This week I reviewed five educational apps that help children explore language, culture, friendship, numbers, and much more. The apps originate from many places around the world, including England, Croatia and Jamaica. Yet each app engages children in its own unique way.
1. Aiden and the Apple Tree, A Jamaican story from author Johnathon A. Kelly, creator of The JuiceMan
Set in the Jamaican town of Little Patch, the story begins as a young boy named James is caught trying to steal a mango from the town’s JuiceMan. Instead of getting angry at James, the JuiceMan retells the story of Aiden, a boy from the village of Chewmagna, who tried to steal from an apple tree that belongs to his teacher, Mrs. Applebee. James learns that honesty and hard work are rewarded, but sneakiness and stealing lead to trouble.
The story of Aiden and the Apple Tree is a bit more complex than most storybook apps which makes it appropriate for children who are independent readers or prefer longer, more complex reading. However, the narration option makes it easy for younger children to enjoy the story as well.
The app includes a fifteen question reading comprehension quiz for the older children and coloring pages for children of all ages.
Note: iTunes lists Michelle Anaya as the seller for this app. I verified that the actual creator is Johnathon A. Kelly and holds the copyright for this app.Aiden and the Apple Tree is available on iTunes for $1.99. Ages 4 to 10.
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Every so often there’s a revolution in education. The iPad and the boundless possibilities it brings with it are one of those revolutions.
Whether you’re an iPad aficionado or simply a recreational user, the iPad has the power to make your life easier. Regardless of age or specialization, these are the apps every student should have.
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When I was at school, I struggled badly with random, un-filed bits of paper, leaky ink cartridges in my Parker Pen and terrible hand writing (as well as chronic laziness and an addiction to Cricket). I’m sure this approach to my organisation affected my school work. If I would have grown up in the iPad age I think things would have been different. The following 5 apps have been tried and tested by me and my students and rank highly as apps which work brilliantly to keep work organised in the cut and thrust of a busy school day.
The iPad is notorious in not having an accessible file structure. As we know, files are often saved in app, or to the camera roll or to iCloud where you can access the files on another device, as long as you have the corresponding app. The other problem is that the more files you generate, the more you eat into your precious iPad storage. [click to continue reading…]
One of the featured app collections in the iPad App Store this week is titled ‘Fun Summer Learning for Kids’. That may be a sight for sore eyes for many students and parents as the hot summer rolls on.
The collection highlights 30 apps that should prove engaging for kids of all age groups. Many are aimed at quite young ages, while others are more suitable for older elementary school students.
There’s everything from fun little coloring and numbers games to the Hopscotch visual programming app. I’m happy to see that my family owns about 1/3 of these apps and several of them have already got a lot of good use by my 10 year old daughter.
It’s great to see Apple featuring one sort of educational app collection or another so often in the App Store recently.
You’ll find the Fun Summer Learning for Kids collection among the rotating featured sections in the Featured tab of the iPad App Store.
Spinlight’s End-of School Mega Sale has all of their educational games for iPad and iPhone on sale for just 99 cents.
I posted just a few days ago about the excellent Geography Drive USA app that’s a part of this sale. Spinlight makes a number of other popular and award-winning iPad apps for kids from ages 1-12+. And now they’ve got all of these on sale at 99 cents, down up to 75% on some of the titles.
In addition to marking the approaching end of the school year, Spinlight has another admirable reason for running this sale:
… And second, we’re doing it for a reason. We want to make great apps for kids — and to make them insanely affordable for kids, parents and schools. But to do that, we have to see the volume it takes to be profitable at a lower price point. So we’re conducting a big experiment to see how low we can go. And we’re inviting you along for the ride.
I’d say that’s a heck of a win-win situation for parents and teachers – the opportunity to grab up some excellent educational iPad games at bargain prices and a t the same time give some support to a publisher that’s focused on producing these sort of apps.
The sale runs until May 12 and you can check out all the apps and bargains at the Spinlight home page.