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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Educational apps help make learning fun by Jinny Gudmundsen

Photo: Jinny Gudmundsen
Jinny Gudmundsen reports, "As families settle into a back-to-school routine, parents can help ease into the focus on academics by downloading some apps to make learning fun."

Here are some gems that can be found in the world of mobile apps.

Numbers League
Kids join a crime-fighting team called the Numbers League to stop villains who are wreaking havoc on the streets of Infinity City. Presented with comic-book style graphics, this game lets kids use math to defeat the bad guys. It does a masterful job of giving kids a reason to practice math facts.

Art Museum (Match 'Em Up History & Geography
Featuring 43 famous paintings from world renowned artists, including Picasso, Rembrandt, Courbet, Blake and others, this app lets kids play games with these paintings and in the process learn to recognize the art work of famous painters.
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps

Science360 for iPad
Developed by the National Science Foundation, this free app provides a cornucopia of information about cutting-edge science. Featuring a collage of fascinating photos, the app allows budding scientists to simply touch an image to learn about a topic or ongoing research in a field.
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps

Bob Books #2 — Reading Magic HD
Bobby Lynn Maslen's Bob Books series of learning-to-read books has taught millions of kids to read. Now this popular series is interactive on iDevices, offering four levels of difficulty.
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps

Presidents vs. Aliens
By combining an alien-themed game with the drilling of facts about the 44 presidents of the United States, this ingenious app makes learning history wacky fun. When kids correctly answer a question about a president, they earn a ball with that president's portrait on it.
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps

Source: USA Today