I stumbled across a few more cool educational apps for teaching music, geography and science. Here they are…
I’ve always wanted the children to learn music because of all the benefits that can be derived from studying music. Unfortunately, Gavin has already chosen his two extra-curricular activities and learning an instrument is not one of them; while Gareth is still too young for formal lessons. So in the interim, while I wait impatiently for BrillKids to launch Little Musician, and while I wait for the kids to grow into Piano Wizard, we dabble with various music books, music apps for the iPad/iPhone, and random noise-making activities.
Since my last blog post on music apps, I have discovered Young Genius which is a delightful music app for the iPad. It teaches children to recognise famous classical composers and their most famous works, and the sounds of music instruments playing solo editions of various classical pieces for instrument recognition.
Here are the features:
- 24 Instruments and 24 Composers to learn.
- Instrument and Composer Quiz, in two diffrent difficulties.
- Memory sound game, with either 12 or 24 cards.
- Game rating tracking
This app is an interactive book that teaches children lots of fun facts about the Grand Canyon. Your child can navigate through the book with realistic page turning actions (swiping your finger or tapping a corner), choose to read the story alone, read along, or have it read aloud by a narrator, and search and explore the environment around the Grand Canyon. The search function allows children to tap on the various animals to hear their sounds and to have their names read aloud. There is also a glossary to help children expand their vocabularies as they learn the meaning of new and difficult words.
As far as electronic experiences go, this is probably as close as we can possibly get to the Grand Canyon without physically flying there in person (at least until they invent holodecks).
This appears to be the first of possibly a series of zoo apps from Age of Learning in this fashion. Similar to the Grand Canyon app, this is an artificial zoo experience with images of animals in a zoo setting, narration and music.
Features of the app include:
- Realistic animal exhibits using photo realistic animals animated by professional animators in natural surroundings and true animals sounds.
- Fun Animal Facts that teach children about the animals as illustrated facts are read by the zoo guide.
- Animal Quiz to test knowledge about each of the animals with multiple choice answers.
Teach My Kids
I thought this was a fantastic app created by BUGUN Software Co., Ltd that taught basic arithmetic, spelling and word recognition with reward stickers and everything. Unfortunately, the app has been removed from the Apple Store and I think it was because they used unlicensed images of Winnie the Pooh because the voice over was a woman’s voice. It was really weird seeing Winnie the Pooh speak with an electronic voice. They still have the app but it appears to be a Vietnamese version now – H?c Cùng Bé – BUGUN Software Co., Ltd.
Update: TeachMe Apps by 24×7 have created a series of apps that are very similar in style and concept to Teach My Kids.