Essential E-Teaching Tools for Parents

This list contains the educational ios apps and useful devices that will help to train the concentration of attention and brain’s work. Including iOS app for ASL.

1. ABC Pocketphonics ($2.99, iPhone/iPad) – nice app teaches kids to sound out and combine letters, and even includes a handwriting tool so they can trace letters with their fingers. App video.

2. My Smart Hands ($4.99, iPhone) – really useful for ASL. This app is a sign language dictionary designed to help you teach signing to your baby. Whether you or your child is hearing impaired or not, this could be a great educational opportunity for one or both of you. App video.

3. Brainpop Featured Movie (free, iPhone/iPad) – every day, a different short educational animated movie is showcased by the edutainment specialists at BrainPOP, which was created by Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician. BrainPOP has a huge stash of resources in the categories of Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Engineering & Tech, Health, and Arts & Music, plus extra features such as, currently, a spotlight on the election.

4. The Elements: A Visual Exploration ($13.99, iPad) – cool app is an interactive periodic table that lets you explore the world of chemistry and examine specimens of each element up close, even in 3D. It’s also available for the iPhone, though the big screen adds a lot. Also available iPhone version for $9.99

5. Alphie – is a toy robot designed to teach preschoolers letters, numbers, words, shapes, and more. He comes with 30 double-sided cards that you can insert into his torso to engage him on these assorted subjects, whereupon he talks, quizzes you, and even plays music.

6. Mindflex – Not an educational tool, this toy nonetheless may spark an interest in neuroscience and even teaches children to manipulate their own mental states. It’s a ball game you play by means of biofeedback, using your brainwaves to levitate a ball through a series of obstacles. Incredible device!

7. Magic Piano (free, iPhone/iPad) – is a great way to get kids interested in learning to play the real thing. The interface does allow your fingers to form real chords. App video (available for android, yes).

8. Park Math ($1.99, iPad) – This jaunty math game won a 2011 Silver Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the 2010 Best Kids’ iPhone/iPod App of the Year Award from iLounge, and a Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design. It features 7 mini-games where, for example, you learn greater than/less than by balancing a seesaw, or learn subtraction as apples fall from a tree.  iPhone version for $1.99 too.

9. SmartGlobe – interactive globe has content for ages 5+, 8+, and 15+, and has an attached SmartPen so you can point at spots on the globe and hear informative audio files. There are also six games, including multiplayer functionality so you can play along with your child.

10. DragonBox+ ($5.99, iPhone/iPad) – this app begins to teach kids algebra without their knowing it! Better yet, it’s actually fun: you move through five “worlds” with 20 levels each, and as you solve equations, dragons hatch and grow.


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