Our Smartie Award nominees have sashayed down the red carpet, been photographed talking to Ryan Seacrest and Joan Rivers and have made their way into the Smart Apps for Kids cyber auditorium. Set your DVR as you don't want to miss a minute of our show when we announce the 2012 Smartie Award Winners.
Without further ado here is the complete list of the nominees for Best Debut...
Babble Planet: Learn to Speak English the Fun Way! by Swasa, The Magnificent Travelling Palace by PlaneTree Family Productions, AppTutor Series by PadStar Publishing Inc., Magical Music Box by Kidoteca, Goodnight ABC by Quasar Alliance, Inc.
Bottom line: An excellent series of games designed to reinforce basic English words for ESL learners. Its high production values and imaginative use of the iPad make it a perfect example of stress-free learning through play. An ambitious app which we just loved.
iPad ($2.99 with in app-purchases)
Bottom Line: Experience the sights, sounds and maybe even tastes of India in this flawlessly executed story book app which features both a captivating design and an imaginative take on the traditional buddy tale. There is a lite version to try before you buy.
Full ($2.99) Lite (free)
Designed to be fun and visually appealing, these effective learning tools are packed with the required, grade-specific skills your elementary math student needs. AppTutor Apps empower students to ‘Learn-Try-Test’ their way to confidence and success. AppTutor Apps are “Not Just Another Quiz App.”
Grade K Grade 1 Grade 2 Addition Grade 2 Multiplication
Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Bottom Line: A wonderful trip down memory lane for any mom that had a dancing ballerina music box as a kid and wants to share that old classic with her digital age child. There is a free lite version to try.
Full ($1.99, iPad/iPhone) Lite (free, iPad/iPhone)
Bottom Line: Fantastic learn by playing ABC app and much more that is a ringing endorsement for why educational apps should be made by professional educators.
And the winner is...Goodnight ABC!
If we had an award for app I most enjoyed reviewing Magical Music Box would be the hands down winner. It remains one of my favorite apps and a review that will headline my portfolio for a long time. As good as it is, however, we have to take note of the Smartest App and that distinction belongs to Goodnight ABC. I love apps that have lots of nooks and crannies to discover and ones that seamlessly incorporate the learning elements into the story or games. These are the apps that allow kids to linger on a single page that captures their fancy or madly explore every inch by tapping and swiping at will.
Congratulations Quasar Alliance!