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Inquire is a context-aware Wikipedia reader for smartphones. Using your current location, trending topics, and your interests to curate relevant content, the app lets you discover and learn the history of the places and structures around you, wherever you go. Inquire costs $0.99. Pros: Inquire is essentially a cross between Google Maps and Wikipedia, which is the perfect mas...
The newest addition to Tinybop's Explorer Library, a series of apps designed to introduce kids to big ideas, Coral Reef lets six- to eight-year-olds learn about the ecosystems of the ocean. The app includes interactive text labels in 20+ languages and a free handbook with tips for teachers and parents. It costs $2.99. Pros: One of the greatest feats of Coral Reef...
Shepard Fairey AR is an app that allows you to view Shepard Fairey’s exhibition Damaged from a mobile device. The exhibition takes a critical look at social issues in a state of crisis across the U.S. and has been transformed into an AR experience with hundreds of pieces of artwork, including world premieres, and over 100 minutes of exclusive narration by Fairey himself....
Tame Your Thought Monster is an interactive app that teaches kids emotional regulation, positive self-talk, and mindfulness. Recommended for children ages eight and up, it uses fun characters and silly monsters to teach its lessons. Parents and children draw what they are learning, among other activities, to help them identify and regulate their emotions and thoughts. The
Duolingo, the popular language learning app, has recently launched several new languages including Hawaiian, Indonesian, Navajo, and Hindi. Following our review of Duolingo’s new course in Mandarin last year, several of our staff members decided to try the newly offered languages to see ...
Upon opening the app, users enter the gates to DinoPark, a 3D mixed-reality island that transports users to a prehistoric Jurassic world. Dinosaurs roam around open fields as users navigate through an interactive map of the island, discovering various prehistoric creatures that exist there. While navigating, users place prehistoric creatures on any surface in front of them, scaling the...
Boulevard AR is an app designed to bring notable works of art closer to its users. After scanning the area around them with their tablet or phone, users may choose to mount a famous painting on a nearby wall, or they may place a virtual easel-supported painting on the ground. After placing the painting, users interact with the piece, viewing it from multiple angles, flipping it around, or zooming in to ...
My Child Lebensborn teaches players about the repercussions of a lesser-known historical situation that took place during World War II: namely, the Lebensborn program. This Nazi initiative aimed to breed Aryan children in isolated communities and usually involved unmarried women and German soldiers. The children would then be given to married German couples in order to expand th...
There’s nothing fun about having cancer. But the creators of Alpha Beat Cancer realized that for young kids with cancer, an added suffering comes from not understanding their treatment process. In this free app, young cancer patients become cuddly superheroes who conquer the game by completing their treatment in a gamefied way. Along the way, they learn the ABCs of cancer: what treatment wo...
Super Stretch Yoga is an app that teaches children yoga through storytelling, animation, and live video examples. Super Stretch, an animated superhero character, guides children through twelve yoga poses with breathing exercise in between. A story of an animal accompanies each pose along with a video of real-life children demonstrating it. Pros: