For some time now, I have been looking for software to help my sixth grader organize his thoughts while writing school essays. I recently complained to a friend that dictation software didn’t work well with my son’s tween voice. Basically, it was producing written sentences that were closer to Jabberwocky than Grapes of Wrath. My friend quickly cut me off with two words: Dragon Dictate. He then un-holstered his precious iPhone, clicked on the Nuance Dragon Dictation icon, hit record and started talking. Like magic, his voice was accurately converted to text on his phone. My son tested it...Read More
Category: Educational Apps For Kids
We tend to think of apps for kids as the bits of genius that keeps them occupied in the doctor’s waiting room, maybe help them brush up on their 3 R’s. But we’re always looking for ones that get kids smarter about other stuff too. Like, say, food and healthy eating habits. Turns out, so is Michelle Obama. As part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to help take on childhood obesity, nearly 100 software developers, game designers, and super smart college students designed their own desktop apps (or really, websites) as part of an Apps for Healthy...Read More
No techie parent needs convincing that the right app can do a lot more than keep your kid entertained while you wait in a long check out line or try to finish your food at a restaurant. The best ones actually teach your kids. Splish Splash Inn, from Shortstack, is one of those great educational-but-your-kids-will-never-know-it apps that we really love. Splish Splash Inn teaches kids numbers and counting from one to ten, (in French and Spanish too), but what really makes it a stand out is the adorable music and animation. If you’re a fan of They Might Be...Read More
Yesterday my son had a playdate with a little Chinese girl, coincidentally the same day I downloaded Chinese for Munchkins to my iPhone. The amazed look on her face when I asked them if they had seen a hóu zi or a lóng (a monkey or a dragon) at school was priceless. The look on my son’s face was decidedly more, Woman, what are you doing!? Stop being a dork! Chinese for Munchkins is an adorable app to teach words for animals and numbers to kids, or frankly anyone who wants to learn a little bit about a language...Read More
Previously posted on Cool Mom Picks So it’s become pretty clear that iPhone apps can be God’s technological gift to parents wanting to avoid toddler meltdowns in restaurants and pediatrician offices. Some of my favorite apps for the younger set come courtesy of Duck Duck Moose, which is slowly taking over the “educational app” category with their graphically clever learning games. When your 2-4 year old is ready to take those Sesame Street concepts a little further, they’ll love Fish School which uses funny little fishies, humorous sound effects, positive reinforcement, and an incredibly simple interface to help teach...Read More
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