Category Archives: iPod Touch & iPhone

Next – Numbers

Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 8.55.26 PMThis app falls into the ‘Brain Training’ category that’s quickly emerging. It’s quite simple, yet surprisingly addictive. The only objective is to tap the numbers on the screen in ascending order as quickly as possible.

Modes

Blitz = Tap through numbers until the time runs out

Zen = Tap all of the numbers as fast as you can

The app keeps track of personal statistics. It also has the option to connect to Facebook and Twitter.

Catch this app if you can find it when it’s free.

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Bible for Kids

61dDnRpgBcLRather than being a kids version of the Holy Bible, this (free!) app presents stories from the bible in an engaging way. The app is quite simple to navigate through and includes vivid illustrations, animations, and simple comprehension exercises. The app comes with the option to have the text read aloud and even printed on the screen. Background music can also be turned on or off. The voice that presents each story is appropriately jovial.

Stories

  • In the Beginning – Creation of the world (Genesis)
  • The First Sin – The Fall (Genesis)
  • Two by Two – Noah and the flood (Genesis)
  • God’s Amazing Promise – Abraham is called by God (Genesis)
  • Abraham’s Big Test – Abraham and Isaac (Genesis)
  • The Dreamer – Joseph is sold into slavery (Genesis)
  • Dreams Come True – Joseph’s rise to power (Genesis)
  • A Baby and a Bush – Birth of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus)
  • Let My People Go! – The Plagues and the Passover (Exodus)
  • God Makes a Way – The parting of the Red Sea and the 10 Commandments (Exodus)
  • Waters Part and Walls Fall – Entering The Promised Land (Numbers, Joshua)
  • A Hairy Tale – Samson (Judges)
  • The First Christmas Gift – Jesus is born (Luke, Matthew)
  • The Beloved Son – Jesus is baptized (Matthew, Luke)
  • A Test in the Desert – Jesus is tempted (Matthew)
  • The King and the Kingdom – The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew)
  • Through the Roof – Jesus heals a paralyzed man (Luke)
  • The Big Picnic – Jesus feeds 5,000 (Mark)
  • It is Finished! – The cross (John, Luke)
  • A Happy Sunday – The empty tomb (Mark, Matthew, John, Luke)
  • God’s Wonderful Gift – The Holy Spirit comes (Acts)
  • A Forever Promise – The new heaven and new earth (Revelation)
  • God’s Good News – Be Part of the Story

 

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Grammar Expert: English Grammar Beginner

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 3.01.57 PMThis app is ideal for English Language Learners. I wouldn’t recommend it, however, for native English speakers interested in improving or initially learning basic grammar skills.

Each topic – or chapter – consists of a brief lesson, followed by four mini quizzes and a chapter quiz. There’s also a final quiz that covers all of the chapters. The app recommends that the user score a 75% or higher on each mini quiz before proceeding to the chapter quiz. But it is possible to move on without obtaining a certain score. It is also possible to complete the chapters out of order. Each quiz consists of a series of sentences with a word missing; the user has to choose the correct word from three choices. On the mini quizzes, options are present to skip the question or to receive a hint. All quizzes have the option of accessing the study lesson.

Topics/Chapters

  • Articles
  • Count, Non-Count Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Demonstratives
  • Adjectives
  • Interrogatives
  • Possessive Adjectives
  • Question Tags
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Auxiliaries
  • Modals
  • Tenses
  • Conditionals
  • Gerunds
  • Passives
  • Reported Speech
  • Numerals
  • Causatives
  • Comparitives

The settings tab allows you to turn sound effects on or off, reset the progress meter, and adjust the amount of time the user has to answer each quiz question. The developer – Golden Academy – has also created over ten more grammar and writing related apps.

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Geography Drive Arcade

Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 11.02.10 PMStudents will enjoy strengthening their skills related to United States geography by playing the four games included in this app. I appreciate how the app also includes a study map of the country. In addition, an abundance of detailed information is included for each state via the study map. This information includes: capital, size, statehood, time zone, nickname, postal abbreviation, state tree, state bird, and highest point. You’ll also find a few paragraphs full of other information and a ‘Did you know?’ tidbit about each state. The study map certainly justifies this being a paid app! It makes an excellent resource for research.

State Shape Challenge – Match every state with its shape

Flagstaff State Flag Game – Match each flag with its state

State Capital Challenge – Connect every state with its capital

Honolulu Spelling Bee – Spell all 50 states

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Sight Words Games & Flash Cards for Reading and Spelling Success at School

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 4.42.40 PMApps that focus on sight words are extremely important for beginning readers.  This one has a simple game-like format that will appeal to young students.

The free version offers just the following two activities:

Word Machine – The machine verbally announces a sight word.  Choices appear and the child has to tap the correct one.  Points are earned for each correct answer.  More points are earned if students select the correct sight word on the first attempt.  Words increase in difficulty as students work through the levels.  With each new level, more answer choices appear.  The machine repeats each round’s word every few seconds.

Gears – Tap a spot on the screen to hear a sight word.  Then students need to drag the written sight word (and its gear) to that spot.  Correct answers will make the gear spin.

The paid version opens up all of the grade levels (Pre-K to 3rd) and all of the activities.  The others are: BINGO, Memory Games, Spelling, and Flash Cards.

Download the free version to see if it fits the needs of your child, then upgrade to the paid version.

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HOPE Poster Photo Filter

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.54.33 PMThis app pulls photographs from the device’s library (Camera Roll on an Apple device) and places a soft filter over them.  The filter mimics the one used in the iconic Hope poster from President Obama’s 2008 campaign.  Photographs can be moved, scaled, and rotated.  After importing a photograph, students can choose from one of 9 filters (each black with one additional color).  They can then add a word or short message that appears at the bottom of the poster.  Most students can create attractive posters in Easy mode.  But there is also an Expert mode that allows for adjustments in three tonal regions – shadows, midtones, and highlights.  Completed posters can be saved to the device’s library and shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter (as poster or avatar).

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Sentence Reading Magic

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 1.56.07 PMThis app is designed for early readers.  It has two modes – Sentence Building and Sentence Reading.  Each has the option of using either 2 words or 3.

Here are summarizations of the instructions for each mode.

Sentence Building – The purpose is “To lay the foundations and to strengthen the ability to read sentences.”  It demonstrates how we pair verbal words with written words to form sentences that can be read or said aloud.  As each new sentence (and accompanying picture) appears on screen, the mobile device reads it aloud.  Then the child needs to drag the words in the proper order.  When done correctly, the tiles will join together and play a brief musical number.

Sentence Reading – The purpose is “To give lots of practice reading short, simple sentences and to prepare children to read books.”  To eliminate the reliance on visual clues, the picture does not appear.  The words also appear in the correct order.  Therefore, the objective is for students to read the sentences orally and then tap the blank picture box to hear each sentence read aloud and watch as the accompanying picture appears.

This review is for the free version.  It comes with just two categories in Sentence Reading (15 two-word sentences and 25 three-word sentences).

The Deluxe version comes with four categories in Sentence Reading (72 two-word sentences, 84 three-word sentences, 84 four-word sentences, and 84 five and six-word sentences).  It also comes with several sound and font options that are not available in the free version.

As always, I encourage you to try the free version before committing to the Deluxe version.

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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 1.35.50 PMI am a big fan of Brain Pop movies.  This app is geared towards students in grades Kindergarten – third.  Another version is available for older students.  Good ‘ole Moby (the robot) appears in all BrainPOP Jr. movies with his dear friend Annie.

This app does allow all students to watch one ‘free’ movie each week.  However, students with access to a subscription can log in to access part of or the entire collection of BrainPOP Jr. movies!  Bonus features (such as quizzes and activities) are included for each movie.

There are two different mobile-device based subscriptions.

  • Explorer – $1.99/month.  Provides access to the free ‘Movie of the Week’ and its bonus features plus 3 related movies (per week) and their bonus features
  • Full Access – $5.99/month.  Provides unlimited access to all movies and their bonus features

Note: Login credentials for the web-based BrainPOP sites also work on mobile devices via the BrainPOP apps.

Subjects and Categories

Science – animals, plants, habitats, conservation, land, matter, forces, energy, weather, space, science skills

Health – be well, be safe, relationships, be responsible, bodies, teeth, food, drugs

Reading & Writing – authors, reading skills, story elements, comprehension, phonics, word, sentence, communication, writing

Social Studies – American history, ancient history, biographies, holidays, communities, Native Americans, government, economics, citizenship, geography

Math – number sense, addition and subtraction, measurement, geometry, time, money, data and probability, fractions, multiplication and division

Arts & Technology – art, music, technology

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Learn Spanish for Kids – Ottercall

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 2.59.34 PMThis app has an interesting concept behind it, but overall – it fails to fully deliver.  From the ‘About’ section of the app: “Ottercall helps you practice your pronunciation and learn to speak a new language.  We use speech recognition to help judge your pronunciation and give useful feedback.”

Unfortunately, the speech recognition component of the app is in need of improvement.  It often gives negative feedback when words are actually correctly pronounced.

To begin, the user selects from the list of lessons.  They also choose for the language to be English or Spanish.  Then they tap the picture to listen as the device reads the word aloud.  This feature is the best in the app!  Although the voice sounds very ‘computer like’, it is still beneficial to have the app read each vocabulary word aloud.  But I do not recommend using the speech recognition component of the app until the developers greatly improve that feature.

Unlocked Lessons

  • Animals
  • School
  • Beach
  • Bedroom
  • Breakfast
  • Clothing

Locked Lessons (Unlocked via an in-app purchase)

  • Fast food
  • Fruits
  • Holiday
  • Music
  • Kitchen
  • Appliances
  • Seasons
  • Sports
  • Tools
  • Vehicles
  • Vegetables
  • Weather
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Ludo Classic

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 3.10.12 PMThe educational value of this app is questionable.  Yet, I still decided to include it because it is a good way for students to practice using strategy (combined with a little bit of luck).

Ludo is sometimes called ‘pachisi’.  The basic premise is to move all four of your game pieces around the square board without getting ‘caught’ by other players’ pieces.  You’re also trying to capture your opponents’ pieces.

Up to four players can play at once.  You can play ‘the computer’ or play with friends via a local wifi + Bluetooth network or Apple’s Game Center.  You also have the option of playing with one or two dice.  I find this game to be very addicting.  To emphasize its educational value – encourage students to focus on strategy rather than just moving pieces randomly.

Official In-App Rules

  • The goal is to walk around the board with the pawns and arrive at the center with all 4 pawns.
  • Roll a 1 or a 6 to put a pawn into play.  Rolling a 6 gives the right to roll again.
  • If a pawn lands on a place already occupied by another player’s pawn, that pawn will return to its starting position.  Again, it can only be put into play by rolling a 1 or a 6.
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