May 24, 2016

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Adobe Spark: rebranded apps & a platform-agnostic website for free student creation

A little over a month ago, I posted about my affection for the growing Adobe suite of tools/apps in Smashing Adobe. A couple of years ago, I kinda raved about Adobe Voice in Adobe Voice: Elegant, easy(!) storytelling. This week Adobe announced an official smashing of its apps with its integrated Adobe Spark, designed as […]

Wordplay on the iPad | Touch and Go

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Three apps that offer children opportunities to experiment “with the way letters combine to form words” are reviewed.

Gboard: Don’t know how I lived without it

I am a bit mobile keyboard challenged. While I type like a maniac, I’m what anyone would call a slow texter.  I have trouble with tasks others find simple–finding the perfect emoji, as well as basics like copying and pasting.  So, for me Gboard is a major keyboard shift. Last week, the Official Google Blog […]

Tool literacy as a new process

I’ve been thinking a bit about the notion of app smashing and the way we introduce learning challenges in our classrooms and libraries.  And I am thinking there’s a thinking process going on that we’re not thinking about nearly enough. Introducing a tool and saying you are going to use this tool to tell this […]

Charlie and Lola: Back in Town | Touch and Go

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Lauren Child’s beloved characters and her distinctive line-and-collage art illustrations can be found in books— both picture and easy chapter—on television, and now on digital devices.

Bison, Birds, & Bugs: Arty Apps from Labo Lado | Touch and Go

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Clean design, smooth functionality, and delightful animation and gaming are just some of the attributes that recommend these Labo Lado apps.

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

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“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

“Elmo’s World” Revisited | Touch and Go

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Devoted fans of television are often willing to watch reruns of their favorite shows, and that goes for young enthusiasts as well as adults. In Elmo’s World and You, Sesame Street remixes some segments from its television show (and related products) to create this app.

The Digital “Shakesperience” | Touch and Go

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Share these digital resources with thespians and students of Shakespeare during National Poetry Month.

DNA Play | Touch and Go

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While genetics is a topic generally taught in secondary schools, an app from Avokiddo introduces the concept of DNA, and mutability, to a younger audience.

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.