A while ago I discovered a digital kids magazine on iPad called Timbuktu. You access it as an app, and each month you receive a new issue on the app. I like the app a lot, the design is bright and the delivery of the learning is fun and engaging. I invited Francesca Cavallo, Co-founder & Creative Director at Timbuktu Lab give iGameMom readers an introduction about the app magazine. Here is what Francesca shared with us:
Timbuktu Magazine is an interactive educational iPad magazine for elementary school children. It brings them a cool combination of education, entertainment and news through delightful design and fun characters.
Some examples of the stories and games children can find on Timbuktu are:
– Betty’s Diary, the diary of a girl wiener dog who doesn’t like grammar (kids have to help her correct the mistakes she does)
– Math Mysteries: kids have to help detective Bello (a policeman in the shape of an umbrella) with the crimes that happen in Timbuktu by solving math problems
– Draw the news: In the city of Timbuktu, the illustrator of the newspaper has just been fired. The kids need to illustrate the news on time for the paper to be printed.
– Science experiments: help the twins Lars and Yoko with their fun experiments!
We have 9 stories/activity/games per month. One of them is a quiz: if the kids answer all the questions correctly (based on the activities they did on that issue), they’ll beat the terrible monster called Eegor!
Each character on Timbuktu Magazine is connected to a particular subject: kids can practice grammar, math, art and reading skills just interacting with the characters living in the city of Timbuktu. The magazine is designed in a way that these subjects are never completely separated from each other: in this way, kids who love math can still enjoy the grammar exercise because they need to get over it to follow the storyline of their favorite character.
Our international and interdisciplinary team includes experts in learning sciences, animation, writing, design, music, theater, and software development. We deliver learning experience through the use of technology that is intuitive and engaging.
The magazine is available for iPAD, and can be downloaded for free on the App Store. There are 12 issues each year, and 2 free stories for each issue. To read more stories you need to subscribe for $29.99 per year, or $4.99 per month.
Thank you Francesca, for a wonderful introduction.
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For more magazine-like multi-media learning apps, check out Engaging Interactive Learning with Highlights.