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This app introduces young students to simple concepts such as colors and directions. It displays four images at a time and requires students to choose the one item that is different than the others. The difference could deal with color, name, type, or concept.
Students do not earn points. But feedback concerning accuracy is given each time a student selects an answer.
Although the app is for young students, there are several customization options that enhance the experience and make it more difficult. You can also add additional pictures, concepts, and game sounds.
- Advanced Shapes
- Animal Shapes
- Basic Shapes
- Nouns Only
- Descriptors Only
- Descriptors and Nouns Only
- Progressive Difficulty
In this app, students are able to ‘drop’ missing numbers down onto a number line. The number line has different animals at various points. The missing number remains stationary, but students are able to use a finger to move the number line. They then tap the missing number – which is contained in a bubble – to drop it in place.
A star is earned each time a number is ‘popped’ (or dropped) into its correct spot. If students do so quickly, they earn 2 stars. For even more of a challenge, students can earn a third star by turning on the needle. When on, the needle pops the missing number after so many seconds.
The free version unlocks six levels, but the paid version allows access to all 24 levels. More difficult levels are unlocked as students successfully complete the lower levels.
- Numbers: 1 – 1,000
- Decimals: Tenths
- Decimals: Hundredths
- Decimals: Thousandths
Students have the opportunity to creatively arrange photographs into collages in this app. They can use the device’s camera to take pictures on the spot or they can import pictures that are already on the device. They can also import pictures from the internet (by performing a simple search) and add text and/or stickers to each collage. They can also add frames and/or backgrounds to each collage.
Once photos are added to the collage, a simple tap brings up options to edit the photo, edit the border, clip the photo, set the photo as the background, or copy the photo. The photo editor allows users to enhance, add effects to, focus, and draw on the photo.
I’m impressed with the number of ‘free’ backgrounds, fonts, and stickers that come with this app. However, make a note that additional sets of stickers can be obtained via in-app purchases.
Completed collages can be shared via social networking sites, saved to the device’s library, or emailed. It also comes with the neat option to send a postcard of the collage (for a fee, of course).
Creative possibilities are endless with this app; it will quickly become a favorite for many students!
While this may be considered more of a travel app, I believe it also has a place in an educational setting. Like any app, it’s important to teach students when it’s appropriate to use an app such as this.
Here are the key features as listed in the built-in User’s Guide.
- Translate text between 57 languages
- Translate by voice by speaking the text instead of typing it
- Listen to your translations
- Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others to read
- Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
- Access your translation history even when you’re offline
- Spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages in Latin characters to read it phonetically
- Supplemental bilingual dictionary results for single words or short phrases
This is a very basic spelling app. The full/paid version (obtained via in-app purchase/upgrade) contains over 300 words for young students to spell; it’s not clear how many words are included in the free version. Also note that the free version includes an advertisement that runs across the top of the screen. Nine word categories are included: Animals, Instruments, Colors, Feelings, Objects Around Us, Fruits & Vegetables, Numbers, Shapes, and All.
After selecting a category, a picture of an object appears. The app then states the object’s name and displays the correct spelling. The letters immediately then scramble and fall to the bottom of the screen. The user then has to drag the letters back into their correct positions. A ‘magic wand’ appears in the top right of the screen to assist when students run into trouble coming up with the next letter in the word.
You’ll find numerous ways to customize this app under Settings. You can turn on or off the following:
- Background Music
- Sound Effects
- Voice Over
- Random Words Order
- Capital Letters
- Show Letter Hints
- Spell Completed Words
- Show Magic Wand
- Sort Words by Length
Unfortunately, an option does not exist to prevent the app from initially spelling the word for the student. Although it’s only shown briefly, it’s possible for students to just recall how to spell the word and then quickly drag the letters back into place. For this reason, I encourage you to select another spelling app for the wee one in your life.
This is the app version of the website www.KhanAcademy.org. It features over 4,000 video tutorials that cover a myriad of mathematics, science, humanities and test prep skills. While the videos found in the app wouldn’t completely replace more traditional math instruction, they do serve as yet another resource students can use to help comprehend and reinforce many skills.
The iPhone and iPod Touch version only allows users to view videos. However, the iPad version allows users to download videos for viewing offline, use sub-titles to navigate, and login in to track watched videos.
- Arithmetic and pre-algebra
- Trigonometry and precalculus
- Probability and statistics
- Differential equations
- Linear algebra
- Applied math
- Recreational mathematics
Science and Economics
- Cosmology and astronomy
- Organic chemistry
- Finance and capital markets
- Computer science
- Healthcare and medicine
- LeBron asks
- Art History
- American Civics
- SAT Math
- California Standards Test
- Competition Math
- IIT JEE
Talks and Interviews
- Key media pieces
- Our vision
- School pilots
- Thoughts on education
- “The One World School House”
- Other features
- Khan Academy in the classroom
- For teachers
- For educators in other learning environments
- Classroom case studies
Upon opening, the user has four choices:
Learn – First, select from one of four categories: Bar Graph; Line Graph; Pie Chart; or Mean, Median and Mode. Then tap through between 7 – 12 slides in each tutorial series. Each series provides a thorough explanation of the topic.
Bar Graph – After selecting either ‘Beginners’ or ‘Advanced’, the student will answer multiple choice questions about bar graphs that appear on the screen.
Line Graph – After selecting either ‘Beginners’ or ‘Advanced’, the student will answer multiple choice questions about line graphs that appear on the screen.
Pie Charts – After selecting either ‘Beginners’ or ‘Advanced’, the student will answer multiple choice questions about pie charts that appear on the screen.
The three Practice sections offer immediate feedback and keep track of the number correct and the number attempted.
It’s hard to complain about a free app, but I do wish Tap to Learn would also include a Practice section for mean, median and mode since the skills are included in the Learn section. Regardless, the Learn section is quite beneficial and the Practice sections that are included make this app a great choice.