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For Holiday Travel, Apps to Keep Kids Busy

Flickr: GoodNCrazy By Bill Chappell Thanksgiving is Thursday, and that means more than 43 million Americans will be on the road, driving to family gatherings. For many parents, the crowded roads can bring another challenge: Keeping a 9-year-old entertained along the way. And sometimes, DVDs are not enough. These days, kids love to tinker with … Continue reading For Holiday Travel, Apps to Keep Kids Busy →

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Five Great Math Apps

The market is flooded with educational apps, as we all know. To make things a little easier, the producers of the Infinite Thinking Machine have pinpointed five great math apps that draw kids into learning math concepts. The show features an app that teach fractions, algebra, geometry, a graphic calculator with a social feature, and … Continue reading Five Great Math Apps →

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Apps Aimed at Kids Raise Privacy Concerns

TB By Eleanor Yang Su The number of mobile apps marketed to kids is growing at a rapid pace, yet a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission raises new concerns about child privacy and the lack of disclosure about the personal data being collected. The FTC reviewed the promotional pages for 400 apps aimed … Continue reading Apps Aimed at Kids Raise Privacy Concerns →

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¿Hablas español? There’s an App for That

By Polly Stryker App stores are chock-a-block with apps for language learning. Most of them boast colorful flashcards and cute characters for kids, and others are translators that help travelers with phrases, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The big names are in the mix: Rosetta Stone has apps for both Android and iPhones/iPads, but they’re mobile companions … Continue reading ¿Hablas español? There’s an App for That →

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How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy

B. Gilliard [UPDATE Feb. 3, 2012: Please see additional clarification from both of the researchers of the studies cited in this article below.] Scientists are notorious for questioning the veracity of publicized research — and with good reason. They want to know: Who conducted the research? Where was it published? What were the survey questions? … Continue reading How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy →

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Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

There’s been speculation for months now — at least since the release of the Steve Jobs biography — about Apple’s plans to take on the textbook publishing industry. And today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we finally got a glimpse of what the company has been planning since long before the death of … Continue reading Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook? →

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Explosive Growth in Education Apps

By Carly Shuler, Joan Ganz Cooney Center In 2007, when the iPhone made its debut, there was little doubt that it would revolutionize the mobile phone industry. But at the time, few imagined that it would spawn a multibillion-­dollar market for mobile applications, and fewer imagined that this market might become a significant one for … Continue reading Explosive Growth in Education Apps →

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For a Holiday Gift, Board Game or App of Board Game?

The holidays are screeching around the corner, and the frenzy to fill stockings and pile up presents is hitting its peak this weekend. For those with kids on their list, board games have always been the standby winners, but now there’s a new rival on the scene: the board game app. True, apps are not … Continue reading For a Holiday Gift, Board Game or App of Board Game? →

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Awesome New Apps for Building, Reading, X-Raying and More

A review of our favorite educational apps released or updated in the past month. (Read all of our Educational Apps series.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. MINECRAFT (POCKET EDITION). We’ve written before about the educational potentials of Minecraft, the open-ended, world-building game. November marked a couple of important milestones: … Continue reading Awesome New Apps for Building, Reading, X-Raying and More →

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Your Old Mobile Phone: The Perfect Holiday Gift

TB Hand-me-downs have a certain stigma, at least when it comes to clothes and toys. But finding a second life for gadgets like smartphones and tech devices is easy — especially when the recipients are kids. A recent PBS KIDS survey of parents of 2- to 10-year-olds found that kids will be the gleeful recipients … Continue reading Your Old Mobile Phone: The Perfect Holiday Gift →

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What Would You Pay for a Great Educational App?

Walk the aisles of any toy store and you’ll see miles of shelves lined with $20-$30 board games and toys. We’re accustomed to paying that amount because that’s where that the market set the price years ago. It’s predicated on production costs, overhead for toy manufacturers, distribution, and the store’s cut of the margin, among … Continue reading What Would You Pay for a Great Educational App? →

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The Sixth-Grade App Maker Heard Around the World

Sixth-grader Thomas Suarez has taken the Web by storm the last couple of weeks. The YouTube video of his TEDx talk in Manhattan Beach, Calif., has more than 445,000 views. Check out how he amazed the crowd by talking about how he created two apps: Bustin Jieber, a Whac-a-Mole for Justin Bieber and Earth Fortune, which … Continue reading The Sixth-Grade App Maker Heard Around the World →

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