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Apps and eBooks to Get Your Kids in the Halloween Spirit

 

The App Store is booming with fun and creative apps, ideal for keeping your kids entertained for hours. With Halloween just a few weeks away, here are a few apps for you to load on your smartphone to get your family in the Halloween spirit!

 

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Scrap It: Halloween HD is a free app, allowing you to upload photos and create a Halloween-themed e-scrapbook. You can pick through hundreds of photo effects and choose from stickers, text fonts and a variety of themed background images. Once you’re finished, you can preview your scrapbook as an image slideshow, or even upload it online to share with friends and family.

 Halloween Card Creator – FREE

Halloween Card Creator allows you to create fun and spooky Halloween cards to share with your friends and family. Cards are easily customizable with fun graphics and background, and you can publish the final product online. For $0.99, you can upgrade the free version to include more clip art options.

 Scary Sounds – FREE

Scary Sounds, a free app, lets you create your own haunted house of horror! You can choose from a sound bank of scary sounds, or even create a combination of sounds to loop. Sounds include growling, laugh, howl, screech, wicked witch laugh and wolves howling. Attach your smartphone to a speaker and create a spooky ambiance for your next Halloween party.

 Carve a Pumpkin from Parents Magazine – FREE

Carve a Pumpkin allows your kids who want to try out carving a pumpkin before attempting the real thing. Your kids are able to pick from a library of crazy eye, nose and mouth shapes, or you can carve your own jack-o-lantern. It’s fun, interactive, and easy to use. Once your kid has finished, they can add their own message and share their creation online.

 Great Halloween Recipes – $0.99

Great Halloween Recipes allows party hosts to discover new and tasty recipes to help you make the most of the Halloween theme. You can find many interesting treat ideas including appetizers, main entrees, mocktails and dessert ideas.

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Franklin’s Halloween – iBookstore ($5.99)  Franklin and his friends are excited about the upcoming Halloween costume party. With tricks and treats and a flying ghost, Franklin and his friends enjoy a night of mystery fun.

The Little Engine That Could Throw a Halloween Jamboree! – iBookstore ($0.99)  The Little Engine That Could celebrates Halloween by throwing a jamboree full of fun games and contests.

Disney Princess: Sweet and Spooky Halloween – iBookstore ($3.99)  It’s Halloween and the Disney Princesses are celebrating this sweet and spooky season. Cinderella carves pumpkins, Ariel dresses up in costume and Belle explores the creepy corners of the Beast’s castle.

Count Dagmar – iBookstore ($6.99)  Help Count Dagmar, a vegetarian vampire, get ready for his party. Count fuzzy bats, silly monsters and friendly ghosts in this delightfully wacky and sweet interactive book.

Five Little Pumpkins – iBookstore ($5.99)  Light up pumpkins, watch ghosts fly and discover hidden animations on every page. Toddlers enjoy the rhythmic story and vibrant illustrations.

Source: Huffingtonpost.com By: Winston Sih  

 

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Best eReader Apps for #Apple #iPad #ebooks #FED_ebooks #author

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Best e-Reader Apps for the iPad

 

The iPad is a multifaceted device, but one of the primary functions is ebook reading. Apple has devoted significant resources to ensure ebook reading on the iPad is a pleasant affair. Presented below are a few apps that vie for consumer attention rated for ease of use, depth of content, and overall experience.

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iBooks:

iBooks is Apple’s very own ebook reading application and it has quickly risen to the top, on account of the stupendous success the iPad has achieved. This is hardly surprising, considering the app is best integrated for the iPad, which means there is no requirement of any external software to read books. Also, with the iBook Store just a tap or two away, you will never find yourself lacking a good e-book to read.

However, it has also been the subject of some harsh criticism with experts often accusing Apple of having put a heavy emphasis on the looks and feel of the app at the cost of functionality and usability. So while the app looks great and page turns almost look like a real book, users have often complained about the inability to maximize the ebook experience to make the most of available screen space and so on. The inability to remove pagination graphics is another irritant. The iBooks search is another feature that needs to be worked on. Searching by keyword is still not an option and until that happens, searching by title is the only options for users. Categories are too general, which means searching by categories is a headache.

That said, there are several pluses with the iBook application, which can be used to read ePub and PDF files. Books can be obtained not only from the Apple iStore, but also from Project Guntenberg or any of the user’s own ePub or PDF files. Readability is excellent, which is enhanced further with the Retina Display in the new iPad 3. There are no distracting ads or other such things, which is another big plus. Users also have the option to pen down notes for specific passages for research and later reference.

Bluefire Reader:

The Bluefire Reader is one of the best independent ebook reading apps for the iPad, with its biggest selling point being that it uses the Adobe Digital Editions DRM platform. What this means is that the Bluefire app can be used to read DRM-protected PDF and ePub ebooks that you might have purchased from independent ebook retailers. This also makes the app perfect for reading ebooks borrowed from public libraries. With this app, the user won’t be tied down to a particular ecosystem.

The Bluefire Reader also offers the usual customization options such as font sizes, line spacing, color schemes, and so on.

Amazon Kindle:

Amazon is the pioneer in this field and started this entire trend in the first place. However, with the demographic change that the entire ebook segment has gone through, Amazon has found itself to be in direct competition with Apple. So the best thing Amazon can do is develop a Kindle app for iOS, which will allow iPad users to browse over 1,000,000 ebooks that Amazon hosts.

The app works great and reading a book on it is a pleasant experience. However, there is no way to buy books from within the app. Instead, users will have to buy from Amazon via the Safari browser. Also, as is usually the case, the app is heavily dependent on the Amazon ebook store, but that shouldn’t be a problem for those who have already invested substantially in the Amazon ecosystem.

Barnes & Noble Nook:

The B&N Nook ebook app follows the same principle as the Amazon app, allowing non-Nook users to source their books from the huge B&N store that comprises of more than two million ebooks. What makes the Nook app all the better is that it offers more customization options than other paid content readers. These include different font sizes, font types, colors schemes, or margins. This app is great for providing the best reading experience based on personal preferences. These are in addition to the usual reader app preferences such as notes, highlights, bookmarks, searching within the book, sync last page read, dictionary look-up, and such.

Kobo:

Kobo is the third of the big trio (Amazon and B&N being the other two) that offers an opening to the vast Kobo ebook store via its Kobo app on the iPad. Also, just like the Kindle or Nook apps, the Kobo app is tied to the Kobo ebook store and won’t respond to any other ebooks downloaded from any other source. Kobo also provides the standard amount of customization options that all reader supply.

Google Books:

Google Books is the newest addition to the reader apps available for the iPad and comprises of no less than 3 million ebooks. Apart from providing for a nice reading experience, the Google Book app boasts of some unique qualities, such as VoiceOver support or offline reading. Another interesting feature with Google Books is that many of the volumes from the Google bookstore are actually scanned copies of the actual literature, which means users will get to see the original form of the literature, including the typesetting and illustrations wherever present. On the flip side, users may not get to see the book in its entirety as a page may be shown to be warped depending on how the pages were treated on the scanning device. However, for the more important titles, Google also offers the regular ebook mode that will offer them in proper ebook format. Readers will just have to select ‘Flowing Text’ to enable viewing in ebook format.

Another nice aspect of the Google Book app is the night reading mode, which presents the text in inverted white letters against a black background. The seven different typefaces along with a wide variety of text sizes further enhances the night mode reading experience.

What makes the Google Book app different from the others is its heavy dependence on cloud connectivity. What this means is that none of the free scanned ebooks will be downloaded onto the iPad. Instead, they will be loaded into cloud storage directly from the internet and as a result is very network intensive. This won’t be an ideal situation in those areas that suffer from network issues.

Stanza:

Stanza is another popular ebook reading app that is not tied to any particular store. Interestingly, Amazon is the current owner of it, but has kept the store independent. What adds to the app’s appeal is that it is compliant with a range of ebook formats, including Mobipocket, PalmDoc (DOC), Microsoft LIT, HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word, and Rich Text Format (RTF).

Stanza is also tied to a range of booksellers such as Feedbooks, Random House, Harlequin, Project Gutenberg, Munseys, BookGlutton, Mutopia, and PanMacmillan, from which users can source their ebook requirements. The app also boasts of solid functionality as well as an excellent search utility.

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48 #iPad #Apps That #Teachers and Parents Love

Apple’s iPad and other tablet computers have certainly been garnering ardent support from the edtech community. Gadget geek teachers love the thousands of apps available to give their courses a multimedia edge, and students love how so many reach out to different learning styles. For the connected classroom, the following stand out as either great supplements to various lessons or essential, time-saving streamlining strategies.

Art and Music

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  1. Wasabi Paint:Get those little Jackson Pollocks acquainted with the core tenets of abstract and abstract expressionist art with one of the most hyper-realistic painting applications available.
  2. Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD:Pianos aren’t the cheapest pieces of equipment out there, and schools and teachers with iPad access will love teaching kids the all fundamentals without spending thousands.
  3. Musee du Louvre:Since Paris is a bit too far away for most schools to schedule a field trip, the Louvre’s official app works almost as well, with virtual tours of its historical holdings.
  4. StudioTrack:Perfect for band, choir, and orchestra directors who want to record their students’ performances using a full studio setup.
  5. Sketchbook Pro for iPad:Often touted as one of the best art applications currently available, Sketchbook Pro’s extensive digital toolbox is an essential for art teachers and students looking to channel their creativity in virtual spaces.
  6. Tonara:Tonara listens to musicians and music students play sheet music directly from the device and turns the page as soon as they hit the end.
  7. iDraw:Introduce budding young design virtuosos to the glory and wonder that is vector drawing and encourage them to experiment.
  8. The History of Jazz – an interactive timeline:Through video, audio, and other multimedia presentations, the rich and troubled history of a musical — not to mention cultural! — phenomenon compellingly unfurls.
  9. MoMA:Another excellent iPad application bringing users to the hallways of the Museum of Modern Art for intensive creative inquiry.
  10. Music Theory and Practice by Musicopoulos:Exactly what it says on the tin — play around with Musicopoulos’ offering for lessons, exercises, and quizzes about all the intricacies of interpreting music.
  11. TypeDrawing for iPad V3.0:Typography and typographic design thrive in the digital arts community, and this critically acclaimed resource makes for a great way to get students thinking critically about the medium.
  12. Symphony Pro:Write and play back compositions using Symphony Pro’s myriad features, which make it easier than ever to whip up original works for students to practice and perform.

Language, Reading, and Writing

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  1. iBooks:Apple’s official eBook reader requires a download since it doesn’t come with the iPad, but it’s well worth the few seconds to access free and cheap classics, bestsellers, and more obscure reads.
  2. Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus – Free:It’s a free digital dictionary and a thesaurus available through Dictionary.com — explanations don’t get much more straightforward than that.
  3. Grammar Up:With more than 1,800 lessons and questions to choose from, Grammar Up works as an excellent refresher on punctuation and parts of speech for both students and their instructors.
  4. Totale Course HD:Subscribers to the Rosetta Stone Totale Course program enjoy access to this application, which features comprehensive multimedia lessons in the world’s most widely-spoken languages.
  5. Meegenius! Kids’ Books:Whenever children reading or listening to one of the featured books encounters an unfamiliar word, Meegenius! builds their vocabulary skills by hooking them up with the definition.
  6. Pages:Pages is often touted as the best word processing application available on the Apple line of products, and since it works with the iCloud, it’s possible to save chances across devices.
  7. Sounds: The Pronunciation App FREE:Both ESL and native speakers love flicking on Sounds and learning all the weird little quirks of English language pronunciation.
  8. Storyist:An excellent resource for both teachers who dig writing on the side and students hoping to hammer out their very first creative writing work for publication!
  9. Grammar Girl App:Mignon Fogarty — the Grammar Girl herself — brings her beloved Quick and Dirty Guide to all things wordy through this app, which includes direct access to her podcast, Twitter, book excerpts, and more.
  10. iTranslate ~ the free translator:With more than 50 languages to choose from, almost anyone needing to know the translation for a quick word or phrase before a test or out exploring the world will likely find out what they need to know.
  11. Goodreads:Crazy popular social networking site Goodreads allows bibliophiles to share reviews, rankings, and book collections; educators should definitely consider signing up and scoring some great recommendations about what to teach, what to learn from, and what to simply enjoy.
  12. Chapters – Notebooks for Writing:Chapters’ friendly interface allows users to juggle through different writing projects in different mediums, and search and edit them with extreme ease.

Math and Science

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  1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration:Every element on the periodic table comes alive in sterling, gorgeous detail, with multimedia lessons on its basic characteristics, uses, and appearances.
  2. Wolfram Alpha:It’s a veritable Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in one single application, but mathematics buffs in particular will absolutely adore the fully functional scientific calculator and seemingly endless computational capabilities.
  3. Star Walk:Point the iPad at the sky and learn exactly what stars and constellations happen to appear that night through this heavily decorated astronomy application.
  4. Math Evolve:Ideal for ages 6 and up (though the developers threw in a few fun things for adults!), Math Evolve turns numerical basics into some super fun, super memorable games.
  5. Skeletal Anatomy 3D – Quiz and Reference:Three-dimensional models and charts detail all the bones in the human body as well as how they work together. And, of course, users can use the built-in exams for keeping the information fresh upstairs.
  6. Number Line:Teachers take advantage of the eponymous interface to provide quick and accessible lessons in fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  7. Popular Science +:Subscribers to Popular Science magazine also receive access to the iPad app, which offers up both a full version of each months’ issue as well as exclusive multimedia content.
  8. Motion Math Zoom:Play super duper fun math games suitable for kids — and maybe even adults who need a few refreshers — in glorious high-definition.
  9. GeoMaster Plus HD:Fourteen games and an atlas provide hours of edutainment to students needing some effective and fun supplements to their classroom geography lessons.
  10. MathRef Free:This math-related reference houses more than 1,400 formulas, facts, and almost everything else both teachers and students ought to know about number crunching.
  11. Vernier Video Physics:Teach students the real-life applications of physics principles with Vernier Video Physics, which uses the iPad’s built-in camera to record an object in motion and detail all the tasty science morsels behind it.
  12. Algebra Touch:Anything and everything learners and teachers have to know about simple and advanced algebra gets covered through this extremely popular, effective resource.

Organization, Productivity, and Learning

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  1. TeacherPal:This organizer specifically targets the titular demographic and offers up features specific to their needs, such as grade storage and calculation, rosters, behavior and attendance notes, and more.
  2. Flashcards:One of the best flashcard apps available allows for fully customizable, multimedia decks of various sizes covering any subject an educator desires.
  3. Khan Academy:Open courseware juggernaut Khan Academy wants everyone to “learn almost anything for free,” meaning teachers can use its official app for professional or personal development.
  4. Dropbox:Dropbox remains among the most popular organization applications around because its simple aim of letting user access their files anywhere, anytime, from any device makes life just that much easier.
  5. Evernote:Use Evernote to create fully searchable documents and notes retrievable from any connected device for free!
  6. Instapaper:Because this app saves websites and blogs for offline reading and browsing, it’s a great tool for teachers who stumble across something to share with the class or relevant to their careers and private lives.
  7. iTunes U:Another super amazing open source education resource overflowing with videos, audio, and other media lessons from such illustrious institutions as Oxford, MoMA, MIT, Yale, The Library of Congress, and plenty more; they cover an extensive range of topics, to boot!
  8. DocuSign Ink:With this simple electronic signature tool, educators stave off the onset of carpal tunnel by downloading and appending it to documents needing their approval.
  9. TED:Browse TED’s extensive archives of recorded lectures about pretty much everything directly from the world’s most influential, industrial movers and shakers.
  10. iThoughts:When inspiration strikes, iThoughts is there to help iPad enthusiasts mind map lectures, assignments, and anything else to push education forward.
  11. Box:Another productivity app streamlining the document and file storage and retrieval process, this time allowing for projection!
  12. PBS Kids Video:Preschool and elementary school teachers who love themselves some technology integration will love exploring the the thousands of kid-friendly educational videos provided by PBS via their official iPad presence.

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