Bottom Line: From the developer Round by Design comes this excellent multicultural app that offers children the opportunity to engage with kids with around the world. One Globe Kids includes eight stories of children from various parts of the world including the Netherlands, Burundi, Indonesia, New York City and Haiti. Free with in-app purchases.
Sometimes it is hard to strike the proper balance between education and entertainment when it comes to apps for your kids. You want any screen time that you allow to be beneficial, and your kids just want to have fun. Fortunately, the folks at Sylvan have launched SylvanPlay, a comprehensive, educational mobile game network for kids in 1st through 4th grades.
Sylvan has been a leader in supplemental education for more than 30 years. With more than 800 locations across North America, they are a leading provider of personal learning and tutoring services for students in grades K-12. They have used this expertise to help design the SylvanPlay network as an educational hub for Sylvan-approved apps that are fun and educational. These apps are grade appropriate and designed to supplement what your children are learning in school.
Bottom Line: A nice app to help kids learn about each state, especially for learning the location of the states. While it doesn’t provide the hands-on quality found in the Montessori approach of learning, it does supplement this approach. Still beneficial for learning about the 50 states with or without the Montessori method.
Bottom line: An interactive geography app that helps kids learn about other cultures, climates, and regions. Great graphics and catchy, educational tunes round out this highly recommended app. Free lite version now available!
**Update 8/26/13: Geo-Me has been updated to include English language subtitles on all the video in the app. A "search a city" function is coming soon!
(We also have a great Featured Free and Reduced Apps list today--don't forget to check it!)
This app literally made my 11 year old son and husband gasp with excitement. It's not a cool new game, but it is an amazingly smart FREE app for geography and history affecionados, and a great app for educators, too.
The app includes an astounding 178 free maps from times past, such as a map of Arhno Island from 1890. If you (like me) have no idea where that is, no fears! The app includes links to Wikipedia to learn that Arno Atoll is a coral atoll of 133 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Another tap takes you right to a current map. Educators and parents of older kids, this is a great teaching app to have.
Timbuktu, from Timbuktu, Inc., is a Common-Core based magazine app that is specially made for growing learners agers 6-10.
The base app is free, and each “issue” (1 month) is $4.99. A whole year of Timbuktu on your iPad (only) is $29.99.