By Daniel Ors
Tablets have become an everyday part of life for parents, businessmen, and even children. Their large screens, impressive applications, and wide variety of uses make them ideal in many different situations. Many people still think of tablets as expensive and impressive-but frivolous, toys. That perception is slowly changing with the advent of a myriad of business apps designed specifically for tablets, ranging from mobile credit card readers to document editing and sharing applications. However, this is still an incomplete picture. Tablets provide kids with a bounty of educational opportunities, if they’re employed correctly. Here are some of the top-rated educational apps for kids.
Sight Words Games and Flash Cards
Flash cards are a tried-and-true educational formula, combining the intuitive and fun spirit of competition and discovery with educational content. In addition, flash cards build general skills like memory and image recognition, which often apply to far more than the immediate problem. Sight Words Games and Flash Cards successfully transfer the flash card formula to the world of tablets. The games take preschoolers and kindergarteners on adventures while teaching valuable vocabulary and reading skills. The game has averaged about four stars in the Amazon App Store, and at only 99 cents, it’s a steal!
Words With Friends
This incredibly popular app once dominated the marketplace on a wide range of tablets, from the iPad to various Android models. Now, it’s a steady contender. The game is structured like Scrabble, but makes the leap from the board to the screen. Kids can play against fellow users-their peers, their family, even their parents, while familiarizing themselves with vocabulary. Since they’re playing a game, it hardly feels like school, which is a sure sign of success.
A favorite among educators, screentime ninja teaches math skills with a twist. The app gets its name because of a timer that runs as kids solve math problems, with the difficulty increasing according to their skill level. Kids can increase time on the clock by answering questions correctly and quickly. However, if they take too long, the screen locks, and the session is over. By simulating a timed test environment without the stress, Screentime Ninja is able to successfully teach kids to memorize their formulas and think quickly, without the pain of conventional drills.
Educational apps aren’t relegated to reading and math. History and geography are well represented as well. 50 States is a popular app that builds knowledge of the American states. The app is intuitive and easy to use, but it provides more information than many a collection. Each state is loaded with information, ranging from population statistics to fun and easy tidbits like the official bird and plant. In addition to information, the app provides kids with quizzes so that they can test their knowledge. The app is recommended as a great addition to any history, geography, or social studies curriculum. With the help of technology, kids should have no problem being ready to make to most out of class time.