Category: Back to School Tech

Best reading apps for kids: Back to school Tech Guide 2014

Whether your  kids are figuring out how to sound out words for the first time, or you have older grade-schoolers who just might choose an educational app over a game from time to time if it’s fun enough, educational apps can certainly be a big help in getting kids excited to read. So I’ve put together my list of 11 of the best reading apps for kids as part of our 2014 back-to-school tech guide. I culled it down to apps that are smart, helpful, entertaining, and well-designed, as all educational apps should be. Hope they help your kids get excited about reading as much as they’ve helped mine.   Best...

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16 best science apps for kids of all ages: Back to school tech guide 2014

Scientific curiosity is what’s lurking behind all those questions our kids start asking as toddlers. While we parents don’t always have all the answers, fortunately there’s a ton of cool science apps out there to help indulge that curiosity and spark interest in learning more. So that’s just what we’ve tracked down for you in this next installment of our 2014 Back to School Tech Guide.  We scoured the web for the most stimulating science apps out there, for iOS, Android, and even a few for Windows Phones and Nook–and these are the top 16 we really love. Erlenmeyer...

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10 of the best organizational apps for parents: Back to School Tech Guide 2014

There’s excitement and anxiousness in the air at back to school time, but for many parents, this time of year can also bring about a little dread. As in: Ugh. Here comes the deluge of To-Do lists and classroom paperwork and lunch-packing and scheduling and on and on. So next up in our back to school tech guide, we present you with 10 of the best organizational apps for parents to help start the school year on the right foot. Whether you’re an Android lover, an iPhone addict, or yeah, even a few for you Backberry holdouts.   1. For Better Time...

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16 best math apps for kids of all ages: Back to school tech guide 2014

Math: The word alone strikes fear into the hearts of too many kids — and frankly, too many parents. That’s why we think it’s so important to find the very best math apps for kids to share with our readers, so we can help our kids get a great start in preschool, brush up on basic skills in grade school, or move forward in ways that are so much fun, kids might not even suspect they’re learning. We don’t know many children who love to drill concepts to the tune of a ticking clock. (Okay, I was one of them, but that’s a rarity.)...

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12 of the best educational apps for preschoolers: Back to School Tech Guide 2014

We’re so happy to kick off our 2014 back to school tech guide with one of our favorite, and most requested categories: The best educational apps for preschoolers. Now just because your little one isn’t in official Big Kid school yet doesn’t mean they can’t get in on the fun of cool, educational apps.There are tons of preschool apps out there from which to choose. The thing is, some of them are meh at best. They might be high on design quality, but way low on educational content. Or really knocking it out of the park with the learning...

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The best reading apps for kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

School season is here, no getting around it, and that means independent reading time, kiddie book clubs and classroom reading groups. We’ve offered up the best math apps for kids, the best science apps for kids, the best preschool apps, and now we’re closing out our 2013 back to school tech guide with apps that help kids with reading. Brushing up on reading skills is always a good idea, and with these fun learning apps, the focus is squarely on edutainment. It’s a combination that we love, especially when it works. -Pilar READING APPS FOR PRESCHOOLERS Starfall ($2.99, iOS and Android) With its simple...

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The best science apps for kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

While science may conjure up memories of chem labs and memorizing Newton’s Laws, we think kids are ready to explore science as soon as they start asking why the sky is blue. Science has the answer to that perennial kid question, and many more. We’ve worked hard to pare down to some of the very best science apps for kids for Androids and iOS, to engage kids and encourage them to keep asking questions about the world around them. May they help spark a lifelong love of science. SCIENCE APPS FOR PRESCHOOLERS ABC Bugs ($2.99 iPhone+iPad) Preschoolers are naturally...

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Cool homeschooling resources online, that aren’t just for homeschoolers: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

Along with books, YouTube channels, and educational apps, there are loads of smart and fun websites that both my kids and I agree are worthwhile supplements to their schoolwork. And as I get ready to start my eighth (gulp) year homeschooling three kids, I’ve gathered together 8 of our favorite sites for exploring new topics, practicing math facts, or just having fun while learning something new. You don’t even have to be a homeschooler to love them. – Christina FreeRiceI always feel good when I let the kids play educational games at FreeRice, knowing they are feeding the hungry...

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The best preschool apps: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

Back-to-school is in the air and even young preschoolers can benefit from a little extra help at home with the help of fun educational apps, the latest feature in our Back to School Tech Guide. Some little kids’ apps are more educational than others, but each of these 8 picks engage those little preschool minds and get them thinking. And don’t forget to check out our recent round-up of additional free educational apps for all ages too. So many options! -Jeana Endless Alphabet (iOS) There is no lack of learning with this awesome educational app that’s become a cult parent favorite....

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Best laptop backpacks: Back to School Tech Guide 2013

If you’ve got a kid going back to school with precious digital cargo, don’t just dump it in a standard canvas backpack pocket and hope it makes it home alive. As part of our back to school tech guide, we’ve narrowed down 6 of the coolest, best-rated, protective laptop backpacks for all kinds of students, all kinds of situations and all kinds of style. Hope there’s one that’s perfect for you. WHEN YOU HAVE LOTS TO CARRY: Dakine Vault Laptop Backpack Ideal for 15″ laptops or tablets (though it claims to fit a 17″), the Vault looks smart with suede...

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