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Recommended App of the Week

March 29, 2014

diysunscienceDIY Sun Science (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch; iOS 6.0+ ): This educational app was developed by the University of California Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.  The app includes 13 activities about the sun, including instructions, materials lists, videos, and images.  The activities can be completed easily at home using minimal supplies.  As an added bonus, the app links to live images of the sun from NASA’s SDO satellite.  This is a free app that you can download here.  Recommended for families and educators, and for children preschool and up.

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Check out this link for more information from the developer.

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Recommended App of the Week

March 8, 2014

 

moosemathnewiconMoose Math (Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android) iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.3. and up. $1.99.

“Covers early math skills in a fun build-your-own-world environment. Every detail, from the kid-friendly narration to hints, is designed with young kids in mind. Parents can see reports of their kids’ progress. Parental control swipe screens keep kids from wandering into the reports or other app sections.  Kids enter Moose Juice, the smoothie shop, to practice counting, addition, and subtraction. They go to the Pet Shop to play Pet Bingo, where they work more on counting, addition, and subtraction or to play Paint Pet, where they’ll match animals by counting dots. Then they can visit the Lost & Found store, sort shapes and colors, and work on geometry, or they can play dot-to-dot, where they count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. As they complete each level, they get to add another feature to their town.” From Common Sense Media

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Recommended for kindergarten and first grade students.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

February 22, 2014

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Felt Board-Mother Goose on the Loose (iPad, iOS 6.1+): This app is based on the award-winning early literacy program by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen and the developers of the original felt app, Software Smoothie.  This app works like a digital felt board, with some extra fun features.  Move the characters and objects around on the screen to share Mother Goose rhymes and stories.  Have children create their own narratives and learn fine motor skills by moving the felt pieces and adding sound effects that are built into the app.  Here is Dr. Diamant-Cohen demonstrating the process here.

Need more ideas about how you could use this app?  Take a look at the developer site and there are some useful extension activities to share with children here.  You can also access this information via the app with an icon in the upper right hand corner.  

Download this app via iTunes, it is free!  Recommended for ages 2 and up.

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Screenshot of Two Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

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Screenshot of Hickory Dickory Dock

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Recommended App of the Week

January 18, 2014

learnwithhomerLearn with Homer (iPad, iOS 6.0+): This app is intended as an aid for a child’s reading foundation.  It covers five pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Lessons guide children around 44 phonemes (sounds) in the English language by modeling sounds and allowing them to practice.  Then, the sounds are blended to put together words, including special focus on tricky sounds.  Sounds and words are reviewed and practiced regularly.  Interactive games and illustrated stories round out the lessons to support new knowledge.

Currently, this app is only available for the iPad and is free at the time of this review.  You can download it via iTunes.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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Want to learn more about this app?  See the developer website for additional information here.

Common Sense Media also has a comprehensive review here.

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Recommended App of the Week

January 11, 2014

dogpartyiconMartha’s Dog Party offers kids a fun way to learn vocabulary words with the character originally created in the book Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh and now starring in the PBS Kids TV series of the same name.

 

 

sprintDuring the game “Martha Says”, you tap the screen to make different dogs walk, run or sit. As the game progresses, Martha uses synonyms for those words and explains that they mean the same thing.  For example, instead of using the word run, Martha will say sprint and then explain that sprint means to run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

chow timeIn the game “Chow Time” 3 plates are presented and Martha asks which one is a certain color, shape or has a certain design.  When the correct plate is tapped Martha defines the descriptive word.  For example, she asks which is the plate with the vehicles on it and when the correct plate is chosen, she explains what vehicles are. Then the plate is filled with dog food and the child slides a finger across the plate which brings out the dog’s tongue to lick the plate clean.

In “Doggie Dress Up”  kids are introduced to words such as accessory, stylish and fashionable as they have fun choosing hats and collars to add to a variety of dogs.  Another game choice is “Pop Quiz” which gives you 2 balloons, each with a different word. Martha asks which word means the same as the word she tells you. If you answer correctly the balloon pops with confetti inside. If you answer incorrectly, she defines the correct word. The words used in this game are all from the previous games to reinforce the vocabulary.

Recommended for children ages 4-7.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. $.99.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

January 4, 2014

nasa appNASA created this app and it is full of amazing images and information. The Missions home screen shows all the current missions.  When you tap on a specific mission, you are shown details about that mission including images and videos.

On the images home screen you can choose a photo from the Astronomy Picture of the Day, the NASA image of the day and another collection of NASA images.  When you tap on an image, you get a larger view of that image-tap again and get information about the image.  You can also bookmark an image to get back to it easily.

Another area features NASA videos. Some of the videos are actually filmed in space while others are simulated to explain certain astronomy concepts.   New content is frequently added so you won’t run out of things that fascinate.

The images will be enjoyed by all while the other content will be better understood by students who are upper elementary and older.

This app is free and is available for both Android and Apple products.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

November 16, 2013

4.-park-math-app[1]Park Math (Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.)

 Learn to add, subtract, count, sort, make patterns and work on sequencing with this bright, colorful interactive math app! Follow Blue Bear as he visits the park and finds a different math game in each area. Counting the number of times the rabbit swings on the swing set, lining up all the dogs in order from smallest to largest on the park bench, and helping the mice balance the see-saw by placing the same number of them on each end are just a few of the activities available during Blue Bear’s walk!

There are also three levels of difficulty corresponding to preschool, kindergarten, and first grade, so you can pick the level that works best for your child.

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$1.99

Recommended for children aged 2-7.

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Recommended App of the Week

November 9, 2013

bugs and numbersBugs and Numbers

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. $2.99

“Kids can learn math skills from preschool level on up to elementary skill math. Preschoolers can learn to recognize numerals, the concept of left and right direction, counting, and matching shapes. Kindergartners can learn to form numerals and shapes, count to 100, make comparisons, and do basic math up to 10. Elementary kids can learn about money, fractions, measurements, patterns, telling time, and addition and subtraction. Bugs and Numbers is a learning investment that will pay off with use by multiple kids and/or for multiple years.” From Common Sense Media Review.

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Recommended App of the Week

November 2, 2013

scout-picScout’s ABC Garden 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. $1.99.

“Kids are introduced to each letter in the alphabet, first in uppercase, then in lowercase, and then by phonics sound. Working on one letter at a time, they match the letter in the garden and count as they tap gophers and butterflies. The app includes three screens to explore as well, where kids can toss a ball with Scout or Violet, honk the horn on a car, play music and dance, identify colors on a blooming flower, or pop and count bubbles. Birds in a nest sing numbers and colors, too, reinforcing preschool knowledge.” From Common Sense Media review.

Take a look at clips from the app.  Recommended children age 3+

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Recommended App of the Week

October 26, 2013

big-green-monster_webGo Away, Big Green Monster! (iPad, iPhone-optimized for iPhone 5, iPod Touch iOS 5.1+): This app is a mobile version of the book with the same title by Ed Emberley.  In this version, however, you can read along with a 4-year old friend or Ed himself.  If you would like to read or share the book yourself, there is an option for no narration.  There is also a sing-along option that turns the book into an animated musical version of the story.  Watch the monster come alive, but remember, if you touch the monster on this app, he might react! You can find this app on iTunes; recommended for ages 3+

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The app version of the cover.

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A screenshot of one of the app images.

If you would like more information about the developer of this app, take a look at this website.

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