This is a guest post from Charlie Schofield.
The Best Educational Apps for Kindle
With the advent of smart devices like the tablet PC, our lives will never be the same again.Tablets have revolutionized the way we work, play, learn, and communicate. Since children are the next generation of innovators, we have to prepare them for a more complex Digital Age. Textbooks are being replaced by tablets which are lighter and more economical. More schools and foundations are now working together to improve various BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs. Companies like Verizon, and Lowe’s are working with tablet manufacturers and schools to provide mobile technology solutions for education.
Educational Kindle Apps
Since the Kindle is one of the recommended tablet PCs for education, here are some apps that will help teachers, parents, and most especially students with their everyday school tasks:
Dabble (INI, LLC) – This app is designed to help kids learn spelling and discover new words. Dabble’s goal is to create five words by swapping tiles in each row and spell a word. After each round, the app shows the player the correct solution and earns corresponding points. Aside from enriching a child’s vocabulary, Dabble also helps develop strategy skills as players beat the time to form as many words as possible.
Evernote (Evernote) – Although, Evernote is widely used as a business and office app, it can also teach kids how to organize and keep track of information. They can search for images, text, audio and video clips, photos, and other things through this app. These notes can be saved and sent via email or share it on different social media sites. Evernote makes digital learning easier for both student and teacher.
World of Goo (2D Boy) – Based on the physics-based PC puzzle game, World of Goo helps players develop engineering and physics concepts. The app has one basic challenge: don’t let the structure collapse. Players have to analyze each challenge, use strategies while building a structure, and consider basic building principles like friction, tension, gravity, and weight. It’s a great app to teach kids about basic construction concepts.
Kids ABC Phonics (Intellijoy) – Helping kids build simple words through the right letter sounds, Kids ABS Phonics helps early readers practice letter recognition. Designed for preschoolers, this app features four games, which helps students build their pre-reading confidence. This app is recommended for children who are learning along the path to reading.
AB Math (Nicolas Lehovetzki) – Addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, and even Roman numerals are featured on this app. AB Math is basically designed to help students understand and develop the four basic math operations. Also, students will learn how to efficiently answer math problems and master the multiplication table. If you want to sharpen your fine motor skills, sequential abilities, and mental manipulation, this is the app for you.
Remember the Milk (Remember the Milk) – If you want to train kids on how to organize multiple project deadlines, complicated schedules, and long to-do lists, this is the app for you. Remember the Milk was designed with an intuitive interface to help users organize tasks according to name. Now, students can practice their time-management and decision-making skills when prioritizing tasks.
Speech with Milo: Verbs (Doonan Speech Therapy) – With the help of Milo, the app’s cartoon mouse, Speech with Milo helps students develop their English grammar skills. Since it’s focused on “verbs”, Milo teaches users about action verbs like “eating” or “played”. Speech with Milo also teaches proper pronunciation while expanding a student’s vocabulary.
Kindle and the other tablet PCs in the market today have the potential to be great learning tools. They’re more portable and intuitive compared to a stack of textbooks. Students have ready access to information and they are becoming more social, thanks to social networking tools. Without a doubt, portable smart devices are necessary learning tools in our fast-paced, digital society. What other Kindle educational apps do you have in mind?
About the Author: Charlie Schofield is a tech writer, yo-yo enthusiast, and geek dad. He writes for Techie Doodlers and contributes to several other technology blogs. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @schofieldwrites.