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Learn Photo Editing History and Technique with Faking It post image

We are all familiar with the concept of photo editing thanks to the many photo editing tools and apps like photoshop. We can not only change the lighting and color of the picture, we can also add or take away parts of pictures, or combine several photos into one. You might think these photo editing is relatively new, but as I learned from Faking It, photo editing has been used for long time. Faking It is a free app from… Read More

Solve Mysteries and Learn Sight Words post image

Learn sight word is essential to a child's reading skill development. It is also hard to many kids, as many kids felt it is boring. The more fun you can add to the learning process, the more and faster kids will learn these words. Today we have a fun app for kids, where kids will learn sight words while solving mysteries. If your kids are into detectives and mysteries, this will be a great sight word app for them. The… Read More

Learn City Planning with SimCity BuildIt post image

I have heard of SimCity for a long time, and my son has played the game. However I have not really get the chance to really look into the game till now. It is a free app available for both iOS and Android. After spending sometime on it today, I like it. In the game kids will build a city and learn city planning and building. It is another simulation game I don't mind my child playing. When kids start… Read More

Child Safe Online Learning Environment in WonderBox post image

Many kids have free access to internet. As parents and educators, we all know there are many good educational content out there, however, there are also content that are not kids appropriate and we don't want our children to see. A lot of app developers and educators are working hard to create safe environment for kids, and today's app WonderBox is a wonderful example. It is a completely free app, where kids can find articles, visual, videos on educational topics… Read More

SnapType App for Kids with Handwriting Difficulties post image

Recently I met several parents whose kids have different levels of difficulties in handwriting. The poor penmanship is due to some handwriting disabilities, like dyslexia or dysgraphia. It could be very frustrating for both parents and kids when they have to write for the school projects or tests. Today I found a free app that can help kids with handwriting difficulties - SnapType. SnapType is designed by a Occupational Therapist who had a student with dysgraphia, a condition that impacts… Read More

Helpful Reading Resource for Teachers and Students post image

Recently I found another reading resource that is really helpful for kids, especially for teachers. It is a completely free resource, with reading materials, vocabulary sheets, and reading questions. The reading content subjects include science, social studies, original fiction and original reporting. All the reading materials are organized by grade levels. You can also search by keywords, Lexile level, skill and strategy. It is easy to find materials that fit your need. The site is readworks.org. You do need sign… Read More

Learn Physics Through Art post image

Can you learn physics through art? Physics In Art is a free app teaching kids physics through art. It is designed by a physics professor at Drexel University. The artworks used in the app are all from Philadelphia Museum of Art, but you don't have to be at the museum to use the app. The app has pictures of the artworks. Of course, if you are visiting Philadelphia Museum of Art, it will be neat to go to the real… Read More

Bob Books Reading Magic Sight Words post image

I reviewed the first two Bob Books Reading Magic Apps and loved them. Now the series launched their 3rd app: Bob Books Reading Magic Sight Words. It is just as good. If you have a child learning sight words, I highly recommend this one. It goes well with Bob Books book series, but it can also be used by itself. There are 4 levels of games. All follow the same story and thus use the same words. Level one is… Read More

Create Your Own Stop Motion Movies with GoldieBlox post image

GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine is a free app where kids can create their own stop motion movies. Kids can draw, color, create the movie screen by screen to see how stop-motion and animation works. It is designed for kids 4 and up, but even younger kids can use it. It is a great free app to have for family fun. When kids first start the app, they will watch a short movie explaining how animation works in a story… Read More

Mental Math for Addition and Subtraction post image

I have seen many math drill apps in different formats, some are simple drills, some are in a game format. It is helpful for kids to get very efficient with these math operations, so when they solve more complex math problems they don't have to spend time and energy on these fundamental operations, and can focus on solving the more complex problems. Today I have another app not only drill kids on these math operations, but also teach kids tips… Read More

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