Stay organized, take notes, improve your Spanish, and more
Whether you’re in college, high school, or elementary school, you want to get the most out of your education. Fortunately, this is one of the areas in which the iPhone excels. A variety of apps are available to help you stay organized, brush up on math, study chemistry, learn Spanish, and much more. Best of all, most of them are free or very inexpensive. In this article, I’ll review some of the apps that can really help you make the grade!
As a newer member of Toastmasters International and someone who gives occasional presentations in my work, I found the Presenter Pro app to be extremely helpful.
We have Star Walk 3.0 codes to give away (3 to be exact), so get your comments in before Saturday, 26 September 2009 (11PM EST), for a chance to win a copy of this great astronomy program from VITO. If you already have a copy, tell your friends and family to get over here ASAP before the deadline!!! Full rules follow the break...
Star Walk 3.0 is now available in the App store, and you can learn more at the links provided (our original review). I added my own mini-review after the break, and am working on getting some codes for a giveaway, so if you don't have a copy, stay tuned. This is a highly recommended amateur astronomy app, and has recently been included in the Apple "What's Hot" list, so if you are a space geek like me, or have kids who are, you will want to check this out!
This is the final segment of my interview with Kate Connally, Vice President of AddictingGames. I once again want to thank Kate for the time she took out of her schedule to answer my questions, and I hope you've enjoyed reading her thoughts about AddictingGames' transition into the iPhone world. This time around we discuss how the users will feel about transition from the web to their iPhone, as well as what plans AddictingGames has for the future of iPhone development. This segment will conclude with a review of 50 States. Here we go again...
I want to thank everyone for participating in the contest (and especially to ViTO for sponsoring). Our winners appear after the break with instructions for claiming your free copy. If you missed it or didn’t win, go check out the winning Star Walk celestial viewing application (it’s only 5 bucks)--now with digital compass capability. If you did win a copy, we ask that you post a short review in iTunes and on our comment section here. Read on for my mini-review, contest rules and instructions, etc.
Excellent examples of what the iPhone is capable of are found in the impressionistic works of artist Jorge Colombo. He created his New York City-inspired cityscapes (guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/mar/16/art-iphone-shortcuts) using his iPhone and an app called Brushes ($4.99). This app provides you with a set of digital painting tools and requires some skill to use effectively.
Language study is not the only area where the iPhone is likely having an influence on the humanities. Apps like Philosophy – The Essential Collection ($1.99) introduce the student or amateur to the thinking of great philosophers, from John Locke to my current favorite and somewhat confounding writer, Friedrich Nietzsche. I see his “the will to power” as an important concept to help us through these troubled economic times. The Essential Collection comes bundled with the iFlow reader, which works well enough. I think it would be even better if it had text-to-speech capability.
A variety of language translators and phrase books are available on the App Store, but Human Japanese ($9.99) offers a more thorough study of the language. It patiently walks the learner through the vocabulary, provides language exercises, and has an essential introduction to Japanese language and culture.
Human Japanese is a powerful language study program with a beautiful interface.
Smart Kid - English basics lite (free) by Viralint is great! Upon opening it up you can choose to get learn a bit about it, go into settings, where you can set up some parameters, or start right in with sentence completion, choosing from a difficulty level of1 to 6.