No matter what your level of education, there will always be things you need to memorize. There’s no better way to do that than with your good old trusty flashcards. But just like so many things of the past, flashcards have been reinvented for today’s digital world. Brainscape for iPad allows users to study flash cards in a different way than other services offer. The apps are well designed, and really do help you memorize the material. From Chinese to Sports Trivia, this app will get the job done.
This is Part 2 of my rundown on Coding with Your Kids on an iPad. Part 1 highlighted iPad apps that teach younger children the concepts behind programming. The following apps take these concepts further and introduce different elements to learning how to code. These apps are suitable for children aged 10-18 (or beyond!).
Free + in-app purchases
As you progress through Hakitzu, you can gain points which you can use to upgrade your robots with different weaponry and costumes.
I don’t usually agree to look at apps that are aimed at very young kids, because my daughter is 10 (going on 30 in some ways, and spot on at 10 in others) and I don’t feel like I can give them a fair assessment.
Today I made an exception because Tidy Kids just seems like such a nice idea for an iPad app aimed at 3-6 year olds and families. It’s an app that’s fun, educational, has no ads or In-App purchases, and actually encourages time away from the device screen as the major part of the game.
Oh, and it’s got some stunning plasticine graphics and stop-motion animation too. Even though I’ve got no 3-6 year olds in the house, having spent 30 minutes with the app I’d bet this is going to have great appeal with that age group and their parents.
Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World is one of those big ‘wow factor’ iPad apps that are always great to come across. It has been recently revamped and BBC Worldwide and BBC Earth have collaborated on the new version.
This is an app that grownups will enjoy and kids will love and find hours of engagement with. It’s packed with great imagery, information and gripping interactive elements, as well as a simple interface that makes it easy to explore all of it. The 3D animations and models dinosaurs are more than worth the price of admission on their own, but the app offers a number of other impressive features:
- 280 fully interactive 3D models
- 60 expertly modeled, photorealistic dinosaurs, pterosaurs and reptiles
- 40 fully interactive 3D recreations of dinosaurs in mid-fight
- 200 pages worth of original text
- Hours of magical narration by Stephen Fry
Even if you have been following trends in online education only casually in recent years, you will have noted that the advent of the iPad (and rivals) has opened up many avenues towards new interactive and mobile learning methods. It is sometimes hard to believe that we once lived in a world where Youtube, Khan academy or TED Talks were unknowns or did not enjoy broad appeal. Coupled with the popularity of iPads and the beginning of the Tablet Age, we are now in the lucky situation of being able to find a video tutorial or range of online courses on a vast array of topics. With quick and easy access to these platforms, we can educate both ourselves and children using our mobile devices. [click to continue reading…]