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11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer post image

Computer coding is essentially a language that computer uses. When we think about helping kids learn computer coding, we automatically think we need a computer first. But in fact, there are many ways to learn computer coding without a computer, as many thinking and coding approach can be learned in many different activities off-screen. Today we share some off-screen activities that teach kids computer coding. One big concept in coding is the abstract thinking skill of using a symbol to… Read More

9 Dictionary Apps for Kids post image

One big advantage of mobile devices in education and learning is the convenience it brings. A big benefit is the dictionary apps. With these apps, kids don't have to carry those big heavy dictionaries with them, and they can not only check for spelling and meaning of the words, but also hear the pronunciations of the words. Since we first introduced dictionary apps, I have found some more good dictionary apps for kids. Merriam Webster Dictionary: it is free to… Read More

Free Hands On Science App for Kids post image

DIY Lake Water is a free hands on science app for kids from UC Berkeley’s The Lawrence Hall of Science. We reviewed their DIY Sun app, which is also free. This new app DIY Lake Science is another fun science app for kids who are interested in natural science. Funded by NSF, it allows families and educators to investigate and learn about lakes and other freshwater ecosystems at home, at school, or anywhere you go. For those who don't have… Read More

Free Online Non-fiction Reading For Kids post image

We all know today's kids facing a changing world, that the knowledge base of human being grows faster and faster. It is crucial for kids to have the skills to be a self-learner. They can gather information from different sources and decipher the information, connect the dots, and form their own knowledge base and opinions on subjects they need learn. One big building block in this self-learning process is reading non-fiction materials. Reading non-fiction is very different from reading fiction… Read More

Hands-On Engineering for Kids with Examples of Simple Machines post image

We always love toys that let you build and move. When the team of Tinybop told me they launched a new app Simple Machines, I had to check it out. Like the other apps from Tinybop, this is an exploratory app for kids to get hands on and to play with the simple machines in the app and to figure out how they work on their own. It is not just teach kids what simple machines are. Instead it uses… Read More

Foreign Language Immersion on iPad with FluentU post image

Are you learning a foreign language? It is not easy. English is not my first language, and I can tell you based on my own experience, that the hardest part is not vocabulary or grammar when you are studying in the classroom, the hardest part is when you think you've learned enough and try to communicate with the native speakers, and find out that you can hardly understand anything they are saying and can hardly make yourself understood by others… Read More

Create Presentations and Video Stories with Shadow Puppet post image

Every time when we travel I like to ask my son to keep photos and to make a travel journal by the end. While doing this, he practiced his presenting and storytelling skills. In the meantime, we have a keepsake for us to review and remember what we've done for each vacation. It's been fun for us. I introduced some best storytelling learning tools for kids, and today I have one more to share -- Shadow Puppet. Shadow Puppet is… Read More

Fun Challenging Brain Games for Kids post image

While school coming to the end for the year, I start looking for fun games for the child - fun yet mentally challenging brain games. I just find out the free app of the week on Apple Store is a fun one -- Quetzalcoatl fits my criteria of challenging brain games for kids. I have seen similar game concepts before, but the overall design of the game play is much more smooth in Quetzalcoat. It require visual identification of shapes… Read More

Play Drums on Your iPad with iAmDrums post image

Drum sets are expensive, even just a small set of almost toy size, it is still a lot money. It also takes a lot space at home. If you have a child who likes to beat drums and make noises, you can now use this wonderful app and hand the iPad to your child. iAmDrums is a drum app simulating the real drum set. The sound effect is as good as real, if not better. When you start the app… Read More

Explore the Nature World with Toca Nature post image

Toca Nature is another wonderful app from Toca Boca. Like all Toca Boca apps, this app is again an open-ended play with no levels, no goals, and no scores. Kids use the tools provided to create a nature world and observe how elements in the nature connect to each other and interchange together. It is a great tool for kids to explore the nature and appreciate the nature. It is available for both Apple and Android devices. It is free… Read More

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