Tag: apps for kids

Web Coolness: The annoying Instagram algorithm, how to listen to podcasts, and lots more.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Cool Mom Tech is a reward style affiliate.   These portable park iPhone cases from Japan are cracking us up! Father’s Day, anyone? You’re not the only one annoyed by the Instagram algorithm. Someone used FaceApp on museum paintings and it’s awesome. A simple way to block calls and texts on your iPhone. Here’s how to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone. Including our own podcast, Spawned!     What should you do with all...

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The free Lab4U apps are like having a science lab right in your smart phone

For those of you with budding scientists at home, the Lab4U app collection lets kids conduct real science experiments with just their phone. No WIFI required! The collection currently features two apps, Lab4Physics app and Lab4Chemistry, both of which use the sensors on your phone (in the camera, speakers, and other hardware) to measure variables like speed, velocity, sound waves, gravity or even to calculate the concentrations of chemical solutions. To be clear, these apps aren’t educational games. They actually transform your smartphone into the scientific instruments needed to perform real experiments, with step-by-step instructions on how to complete them. Once you record your data and the results...

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Stridepost: A free chores and calendar app for the whole family. Yep, even the kids.

I’m always a little more motivated to get to my chores when there’s a little reward involved, like watching a guilty pleasure TV show while I fold laundry. It’s the same for my kids, and the Stridepost app (iOS and Android) helps them see how doing their share around the house will earn them both an allowance and fun rewards for pitching in. Plus, it keeps track of events on our family calendar alongside the kids’ chores and responsibilities, which makes it easier to manage it all in one handy place. Here’s how it works. Related: A helpful guide to kids’ chores by ages. The parents’ app Parents can...

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The new SciMoji women of science emoji: Because the past is female, too.

If you caught that awesome GE commercial that ran during the Oscars, asking, what if female scientists were treated like rock stars? then no surprise that they’re extending the campaign in a very 2017 way: With a SciMoji women of science emoji sticker pack. Install the app from the App Store, and you can respond to WHERE R U with a photo of astronaut Joan Higgenbotham suiting up. Having a good day? Text a sticker that reads I’m as positive as a proton!  Or kick off a hot sexting session with your geeky sweetheart, using the sticker of carbon scientist Millie Dresselhaus that declares, we have...

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The Path to Luma: A beautiful new puzzle game app that’s free

Anyone else burning out on Candy Crush and 1010 lately? Me too, so I just downloaded The Path to Luma (free on iOS and Android) and I have to say that it’s turned out to be better and more interesting than I expected. In fact, my kids also keep sneaking and advancing me through the levels, which means I’m not the only one who’s hooked on it in my house. Related: The Monument Valley app is a stunner. And a stumper. Related: 9 of the most stunningly beautiful mobile games add some zen to your apps Created by the sustainable energy company NRG, players are...

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What parents need to know about the Roblox app, a Minecraft alternative that makes it easy for kids to chat with strangers. Eep.

You might have heard about the app Roblox, a multi-player Minecraft alternative that’s making the news because kids are unknowingly chatting with adult strangers. And getting propositioned. Just read what sort of chats this dad discovered his son was getting. Gross. Related: What parents need to know about Whisper app What’s the deal with the Roblox app? Turns out, it’s a pretty widely-known app that’s popular with Minecraft-loving kids because it’s so similar to the original game, allowing kids to create worlds and interact with other kids (or so they think). But, when I asked my 12-year old daughter about it,...

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Run, drive, and yes, even DJ like Batman, with the new LEGO Batman Movie app | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Warner Bros. Pictures As you might have heard, The LEGO Batman movie is coming to a theater near you this Friday, but right now, you can download the new, free LEGO Batman Movie app so your kids can save Gotham, right on a smart phone or tablet.   Available on iTunes and Google Play, this free app lets kids transform into LEGO Batman (or their favorite character from the movie), where they can do everything from jump across The Bat Cave or the Rooftops of Gotham, to drive their own Batmobile to battle Villain Bosses. Kids will love customizing...

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What parents need to know about the new LEGO Life social media app for kids

This week, LEGO launched a new social media-style app for kids called LEGO Life (iOS and Android), a free app that’s designed for kids ages 7-12 to share their LEGO creations and get ideas and inspiration for new projects to build. As much as we love LEGO, we always have reservations about anything “social media-y” for kids that young. So, we took a closer look to see exactly how it works and if it’s something you should look into for your kids. Related: Easy Internet safety tips that parents can start using right now Related: KidGuard helps parents track their kid’s online...

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Merriam-Webster’s informative (and sometimes snarky) free dictionary app

We’re getting a good laugh out of the Merriam-Webster Twitter account, and don’t we all need a good laugh, lately? If you’re not following them, you should. Also, may we suggest downloading the free Merriam-Webster dictionary app? Sure, it’s the most respected source for definitions, pronunciations, and spellings in the English language, but it also has a great (albeit, subtle) sense of humor. Or, a great jocoseness, if you will. Related: Grammar rules, even in your kitchen! Related: Grammar police: Your mugs are here! The app has a full dictionary and thesaurus with audio pronunciations, which is a great resource for checking your spelling...

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Moonlite, the magical device that projects bedtime stories right onto your ceiling.

As much as I love tech that makes my life simpler, easier, and cheaper, sometimes I find a device that just makes life a little more magical. And that’s how I feel about Moonlite, a little gadget gives a modern edge to storytelling. This mini projector use the flash from your phone to project illustrations onto the ceiling, all with a story you can read along from the app. You can even choose optional sound effects for each slide, in case you’re feeling too tired to imitate a clap of thunder or calling bird by the time bedtime rolls around. Related:...

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