adults.  I give it 8/10 iPhones. 

 

~T. Posted from BlogPress - Please excuse the formatting.



A nostalgic look at classical music

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As a classical music fan, I am really enjoying this app. It's fun, educational and brings back fond memories.

With Classical Music, I can listen to one-minute excerpts of classical music from a variety of composers, learn more about each piece, as well as each of the composers. Afterwards, I can take a quiz to see if I recognize the songs and composers from listening to excerpts.



TeachMe Kindergarten

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Here’s a fun way to reinforce learning - use the iPhone or iPod Touch and the TeachMe Kindergarten app. With TeachMe Kindergarten, your child can practice addition, subtraction and reading skills using a variety of learning styles – visual, auditory and kinesthetic. This is the most effective way to learn.



iPhone giveaway for students!

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At a college bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, students can enter to win a free iPhone every day, simply by reselling their textbooks. Staff members said that they have been noticeably busier this sell-back season, though they can't credit the iPhone giveaway completely.

Students who sell their books get to spin the big iPhone-A-Day Giveaway wheel. There are prizes on nearly every slot - though some are freebies such as "An Encouraging Smile" and "A Word of Wisdom." The grand prize is awarded  when the wheel lands on a small slice of black with the image of an iPhone.

If the student's spin ends up stopping at the spot next to the iPhone winning area, bad news. That's the only place on the board that doesn't result in a prize of any kind. Nada.

But just think of the excitement as a student spins the big wheel and it finally stops directly on the iPhone space. Pandemonium, right? Joy?

Not for one student. He told store employees that he already had an iPhone, and asked if he could get a Snuggie instead. Staffers convinced him that an iPhone was worth a lot more than a $20 blankie.

And this guy went to my university?? Standards sure have fallen...



KidCalc - an excellent math review tool for young children

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KidCalc is an effective math-teaching and review tool for young children. Version 1.8 has five playing activities: Counting Puzzle, Flash Cards, Calculator, Math Puzzle, and Count Snowflakes.

The Calculator is just what it says – a calculator for kids.

In the Counting Puzzle, your child counts by 1s, 2s up to hundreds; also prime and binary numbers. After choosing the numbers in the correct sequence, the child is rewarded with a secret picture.



Learn Some iPhone Development At Tarrant Community College

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Normally I just write about games, but I thought this was kind of interesting.  If you happen to live in Fort Worth, Texas and have been thinking about continuing your education, now just might be the time.  Tarrant Community College is now offering a class in beginning iPhone development.  You can get some details here, though sadly the link to the course description itself is virtually useless. As of this posting there are still 17 seats available, so head on over and see if this is the right opportunity for you.  I wish they had cool classes like this when I went to college.



VITO Releases Star Walk 3.4 with Extra X-Mas Goodies and a Lower Price!

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 "A Sky Live window and a few more surprises to be discovered (watch out, Santa!) are only some of the great features of the new 3.4 version of Star Walk (free update for existing users), now also selected by Apple as one of the best apps for 2009. Also check out our Star Walk Challenge, a new, free, easy-to-use but yet challenging game to augment your adventures in the universe, from the developers of Star Walk." iTunes Links above and full press release and info on the new version follows the break...

Star Walk, my favorite sky viewing app (well almost my fav). The PC version of Celestia is pretty awesome too (and free). I digress...Go grab SW at the links above for just $2.99 until Jan 5, 2010!

 

"Open Star Walk and the new SKY LIVE window will open in front of you with data about sun rise, sunset times, daylight hours and elevation will be shown. More you can see moon phases and read rise, set time and elevation for 4 main planets: Venus, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter so you will never miss what is happening on the sky. Clicking on the arrows you can collect same information for further or past days. To check the SKY LIVE window simply click on the new upper left hand corner moon shaped button. 

You can become an expert star gazer reading up about more than 9,000 stars, looking at all the planets, constellations and messier objects. The smooth and stunning interface will help you locate them and admire them in all their beauty. You can zoom on them, pan them, click on -i- for collecting information and see where they will be next with the time machine. 

If you have a 3GS enjoy the STAR SPOTTER FUNCTION to activate the digital compass on Star Walk tilt your phone and what you are looking at in the sky will appear on the screen. You can pan the iPhone display and scroll the stars around you. 

 

Star Walk features and how to use them:

 

SKY LIVE Window: open up the new window clicking the top left hand corner moon shaped button and see moon phases, elevation and rising data for the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

 

PICTURE of the DAY: an exclamation marks will appear on the left hand corner click on it and a list of pictures will open in front of you. To know more about the pictures click on -i- for info on the top right hand corner.

 

HELP GUIDE: for any doubt on how to use the Digital Compass, the Time Machine, Location Selection  and to get in contact with us for any suggestions or concerns click on -?- on the top right corner.

 

VIEW from the EARTH: 

Automatic and manual selection of locations on a 3D globe.

 

DIGITAL COMPASS

If you have an iPhone 3GS tilt your phone and the ''Star Spotter'' function will be activated, a live representation of what you see in the sky will appear on your display and the sky will start following your movements right, left, up and down.

 

TIME MACHINE: click on the clock icon and date and time to watch the sky tonight or in a year time.

 

MOON PHASES: select the moon, click on -i - symbol to enlarge the image and start the clock to watch moon phases. 

 

Wikipedia LINKS: select one celestial corpse and click on the - i - icon to activate the magnifier and read main information about it. To know more click on the -w - icon at the bottom of the table ad the wikipedia page will open up..."

 

SETTINGS: with the bottom right icon you are given different options. You can change the screen with night mode, select brightness, put sounds on or off, find and select location and start you list of favorites. Here the -!- will indicate presence of new pictures.

 

 



Counting with cats and dogs

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Kids will have fun learning to count by ones, twos and threes using Count Caddy. The object is to drag the cat’s yarn, the bird’s feathers and dog’s bones on the screen as you count them. Very effective because it uses three senses: sight, sound and touch. Next time you’re waiting with your child, pull out Count Caddy and teach him or her to count!

For more info, check the Tickle Taps Web site.



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