App Sense: Summer Fun
by Linda Corbett, CALT
Summer is here, kids are out of school and finally enjoying some unstructured time. They will find many things to fill the hours (besides sleeping in) and one of them is to spend time on their smart phones and tablets. They are drawn to them like moths to a flame because they are both engaging and fun. Why not continue to support summer learning by spending time playing with some engaging educational apps? Listed below are some new iOS apps perfect for summer learning.
- Earthlapse (iPhone, iPad) $ 0.99
Explore amazing interactive views from the International Space Station photographed by astronauts. Application allows you to both view and interact with the scenes controlling them with a touch of your finger.
- Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter ( iPad) $2.99
A new way for kids to create music. This is a musical finger painting app that engages creative musical play. Children will be introduced to a variety of musical instrument sounds and authentic scale tunings from four regions of the world.
- Smithsonian Channel (iPhone, iPad) FREE
This app explores the history and life and culture of our planet. Find and explore an area of interest from a vast video collection.
- Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough (iPad) $11.99
Journey through the Kingdom of Plants in the company of one of the worlds favorite naturalist. Discover hundreds of images exploring the diversity and wonder of the plant kingdom.
- NYTimes Crosswords (iPhone, iPad) FREE
The New York Times Crosswords comes with a one week free trial of the official daily puzzles from The New York Times and its archive of more than 6,000 classic puzzles! After the initial free week you can continue to play the classic puzzles or you can purchase a subscription to the daily and archive puzzles.
- Coton (iPhone, iPad) $1.99
Beautiful cloud identification App. Learn about cloud types and their corresponding weather forecast including chances of rain and storm. Try to figure out weather by day, just by looking at the sky.
- BrainPop Featured Movie (iPhone, iPad) K-12 FREE
Kids can watch a different short animated movie clips each day, then test their knowledge with an interactive quiz. Clips are available on a wide variety of subjects, providing a fun, engaging way to learn.
- GarageBand (iPhone, iPad) $4.99
Great fun for creating music, improves student's rhythm and counting ability. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums and basses. You have a full-featured recording studio at your finger tips.
- Mad Libs (iPhone, iPad) FREE
Great for reviewing the parts of speech while creating a silly story.
- Stack the States (iPhone, iPad) $0.99
Stack the states makes learning about the 50 United States fun. (Capitals, State Shapes, Abbreviations, Locations, Boarding states, Nicknames) Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game. A geography quiz in which users are asked trivia questions about the states, (e.g. What state's capital is Austin?) When answered correctly students stack the states and are awarded a State as a prize.
- Star Walk (iPad) $1.99
An interactive astronomy guide. Point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and at satellites you are looking at in real time.
- StoryKit (iPhone) K-12 FREE
Students can create their very own storybook with this app by adding text and images.
Wonderful Websites for Kids:
Nick.com is an online place for kids where they can play different games, watch popular kid’s shows, online movies for kids etc. This website is launched by a TV channel Nickelodeon that has a huge library with harmless, creative, and educational stuff for kids.
Nick Jr is an American TV channel for kids. It is owned by Nickelodeon. NickJr.com is the sister website of Nick.com that gives family information like kids health, best exercise for kids, holiday ideas, birthday party planning with family entertainment, kids movies, DVDs and all other kids activities.
Nick at Nite is the network that broadcasts channel at night time. Nick at Nite shares channel space with Nickelodeon and appeals young adults audience to experience live action sitcom. Nick at Nite shares cartoons for under 18 years of age in accord with Nickelodeon.
Kidzworld provides original contents to children in a number of ways. Kids can interact with each other through their live chat rooms and share their interests and activities with each other. At Kidzworld, everything is monitored which is an additional point of this kid’s website. Kidzworld was founded in 2000 where kids entertain themselves and share news and games reviews.