Learn to read with apps – Bob Books #1 for the iPad

If you’ve ever taught or tried to teach a child to read then you’re probably familiar with BOB books – those little nuggets of learning-to-read deliciousness that every kid loves. Now they’ve taken the books to the iPad and created an app. It also includes a simple drag-and-drop game for learning reinforcement.

It’s available for $1.99 or the HD version for $3.99

From the app store:

“★ Winner 2011 Editor’s Choice Award, Children’s Technology Review

★ 15 Great Apps for Kids, Babble.com

Millions of kids have learned to read with Bob Books. Now Bob Books is coming to the iPad with Bob Books Reading Magic!

Start your child reading with this phonics-based interactive game. The simple drag-and-drop interface can be used by the youngest children. Your favorite Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read.

Bob Books Reading Magic continues Bob Books’ commitment to bringing children a satisfying, successful first reading experience, with easy first steps, wholesome values, authentic hand-drawn illustrations, and beautiful full-color animations.

Bob Books Reading Magic will show your child how to:

-Make the connection between letters and sounds.

-Sound out simple words.

-Spell the words they’ve read.

The game includes twelve scenes for a total of 32 words. Four game levels provide increasing challenges to children as they play.

Bob Books Reading Magic follows the same method and principles as the #1 bestselling Bob Books series. Bob Books were created to lead to the ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment. This is the reading magic of Bob Books. Soon your child will join over 3 million children who can proudly say, “I read the whole book!”

via App Store – Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic HD.”

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Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion

iTunes U for iPad.

Wow, is it really here or is it almost here? Is this the educational shake-up that we, the people, have been hoping for?

It’s a darn good start!

Apple has introduced, for free, the iTunes U app, an app that allows complete courses and materials to be available on iPads….and a number of courses are free.

Below I have the description from Apple. Be sure to check it out in iTunes and take the time to read some of the user comments…I’ve never seen such jubilation! I do suspect that much of the excitement is for the anticipation of what’s to come. Will you be able to take courses from respected universities and colleges, from all over the world,  from your iPad,  for a nominal fee, AND graduate with a degree sometime soon? A shakeup indeed!

“The new iTunes U app lets you put all the assignments and materials students need for a complete college or K-12 course on their iPad. And they can tap into the world’s largest online catalog of free education content from anywhere. Learn more about iTunes U

Complete courses on iPad.

With the iTunes U app, students can carry everything they need for the course wherever they go. They can listen to lectures, read new iBooks textbooks, watch videos, and stay on top of assignments. And when you post an update or send a message to your class, they receive a push notification with the new information.

The world’s largest online catalog of free education content.

Anyone can start learning right away by browsing over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. Hundreds of universities, colleges, and K-12 school districts distribute content through iTunes U, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley, along with other distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, and Public Radio International.

via Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion.”

Evernote Peek for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Evernote Peek is a learning app designed for the new iPad 2 Smart Cover. It you have the original iPad or you don’t have the Smart Cover that’s okay too, there’s a virtual cover. Why the ‘peek’? It’s designed so that you peek to help prepare for a quiz or practice a language or for memorization.

For the app store here’s their description:

“First, choose something to study. Either pick a notebook from your Evernote account or select from the featured publishers.

If you have a Smart Cover, then peek under the cover to see the clue, lift the cover higher to see the answer. Close the cover and repeat.

If you don’t have a Smart Cover, then simply enable the Virtual Cover in Settings. Now, you can swipe and peek on any iPad.

Create your own study notebooks:

Adding your own study materials to Peek is easy, just connect Peek to your Evernote account. If you don’t have Evernote, get it for free on your iPad, desktop or mobile device.

In Evernote, either choose an existing notebook or make a new one to use with Peek. The note title will become the clue and the note body will become the answer. For best results, keep the clue to one sentence and the answer to around three sentences.

In Evernote Peek, tap the Add button to add your Evernote notebooks.

via Evernote Peek for iPad on the iTunes App Store.”

Be sure to have an Evernote account set up (free and I’ve extolled Evernote’s virture before here…wait! I haven’t! I can’t believe it…stay tuned for that then). If you find that Peek isn’t working for you than don’t forget Flashcards +, another free app for memorization.

Funnix Reading Program FREE! #homeschool

If you haven’t tried Funnix Reading Program you can now, for free, until mid-February. It’s currently only available for your Mac or PC.

Head over and grab it while you can!

 

 

 

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