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My DH has an iphone and the thought occurred we could find apps for the kids to use.

Which apps do you or your kids use?
Games?
Any "daily planner" type apps you like?


And, just for fun, if you could design an app for homeschooling, what would it be like?

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My kids like to play with my Touch Physics, Chocolate, and Topple games. They also like to scan through my bird database (iBird Canada) to see the different pictures and bird calls. If they were a little older, they would probably enjoy the Sudoku. Right now that is all mine .
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Where's AngelBee's popcorn smiley...

All I have right now for homeschooling-related iPhone apps is the GroundSpeak Geocaching app, but I've recently decided to figure out more apps to load up. The bird database sounds great! I guess Homeschool Skedtrack for the iPhone would be awesome for me.

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Can't help your older kids but I saw a 2.5 in your siggie.

First word sampler (the best yet)
I can read lite (simple spelling$*
Tozzle light (taught ds #'s 1-10)
Toddler teasers shapes
Animal drop
Tap & spell lite
Toddler counting
Zoo for baby
Shape builder lite (puzzles)
Whimsy (puzzles)

Those were all free except Fred the fish, well worth .99 cents though.

Icme lite
3 blind mice
Abc song

Slightly too old, but fun
4x4 jam lite
How 2 draw
Match it trains
Feed me lite
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The kids told me my ex has one that sounds fun -- you hold it against the sky and it outlines constellations for you.
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My kids like
Planets
Distant Suns
Compass
Metronome
Doodle Buddy
Lightsaber - not educational, but the boys love it.
fling free
fuzzle lite
snowman math
audiobooks

I just found a whole bunch of freebies when I plugged in my phone and went on itunes. There's a nice educational section with lots of freebies.

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Wow, thanks everyone! This is awesome! Gonna go check them out...

Keep it comin' for anyone else who wants to share!

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Have you checked out iTunes U on your iTunes browser? There are tons of video and audio podcasts on there for all ages. Very neat.

NASA has a good one.

Stanza offers free books, some for kids.

Capitals
Stars
HistoryLite
Basic Math
Sight Words
FreeGrammar
Missspell
Pocket Phonics
All Countries
planetFACTS
MathSpinK
FairyTales (stories for the kids to read)
Kids Math Free
Magic Dragon (just a cute animated video to go along with the song)
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Great thread, I got a touch for Christmas and my 4.5 yo loves it. I will check these out!
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Bumping this and broadening the question somewhat.

Two of my three kids have had iPod Touches most of the school year and my eldest just got one. I am on week two as an iPad owner. My kids are learning a great deal with apps but I live in a state with onerous reporting so find myself with too little "evidence" of the work they have done. With ILive apps, my son can email me the results of his work so I can print it out for his portfolio. But I am having a hard time finding other apps that have a similar function.

Is there a master list or do you all have suggestions of apps that produce test results that can be forwarded from the app?

Many thanks.

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oooh, this is great! my dh does kids math on the iphone with ds, and my kids love iBirdPro (costs $ but worth it)

gotta look into those spelling and planets ones!

thanks for the idea!
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Some of the iLive apps at iHomeEducator.com have a setting so you can compile and print the results of my sons' work. I am looking for more apps like that.

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Planets is a huge hit here as well. Another great app that takes complex science and makes it fun and comprehensible is Particle Zoo.

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i'm loving this thread. guess who just got an ipod touch this morning

found this list too: http://www.utechtips.com/2009/11/03/...he-ipod-touch/

i also did a power search in itunes using search terms like educational, clicked 'free apps' and came up with many many cool looking apps

khan acadamy has apps too but i'm still syncing a bunch of new things right now, and cant give a review

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OMG now I really want an ipone

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My kids think Mad Libs is just hilarious!

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Bumping this and broadening the question somewhat.

Two of my three kids have had iPod Touches most of the school year and my eldest just got one. I am on week two as an iPad owner. My kids are learning a great deal with apps but I live in a state with onerous reporting so find myself with too little "evidence" of the work they have done. With ILive apps, my son can email me the results of his work so I can print it out for his portfolio. But I am having a hard time finding other apps that have a similar function.

Is there a master list or do you all have suggestions of apps that produce test results that can be forwarded from the app?

Many thanks.

Do they have the option to print at all? If so you can install a free PDF printer and have him print to that and save it to a folder then like once a week or something get the files.

Seriously?
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my favorite education app hands down is "sums stacker." and it looks like, from their website, that they are developing more! its so well made and just so fun and educational! my daughter really needs the math practice so i need to hand her that one more.
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there is alot more but this is what i have on my iphone now. i like the option of being able to save it on the pc in itunes but not having to have it one the phone if u find something u want in the future

brain thaw
trace
alphabetic lite
sightwords
wordfamily
wordex
wordfreak
free map
fk lite
planetfacts
isign
planets
match lite
popmath
spanish
star link


iww lite
abc zoo
abc xmas
123 counting
sight words
kids math (pic of owl)
kids math (pic of child)
ihear ewe
izoo
shapelite
shapes
dino math
abc phonics
curious george dictinary
toddlercolors
fw at home
fw vehicles
fd sampler
jirbo match
knowhow
bscrambler

total fun
bubbles
tictacjoe
jellycar
bus (wheels on the bus)
fuzzlelite
colors (you draw a pic then can press play and watch it play a vid of u making it stroke for stroke)
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I can hardly believe it was almost a year ago that I started this thread! Thanks so much to those who have contributed so far!

 

This week, my DH is going on an "app hunt" online to check out which ones our boys ages 8, 5 and 3 will like and use. I shared with him the list I made from the updates on this thread. We have an ipad that gets a LOT of use by the kids mostly around here and my DH is a developer and thinking of different apps he could design specifically for homeschoolers.

If anyone has any others their kids enjoy, I do hope you'll share! If we find more we like, I'll be sure to post again.


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These are great apps. Thank you for this list. I was wondering if anyone had found an app where we could enter the week's worth of work under subject headings and have it hide once we check it off. Kinda like a chores list. I then would need to be able to bring it up again so that I can enter it into my excel spreadsheet.

 

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I actually found one called 'Intutition' It is great for lists, grocery shopping, the calendar links to the gmail calendar and the best part is that it is free!

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if my kids were smaller, i would definitely get the bob books app: http://www.bobbooks.com/blog/?p=570


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Great thread...


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My baby is a little young for the iPhone (except for chewing, maybe), but I'm using an app called Babygrow Flipbook to take a picture of Samantha every day or so. The app turns the pictures into a kind of flip book that shows her growing. It can upload the flip book as a video to Facebook, which is great.

 

I can't believe how fast my sister's baby grew, so I want to remember every step of the journey. Plus it will be cool to show to Samantha, in a few years (if I can remember to keep it up!)

 

While my phone is still my own, my favorite app is Waze. I haven't gotten lost since I loaded it! Love it!

 

 

 

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@greenthumb3 - earlier in the thread you mentioned that your husband was going to try to make some home school specific apps. Did he ever create any? If so please share the names so I can check them out!

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i recently read that "state stacker" was an awesome app! i sooo wish they had it for an android tablet, but it seems to be available only for the iphone or ipad.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-states/id381342267?mt=8


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