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Reading & Writing Apps

Paper by FiftyThree - Draw, Sketch, Create Notes and Ideas

“Ideal for jotting down notes, sketches, or your next big idea, this phenomenal app sets a new standard” - Apple App of the Year award winner

Used by more than 13 million people worldwide, Paper turns your iPad into a digital notebook, with everything you need to bring your ideas to life. Best of all, Paper is now completely free.

IDEAS BEGIN ON PAPER.
“App of the Year & Apple Design Award Winner”

Sketch out a new product design, chart your progress, or outline a great business plan. Paper is the essential digital notebook that works the way you think, with no fussy settings or distractions. In addition to its five original tools to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline, and Color, Paper also includes Think Kit, allowing you to create diagrams, charts, and wireframes at the speed of thought. Paper’s tools, along with unlimited, secure, cloud backup are all offered for free with no in-app purchases.

CREATE WITH PENCIL
“The Best iPad Stylus” — Wired and The Verge

Express your creativity more naturally with Pencil—FiftyThree’s handcrafted Bluetooth Smart stylus. Pencil’s unique Surface Pressure technology allows you to use Pencil’s tapered shape to fluidly control the width and strength of lines. You can also flip to erase, blend with your finger, and rest your hand comfortably on the screen with world-class palm rejection.

JOIN THE MIX
“People are at their best when they create.”

You don’t need to be an artist, or even know how to draw to be creative and use Mix, the sharing network built right into Paper. Mix takes away what’s scary about facing the blank page and leaves you with a fun place to get inspired and share your ideas. Find the perfect template for a task, learn a new skill, or make new connections with collaborators around the world. Mix is where the world creates together.

EasyBib: Automatic Bibliography Generator and Citation Machine

Bibliographies Are Frustrating. They Don't Have to Be.

EasyBib is the world's best and most accurate citation generator. With over 10+ years of citation generation and billions of citations generated to date, we guarantee the most accurate bibliography.

EasyBib allows you to automatically create citations for your bibliography in seconds:

  • Perfect and accurate citations because they're checked by librarians and teachers
  • Instantly create citations by scanning book barcodes with your phone's camera
  • Use the search tool to create citations for books and websites
  • Export to email so you can send your citations to your inbox quickly
  • Switch between MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard and over 7000 citation styles, including ASA, AMA, CSE and ACS formats with one click

You can also create the perfect citation for 56 different source types (databases, newspapers, etc.) on our website, www.easybib.com, used by over 45 million students.

Book Creator for iPad - create ebooks and pdfs, publish to iBooks
  • THE No.1 Book app for the iPad in 80 countries.

  • Voted Best Educational App in the 2015 BETT Awards.

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad.

With over 10 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.

And when you're done, easily share your book, or even publish to the iBooks Store!

  • Book Creator makes e-book publishing easy - Wired
  • One of the Top 50 Apps for the iPad - The Guardian
  • Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award

FEATURES

  • Add text, choosing from over 50 fonts
  • Add photos and images from your iPad's photo library, from the web, or use the iPad's Camera
  • Resize, rotate and position content as you like with guidelines and snap positioning
  • Add video and music, and even record your voice
  • Use the pen tool to draw and annotate your book
  • Choose from portrait, landscape or square book sizes
  • A quick tap and you're reading your book in iBooks!

MANY WAYS TO SHARE YOUR BOOK

  • Send your book by email
  • AirDrop to iPhone, iPad or Macbook
  • Use a cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive (and more)
  • Save your book as a movie file and upload to the web
  • Print using AirPrint or other printer apps, or export as a PDF
  • Ability to send via WebDav server, or simply connect your iPad and transfer to iTunes

BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!

Book Creator ebooks are created using the international ePub standard, so you know they will be readable now and in the future. Book Creator books are optimized for easy publishing to the iBooks Store.

See examples of published books at pinterest.com/bookcreator

NOTE: Book Creator supports iBooks' fixed layout format, including double page images and soundtracks. Fixed layout iBooks are not ideal for long texts such as novels.

FIRST CLASS SUPPORT

The app includes a Getting Started manual, plus we have an online support forum at bookcreator.com/support with how-to articles and email support.

We love to talk via Twitter - say hello @BookCreatorApp

PERFECT FOR THE CLASSROOM:

Book Creator is open-ended, creative and cross curriculum, and is one of the most popular iPad apps for teachers across the world.

“Book Creator sits atop my list of the best educational apps. I’ve used Book Creator with learners of all ages, from kindergarten to adults. Its simplicity is refreshing, allowing authors to focus on their content.”

  • Tony Vincent, Learning and Technology Consultant, learninginhand.com

“In my opinion the essential education app for the iPad!”

  • Andrew Rhodes, Apple Distinguished Educator and Director of Technology, International School of Stavanger

“I love this app. It’s an incredibly powerful app with a deceptively easy to use interface. One of the three iPad apps every elementary school should buy.”

  • Dan Callahan, Instructional Technology Specialist K-5 with 1:1 iPads

“A must for anyone in education. I love this app!”

  • Joe Moretti, Apple UK Education Mentor

Read case studies and lesson plans from teachers using Book Creator at redjumper.net/blog

TESTIMONIALS:

"What a great tool! It’s sleek, intuitive, and easy. Being able to design a fixed layout picture book right on the iPad makes total sense. Highly recommended."

  • Liz Castro, Author of ‘EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders’

"The app is super intuitive! I was working on a book for my 7 year old niece (who lives in Brazil) in no time. It took me about 30 minutes to put together a book for her, publish in iBooks and email the ePub file to my brother…to open it up on his iPad…. for my niece to read it."

  • Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, langwitches.org

"We are very excited about Book Creator... off to layout a kids picture book, then maybe mom’s recipes."
igoipad.com

"It is so cool" - The Washington Post

Monster ABC - Learn with the little monsters

++ Awarded German ELTERN family magazine’s GIGA-Maus 2013 prize as the "Best Learning Game" in the category "Kids from 4 to 6 years old"
++ Awarded Best Children Apps’ Prize 2013 in the category "Pre-School Apps"

  • TOP #1 Education app for children in the German App Store
  • Amusing monsters make learning letters enormous fun
  • Perfect for children entering school and those who can’t wait for school to start

  • The highly popular children’s app Monster ABC is now available in English!

Monster ABC guides your child in a really fun way through the process of literacy acquisition. It helps children get to grips with letters and the initial sound of words in the best way possible.

What is an initial sound?
Today, little ones use initial sounds to navigate the first stages of literacy acquisition. An initial sound is the first sound of a word and is represented by a letter or a letter combination (like “mm” in the word “mouse” and “sh” in the word “sheep”). Children learn how to make out the initial sound of a word and match it to a letter.

How does Monster ABC support literacy acquisition?
The app helps children to learn letters and the sound they make in a fun way by using pictures. Each picture represents a word whose initial sound must be matched to the corresponding letter. If the initial sound and letter match, your child will enjoy a true sense of achievement. In doing so, the child easily recognizes the correct combination of initial sound and letter. The learning process is supported interactively with visualizations and sounds that are perfect for children.

In addition, a free-of-charge initial-sound table, featuring pictures and their matching initial sounds from Monster ABC, can be downloaded from the wonderkind website: https://s3.amazonaws.com/wk-anlaute/wonderkind_initial_sound_table.pdf

Monster ABC was developed together with grandparents, parents, and kids, taking into account professional pedagogical and linguistic considerations.

Features:
++ Learn letters based on initial sounds
++ Audio-visual interaction makes learning fun
++ Words and letters are spoken when tapped
++ Feedback spoken in a voice perfect for kids
++ English and German version included
++ English spoken with a charming British accent
++ Motivating reward system
++ Lovingly hand-drawn pictures and amusing sounds
++ Get to know the monsters Max, Bob, Sally and the rest of the gang!
++ Increasing level of difficulty
++ Full initial-sound table available to download free of charge

Don’t forget to view our other games:

  • Tiny Firefighters – Toddler’s Seek & Find
  • My Animal Circus – Toddler’s Seek & Find
  • My Little Town – Toddler’s Seek & Find
  • My Animals – Toddler’s Seek & Find
  • My Piano Book
  • Wonder Match

Support information:
We have thoroughly tested this app on all iOS devices. If you do however experience problems, please understand that we are unable to provide support on the basis of comments in the reviews section. Please e-mail our Support Team so we can respond and provide assistance quickly. Thanks very much.

Reading Comprehension Booster

Boost reading comprehension with this set of interactive tools! Based on the idea of paper bookmarks, each booster encourages the child to record responses, while they are reading, based on a specific reading focus. No more wondering if your child or student was actually paying attention while s/he was reading!

Booster bookmarks were designed by an expert in the field of differentiated instruction, and are based on essential instructional elements identified in literacy, brain and learning research. Each booster has a variety of interactive options to tap into different ability levels and interests. Users can read or listen to directions, draw, type, drag or record responses, and much more. Children can choose from Characters, Connections, Story Seeds and other bookmarks, or use several simultaneously. Children can easily email their work to a parent or teacher for review and discussion.

Features
• Interactive tools to increase reading engagement and comprehension
• Each bookmark provides cues to prompt thinking
• Can be used with any book your child already owns - in paper or digital format!
• For beginning readers through early teens
• Allows for multiple users for classrooms sharing iPads
• A range of response options increases accessibility
• Data can be emailed to parents, teachers, RtI specialists, IEP team members

Easy Blog Jr

NEWS FLASH : NEWS FLASH : NEWS FLASH

Arriving late August we are releasing our brand new blogging service - www.easyblog.org
It will be everything Easy Blog Jr is and much more! Check it out now and subscribe to make sure you don't miss out on your free starter pack. No more messy blog creation and setting up 25 iPads!

Easy Blog Jr is the easiest blog uploader available. Designed by teachers for early childhood and elementary classes, its simple interface ensures that children as young as 4 are able to easily post photos, video and voice-over-photos to a Wordpress or Edublogs blog. Older users can also publish text based posts. For Google Blogger users, check out our Easy Blogger Jr app.

Key features:

  • Create and post photo, video or text
  • Designed for shared iPads
  • No reading or writing required
  • Record voice-over photo
  • Dyslexia friendly font
  • Young user friendly interface
  • Easy teacher setup
  • Audio prompts and guide
  • Simple, intuitive steps
  • Custom designed camera
  • Left and right hand option
  • Teacher tutorials
  • Works with any WordPress and Edublogs blog

Volume Purchase Pricing available - don't have VPP but want to buy a bulk purchase? Please contact us directly at our support site.

NOTE: WordPress.com and Edublogs.org users are still limited to any file size or video uploading restrictions that apply with these hosts.

Your students will absolutely love the audio help, recognizing at once that it is the voice of a child. We have seen kindergarten age kids publishing their own voice over photo, and videos to their blog independently within 5 minutes of being handed the ipad with our app - it’s quite a sight to see! As a fellow early years teacher said, “You guys have thought of everything.”

Don’t forget, this app will also allow you to post pretty much ANYTHING on the camera roll to the class blog - so say goodbye to emailing those Puppet Pal movies and Explain Everything videos. This app absolutely moves the emphasis from technology to creation and content, allowing your students to focus on what’s important.


What do teachers think?

"Just wanted to tell you some exciting news! I had three teachers at my house today and showed them my edublogs site (which they were excited by) but then I showed them your app and how BASIC and easy it was for early years kids to blog, and well they were falling over themselves to get your app and begin blogging. They thought blogging was for upper primary and was too hard but I showed them your app and they were literally jumping out of their skins! I’m going to promote this app to everyone I know! I’ve never thought blogging could be so easy for kids (and teachers!)."

Kind Regards,
Jasmine

Teaching Principal
Tipperary Station School


“…I want to present this to the grade 1 teachers that just went to a presentation about lower years blogging. This App is fantastic!…Just awesome! A must have app for young learner blogging! Easy Blog Jr…Our teachers are jumping out of their skin to get it!”

Shannon, American International School of Guangzhou

Visit http://www.theeasyappcompany.com/support for tutorials on how to choose the best Wordpress setup for you and setting up Easy Blog Jr.

Write About This

Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. 125 categorized images & 375 text+voice prompts included! 


RECENT REVIEWS:

“Versatile and easy to use for kids of many ages. The pictures are engaging and show diversity; the prompts get kids thinking critically and creatively.” -Common Sense Media

“An excellent app to use for developing writing and fluency skills with students.” -Karen Bosch, K-8 Educator, ADE

"My favorite is using the Write About This app because it is real data with their recorded voice and it would be a great artifact to have when speaking to parents at conferences as well as a wonderful component to digital portfolios." - appsolutelyapril.com (@AprilRequard, ADE)

“Editor’s Choice!” “Outstanding” “Great for a very wide range of ages and abilities..a highly useful and flexible tool for home or classroom to encourage children to write.” -BestAppsforKids.com

Featured in “Best iPad Digital Storytelling Apps” on EducatorsTechnology.com

"The ability to change the complexity, remove text prompts and search by topic and image is great, especially for children at different reading and writing levels. If your child likes to write or express their imagination, we highly recommend this app for your collection."-CNET

“Very intuitive...an embodiment of the Universal Design for Learning principles” -EdTechKit.com

“Making writing fun again... an ‘A’! For any parent who may have a child who is needing extra practice in writing, I highly suggest this app.” -TeachersAppReview.com


WHAT TEACHERS SAY:

"My SS love this app. I have seen more writing in my room since downloading this app then ever before." - @lmetts65, Teacher

“I couldn’t get students to stop writing at the end of the day!” - @RebeccaWildman, 4th Grade Teacher

“Great for writing prompts...very easy to use!” - @pwagnerlcisd, Instructional Technology Specialist

“My students love it! They are even downloading and writing at home with family iPads!” - @appleclassroom, 3rd Grade Teacher

"I downloaded your app yesterday and my 10 year old daughter is having a blast! In fact this morning, she chose creating a story over her TV time!" -Tammy, parent & Special Education teacher

Full version Includes:

**COMMON CORE ALIGNMENT
An easy way for students to compose and share Opinion and Narrative digital writing!

**AMAZING COMBINATION OF IMAGES AND PROMPTS
Carefully selected and written by teachers, all 125 pages and 375 prompts are interesting and appropriate!

**SIMPLE DIGITAL PUBLISHING
Multiple authors can write and save to the gallery. Download to the Camera Roll or share a polished Write About by email (.JPG, .PDF or .MOV)!

**CELEBRATE STUDENT WRITING
Authors can now add a voice recording with their work to create a personalized movie on the Camera Roll!

**FAST PHOTO+WRITING
New Quick Write button gets kids publishing immediately– perfect for when they have an idea and an image (no prompt needed)!

**CREATE AUTHOR PORTFOLIOS
New Profiles feature with custom avatar and default email allows for further individualization and saved work can now be filtered by author!

**ANYONE CAN CREATE THEIR OWN
Use your photos, ideas and voice to capture unique Write Abouts!

**FLEXIBILITY TO FIT EVERY LEARNER
Voice & Level options based on learning theory and real classroom experience!

**WORKS WITH ANY NUMBER OF DEVICES
From single teacher iPads, to carts, to 1:1...educators are using the app to meet their unique needs!

**EASY AND ACCESSIBLE
Search content based on interest, curriculum, season or theme.

Our world is full of amazing scenes with stories yet to be written...what will you Write About?

Visit our Learning Hub at WriteAboutApp.com

Write It VS Free: The Pen is Mightier than the sword.

*** Download this award winning app! Best Game & Best Educational App.***

"You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy whipping up mini stories with friends!" iFanzine

"Write It VS Free is a fun and different take on the typical asynchronous multiplayer based word game that we’ve all seen before." 148 Apps

Thank you for all of your feedback on the app. We're really excited that you like it so far.

The Evil Mr. Sharks thinks he is greatest storyteller ever and everyone else is dumb! Unleash your creativity by fighting alongside Astro in Write It Vs. Free! A story generation and creative stimulation game where the pen is mightier than the sword.

Power up your writing skills! Team with your friends and exchange turns in writing 140 character pages to write an innovative plot sure to make Mr. Sharks choke on his words. Only the most creative and quickest storytellers will achieve the highest ranks and win the Master Storyteller Trophy!
Think you have what it takes?

Free version features:

•Start your story off right with a title from the game, current trending titles from Twitter, or create your own custom one if you are feeling creative.

•Choose your writer: many colorful and unique avatars available for free. Purchase more with coins.

•Get rewards and points for completing challenges throughout the game.

•Share your creations with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

•Play the Challenge Game Mode to find out who is the fastest storyteller in your circle of friends with a short 10-page battle.


•Enter the Unlimited Game Mode where you can have unlimited pages and unlimited time to write it!

•Pass and Play Game Mode lets players take turns using one game system (one device). Perfect to challenge grandma!

•Play in 10 Different Languages and practice your multilingual capacities.

• Use it as a creative tool to write songs, screenplays or books.
Want more titles, words, and power ups? And the option to download and print your completed story?

Upgrade to the paid version here: http://wrte.it/UNeai2

Watch the App Demo Here: http://youtu.be/g_okayIY1oU?hd=1

Watch the Full Video Trailer Here: http://youtu.be/N_hSmGkukw8?hd=1

Let’s show to Mr. Sharks that anyone in the world can be creative!

News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids

*** World Young Reader Prize 2015 (Editorial) - World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) ***
*** Teachers' Choice Award 2015 ***
*** One of The Best News Sources for Kids - Common Sense Media***
*** Best App for Teaching and Learning by AASL***
*** The first bilingual news app for kids! ***
*** Featured by Apple in the Education section ***
*** kidSAFE® certified ***

Educators, check out News-O-Matic School Edition, with its multiple reading levels, its embedded assessment questions, and its teacher's dashboard (also available in Apple's Volume Purchase Program).

The content of this version of News-O-Matic is optimized for readers in grades 3 & 4.

Here is what users say about News-O-Matic:

“I would like to thank you and your team! My son has finally been reading independently for the past two weeks. He looks forward to reading News-O-Matic every night!” – Melissa, Mom of an 8-year-old

“I think the stories you write are amazing. It’s funny because I hate reading but yet I’m excited to see what you wrote." – Rae, age 8

“In my ten years of teaching I have never come across a publication that was this effective in capturing the attention of the student and making them want to learn and understand more.” – LB, Philadelphia Public School Teacher

“A terrific introduction to current events with unlimited potential for repeated use for kids” – Smart Apps For Kids

“Once in a while, an app comes along that makes me breathe a sigh of ‘well, finally.’ Such is the case with News-O-Matic, an ingenious app that condenses the daily news of the world and delivers it in perfectly kid-digestible form.” – Cool Mom Tech

News-O-Matic covers relevant news of the day in an engaging way, exploring its many facets through images, maps, videos, and games. Whether your interest is sports, science, world news, or wacky events, News-O-Matic delivers what’s making the news! It offers a window to the world and beyond helping readers become global citizens!

Each daily issue features:

  • Five dynamic news articles
  • Rich and detailed images, videos, and illustrations
  • Informative maps relating the user to the location of every story
  • News Room for drawing or asking questions about the news
  • An interactive history-based timeline
  • Puzzles, games, fun facts, and many other elements for discovery
  • Audio support for challenging vocabulary and full stories read aloud
  • Improved design
  • Content adapted for 3rd & 4th Graders
  • Bilingual articles (English and Spanish)
  • Bilingual Read to Me (English and Spanish)
  • Save or print articles
  • Highlight text
  • Citations
  • Access to 10 past editions
  • IOS 8 compatible

All articles are written by professional children’s writers and reviewed by a child psychologist before publication to ensure emotionally safe content.

News-O-Matic is 100% ad-free. The app offers a 10-edition free trial, after which a $19.99 in-app purchase is required to unlock the content (one time fee only).

Unlimited Access includes access from all Apple mobile devices: iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Schools and districts looking to buy News-O-Matic through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program should buy News-O-Matic School Edition.

Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase.

Privacy Policy and Terms of Use can be found at www.press4kids.com/privacy.html
The publisher of this daily news application is Press4Kids, Inc. To learn more about us, please visit us at www.press4Kids.com/newsomatic.html

Read With Me Fluency

"Many in educational fields have hungered for a system that would actually decrease the work load required for assessment, and it looks like it’s finally here."
-BestAppsForKids.com

Read With Me Fluency is the new iPad version of the award-winning online reading fluency assessment app, Read With Me. Now you can conduct oral fluency reading assessments, or running records in a faster, less-painful way. No more timers, paper, calculators or binders full of testing materials. Import your own digital texts or take advantage of our own leveled library of passages aligned to the Lexile® Framework.

Monitor your child or whole class of students' reading progress in terms of accuracy, fluency and benchmark goals. Great for teachers who already have their own program, or for new teachers looking for a new, faster way to stay on top of their students' fluency. Used by reading specialists, resource educators, parents, and K-8 teachers .

Video recording for your running records:

This iPad app takes the web version further by taking advantage of the front-facing camera to record a video session of the student reading a text you assign. By syncing two iPads via the web, you can use your iPad to save the recordings and view them with the student conferences, or for later scoring. Generate quick reports for student to review and track own progress.

Offline Modes:

Offline Mode allows you to work without an internet connection. In both Student and Teacher Offline modes, you can read along with a student and mark their miscues, while recording an audio session for review. Easily create and manage groups and students, and track progress towards benchmark targets as set by the National Fluency Norms.

Other features:

-Optional comprehension questions
-Stopwatch and one minute mode
-Quick Start option
-Add and manage groups and students
-Miscue tracking of graphophonic, semantic, skipped, teacher help, and self correct errors.
-Real-time reports

Built by teachers, Read With Me Fluency takes years of experience in conducting fluency assessments and puts it on an iPad so that you can spend less time testing and more time teaching!

SonicPics

The best digital storytelling app just got even better!

SonicPics makes digital storytelling fun and easy! Turn your photographs into narrated slideshow movies to share with your family and friends!

  1. Add images from your photo library or snap new ones with your camera.
  2. Arrange your photos however you would like.
  3. Record a voiceover narrating your images as you swipe through them.

Once you are finished, you have an enhanced m4v movie with your images synchronized to your narration. You can share your recording with your family and friends.

Features:

  • Create and narrate custom photo slideshows.
  • Records your voice while you flip through your images.
  • Automatically synchronizes your images to the audio recording.
  • Publish your recordings to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Evernote, Google+, iCloud, iMessage, Slack, Storehouse, email, and more…
  • Present your stories on the big screen using video out while recording or to watch recordings.
  • Make .m4v movies of your images and narrations from your iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad.
  • Build slide shows with photos from photo albums, camera roll or built in camera.
  • Recordings processed right on your phone, no 3rd party service required!
  • Intuitive user interface.

Sample Uses:

  • Digital story telling
  • Class field trip
  • Podcast recording
  • Video blogging
  • New baby
  • Lecture recording
  • Creating Mini-presentations on the road
  • Out with friends
  • Travel Logs
  • Conference notes
  • Honeymoon
  • Museum tours
  • Create Audio books
  • Lab notes
  • Insurance claims
  • Accident documentation
  • Medical diagnosis / dictation
  • Land surveys
  • Real estate tours
  • Home shopping
  • New town experiences
  • Staff introductions
  • Photo tours
  • Language instruction
  • Helping boyfriend study names/faces before meeting girlfriend's family.

Make a great digital story now with SonicPics!

Notability

Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac! Apple's Mac App of The Year! 

Welcome to Notability®: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation.

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up to date.

WRITE NATURALLY 

  • Handwrite and sketch with beautiful ink.
  • Write smoothly and quickly with zoom-writing.
  • Automatic Palm Detection on iPad allows you to write naturally with your hand on the screen, just like pen on paper (Requires iOS 8 or later).
Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice.  So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. For a full list of currently supported languages visit www.dragonmobileapps.com.

REVIEWS

Press Reviews:

David Pogue - The New York Times : “I’m finding Dragon to be a much faster, more efficient way to spit out e-mail messages, notes, text messages and Twitter updates. It’s really, really cool.”

Mel Martin - TUAW.com: “Put this into the ‘I didn’t think they could ever get this to work on an iPhone’ category. I’m talking about Dragon Dictation from Nuance, the developers of the very popular Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC.”

Arik Hesseldahl – BusinessWeek: “For the last few days I’ve been trying two Nuance iPhone apps, Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search on my iPhone. And while they’re not the first voice search or dictation apps for the iPhone, I certainly like the results I’ve been getting.”

iTunes Reviews:

Miker55 – “It’s understood everything I’ve said. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving and wanted to text someone but couldn’t. This app is great!!!”

Twebs – “For me Dragon dictation is a game changing application. The accuracy is outstanding and it’s very easy to use. I immediately notified everyone I know with an iPhone to pick up this application while it’s still free.”

Redman042 – “I can’t believe my iPhone can do this. Accuracy is amazingly good and transcription is very fast. You can’t even tell that transcription is being done online. I’m very very impressed.”

FEATURES

• Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard
• Submit text to Social Networking applications – Twitter and Facebook
• Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words
• Voice driven correction interface

REQUIREMENTS

   1. Dragon Dictation requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE).
   2. Dragon Dictation works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).

PRIVACY POLICY

In order to improve recognition accuracy, Dragon Dictation will only upload names from your address book when permission is provided... no emails, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal information are uploaded. This information is not used for any purpose other than improving the usability of the application. Dragon Dictation will also utilize the data in spoken messages collected over time to continuously improve and provide high speech recognition accuracy. All data is stored in secure data centers according to stringent privacy and security standards.  For more information, please view our end user license agreement http://www.dragonmobileapps.com/EULA-dict.html

Now supporting Catalan!

LibriVox Audio Books

LibriVox Audio Books provides free access to over 15,000 audio books as well as thousands of radio dramas. Each audiobook can be streamed over the internet or downloaded for later use. All LibriVox audio books can be freely listened to and shared. The LibriVox Audio Books app features classic best sellers and out of print treasures from every genre of literature in more than 30 languages.

Audio books from LibriVox are free thanks to the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers who record, edit and distribute the books. New releases are prepared daily, and the entire catalog spans the breadth of world literature, including novels, history, biography, short stories, poetry and more in both fiction and non-fiction.

The LibriVox AudioBook app makes it easy to search the LibriVox catalog of free audio books. You can browse by title, author or genre, look at new recordings, or search by key word. Because the books are free, you can listen to as much or as little of a book as you like with no cost. The app remembers your position, so you can return to a book later, and includes a sleep timer for your convenience.

Endless Reader

** App Store's Editor's Choice **

From the team at ORIGINATOR - the creators of the beloved Endless Alphabet and Sesame Street's Monster at the End of This Book and Another Monster.... Originator is a team of passionate artists and engineers dedicated to the best education+entertainment apps for kids.

As a follow-up to Endless Alphabet, set the stage for early reading success with Endless Reader! This app introduces "sight words", the most commonly used words in school, library, and children's books. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. Recognizing sight words is advantageous for beginning readers because many of these words have unusual spelling, cannot be sounded out using phonics knowledge, and often cannot be represented using pictures.

Kids will have a blast learning sight words and their context and usage with the adorable Endless monsters. Each word features an interactive word puzzle with letters that come alive, and then a sentence puzzle with words that become what they describe. See the word "dog" as a barking dog, and the word "up" reach for the sky!

** NOTE: You must be online and have sufficient disk space while running the app to get all words in the app. **

Features:

  • 6 words free to try with additional word packs available for purchase.
  • Delightful animations reinforce sight recognition of words in a fun and interactive way.
  • Word puzzles reinforce spelling using lower-case letters and the sentence puzzles teach definition and usage (in addition to sight recognition).
  • Endless Reader was designed with your children in mind. There are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your children can interact with the app at their own pace.
First Words Sampler

More than just a game, First Words Sampler is a powerful educational tool for toddlers and preschoolers. It provides hours of fun while giving your child a head start on learning about letters and words.

If your child is old enough to ask for your phone, they're old enough for First Words Sampler!

First Words Sampler teaches kids about letters, how letters relate to sounds, and even how to spell words. First Words Sampler is toddler-tested and approved, with a user-interface designed specifically for the littlest of fingers. The game includes beautiful illustrations, each matched with entertaining sounds and high-quality recordings of letters and words.

Kids can play the game by themselves, but they also enjoy bringing their adults along, talking about the animals, saying the names of the letters, and watching the pictures spin around and sound off.

This free application is a sampling of words selected from our highly rated paid apps, First Words Animals and First Words Deluxe. We've also included some words from our Spanish, German, Japanese and French First Words apps. If you like First Words Sampler, you can keep your toddler laughing and learning with the full paid applications.

Note: We love getting feedback and hearing stories about kids using our software. Leave a comment in iTunes and send us feedback at learningtouch.com. Tell us what you'd like to see us do next.

Reading Comprehension Prep

Try the most advanced reading comprehension tool in the App Store for free!

"This app helped me in my reading. Now I have an A+. I am very happy I did this app."

3rd Grade Non-Fiction Stories:

  • Bats
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln

3rd Grade Fiction Stories:

  • Snow Day
  • A Tadpole Tale

4th Grade Non-Fiction Stories:

  • The History of Video Games
  • The Appalachian Trail

4th Grade Fiction Stories:

  • Lily's New Glasses
  • Dodgeball Day

5th Grade Non-Fiction Stories:

  • Predator Insects!
  • The Story of Clara Barton

5th Grade Fiction Stories:

  • Holiday Spirit
  • The Haunted Library

Our Reading Comprehension series was designed for the classroom, as well as the student and family looking for an advantage in solidifying their reading and understanding skills:
• This sampler contains 12 original stories for grades 3, 4, and 5
• Choose between fiction, non-fiction, or a mix of both fiction and non-fiction selections
• Read and test your comprehension with a variety of questions about the selected passages
• Study anywhere and learn at your own pace
• Each passage and question set takes approximately 5-8 minutes to complete
• Specifically appropriate content chosen at each grade level
• Aligned with CCSS - Common Core State Standards
• Works well in classrooms for independent study time
• Email student test results to share their progress
• Increase student reading comprehension and their scores!

User feedback:
"I like how it highlights where the answer was in the passage when you pick your answer." - Kami Butterfield, teacher

"The selections are age appropriate and the responses to the questions are not too easy - some thought needs to go into it." - Mary Skummer, teacher

"The feature showing where the answer is located in the passage is a spot on tool since I ask my students to be able to provide this in their oral and written responses." - Harold Nelson, teacher

"Great for reading practice - I would highly recommend it."

"These apps are awesome! Our boys absolutely love these. We have done 3rd, 4th & 5th grade comprehension. They love the fun aspect of getting the questions right, and think of these more as games than the learning apps they are."

We love to hear from you!
Please send any feedback or questions to peekaboostudiosllc@gmail.com

With practice you can achieve your best score!

Peekaboo Studios is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 9-11
Categories: Reading, Vocabulary

Cultiwords

Welcome to the world of Cultiwords, a unique word-of-the-day game created by the team here at The Learning Club to boost your vocabulary and to improve your memory.

Short term memory can be improved through simple word games and new additions to your personal dictionary. The capacity to use a word in context calls upon long term memory storage. With this application, raise the bar by learning new words, reviewing the memorized ones, keeping track of them in your personal vocabulary bank.

Get the app now and you can start with a 40-words set, including definitions, anecdotes and several review questions. You can then get more specific vocabulary sets within the app!

What could I learn?

For example, would you be able to define the word « moot »? We say that a « moot » point is a subject of debate that does not come to a given endpoint.

With Cultiwords, in just several minutes per day, words such as "moot" will become familiar.

Who are we?

The Cultiwords team consists of highly intelligent humanoids, neurobiologists, developmental scientists, and information experts. Our goal is to spice up each users' vocabulary, one word at a time.

Word Mover

ReadWriteThink's Word Mover mobile app is used to supplement classroom instruction, reinforce concepts taught in class, and offer increased student engagement through the use of tablet devices and their associated functionality.

Word Mover allows children and teens to create "found poetry" by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

FEATURES:

  • Multi-user poem storage
  • User management with the ability to delete or restore within 2 weeks
  • 6 poem categories, each with the ability to personalize
  • 12 backgrounds for stylizing poems
  • Helpful how-to information available throughout app
  • Auto-saving of poems as they are created
  • Viewing of finished poem for proofreading
  • Ability to save poem to photos
  • Ability to print poem on a wireless printer
  • Ability to send poem by e-mail

Word Mover is an educational app for all ages that adds creativity and fun to the learning process. If you have ideas for educational uses for this app in school or at home, please share with us in the customer reviews.

Privacy: Your poems are private unless you decide to share them by e-mail. ReadWriteThink.org does not store any personal information from this app.

TheSaurus - Interactive Visual Thesaurus

TheSaurus is an interactive visual thesaurus. When you search for a word, the word and its synonyms are presented as a graph. The word node that was searched becomes the root of the graph and is centered in the middle.

Word nodes are connected to meaning nodes. A meaning node can be a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb. Word nodes themselves are defined by the set of meaning nodes with which they are associated. If two word nodes are connected to the same meaning node, then those two word nodes will have that meaning in common.

If you tap on a node, you will be presented with the node's definition. Since a word's definition is its set of meanings, all of its meanings will be presented when it is tapped.

By default, the graph only shows a limited number of nodes at a time. If a node has neighbors that aren't currently displayed, it will have a magenta outline. Tapping on one of these nodes will expand the graph to show that node's neighbours.

Other neat features:

  • Double tap a node to promote it to the root
  • Pinch the display to adjust the size of the nodes and fonts
Rory's Story Cubes

9 cubes, 54 images, Over 10 million combinations, Unlimited stories!
Shake to roll the cubes. Can you create a story using all 9 face-up images?

Keep all your Rory’s Story Cubes in the one place. The ultimate, mobile storytelling game loved by children, parents on the go, creative writers, progressive teachers and games masters.

“5/5 - Amazing and like all genius - simple!” - UK


FEATURES
• Realistic physics - shake to roll the cubes. Move and rotate them as you tell your story.

• Your cubes - add to your Rory’s Story Cubes collection. The app now comes with both the Original and Actions sets. Other sets available as in-app purchases.

• New combinations - generate a random combination of 9 cubes from selected sets.



WAYS TO PLAY


• Have fun with family and friends on the go (or waiting around).

• Play solitaire as a ‘creative Sudoku’ to stretch your imagination.

• A creative way to practise a second language

• Engage children in storytelling to help with literacy skills.
• Rap, write, compose, draw, perform... just improvise

• Never fear the blank page; use to overcome writer’s block

• Generate colourful characters for your role playing game

See more Ways to Play at www.storycubes.com.

Word Games for Kids - Futaba

If you're looking for a fantastic multiplayer game AND a fun way to help children learn new words, look no further....



Futaba is a 4 player game designed for kids. This outrageously fun word quiz game can be used at home or in the classroom as a entertaining way to build language skills.

**** DESIGN YOUR OWN GAMES ****

It's perfect for children 4-8 and is ideal for supporting class room activities of all types (or just as fun to play at home!). Futaba is a great way to learn a 2nd language learner or you could even use it in your history class.

The idea is simple; Each player takes a seat around the iPad and taps in to start. The game begins as images zoom into the playing area. The first player to match the word to the image scores a point. Win 3 rounds and you'll be awarded a giant (but very friendly) seedling...

Futaba (Japanese for 'seedling") was originally conceived by Dave Wingler, from Osaka Kunei Girls' Junior and Senior High in Osaka, Japan. The idea was to provide a simple and fun way for ESL students to practice learning words in a classroom environment. After contacting INKids, we decided to build the Futaba game so it could not only be used in Dave's classroom, but in homes and classrooms throughout the world.

Futaba comes with over 100 wonderful hand drawn illustrations, professional audio soundtracks and has high quality visuals (just check the screen shots below).

**** USE YOUR OWN IMAGES & TEXT ****

Parents, teachers and even students themselves can create their own content by using either the built in camera, the camera roll by copying images to iTunes. NEW: Dropbox account holders can also upload new images via the drop!

This is only available in the full version. Future support is planned for iCloud.


If you have any questions, or would like to let us know about how you are using Futaba in your school please email futaba@inkids.com.au

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