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Top 6 Apps to Help Your Kids Learn While You Keep Them Safe

Top 6 Apps to Help Your Kids Learn While You Keep Them Safe

We all remember SpongeBob app that cost a fortune and was barely of use for our children. Technology is here to make our lives easier by taking our worries away or simply by giving us more free time for ourselves. And though there are a lot of parents who think that technology is useless for kids, your kids will inevitably need to know how to use it in order to succeed in future.

There are applications that are both entertaining and educational for our children. In addition, some applications exist for you to manage your child’s usage, school life, and more. Don’t miss out on these valuable opportunities to teach your child while still making sure they are safe with the following app recommendations:

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  1. Motion Math Games. The app is a fun and unique way to get your kids to love Mathematics. Trusted by over 40,000 educators it is one of the most popular math applications out there. Created at the Stanford Graduate School of Education it presents a complex series of games with a different difficulty levels. It stands out from the competition because of its fantastic approach and easy to understand material. In addition, the app was awarded “the best application for teaching and learning in 2015” by the American Association of School Librarians.
  2. My Grades and Homework App. This is a comprehensive application that allows parents to keep track of their kids’ progress in studies. It has a clean interface, which allows you to easily navigate through the app. You can keep an eye on your child’s assignments and even receive a weekly or monthly grade reporting. A big plus of the app is that it syncs with Dropbox to make sure you never lose important data. Plus, it saves you a lot of time checking grades or verifying whether it is true that your child doesn’t have a homework to do.
  3. Pumpic child phone monitoring. This is a must-have app to control your child’s Internet usage. It allows you to monitor social media websites like Facebook and Instagram to prevent contacts with online predators and cyberbullying. You can view all images/videos downloaded and taken and even block unwanted websites and applications. You can also track the real-time location of your child or even set triggers like “home”, school” etc. This feature then alerts you each time your child leaves or enters these geo-fences.
  4. Lightbot programming. Learning programming has never been more valuable, especially for children. If you want to be the first to teach your kids coding you don’t have to have a degree in computer science. You can download a fun and easy set of games where kids navigate a cute robot to walk, jump and move blocks using programming commands. The commands are very easy at the beginning so you shouldn’t worry that your child won’t understand how to use it. The app is aimed for kids aged four to nine. Just like a game, the lessons become more complicated as the levels progress. Your child won’t even know they are learning!
  5. Ear Trainer. Want to improve your child’s musical ear? Planning on sending your kid to a musical conservatory? Then look no further. Ear trainer is an excellent app for everyone interested in music. It has over 260 musical exercises, which cover relative pitch, chords, scales, intervals and melody. Plus, it has a studio sound quality keyboard and a note for visualization. The app is suitable for everyone from a curious four-year-old or a music school graduate.
  6. Squiggle Fish Child Aquarium. This is a truly magical application for children. It is a digital aquarium that is absolutely empty at the beginning. Kids can draw as many fish as they want, then you can scan them and in about 10 seconds you will see them swimming in the app. Children are fascinated with this application. It is a great way to occupy them for a while if you can resist the temptation to join yourself.

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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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