July 25, 2016

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Smashing Adobe

I’ve been doing a lot of app smashing these days, but I recently discovered that sometimes suites are just, well, sweet.  Even sweeter when they are free. A little over a year ago, I kinda fell in love with Adobe Voice, for its easy, elegant storytelling affordances.  Gather your images, hit the record button and […]

Kings, Queens, & Castles on the iPad | Touch and Go

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Two deep and highly engaging illustrated apps bring European history—from notes on royal scandals to video clips on how to catch a rat—to the iPad.

Can You Really Afford This Manor? Downton Abbey on the iPad

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“Downton Abbey” withdrawals? While movies, books, and even travel recommendations have been made for those experiencing the symptoms, there’s always the Downton iOS option. But buyers beware; can you really afford this abbey?

Diversity in Apps | A Movement Grows

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Sandhya Nankani and Kabir Seth, the founders of two independent app companies, teamed up to push the children’s digital media industry toward a “larger commitment to diversity.” In 2015, Diversity in Apps (DIA) was born.

All About Dinosaurs | Touch and Go

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A new app on dinosaurs from Y Factory is reviewed.

Five Million Robots and Counting: A Developer Grows in Brooklyn

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“Sparking curiosity and making connections to the world” are key to Tinybop’s mission. Today, the Brooklyn developer released Weather, its ninth app celebrating exploration and play.

Wonderful news! The launch of the Open eBooks app for your children in need

Some wonderful news!  First Lady Michelle Obama’s video below announces a significant new initiative designed to address the challenge of providing children living in low income households with equitable access to digital reading materials. Open eBooks, is a free app, offering thousands of popular and award-winning titles, available without checkout or cost.  It targets all […]

Renaissance Artists Duke It Out | Touch and Go

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Michelangelo vs Leonardo? Only in this app, which will challenge and entertain kids through 60 levels. And, who, knows, they may just learn a physics lesson or two.

MakerSpace: Green Screen Photo Booth, app review and tips and tricks

As part of our MakerSpace, I decided that I wanted to set up a Green Screen Photo Booth, though the truth is that I know nothing about doing green screen photos. So I an by trying out a variety of apps on our iPad stations. Apps investigated include: Green Screen by Do Ink ($2.99) Green […]

All Aboard DADA Trains | Touch and Go

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Chances are that if you know any children, you know some that are fascinated with trains. Here’s an interactive app that will put them behind the control panels.

Coloring Books Make the Leap to Digital | Touch and Go

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With the release of Millie Marotta’s Coloring Adventure for the iPad, it appears the coloring book trend has successfully made the leap to digital.

BookWidgets

If you are in an iPad school, you’ll want to take a look at BookWidgets. BookWidgets is a super easy (no programming required) way to create interactive elements to share with learners on their iPads. A widget library presents more than thirty customizable options and a wizard talks the user through widget building.  Among the […]

Wuwu & Co. | Touch and Go

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At first glance, Merete Pryds Helle’s Wuwu &Co. appears to be one of those apps in which a soothing narrator reads a story. But when readers are told to “pick up the book,” a new level of interactivity is revealed.

Nosy Crow’s “Goldilocks and Little Bear”| Touch and Go

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Nosy Crow, the developer known for its delightful—and quirky—contemporary remakes of classic folktales has just marked its fifth year in business with the release of another favorite children’s story.

Spanish-Language Apps: A Starter Collection| Touch and Go

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Share the free Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Spanish-language guide to using apps with children, Apps en familia, and our bilingual (and multilingual) app recommendations for children with the parents who use your library. If you don’t have Spanish-language apps on your library devices, it’s time to start a collection.

A Personal Top 10 (or so) List of Top 10 (or so) Lists

This time of year we are flooded by best or Top 10 lists.  I love them, but it’s easy to drown. So I selected My Top 10 (or so) List of Top 10 (or so) Lists listing my personal favorites in hopes you might find some of my choices interesting. And here, just for fun, is […]

How Did You Do That? Photo Apps Version

I get a lot of email where people ask how I created such and such of a graphic. Today, I thought I would share some of my favorite tips, tricks, and filters. A decent portion of my current teen programming involves teaching teens how to do fun photo tricks and then to translate that into […]

Plotagon for scripting cool animated stories

I recently discovered Plotagon, an digital storytelling app for iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac to tell animated digital stories. Reminiscent of Xtranormal (now called Nawmal), Plotagon encouragesusers to script a story–selecting locations; building dialogue;  adding emotions, attitudes and postures;  responding to characters; choosing sound effects and music.  Dialogues can be read by a choice of computer  […]

App Review: FotoRus

It’s been a couple of weeks since I talked about a photo app, so you probably thought that my obsession with photos and photo apps was dying down – but no! It is alive and well, I have just been waiting for the right moment. Like now, now feels like the right moment to discuss […]

Parents, Privacy, and Pesky Sibs: A Middle School Perspective | Touch and Go

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Titles in Annie Fox’s “Middle School Confidential” series have been popular with middle grade readers since they were first published in print. The books—and apps—tackle real-life situations and issues—from self confidence and stress to friendships and crushes—that a group of fictional tweens and teens encounter, along with positive suggestions and commentary.