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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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