Apple iPhone Apps For Education.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on July 25, 2008

In the deluge of new applications for the iPhone in recent days, a number of apps for education are worth considering. There are lots of folks who think the cell phone, not the laptop computer, is the platform for transforming education in both wealthy and less wealthy countries. The iPhone platform—and Nokia’s—may be the platform that can deliver the kind of experiences to kids that make this happen.

There are apps to learn physics, French, anatomy, math—tons. You can download software that allows you to read eBooks. It’s just a beginning. Now, what do kinds in poor Indian and African villages need? How about kids on the Hopi reservation?

Reader Comments

Frank

July 26, 2008 12:20 AM

Unless Steve Jobs donates 1000s of iPhones to the Hopi people, or 3rd world villages, the only way they will ever see one is when the Americorps or Peacecorps kids swings by and shows them the phone his daddy is paying for. The iPhone is a toy for the rich. It's real innovation is getting American to buy into a $70 a month 2 year contract by the millions.

Let's be real here. Apple is great company that makes cool, game changing things, but they've never done anything for the poor people of the world.

Mobile data and education will come in the form of Linux and maybe a Google created ad supported infrastructure and service.

3pm studios

December 18, 2008 6:10 AM

I also don't envision iPhones or Ipod touches in developing country villages. But for parents who have them it can be a great educational tool.

My husband and I developed two educational iPhone apps for preschoolers. We based the lead character on our 3 year old son Henry and his neighborhood friends. We felt that the iPhone and iPod touch were great platforms for young children to learn on. Currently it is one of the top 50 paid apps in the education category on the iTunes Store.

Our new Henry and Hailey's Kids ABC app is a top 100 paid app. It's a great way to teach the alphabet and follows our trademark mix and match approach.

mummy twinkle

February 7, 2009 7:15 AM

I too believe the iphone/ipod touch to be a great educational aid. My daughter was happy to go without lots of christmas presents this year to have only an ipod touch and she is delighted. Top educational game so far is "flash tables" fantastic for getting her good at multiplication tables. I've recommended it to several friends too who are finding it a very useful helper too. Teacher very pleased with her progress. just search flash tables on itunes and you'll find it. also some great pre-school letter and number games that my 2 year old loves to have a go on too.
Recommend
Flash TAbles $0.99
pre school adventures $0.99

Enzo Silva

February 25, 2009 3:04 AM

An iPhone costs over R$2,000 (2,000 Reais, the Brazilian currency). This is at least 4 times the minimum wage in Brazil and most people make either minimum wage or less than that a month.

Unless the price for these devices drop, there is no way they are the platform of the future (at least in the near future)...

http://tweaklearning.wordpress.com

julie

July 17, 2009 7:28 PM

Hello,

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=320174758&mt=8

I am the mom of a 4 years old little girl and I have an iphone ! I found out that in the appstore there were not enough good educational games for kids to developp their abilities and intelligence . So I decided to develop an application which will help and also give some fun for kids to play, to learn and write their alphabet and words.

This app "Write my name" is dedicated to all the parents who love to teach their child how to write their name or any words.
"Write my name" can help teach your kids to spell !

"Write my name" is an educational game which helps your children recognize the letters of their name and how to place them in order.

This game is very simple, you will like this easy app :
- You or your child enter your child's name (or another word).
- Letters appear on the screen randomly.
- The kids have to place them in the correct order.

You can also play with any words.
This game will also help your kid to recognize words, boost his visual memory and constitute a pre-learning to reading skill.

Summer is here ! Make sure the kids get ready for the next school year :
"Write your name" helps toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergardens learn some basic words :
- Preschoolers, and kindergartners will learn to write and play with their first-name.
- Toddlers will learn and play with more difficult words, depending of their vocabulary.

This application is also a good way to help your kid to become familiar with your iphone and it is a good family game.

This is a great game for kids who get bored in the car, in the airplane, at the restaurant, or anywhere.

Kids between the ages 2 to 6 love to play with letters, words and their spellings.
Fun and educational ! Learn while having fun, it's easy!

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=320174758&mt=8

Thanxs,

Julie

Mike

July 24, 2009 5:26 PM

And for an app that every teacher or parent can probably use about 10 times a day, I recommend Volunteer-O-Matic for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

You can check it out at http://www.genericsoftware.net/products.htm

Doug Neill

August 8, 2009 7:21 AM

The iPhone and iPod touch have so much potential as an educational tool!

I've begun making educational iPhone apps that I hope to be useful in a wide variety of settings. Here's the link to my website in case you would like to read about them:

http://web.me.com/douglaspneill/www.douglaspneillapps.com/Welcome.html

I think devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch WILL be the platform of the future so lets start making worthwhile apps that we want our kids to be using.

Roderick

August 15, 2009 10:43 AM

Over at 9thPeriod.com we have released our iPhone Educational Application which is a free educational networking tool. The iPhone and Apple have given us a great opportunity to extend our user base! Please feel free to check out our new free educational application for teachers, students, and parents at http://bit.ly/KuDDm.

anusen

September 17, 2009 5:42 PM

Hello,

We have developed a handful of applications for kids and mainly focusing on education category.

Math Magic: Kids can learn as well as have fun with math. They can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisions. Random problems will be shown to the kids and they need to choose the correct answer

Word Magic: Kids need to choose the missing letters for the picture shown. Best suited for kids from UKG till 2nd standard.

Math Series: Kids need to identify the missing numbers. The numbers could either be in descending or in ascending orders

Match Magic: This application is best suited for younger kids Hello,

We have developed a handful of applications for kids and mainly focusing on education category.

Math Magic: Kids can learn as well as have fun with math. They can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisions. Random problems will be shown to the kids and they need to choose the correct answer

Word Magic: Kids need to choose the missing letters for the picture shown. Best suited for kids from UKG till 2nd standard.

Math Series: Kids need to identify the missing numbers. The numbers could either be in descending or in ascending orders

Match Magic: This application is best suited for younger kids

Count Magic: This application is also suited for kids

Think BIG: This app is kids in 5 to 10 age group. A group of numbers are shown. They need to pick up the largest or smallest number.

All of our games have rewards and stickers and scores built to motivate and encourage the kids.

Please check them out at http://www.anusen.com and videos @ http://www.youtube.com/kidsiphoneapps

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