We are very new to the educational app space and I have been researching and asking for recommendations over the past few weeks. Below is a list of the ones that I am most looking forward to trying out with my kids. My children are aged 3 and 5 and these progress with the child as they get older and have different levels. They show a great deal of creativity and a passion for learning and educating.
Brainpop’s mission is to help kids understand the world. Subjects include Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Engineering & Tech. Lessons typically begin with a video to introduce a concept or topic. There are quizzes, games and activities which build on what was learned in the video and evaluate comprehension.
Storylineonline is a collection of videos featuring actors reading some really great children’s books. The videos feature the illustrations from books with a little creative animation, music and sound. It’s just enough that it keeps it interesting but does not take distract from the book. Videos are accompanied by an activity sheet with discussion points.
Abcya is a collection of games (letters, numbers and math, strategies, skills, holiday) for kingergarten to grade 5 that look fun and engaging.
Boukili is a French reading app with quizzes and games which become progressively more challenging.
Reflexmath develops math fluency that is not only fun and motivating but individualized for each student. This is for kids in grade 2 or above who understand the basic concepts behind the operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).
Further reading and resources:
bestappsforkids.com – this blog reviews apps for kids with a focus on education. They provide star ratings and the apps are easily searchable by age (from toddlers to high school) and category.
The scope of commonsensemedia.org offers information and reviews of a multitude of media and technology. It’s a good resource of information for parents to help in deciding if a media (books, movies, apps, music etc.) is appropriate for your kids. The author reviews are quite balanced and offer points for consideration (e.g. What Parents Need to Know, Consumerism, Violence and Scariness, Positive Role Models and Representations). Users of the site can also post their own reviews.
If you have any recommendations, please share them in the comments section below.
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