Category Archives: Learning Apps
Young children will certainly enjoy the alphabet-based music videos found within this app. However, only three videos are unlocked after initially downloading the app. The other videos can be unlocked by redeeming tickets. 100 tickets come with the app and a few more are earned each time a music video is watched. Beware of in-app purchases that allow you to purchase additional tickets. The lyrics to each song can be found by tapping the Menu button.
Parent Tip (copied directly from the app)
These music videos offer many features that will help to develop essential reading knowledge and skills for young children. Their main purpose is to teach letter recognition, helping your child learn to correctly identify both the lowercase and uppercase versions of every letter of the alphabet. They also provide many examples of the sound or sounds that are represented by each letter, in words that are fun and interesting.
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.
- Count, Non-Count Nouns
- Possessive Adjectives
- Question Tags
- Reported Speech
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.
This app provides students with a way to explore the names of a variety of objects not only in English, but also in Spanish and French. In each category, students can tap on an object that appears across the bottom of the screen. The app will state its name in the language selected from the Settings menu (only one language can be selected at a time). After tapping an object, students can drag it across the screen to begin a simple animated sequence. The graphics are very visually-appealing and the voiceover is pleasant (and can be made as loud or soft – or even muted – as necessary).
The categories are:
- Alphabet (with an example word for each letter)
- Numbers (0 – 9)
Make the solar system come alive for your child by the use of this app! It uses the device’s internal navigation system to display which constellations, stars, and other parts of the solar system are currently in the sky above (the Location service must be on when using an Apple device). It also lists the space objects that are currently below the horizon where you are.
Tapping a constellation, star, or other part of the solar system brings up a brief informative paragraph to read and an accompanying picture.
Note that there’s an in-app option to purchase the Planetary Sounds Pack to access sounds captured by several space crafts.
This app gives young children a chance to practice counting, adding, and subtracting. They are able to visually count the items that appear along with a simple equation. After tapping one of three answer choices, they receive feedback on their answer. Each correct answer moves the child one step closer to completing that particular level. Each level completed earns a prize.
Here are the rules as found in the ‘Setup’ star:
- Solve the math question
- Touch the correct star answer
- Complete levels to unlock secret prizes
The ‘Setup’ star also allows you to turn on/off the background music and sound effects. You also have options to start on the level completed (rather than the first level). You can also turn on/off the skills of counting, addition, and subtraction. Turning on the Advanced option enables the equations to become more challenging.
The ‘Prizes’ star houses the prizes that were earned by completing each level. Children can touch the prize toys to play with them. They can also play the game on the page to unlock even more secret prizes.
A free version of this app also exists.
This apps walks students step-by-step through the process of drawing many different animals. Students use a finger or stylus to trace the lines for each step. Mistakes can easily be erased and they have access to the ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ tools. The traceable lines can be removed and students can then color the animal and add more details. Backgrounds and stickers can also be easily added. Drawings can be saved to the app’s Drawing Book or to the device’s Camera Roll. They can also be emailed or printed. It also comes with two blank pages for free drawing.
Animals: bear, beaver, camel, cat, cow, crab, crocodile, dog, dolphin, donkey, duck, elephant, fish, frog, giraffe, hippo, horse, jellyfish, kangaroo, koala, lion, monkey, mouse, owl, panda, parrot, penguin, pig, porcupine, rabbit, rhinoceros, rooster, shark, sheep, skunk, snake, tiger, tortoise, toucan, whale
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
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.