December 9, 2016

On the Map | Touch and Go

Injecting game play or interactive quizzes into lessons can help them go down a bit more smoothly. Here are two apps that offer students of geography both “learn” and “play” opportunities.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

A Sobering Centennial: The Somme Offensive | Touch and Go

The Battle of the Somme, the devastating, five-month offensive of World War 1, is commemorated in an app marking its centennial.

To Panama with a Tiger and a Bear | Touch and Go

Two creatures discover that the land of their dreams is not so far away after all.

Portable and Practical: A Guide for Budding Birders | Touch and Go

A field guide to birds for the youngest children that’s chock-full of information and activities.

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go

Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Boum! | Touch and Go

SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

Taming First-Day Jitters—On the Tablet | Touch and Go

The interactivity of apps can offer children in a school setting for the first time a bit of playful control as they work through their new experience.

Reaching for the Sky: Tinybop, Inc. | Touch and Go

“Sparking curiosity, diving into big ideas, and making connections to the world,” are design objectives of the innovative developer Tinybop, Inc., and all are in evidence in Skyscrapers, the seventh volume in their “Explorer’s Library” series.