Prepare for learning to read with free ipad games #homeschool #edtech #specialneeds

Games that help kids with visual processing are great ways to prepare them for reading. And if your child has vision issues, games are a good way to compliment his/her vision therapy.

Simply Find is a free ipad app that is definitely challenging! It’s a find-the-difference game that uses real photographs, not cartoons. Games such as this one, should give your child’s eyes a good workout.

I’ll put in a new Category in the side menu (Special Needs) where I’ll add more apps as I find them.

Simply Find It for iPad on the iTunes App Store.


Having fun with the NASA iPad app #homeschool

Another free app that takes wonderful advantage of the iPad.

Description From the Apple Website:

The first official NASA App invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package. Come explore with us.


• NASA Mission Information
• Live streaming of the NASA TV public channel
• Launch Information & Countdown clocks
• Sighting Opportunities (Visible Passes for the ISS and Shuttle)
• Mission Orbit Trackers
• NASA Image of the Day
• Astronomy Picture of the Day
• collection of images
• NASA Videos
• NASA Twitter Feeds/Mission Updates
• Facebook® Connect for easy sharing
• Integrated Twitter™ client

Studying the Civil War? You’ll love this app. #homeschool

I must confess I have never tried this educational iPad app or studied the Civil War (beyond reading Gone With The Wind -> I am Canadian, eh?). But I suspect that I will be doing both soon. 🙂

This is the featured app of the week at the app store and seems to be a perfect example of the value of teaching with the iPad. With this app you sign up for 4 years of daily emails that precisely mirror what was happening 150 years ago. I’ve included the text from the Apple store so you can see exactly what this app offers – think actual documents and first person history with daily reinforcement.

At $7.99 it’s less than the price of a paperback and definitely more interactive and engaging. If you try it, be sure and let me know how you use it.

The Civil War Today for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

150 years after the start of the American Civil War, HISTORY presents The Civil War Today, a ground-breaking app created by Bottle Rocket Apps exclusively for the iPad. Experience the war as it unfolded, one day at a time, with daily updates that let you live the events in “real-time” over the course of four years.

The Civil War Today leverages the iPad multi-touch interface to enable app users to feel and explore thousands of original documents, photos, maps, diary entries, quotes, and newspaper broadsheets like never before.

The Civil War Today includes:
• Daily Civil War updates from April 12, 2011 through April 26, 2015. The app content updates ONE DAY AT A TIME, precisely mirroring the events of 150 years ago
• “In the Headlines” featuring newspapers from every day of the war.
• Running tallies of the North and South casualty counts.
• “A Day in the Life” with personal letters and diary entries from 15 individuals including Abraham Lincoln, Horatio Nelson Taft, and Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut.
• Photo of the day and photo galleries.
• Quote of the day.
• Articles and video on featured topics.
• Authentic period maps from key battlegrounds.
• Daily North-South quiz.
• Detailed background scenes that put you in the time and place of the Civil War. (Northern city, Southern plantation, Western frontier town, military camp).
• Twitter integration to send a telegram via morse code.
• GameCenter integration to earn Civil War era appropriate achievements – and display them in a virtual medals case.
• Airplay integration for viewing of app video via Apple TV.
• Advanced multi-finger gesture functionality and custom toolbar for deep navigation.

Free for Earth Day – iPhone app for Yosemite Tracks, Trees and Wildflowers #homeschool

Better be fast! It’s free for Earth Day only.

Head over to the Apple App Store and grab Yosemite Tracks, Trees and Wildflowers. It’s an on-the-go field guide to help you identify tracks, scat and signs left by more than 30 animals that inhabit Yosemite Park. It also includes identification guides for native trees and over 220 wildflowers.

And I just noticed…if you scroll down to where the app developer has their other apps listed you’ll find out nature apps for free today. Thank you Earth Day! 🙂

Here’s the other apps:
MyNature Tree Guide – for tree identification
MyNature Animal Tracks
MyNature State Tree Quiz
MyNature Sequoia Tracks, Trees and Wildflowers – specifically for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
MyNature Mammal Tracks – for North American animals.

Sure beats lugging around ‘Handbook of Nature Study’ for our outdoor romps!

Yosemite Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Borrow Kindle ebooks from your library? coming soon! #homeschool

Amazon announced today that they will make Kindle books available for borrowing through libraries later this year.

It looks like they will be working with Overdrive Media and the ebooks will work with all versions on the Kindle and Kindle apps (yay!!).

One of the nice features is that with Amazon’s WhisperNet technology users will be able to make notations and bookmarks that will remain with the borrowed ebook should a user check out the book again. How handy will that be for schooling multiple children? You’ll be able to keep notes, reading schedule, etc for subsequent children without having to think about storage.

One think to keep in mind is that there will be limited copies of ebooks available for check-out. For popular titles still expected long waiting lists.

Technology News: E-Readers: Amazon Kindles Enthusiasm of Library Crowd.

Enjoying Free Videos from The Happy Scientist #homeschool

After having a rather long night (our first tornado siren warning!) we’re relaxing this morning with some free science videos from The Happy Scientist.

If Charlotte Mason were around she would love Robert Krampf – he’s enthusiasm, knowledge and love of science is contagious!
When you get a chance, check out his videos

Free Stuff | The Happy Scientist.

Drag and drop programming gets kids started early – Hack a Day

Forget about reading the actual post, it’s the comments on this one that’s the most interesting.

A number of people have weighed in on their opinions on better programming tools for kids. And whether kids really need to learn programming at a young age – do they need more screen-time? Shouldn’t they be outside playing with their friends?

Check it out and I’d love to hear what you think!

Drag and drop programming gets kids started early – Hack a Day.

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