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App Friday: February 12, 2016

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Elmo Loves You from StoryToys, hunt through colourful scenes in Hidden Objects by Highlights Magazine, and learn all about numbers with Funny Digits. Plus, how high school students are solving the world's problems, and a look back at edutainment (remember Carmen Sandiego?).

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Garry Froehlich
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Puzzles

Hidden Pictures by Highlights Magazine - The Original Find The Object Game for Kids
Hidden Pictures by Highlights Magazine - The Original Find The Object Game for Kids

by Fingerprint

Highlights Hidden Pictures is a modern version of the classic kids puzzle game! Featuring new tools like hints, timed mode, and other fun twists to make Hidden Pictures an app your kids can't stand to miss!

Includes In-App Purchases

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 0.00 -

Books

Elmo Loves You!
Elmo Loves You!

by StoryToys

Update: Elmo Loves You! has been given a Valentine's makeover. Discover magical surprises as well as extra jigsaw and sticker books to make you feel all warm and fuzzy, just like Elmo! With love from Elmo to you.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 -

Early Learning

Learn to read and write the vowels in Spanish - Preschool 2+
Learn to read and write the vowels in Spanish - Preschool 2+

by Pan Pam

It is so easy to learn the vowels in Spanish with this app. It has lots of fun games. It is very interactive. You can have fun solving puzzles or coloring. It is safe for children. Easy to use. Many hours of fun! Educational app made for children who are starting to learn how to read. A group of teachers has developed this app adapting it to the interactive format and methodology used in the classroom for the learning of reading and writing. All of the content has been created attending to the specific characteristics of children of these ages. To learn the vowels, children will have to charge the batteries of electric cars in their plugs, dress mannequins like in Fashion Week, put fish in the proper fish tanks, be detectives, explode balloons, feed the chickens and many more games…Discover them all!

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 - Google Play: 2.45 - Amazon App Store: 2.99 -

Blog Post

How High School Students Are Solving The World’s Problems
How High School Students Are Solving The World’s Problems

by App Friday

Lorraine Akemann was invited to be a judge for the Congressional App Challenge for high school students. 

"What I thought would be a simple review of app demos turned into an inspiring connection with today’s talented youth. As a parent myself, I sometimes worry about what high school will be like for my own children. The App Challenge eased some of those concerns by introducing me to students who are thriving and succeeding at real world problem solving."

Some of these really are impressive.

Read more on Medium

Feature

Social Skills

Classroom Traffic Lights
Classroom Traffic Lights

by pkclSoft

Traffic Lights for the classroom is a great way for teachers to get instantaneous feedback on whole class learning. Classroom Traffic Lights is all about letting kids in a 1:1 classroom inform their teacher quickly, about how they feel about something. Are they happy, so-so or struggling? Do they like an idea, don't care, or really dislike it? By getting a class or group of students to tap on the right color and showing their screen, the teacher can, in the blink of an eye, gauge the class emotion, determine more appropriate groupings, etc.

iPad: 0.99 -

Early Learning

Funny Digits
Funny Digits

by Two Pilots

Our Funny Digits are very giggly. Let your child touch or drag a finger over the numbers and you will hear laughter. Is it the number laughing? Or is it your child? As the child plays, he/she discovers the numbers can transform themselves into... vegetables! Now it's time to count. Put the vegetables into a bag before the bag runs away! This game helps children learn numbers in a fun way.

iPad: 4.99 -

Blog Post

Newsworthy
Newsworthy

by App Friday

Apple Acquires Education-Tech Startup LearnSprout

"Apple Inc. said it acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance."

It looks like Apple has more plans for iPads in education.

 

The Heyday of Edutainment

"To many, the embodiment of the edutainment industry was The Learning Company, the maker of such classics as “Reader Rabbit,” “Zoombinis,” “The Oregon Trail” and “Carmen Sandiego,” and several others that were popular in classrooms in the 1990s and early 2000s."

An interesting article (and even good comments) on the history and collapse of 'edutainment' in the 90s and what it might predict for today's educational apps. 

 

The Secret To Learning New Skills Twice As Fast

"Learning a new skill doesn’t depend so much on how much practice you do, but how you practice. The key is to subtly vary your training with changes that keep your brain learning. By changing up your routine, new research says, you can cut the time to acquire a new skill by half."

This is one of those 'needs more research before it is declared as fact' studies but it is an interesting and encouraging finding. I'd also say that technology is well-suited to help monitor the slight variations on a task necessary for this type of learning.

Newsworthy