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App Friday: July 22, 2016

Solve and create puzzles with Busy Water from Edoki Academy, read and create stories with tapStory, and explore space on your TV with Professor Astro Cats' Solar System. Plus, learn about the digestive system, catch the view from the International Space Station, explore the Drawp marketplace, and boost summer reading.

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Garry Froehlich
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Puzzles

Busy Water
Busy Water

by Edoki Academy

Busy Water app to solve & create water-based puzzles. By the creators of Busy Shapes and Crazy Gears, Busy Water promotes creativity and problem-solving skills which are an ideal introduction to pre-coding with a fun mission: get Archie the fish back to his tank! The 100+ levels provide exciting challenges, new tools and are a fun introduction into the worlds of gravity, physics and states of water. Each level allows more than one solution so be creative and think outside the tank! Our unique "Build" mode allows players to create their own levels and share them with their friends. This is just one example of endless possibilities. Apple TV and Apple Watch extensions also available from July 7th

Universal: 3.99 -

Creative Play

tapStory
tapStory

by Playful Art, LLC

tapStory brings creative play and picture books together for a seamless interactive experience. Kids animate characters and read the story out loud, and then play back their performances—each one a singular expression of their imagination. Characters and other objects can be moved, rotated, resized and flipped using simple gestures. Audio is recorded automatically as the reader narrates. Recordings can be played back while the story is open, and they can be saved to play later. Kids can also create their own stories based on existing characters and scenery. All artwork from purchased stories is available for use in stories. Custom-created stories can be saved for reading just like the standard stories, so users can record themselves reading and animating their own creations.

Includes In-App Purchases

iPad: Free + In-App Purchases -

Blog Post

How Library Tech Helps Boost Summer Reading
How Library Tech Helps Boost Summer Reading

by App Friday

From Lorraine Akemann:

"Welcome to long summer days and relaxing summer nights. Kids are decompressing from the school year and easing into a new, low key routine. Summer reading is a fulfilling and mellow pastime for the whole family, and having plenty of books around is key to keeping it going. I’d love to share how we use technology to boost our access to new (and free!) reading materials all summer long."

Read more at the Moms With Apps Blog

Feature

Science

Professor Astro Cat's Solar System
Professor Astro Cat's Solar System

by Minilab Studios

Professor Astro Cat's Solar System is now on Apple TV! Now you can explore the wonders of space with Professor Astro Cat on your TV. Blast off into space and learn about the wonders of the Universe with Professor Astro Cat and his trusty friend, Astro Mouse! Download now to join the Astro Cat Space Programme and embark on this fact-filled intergalactic learning adventure.

iPhone/iPad/Apple TV: 2.99 - Google Play: 2.99 - Amazon App Store: 2.99 -

Science

The Digestive System
The Digestive System

by Smile & Learn

The Digestive System is an interactive game designed so that children discover and learn about the functions of the human body. It includes fun activities, texts, and animations to explain the system and the organs that make it up. With the interactive text book, they can learn in more detail about the characteristics and functions of each part, and fun facts. It includes a QUIZ of educational questions and a fun operation game to learn to recognize the organs and their locations in our bodies.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 1.99 - Google Play: 1.99 -

Blog Post

Newsworthy
Newsworthy

by App Friday

Drawp for School Launches Resource Marketplace for K-12 Teachers

Curriculum-sharing marketplaces are redefining how teachers research and incorporate new materials and teaching methods. "Collaboration has been at the core of our mission from the beginning," says Ana Albir, Drawp founder and CEO. "We hear so much from our Drawp teachers who want to directly share teacher-created and teacher-curated content, and now we're giving them the chance to do that. We're excited to add the Drawp Resource Marketplace to allow teachers to inspire and be inspired by the fresh ideas of other educators."

One of the advantages of technology in education is the ability to more easily collaborate and share materials, so its great to see these sorts of marketplaces appearing. Note that Julie Brannon, our social media specialist, is affiliated with Drawp. 

 

Can Digital Games Help Students Conquer the Toughest Science Content?

"Ralph Bouquet, the education and outreach manager at the TV series NOVA, argued that games can play a critical role in helping students conquer some of the most essential, and the most difficult, material in science."

It's more difficult to reach the kids in this segment (who are all playing Pokemon Go) but science is one area where new apps can still make a difference.

 

 

Step on Board the International Space Station from Your Apple TV

"That means: high-definition versions of NASA TV, on-demand NASA videos, 3D satellite tracking maps, realtime views of the Earth from the International Space Station..."

Also available on phones and tablets, this is a cool view into space, especially with the Juno spacecraft getting ready to send back up close photos of Jupiter.

Newsworthy