May 4, 2016

Dancing to the Toca Boca Beat | Touch and Go

Apps designed with kids in control as co-creators are becoming more and more popular. Toca Boca’s latest production, Toca Dance, hands the choreography and wardrobe selection over to children.

Opera Notes: Apps | Touch and Go

“Introducing opera to a child can be daunting,” comments SLJ reviewer Pam Schembri. Two apps from DADA Company give it a try.

The Digital “Shakesperience” | Touch and Go

Share these digital resources with thespians and students of Shakespeare during National Poetry Month.

DNA Play | Touch and Go

While genetics is a topic generally taught in secondary schools, an app from Avokiddo introduces the concept of DNA, and mutability, to a younger audience.

Kings, Queens, & Castles on the iPad | Touch and Go

Two deep and highly engaging illustrated apps bring European history—from notes on royal scandals to video clips on how to catch a rat—to the iPad.

Can You Really Afford This Manor? Downton Abbey on the iPad

“Downton Abbey” withdrawals? While movies, books, and even travel recommendations have been made for those experiencing the symptoms, there’s always the Downton iOS option. But buyers beware; can you really afford this abbey?

Diversity in Apps | A Movement Grows

Sandhya Nankani and Kabir Seth, the founders of two independent app companies, teamed up to push the children’s digital media industry toward a “larger commitment to diversity.” In 2015, Diversity in Apps (DIA) was born.

All About Dinosaurs | Touch and Go

A new app on dinosaurs from Y Factory is reviewed.

“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.