Posts Tagged Education
I like to think I’m a fairly well read person. In every day speech and writing, there’s hardly ever a word I struggle to understand. It only takes a quick flick through a dictionary to realise however that there’s a whole wealth of different words out there that are both fascinating and quite cool to know. In every day speech, it’s easy to stick to the same variety of words so along comes Vocabology hoping to buck that trend.
Vocabology is a free app that allows you to view the word of the day from various different sources on the internet. All located in the one place, it’s easy to quickly look up and learn new things. The app covers everything from Merriam Webster, Yahoo Education and even Urban Dictionary. Urban Dictionary makes for a particularly intriguing one offering up some terms that I can safely admit I’ve never heard of before.
For those hoping to learn even more than English, there’s also the addition of words of the day in Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portugese.
In the case of each entry, Vocabology also provides a definition, often an explanation of how to pronounce it and an audio clip saying it. Users can save their favorite words to a favorite list to consult at a later date.
Finally, there’s also a quiz game that enables users to test their knowledge of words that have been covered previously on the app.
Within no time at all, users of Vocabology are destined to learn more and more new words which they’ll hopefully use in every day life. Along the way, users should also learn a few new words in different languages too which is bound to be convenient.
Vocabology looks set to be a great app to check in on a daily basis.
It’s available now for all iOS devices and is a free download.
Despite not having children of my own, I know all about LazyTown. My cousins were hooked on the show when they were younger. They loved the rather quirky world it offered and its combination of puppetry, animation and real people. They’re unfortunately a little too old for it now but I’ve no doubt they’d have been thrilled by the arrival of the LazyTown BooClips app.
BooClips aims to improve your children’s reading skills while also stimulating their imagination. Using a combination of different features such as word for word narration, 3D and even picture in picture sign language intepretation, it’s bound to enthral kids. Voiceover recording is also available so that your children can become part of the storyline, no doubt boosting vocabulary skills.
The app is simple to use for all age groups and you can stop or start it wherever you like, it keeps track of where you left it.
It looks to be a great app to get your kids into reading while still feeling as interactive as any game too.
It’s available now for the iPad. The BooClips app is a free download with additional books such as Dr Rootenstain and Lazy Town Sportfake available as in-app purchases for $4.99 each. Take a look at the video below to see just what the interface is like.
This iPhone, iPad and iPod app “shows to go you” that science, especially physics, can taught in an interesting way that it is not dry and expressionless as was the case with a few of my junior and high school teachers. Actually, it can be fun, as the information on the app says, for the whole family. Go Car Go also demonstrates that it does not take rocket science to teach science. This is a very simple app that clearly shows how different physical properties and design will alter a car’s performance. If I “get” it, anyone can.
Released: 2011-02-28 :: Category: Games
Stack the Countries is a game that tries to blend education with physics puzzler gameplay, making you answer questions about the facts of the world's countries and trying to stack those countries on top of each other to reach the goal height.
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The British Library has entered the smartphone age, with the venerable institution launching its first ever app. the program, called Treasures, allows users from all over the world to take a peek at the museum’s extensive collection, showcasing such wonders as a 1215 original copy of the Magna Carta, Elizabeth I’s famous Tilbury speech before the Spanish Armada and famous manuscripts from composers like Mozart and Handel. There’s plenty more where that came from, as the app currently features over 100 different items alongside sound recordings and 50 short videos. The British Library has also promised to regularly update the app, adding new exhibits and paying special attention to new arrivals in the museum.
In addition to a standard iPhone edition of the app there is also an HD iPad version which offers slightly higher resolution pictures. iPods and iPhones running iOS 3.2 or above can view the app, while the iPad requires utilization of iOS 4. The app retails for $1.99 on the iPhone or $3.99 on the iPad.
It’s wonderful to have such an extensive collection from a revered source such as the British Library being opened to the public to view on the go. The information included with the exhibits alone is well worth the price of admission, but the video and audio clips that accompany them really push the app across the finish line. This is a terrific app for lovers of history and those with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. We can’t wait to see what new features and updates are added in later versions.
Released: 2011-01-04 :: Category: Education
One of the knocks on American architecture is that we rarely ever save our old buildings. Sure, we keep major historical sites like George Washington’s house or Independence Hall, but most of our buildings are eventually torn down to make way for newer, bigger buildings. But now a new app lets you see at least one city the way it used to be, as Time Shutter San Francisco lets you spy the City by the Bay in all its former (and current) glory.
Time Shutter uses old photographs and illustrations to created detailed recreations of major SF landmarks from roughly 100 years ago. Users can then take a picture of the current structure standing at the historical site and then watch as the app combines the two images in a sort of “then and now” transition. Even better, all the historical images come with a quick history caption, so you may also learn a little something along the way. The app currently contains over 140 pics of various city landmarks, and a helpful map allows you to easily figure out which sites are in the near vicinity.
This is actually a pretty cool app that adds a new dimension to tourism. SF is a history-rich city, but if you don’t know the town well it’s easy to miss out on a lot of really neat architecture and information. This app provides a great way for kids and adults both to learn more about the city while they visit and do something other than just ride cable cars and go down to Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s even possible that some locals may enjoy the app just so they can learn more about the city in which they live.
For all of you living in other areas don’t write this app off yet just because it’s aimed at San Francisco. The team at ISL Consulting has told us they’re already working on a New York edition of the app, and we’re sure even more cities will be added as time goes on. In the meantime though, if you find yourself in the city famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Rice-a-Roni here’s a fun way to get a bit more out of your trip.
In modern society, which came first, technology or education? This is the personification of the age old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first. In the case of technology and education, one cannot exist without the other, so the modern educational system has adapted to adopt the technologies of the age into the classroom experience.
Over time, everything from calculators to computers were successfully integrated into the education system and if the developers over at Regular Berry have anything to say about it, iPhones or iPads may be next on the list. Just yesterday they debuted Algebra Touch, an app that is targeted at streamlining the process of teaching students the key concepts of Algebra, while still providing an interactive experience.
So how interactive is this application, you ask? Why not take a look at the iPad and iPhone demonstration videos to see for yourself:
When I was watching these videos all I could thing about is how much better I would have been at Algebra, had this app existed when I was in school. It has managed to find a way to meld the processes necessary to be successful with the material, while still making it fun to do.
According to Regular Berry’s developer blog the application is current designed to cover the following concepts:
- Like Terms
- Order of Operations
- Prime Numbers
- Solving Equations
I may not be a math wiz or a seasoned educator, but I know enough to comprehend that a good portion of a teacher’s workload could be eased with software of this nature. Further encouraging classroom adoption is the compatibility with external display cables, which could be used to connect the iPad or iPhone to the teacher’s projection device of choice. So not only is it visually appealing, but it is convenient as well.
If there’s anything that concerns me about Algebra Touch it might be that the low level math is being done for the user by the software. In a classroom where you are working with younger children, it may be best to integrate in a process wherein the students do the basic calculations on their own. I know calculators made me lazy; I would hate to see the same happen here. Though, at the end of the end of the day, if it helps our future children learn, then it is all worthwhile. Good luck securing funds for a classroom worth of iPads.
Are iPads the future of education?
Well, maybe not. But there’s no denying that “abc PocketPhonics” is an amazing app. A universal app—it works with both iPhone and iPad—PocketPhonics teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids. Most surprising? It seems to work.
With reading, the app uses the “synthetic phonics” method supported by US, UK, and Australian governments. Kids are first taught letter sounds (instead of the names of the letters), including hybrid sounds such as “ch” and “sh.” US and UK pronunciations are both included, so you don’t have to worry about your kid picking up the “wrong” accent. (Darn!)
And for writing, the app demonstrates how to draw the letters, instead of just presenting pictures. Kids can then trace the letters’ outlines on the iPad or iPhone using their finger. If you chose, the app will then grade their accuracy. I can see this being very useful for young learners especially—tracing with a finger is infinitely easier than using a pencil. Cursive and print alphabets are both included.
Finally, PocketPhonics rounds out its offering with a sound-based word “spelling game,” which includes over 170 words with accompanying pictures. There’s also a “ParentZone” area where parents can tweak the app’s settings.
Oh, and it’s only $0.99.
While I doubt that a single app will ever be able to replace real-life teaching, abc PocketPhonics certainly looks like a competent, comprehensive app. It won’t teach letter names, but it can get pre-readers “hooked on phonics.”
You do remember those old commercials, right? Don’t you?
Released: 2008-12-07 :: Category: Education
Remember the days when Apple 2′s were in every school in America? All the little kids used to flock around the gleaming new computers (they were never upgraded, so they quickly became dilapidated old computers) to play their favorite educational game. Some liked Math Blaster, some liked Number Crunchers, but nobody could get enough of the Oregon Trail.
Well the day is coming (hopefully) that every student gets an iPad for the classroom, and Apple is anticipating by offering developers the option to sell their apps at bulk discount. With just a simple checkmark, developers can now opt go sell app bundles of 20 or more for 50% discount.
The adoption of the iPad will certainly take time, but some medical programs are stepping into the tech world. Stanford’s Medical School has launched a program to give iPad’s to all incoming 1st years, and many other schools are ditching books altogether, using VitalSouce (which has an app coming soon) as their source for books.
Who knows, if more educational entities start giving out iPad’s, maybe I’ll go back for that Master’s degree.
[Source: The Next Web]
When someone new asks to see what an iPhone can do, all of us have a list of apps prepared to wow them. Some of these apps may be useful, some may be beautiful, and some may have changed our lives. Star Walk is a gorgeous, dynamic application that, while it may not be technically useful to some, will tease your eyes skyward on clear, starry nights.
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This matching game for preschoolers offers toddlers a fun and different way to learn to identify animals, shapes and colors while offering parents a (possibly) welcome, if not temporary, reprieve.
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This application is a singing book designed to entertain a young child. However, it is much more than that. It has multiple languages, instruments and recording support, turning it into a great educational tool.
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