November 25, 2015

“World Wildlife Fund Together” | Touch and Go

Children love photo-essays and stories about animals and educators looking to introduce global issues into the curriculum often find endangered animals a good place to start. The World Wildlife Fund provides a digital offering on the topic, with an update to their WWF Together app, available free on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.

WonderBox: Explorations in Science, Geography, Music, and Design | Touch and Go

The WonderBox app provides content, creation opportunities, and a mini social network—with features and safeguards that will please parents.

“iBiomes—Wetlands” | Touch and Go

A cheery professor guides students through “iBiome-Wetland,” an app designed to teach students about biodiversity through a series of gamelike activities featuring a fresh water marsh, a salt water marsh, and a mangrove swamp.

Skill Building with “Fiete” Apps | Touch and Go

A cheerful sailor named Fiete invites children to join him on a number of his daily activities in a series of colorful apps produced by Ahoiii Entertainment. The apps will have kids flexing their pre- reading and numeracy skills and challenging their memories.

Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” on the iPad | Touch and Go


Our reviewer Pam Schembri cites the performers’ commentary as one of the strengths of this production, and calls it “a treasure for both professionals, students of music, and dabblers.”

The Bard Gets Bawdier |”Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be” | Touch and Go

Studying parody or William Shakespeare’s Hamlet in class? Looking for retelling of a classic with an unusual twist? Don’t miss “Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be,” now in digital.

Iain Pears’s Multilayered “Arcadia” | Touch and Go

With no desire to thrust himself “into the vanguard of digital innovation,” Iain Pears nonetheless finds himself there with publication of “Arcadia.” The author notes, “…I undertook the project because I had reached the limit of my storytelling in book form and needed some new tools to get me to the next stage.”

“Toca Nature”: “A Perfectly Pixelated World” | Touch and Go

Many readers know Toca Boca’s “play studio” apps designed for preschoolers. Here is something from them that’s a little different. It combines sandbox activities with a subtle ecological message.

More “Endless” Fun | Touch and Go

Originator has won high praise for its “Endless” apps—a playful educational series that focuses on basic reading and math readiness skills. Their latest release is an introduction to Spanish for children learning it as a first or second language.

“Homes” Around the World | Touch and Go

Travel around the world to see how people live in Mongolia, Guatemala, Yemen, and the United States in an app from Tinybop.