Thursday, October 30, 2014

TeacherLINK TechBytes Newsletter - November 2014

http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/newsletter/

The TeacherLINK TechBytes newsletter for November 2014 is now available - free - online as a PDF file.  It contains tutorials, resources, and more that would be of interest to educators, students, parents - anyone interested in education and technology.  You can get the newsletter at the link above, as well as previous newsletters (several years worth).


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Free iOS App Today: Math Racer - The Game

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id789919498

An exciting app that helps kids learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Answer math problems to race Timmy's car, and collect stars. You can select between addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and three difficulty levels to match your learning needs.

Free iOS App Today: Dino-Store

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id585701049

Kids, parents, teachers and critics love this funny & charming dino-store story.

* Held #3 spot in iTunes Book App Store!
* Kirkus Top Picks for Storybook Apps
* Digital Storytime Top Picks for Storybook Apps
* iStoryTime Best Picks for Storybook Apps
* Picked as a favorite by Top Kid Apps
* A best app pick by Geeks With Juniors
* Awarded prestigious Kirkus Star


Discover what happens after Leo and his father buy the HUGE eggs at the grocery store. Touch the screen to find funny animations!

*** In English
*** Funny, creative, and beautifully illustrated.
*** 23 pages full of surprises for kids to discover.
*** Read to yourself or follow along options.
*** Easy navigation for kids of all ages.
*** Perfect for classroom, home, or on the go reading.


Developed by Bluemarker.com LLC whose clients include PBS, Scholastic Inc., Wiley Publishing, Little Brown Books and Barnes & Noble.

Developer's Awards:
Two Emmy Nominations 2013 Web Producers on PBS's Chuck Vanderchuck
PBS New York Wins 2012 Silver W3 for best children's site "Oh Noah!"
Emmy Nomination 2012 Art Direction for PBS's "Oh Noah!"
Emmy Nomination 2012 Animation for PBS's "Oh Noah!"2012
Emmy Nomination 2010 Art Direction for PBS's Artopia
Emmy Nomination 2010 Animation for PBS's Artopia
Emmy Nomination 2008 Art Direction for PBS's Cyberchase

Dino-Store is written by Roger Sedarat and Illustrated by Trade Loeffler.

Free iOS App Today: Animated Verb: Active Words

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id482530477

"This is such a fantastic app for my daughter. It is perfect. All I wish is for there to be hundreds more words!Thank you for all the work that must have gone into this app."--a satisfied Mom

The first in a series of animated Word Toys, Animated Verb encourages kids ages 4-7 to discover word meanings like they never have before. Through interactive play, our words come to life as the Animated Verb demonstrate word meanings with their highly animated antics. Young readers can interact with the words. They literally play with the words to make LAUGH laugh and JUMP jump.

Animated Verb provided 98 most common verbs in English, Germany, Spain and France with A-Z alphabetical order. You can spell it, learn it and play with it in each of 4 languages. Every verb is spelled and pronounced by pure and native teachers, and animated by cute and vivid animations!

Animated Verb is designed to be kid-friendly! There are no complicated menus for kids to get confused by, or multiple options to get lost in. It was tested by several toddlers and we took their suggestions seriously to create a funny but educational app for them.

What’s more, not only will your children love the spelling, but they will also be kept constantly motivated by the rewards as: Colorful Balloons and Bubble Popping!

Features:
Word Toy
Expressive Words
Invites Play
Word Learning
Highly Animated
Dynamic Interaction
Appealing Animated Characters
Simple and Elegant
Rich Multi-Touch Interface
Innovative Tutorial
Designed in Partnership with Children


Free iOS App Today: Alphabetical: learn the alphabet in order by sight and sound, forwards or backwards

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id659643113

- "Our toddler loved tapping the letters and clapped when the balloons went up after Z."
- Alphabetical is fun and challenging for all ages. Easy to use, yet customizable. You can even practice the alphabet backwards! In the learning mode, the letters are spoken as they are touched.
- "Didn't know I could have that much fun with the alphabet."
- Challenge mode: see how quick you are! High scores keep a record of your skills on each of the three levels. Challenge your friends and family now....

Features:
• Choose from English and Greek alphabets.
• Preset levels for all ages or customize it.
• Practice the alphabet forwards or backwards.
• Challenge mode with three levels and high scores.
• Congratulatory sounds encourage your child
• iPad, iPhone, and retina support
• No ads or other distractors – perfect for infants and toddlers! 

Free iOS App Today: Best Jules Verne Collection (with search)

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id408240943

This collection contains nineteen books of Jules Verne with great full text search engine! Price of collection is also gorgeous!

Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French author who helped pioneer the science fiction genre. He is best known for his novels "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" (1864), "From the Earth to the Moon" (1865), "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1869–1870), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1873) and "The Mysterious Island" (1875).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised.

He is the second most translated author of all time, only behind Agatha Christie, with 4223 translations, according to Index Translationum. Some of his works have been made into films.

To simplify study of books by Jules Verne the application supports full text search within all included texts. This is very useful when you need to find a quote or information on a particular subject but don't know where you should looking for.

THIS APPLICATION CONSISTS OF SUCH BOOKS BY JULES VERNE:
- A Captain at Fifteen;
- An Antarctic Mystery;
- Around The World in Eighty Days;
- The Adventures of a Special Correspondent;
- Godfrey Morgan. A Californian Mystery;
- In the Year 2889;
- Journey to the Center of the Earth;
- Michel Strogoff or The Courier of the Czar;
- Off on a comet or Hector Servadac;
- 20000 Leagues Under The Sea.
- The Blockade Runners;
- The Mysterious Island;
- The Master of the World;
- Robur the Conqueror;
- Ticket No. "9672";
- The pearl of lima (A story of true love);
- The Survivors of the Chancellor;
- The Underground City or The Black Indies;
- The Waif of the "Cynthia".

APPLICATION FEATURES:
-Searchable concordance, search the complete works easily;
-Text resizer with a choice of 12 sizes;
-Automatically remembers last page viewed for each work;
-Option to double-tap page down or scroll;
-Landscape mode hides menu bar for maximum reading area.

Free iOS App Today: Superburst Camera

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id791466633

Get the App Store’s fastest camera and never miss a shot again!

Tap the shutter button to start continuously snapping photos at blistering speed—up to 240 photos per second on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 120 photos per second on iPhone 5s and iPad Air 2, 60 per second on iPhone 5, 5c, iPod Touch, iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina, and 30 per second on the other iPads plus the iPhone 4s.

Take as many bursts as you want, and when you’re done, pick the shots you want to keep and save them to your Photos Library or share them with friends.

You can even save your burst as a video—slow-mo, fast-mo, or regular speed.

SUPERBURST CAMERA FEATURES
  • Up to 30 full-resolution 8 megapixel photos per second on iPhone 5s
  • Fast on all devices: 11-12/sec at top resolution on iPhone 4s, 5, and 5c
  • Slo-Mo Shutter Mode: Up to 240/sec on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 120/sec on iPhone 5s and 60/second on iPhone 5 and 5c and iPod Touch
  • 720p or 1080p capture mode for 30/sec on iPhone 4s and higher
  • Supports front and back cameras and even lets you change orientation during the burst
  • Star in your own bursts with Selfie Mode Self-Timer
  • Easy zoom dial in supported modes
  • One-touch focus and exposure plus autofocus
  • Bursts available for immediate review—no endlessly spinning wheels
  • Pinch and zoom on photos so you can see every pixel you captured
  • Export entire bursts or individual photos
  • Export bursts as videos—you pick the speed
RAVE REVIEWS FOR SUPERBURST

“Never again will you have to pray you got the timing of your photo just right.”
—Gizmodo UK’s “Week’s best apps”

“Fastest burst camera in the App Store”
—iDownloadBlog.com

“Helps capture the perfect action shot. … Intuitive…easy…amazing”
—GeekWire ‘App of the Week’



Free iOS App Today: The Wee Adventures of Shabu Shabu - Book 1 - The Jade Legend

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id609442283

*-* Explore the adventurous world of Shabu Shabu!
*-* Meet clever, fun and unique characters!
*-* Interact with beautiful illustrations that make the story come to life!
*-* Solve a challenging puzzle and unravel a riddle of legend!

Shabu Shabu is a little rabbit inventor who dreams of following in her famous grandfather’s pawprints and having big adventures outside the safety of her burrow. One stormy night, she gets her chance and sets out on a dangerous hot air balloon journey with her best friend Chow. 

This interactive storybook app showcases heartwarming artwork and story-driven animations to engage active readers again and again. 

The Wee Adventures of Shabu Shabu, Book 1: The Jade Legend is the first of an 8-book epic series in which our tiny inventor transforms from a precocious baby bunny into a full-blown hero. 

FEATURES
- Exciting tales of adventure and mystery!
- Narration, music, and sound effects!
- Entertaining animations!
- Settings options to enjoy with or without music, narration, sound and animations!

Free iOS App Today: Crossword Adventure for Kids

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id574197354

NO In-App purchases!
NO advertisements!

Exciting game for kids ages 2 and up!

A fun way for kids to work on letter recognition, learning new words and spelling. Loaded with pictures, this entertaining game is an exciting, educational app!

The game offers a variety of puzzles, including nature, farm animals, numbers, colors, and more! Toddlers & Preschoolers will enjoy doing their very own crossword puzzles by matching letters and unlocking the corresponding pictures. Older kids can turn on "Word Adventure" in the settings so that only a few letters will be shown on the puzzles. From there they use the pictures as clues to build on spelling skills.

Additional settings allow color choices for tiles and the option to have puzzles display upper or lowercase letters. Sound options allow the vocalization of letters and picture words as an additional learning aid.

Free iOS App Today: Animal Voice!!

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id594191051

Motus Studios introduces one of the most fabulous of high quality real sounds and images of different types of animals.

This is very entertaining and learning app for children. It is also an important educational tool for kids as it helps to identify the different kinds of species with their voice and image.

Free iOS App Today: Lil' Red and the Lazy Coyote

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id837986150

Lil' Red and the Lazy Coyote is an interactive animated storybook. It's like a book, but better! Readers can enjoy Lil Red and the Lazy Coyote with or without narration, and play with interactive characters and sound.

Once upon a time in the Southwest Desert, there was a lazy, scraggly coyote who was always hungry. On one especially hot, I mean a real sweat-your-tootsies-off kind of day, Coyote encounters the rough, spunky Lil' Red, her kooky, gunslinger grandmother and a whole heap of delicious smelling food.

Have an adventure in the wild west with Lil' Red and the Lazy Coyote. Happy reading!

Free iOS App Today: eBook Time Machine: Age of the Emperors

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id494205506

myPath Electronic Adventures presents thrilling time travel adventures - and misadventures - across the ages! Create a character and journey through time visiting ancient emperors and the civilizations they governed. Learn and explore the ancient world at your pace as you interact with the story that makes you a part of history. You will become part of a story where the decisions you make in the past will ultimately affect your future.

Features
* Rich and intricate storyline
* User profile allowing YOU to become part of the book
* Integrated custom word definition generator which gives you new and fun ways of understanding the English language
* Book browser to quickly jump back into the story so you can quickly pick up where you left off
* Quest driven plot where collecting all required artifacts from antiquity results in completion of the story
* Educational! The eBook Time Machine is full of historical places, people, and events that will make learning history a fun and entertaining experience.

Become a part of history and make myPath your path today!
One reviewer said, "This little app manages to sneak in all kinds of history and vocabulary without you feeling like you are sitting in a classroom. I loved the vocabulary option, because it gives you a lighthearted definition without pulling you off the page you were reading. I also like the artifact graphics. For just a little while, I felt like I really was back in time and the current world is a little less interesting to me now. I highly recommend this to anyone who has ever liked history, anyone who ever enjoyed a Choose Your Own Adventure book, and anyone who loves to read."


Free iOS App Today: Little Musician HD

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id489795840

Children like to hear melodies and tunes. Have them take the stage and produce melodies of their own!

Fun features:
- Play a 7-note piano;
- Practice percussions;
- Play along with music!

Music help children develop a sense of rhythm and beats. See how much fun they will have when they play with the sound of music!

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Design concepts:
We focus on inspirational learning;
We focus on skill-building;
We focus on bringing fun contents to our young audience;
Take the baby bus for an unique learning experience!

The series introduction:
Baby Bus is the first trusted brand in early childhood educational software. The mobile applications are designed and developed specifically for preschoolers, and they are divided into two groups by age, the Starter Group for toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3 and the Prodigy Group for children between the ages of 3 and 6.

The educational series in the Starter Group pursuits early learning by introducing games and songs tailored to your tots. The applications are aimed at improving their hand-eye coordination and nurturing their creativity from an early age.

Tips: In the search bar, enter "BabyBus" to find all of our products.

Contact us:
E-mail: ser@baby-bus.com
Website: http://www.baby-bus.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babybusen

Free iOS App Today: Keys Kids Play HD

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id531632714

Let's play with cute animal characters in 'Animal Piano'. It will be so much fun! You can play comparably complexed chords with 17 keys which let you play even more than 5 notes at a time. Play your favorite songs! 

There are 4 different instruments. Piano, violin, harp and flute. You can play together with your friends. Give your kids a chance to form their very first band! Wouldn't it be fantastic?

'Rainbow Xylophone' will present clear hits and beautiful clean tone. And this gets even better when you see the cutest little animal notes while playing.

The 'Instrument Cards' will give kids chance to experience several kinds of instruments. Great animation and realistic instrument tones would be good for eyes and ears! A wonderful chance for you to teach your kids the name of the instruments. Brass, castanets, maracas, drum, cymbals, triangle, tambourine, and wind chime.

And here comes the UFO! Push the buttons on the UFO. Many different kinds of electronic sound and beat can make the alien dance! Touch the engines on the sides and make the UFO fly fast among the stars.

Keys Kids Play is easy enough for one year old, and is still fun enough for elementary school kids.

❖ Features

- 4 different kinds of play tools : Animal Piano, Rainbow Xylophone, Instrument Cards, and UFO with an alien.
- Fun toy / musical instruments in your hand!
- Sound source for real musical production is used! 
- Fast reaction.
- Reviewed by musical education expert.
- You can only pay once and use both on your iPad and iPhone!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Free iOS App Today: Musical Paint for Kids

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/musical-paint-for-kids/id577535521?mt=8

"I love it! It makes music!" -Charlie, age 5

"Musical Paint is a free exploration art app for kids. Designed thoughtfully to inspire kids to create both realistic works of art and creative painting with musical tones." -Kindertown.com

"The app gives kids a feel for an art museum and then puts them center stage as the artist!" -bestappsforkids.org

"An excellent multi sensory experience for children with special needs." -AppAbled.com


Musical Paint is a creative app that gives kids the power to paint music! Designed for children ages 8 and under, this developmentally appropriate, open-ended app allows for endless creative possibilities!

-Multi-sensory (as you paint, you produce musical notes)
-Lovable characters
-Easy to use
-Customizable save and share features
-"Grown-up" section with Common Core lesson plans
-Tested by kids, parents, and teachers