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SoCal Tech Chick's App Corner Top 10 Edutainment Apps Of All Time

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This month I will be featuring my top 10 favorite 'Edutainment" Apps of all time for iTunes and Android.

10. Minecraft: Minecraft is an independently developed video game created by Markus "Notch" Persson. Based on the Java programming language, the game is considered a "sandbox" game. It provides players with a large virtual world consisting of blocks of various materials (dirt, stone, iron, wood, etc.) that can be broken down and crafted into a variety of tools and structures.  It is my opinion that Minecraft open's our children's minds to architecture, organization and provides structure with an incentive to succeed.  Ages 8-14

9. Max and the Magic Marker: This App is simply amazing. It combines adventure with physics.  It really keep your child captivated.  As Max moves along through his adventure, you must draw a series of items on your screen in order to move through to the next level.  For example, if Max needs to get on a roof, your child must figure out that they need to draw stairs or virtually anything that will allow max to get where he needs to go. Kids need more FREE thinking Apps. Love this.  Ages 6-12

8. Toontastic: This is an imagination wonderland.  The first fantastic virtual puppet show.  In this App, kids can create show with up to 40 different characters and voices.  I used this app on my students and found that it really helped to teach the fundamentals of storytelling.  It also helps kids learn the order in which to put a story together properly.  I Love this App.  The voices will have you and your kids in hysterics.  Ages 5-10

 7. Stack the States:  Hands down the best visually repetitive way for your children to learn our 50 States and Capitals.  Simple format and zany quizzical fun.  Challenge your kids.  They LOVE to show you just how much smarter they are than you.  Look out for any other Apps from Dan Russell-Pinson, he has a ton of fun educational apps.  Ages 7-11

 6. Mathmateer (Rocket Math):  Who wouldn't want to do a few math problems if they knew that eventually they would be able to decorate a sweet rocket ship?  As you complete more math problems, you earn more money, and then you are able to make your rocket into a fantastic space swaggin' wagon. The missions include numbers, fractions, decimals, counting, telling time, U.S. Money, Shapes, Patterns, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, & Square Roots!  Ages 4-12

 5.  Animation Creator: Very simply put, after about 10 minutes of using Animation Creator, your child will begin to put together how cartoons are animated.  Through a series of screens you draw a simple picture in a few different frames.  When you put those frames together…."it's magic"…as the kids always say.  It's an amazingly simple way to get them to start putting the pieces together for animation.  Ages 5-14

 4.  Action Movie FX:  Three words…Blow things up.  Kids think this is very amusing, especially when the subject is an annoying sister or brother.  Of course, this is something I use to explain away all of the special effects they see in movies.  You very simply record video footage and then click on a target, you have 4 effects to choose from and the subject is then taken out.  These movies can be exported into IMovie, where we can then have some real fun with them adding music effects, titles, slow motion, and reverse video editing.  I think Action Movie FX alone is a novelty, however combined with IMovie is a powerful intro to Video Editing 101. Ages 9-14 

3.  Comic Life:  Learn how to make your own funnies starring YOU.  This app was designed to create comic pages using digital photos.  Comic panels, lettering, captions, and balloons are also major features.  This really sparks your child's mind for storytelling and gets them to write and create with organization, in the process.  Thumbs up.  Ages 6- 13

 2.  Scribble Press:  Homemade book alert.  Children can create their own IBook and Illustrations and for a nominal fee the book can be created in hardbound.  This makes an amazing present for grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  This also gives children the experience of penning their very own novel.  Definitely a priceless memory.  Ages 6-12

1.  Disney Pixel'D: Create animation and combine them with the wonderful world of Disney.  First animation collaboration software of its kind.  Really gives kids a chance to work together with a friend to create their very own one of a kind animation masterpiece. Wi-Fi connects you with a friend so that you are able to animate together in real-time. Ages 5-12

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