Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Smart Application - Lego Fix The Factory

Lego Mindstorms Fix the Factory is a free application yet of high quality which can not be said for many free applications. It teaches basic programming/coding skills to children in a game environment. Children help EV3RSTORM, a humanoid robot, to navigate the massive NOGO factory maze and put the dislocated batteries back in place to proceed to the next level. Each puzzle introduces new skills to master for example logic gates, functions etc.

Price: Free

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Smart Application - Fresh Pick

Fizzy's Lunch Lab Fresh Pick is a game application developed by PBS Kids. In this application children age 6-8 years can practise their math and problem solving skills by solving 8 challenges. Challenges include navigating your way through the grocery store, coming up with right amount of change in the check-out line, and successfully serving food to a room full of hungry customers. 

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Smart Application - 10Monkeys

10Monkeys is a fun game for elementary aged children to practise their multiplication skills. The objective of the game is to free the monkeys by correctly answering multiplication problems. Children get points on speed and accuracy. While in essence it is yet another drill type game, the graphics are cute and for some reason kids seem to enjoy it better than other drilling games.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Smart Application - Star Walk

Details by developer

Star Walk is specially designed for amateur star gazers but will also pleasantly surprise professional astronomers. Star Walk is fun & educating at the same time!

Star Walk is an excellent guide to stars, planets, and constellations. You can play and learn them all while sitting comfortably in the arm-chair at home or during actual star gazing outside.

Unrivaled smooth 3D graphics
Full coverage of celestial bodies
Moon phases, sun rises, sun sets
Location based star gazing
Wiki knowledge base
Night view mode
Meteor showers
Time Machine

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Currently StarWalk is not available for Android but you can give Google Sky Map a try which sounds similar.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Light Bot

Light Bot uses a game interface to teach basic programming/coding skills to children as young as 4 years old but can be used by older kids as well. very interesting interface and teaches the skills like logic, step by step commands etc. without being overwhelming. an option to turn music off, and my girl had to literally snatch the device from my hand in order to play herself

there is an IOS version, an android version and a web version as well. some puzzles are free, and some are a paid version but the price is very appropriate.

IOS free: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/light-bot/id749337888

IOS paid: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/light-bot/id657638474

Android free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lightbot.lightbothoc

Android paid: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lightbot.lightbot

Web: http://light-bot.com/

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Reptilian Fun

My kids are sharing their passion about reptiles by educating other kids from around the world about these fascinating creatures live on skype! visit https://education.skype.com/projects/2619-reptilian-fun , take part and spread the word! thnx

Monday, June 18, 2012

WWW–Word Central


Review: Word Central is a great site by Merriam Webster where words are power and language is fun. Kids can search for any word in the dictionary, thesaurus and even search for rhyming words. They can build their own dictionary or subscribe for daily buzz word. But the feature I (and my kids) liked the most was the games section. kids can feed the Big-bot correct synonyms and antonyms, fly the Robo-bee through a garden of synonym, antonym, spelling and usage puzzles or drag, drop and click their way to success with Alpha-bot. No music and engaging graphics!


Suitable for ages: 5-10

Friday, June 1, 2012

Wacky Celestial Writing

Have fun writing something and then “galaxifying” it with My Galaxies. When you type a word, my galaxies replace the letters with the images of real galaxies that look like that letter’s formation. You can share your “words” with others, on social medias and even learn more about the galaxies used in your writing.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WWW–Dragon Breeder

Review: Dragon Breeder (BETA) is a game where players progress by using the principles of Mendelian Genetics. Breed target dragons, or determine the genotypes of the dragons in your den. Purchase special skills and upgrades, and work your way through a storyline mode that will take your knowledge of genetic principles to their limit. Because the game is written in HTML5, you will need the latest version of whichever browser you use. When I studied basic genetics in school, we did it in context of pea plants, but lets face it, dragons are a lot cooler than pea plants. And the colorful graphics and easy interface makes it hard to give up! You need to register though to use this resource but registration is free and easy. And once you have registered take some time and explore the wonderful Sponge Lab site further, there are tons of wonderful and innovative resources out there.

Suitable for ages: 10-15 (although my 7 year old is up to her eye ball in it now, so let the younger ones have a go with it as well!)

Disclaimer: I am not being paid by anyone for these reviews and mention on my blog. I only share the stuff I have used myself in our homeschooling journey and like it so want to share with everyone.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Engineer Guy


A fantastic site with 10 very detailed and interesting videos on engineering details of different stuff like why the cell phones look like they do, what is inside a LCD monitor and even the engineering behind pop tab on a soda can. Do give them a try! You can download the videos in MP4 format for easy ipod viewing. Every video has a “learn more” section where you can find links to further information and recommended books.

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