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30 Incredible Apps that Will Make Your Kids Become Well-Rounded Adults

30 Incredible Apps that Will Make Your Kids Become Well-Rounded Adults

As parents we are very concerned about our children’s development, including the TV programs they watch and video games they play. Most often though, these games and programs cater to the lowest common denominator. Same goes for academic expectations at public schools, as a result our education system provides results that are laughable at best.

All children are born creative and, looking at the statistics for gifted children worldwide, you can see that there is no difference between the rate of giftedness in most developed countries. Yet, according to statistics for average intelligence by nation, the United States and Canada are far behind countries like Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. What happened with all these creative and gifted children? The answer is: They got neglected and mistreated by the educational system.

If you want to ensure that your kids get the proper education and develop into well-rounded individuals, you have to take matters into your own hands. Talents are not necessarily limited to math, science, or languages. Educational and gifted assessments often find that children are gifted in a particular area, yet may have weaknesses in other areas. As a parent, you should strive to find the areas your children are strongest in and help advance their talents further. Even more important is to address their weaknesses, if any. Educational apps could be an excellent tool here—children can learn while having fun.

Using the right apps gives your children the opportunity to nurture both their analytical and creative capabilities. Here are 30 of the best apps for kids, available for both iOS and Android.

Education and general knowledge

1. BrainPOP Featured Movie

Brain Pop

    This app provides you with a quick and fun way of learning information on a variety of topics like science, math, art, English and social sciences, through great movies and quizzes. A great way for a child to learn something new in their spare time.

    iPhone or Android

    2. News-O-Matic

    News o matic

      Kid-friendly news from around the world available on your child’s smartphone or tablet, so your child can learn about the latest advances in science, fun facts from around the world and inspirational stories about talented and gifted kids.

      iPhone or Android

      3. WWF Together

      WWF Together

        The WWF puts a ton of work into helping preserve endangered animal species. This app allows children to learn more about a wide variety of animals, and all the hard work that goes into protecting them and their habitats.

        iPhone or Android

        4. Pet Bingo

        Pet bingo

          A fun little app that allows small kids to nurture cute pets while at the same learning about basic math. It is the best way to get your kids excited about math and help them quickly develop their math skills.

          iPhone or Android

          5. NASA app

          NASA app

            Help your children learn about space and explore the known universe through HD images, while staying updated about launches and watching the latest NASA videos, all with this official NASA application.

            iPhone or Android

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            6. Duolingo

            Duolingo app

              All it takes is an hour or two a day to learn a new language fairly quickly, and this app is structured as a fun game, complete with video game-style lives and points, enabling both children and grownups to learn several major languages.

              iPhone or Android

              7. My First Classical Music App

              My First Classical Music

                Introduce your child to the wonderful world of classical music, with information on the lives and works of famous composers. Let them learn about various instruments and how they sound, and much more.

                iPhone or Android

                8. Stack the States

                stack the states

                  There are many grown-ups that don’t know basic geography, but, luckily, this app can teach kids about the different states in the US form an early age. It helps kids learn fun facts, as well as the geographical location of each state and their capitals.

                  iPhone or Android

                  9. Stack the Countries

                  stack the countries

                    Once a child has mastered geography on a national level, they can move on to learn about the different countries from around the world, stacking them in their right place and memorizing capitals and other interesting facts.

                    iPhone or Android

                    10. Focus on Plant

                    focus on plant

                      An app for somewhat older children, which allows them to learn tons of information on plant biology, complete with lots of pictures, diagrams and the ability to take a quiz to gauge their progress.

                      iPhone or Android

                      11. My Incredible Body

                      my incredible body

                        Children have plenty of questions about their body, and parents can’t always give the best answer. Well, this is where My Incredible Body, the essential anatomy app for kids, comes in. It teaches important facts about the human body in a way that’s fun and easy to understand—great for kids and adults alike.

                        iPhone or Android

                        Books

                        12. Book Creator

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                        book creator

                          Combine creativity, fun and reading with this cool app that lets kids create format books, add images and create covers for them—so that they can enjoy what they are reading more and share it with their friends.

                          iPhone or Android

                          13. Peepo and the Unfinished Story

                          Peepo and the unfinished story

                            Peepo is a character in a story that is unfinished, and he needs some help from the reader to complete characters, backgrounds and more, so that the story can play out. This app for kids combines reading and storytelling with a variety of interesting games.

                            iPhone or Android

                            14. Me Books

                            Me Books

                              A bookshop with a wide variety of children’s books, suitable for ages 2-10, where you can browse and find the best bedtime stories. Whenever your child wants to hear a story, you will be ready and soon they will be able to read the stories themselves.

                              iPhone or Android

                              15. Free Books

                              free books

                                A vast collection of over 23,000 titles, with a large number of classics that are in the public domain, as well as some more modern titles, all to be had for free, with a one-time purchase option that unlocks several thousand audiobooks. It is a great option for children aged 9+ and adults as well.

                                iPhone or Android

                                16. Grimm’s Bookshelf

                                Grimms Bookshelf

                                  Access a multitude of classical children’s stories, with a twist! The app allows you to browse interactive pop-up books, with unique 3D pop-up games that will get your child to completely immerse herself in magical fairy-tale worlds.

                                  iPhone or Android

                                  Creativity

                                  17. Sketchbook Express

                                  SketchBook Express

                                    A fairly advanced application for painting and drawing, designed with tablets in mind. It can allow both younger and older children to have hours of fun and create great works of art, with access to a number of tools and a 2500% zoom feature.

                                    iPad or Android

                                    18. FriendStrip Kids Pro

                                    FriendStrip Kids Pro

                                      The app allows your kids to snap creative pictures and put them together to create a great comic book. There are a variety of useful tools, so with some DIY costumes and a bit of imagination they can make and share all kinds of adventurous comics.

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                                      iPhone or Android

                                      19. colAR Mix

                                      colAR mix

                                        A coloring book that brings your creations to life as 3D animations. There are a number of interesting drawings to color in, each with their own unique animation that you can play upon completing the drawing.

                                        iPhone or Android

                                        20. ArtKive

                                        ArtKive

                                          A virtual archive for all your children’s artwork, which you can tag and share on social media, or just show it to everyone. This way you won’t have to despair when there is a need to clear up the fridge door for new art.

                                          iPhone or Android

                                          21. Bord

                                          Bord

                                            This simple but incredibly fun app is best suited for smaller children who can’t really navigate the more complex drawing apps. You can use it to draw shapes, teach children letters and numbers and, of course, create some fun chalk drawings.

                                            iPhone or Android

                                            22. Shake-a-Phrase

                                            Shake-a-phrase

                                              Shake your phone and come up with funny random word combinations. Get a few laughs at the weird sentences and learn about language at the same time, with tests available to gauge your grammar skills.

                                              iPhone or Android

                                              Cognitive skills

                                              23. Fit Brain Trainer

                                              Fit Brains Trainer

                                                Keeping your child’s mind engaged and allowing them to exercise their brain is just as important as physical exercise, and this app provides you with 360 games that help train different cognitive skills like memory, problem solving and concentration.

                                                iPhone or Android

                                                24. Little things forever

                                                Little Things Forever

                                                  The app features big beautiful, visually impressive designs made from lots of smaller items of different shapes and color, where your child has to find the right items form a randomly generated list. It promotes concentration and visual recognition skills, and is very fun and engaging.

                                                  iPhone or Android

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                                                  25. Memory matches

                                                  Memory match

                                                    Have your kids play around with this app to keep them entertained and help them work on their memory. It is a classic game of matching identical cards on boards ranging from 4×4 to 8×8 for varied level of complexity, depending on your child’s skills.

                                                    iPhone or Android

                                                    Fun and smart games

                                                    26. Cut the rope 2

                                                    cut the rope 2

                                                      A worthy successor to the first iteration of the title, Cut the rope 2 features cute candy-eating aliens, logical puzzles that can get quite tricky and hours of potential fun. It is colorful, fun and forces your child to think.

                                                      iPhone or Android

                                                      27. Angry Birds Space

                                                      Angry birds space

                                                        The legendary birds now travel to space, which means your child has to factor in things like a planet’s gravitational pull, which affects the path that the birds take. It is a good way to teach kids about basic physics and space in a visually stimulating way.

                                                        iPhone or Android

                                                        28. Toca Builders

                                                        Toca builders

                                                          A collection of builders with unique abilities in a sandbox world, where your child can create unique structures out of different colored blocks and snap photos of their work. It is an excellent way for your child to get creative, without making a huge mess on the floor, like with Legos.

                                                          iPhone or Android

                                                          29. Toca Hair Salon 2

                                                          Toca Hair salon 2

                                                            This is another cool game with a lovely visual style that combines playfulness with creativity, allowing kids to create a variety of different hairstyles. With a large number of different characters, tools, hair colors and accessories the kids can really let their imagination run wild. It’s also a good way to help smaller children overcome their fear of going to the hair dresser.

                                                            iPhone or Android

                                                            30. Scribblenauts Remix

                                                            Scribblenauts remix

                                                              A game that lets kids, and their parents, create multiple unique solutions to problems by summoning different creatures and objects by typing out what you wish to create. There are 50 levels available and you can finish each one using a wide variety of approaches. Your child is only limited by their own imagination, which she is encouraged to use extensively, and her spelling skills, which will be improved significantly through playing the game.

                                                              iPhone or Android

                                                              You are sure to find a few useful apps in this extensive list, apps that will allow your child to learn and improve in different areas, all while having plenty of fun. These apps are excellent for channeling your child’s creative energy and satiating their thirst for knowledge, and you’ll often find yourself using some of the apps as well.

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                                                              5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                                              5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                                                              Businesses rely on talent to generate and sell value. Without skilled people to create its products, manage its operations and execute its strategies, a business would inevitably fizzle out of the game and leave better-staffed competitors to take the field.

                                                              This is the reason why ambitious companies go great lengths to attract top talent,[1] shelling out millions of dollars in the process and bending traditional work policies just to bring highly skilled but demanding candidates into the fold.

                                                              Clearly, the contours of business are changing. But so are the demographics of work.

                                                              Millennials have become the dominant generation in the job market in terms of population, and some have already transitioned into leadership roles. Most millennials consider opportunity to learn and grow more important than overall compensation.[2]

                                                              Companies also today expect employees to come equipped with razor sharp business acumen.[3] Unfortunately, there is an alarming discrepancy between the actual skills businesses need and those currently possessed by job candidates.

                                                              To stay in the game, employers need to continually upgrade their training and skills development strategies to cover the entire employee lifecycle.

                                                              What are Learning Management Systems (LMS)?

                                                              Learning management systems are software-based solutions for authoring, presenting, consuming, storing, and tracking educational content and training materials. These systems aim to centralize all instructional content (e.g., lessons, training modules, instructional videos, presentation slides, worksheets, online quizzes, ebooks, takeaway notes, etc.) in one place.

                                                              LMS enable instructors to design and deliver learning experiences to students, with the added capability of evaluating the effectiveness of the instructional materials and grading the learning progress of students.

                                                              On the other side of the equation, learners use LMS to develop skills and acquire new knowledge virtually anytime and anywhere via the different channels and content formats made possible by digital technology.

                                                              Over the years, a wide range of features and technologies have been integrated into learning management systems to help enhance the experience of training designers, instructors, and learners. These include cloud and mobile technology, artificial intelligence, responsive design, scheduling, gamification, data analytics, and interoperability with other applications.

                                                              5 Best All-Purpose Learning Management Systems

                                                              There are dozens of LMS vendors catering to the general market or to specific segments such as K-12 learning, higher education, and corporate training.

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                                                              With so many options available, selecting the right LMS solution for your needs can be complicated and costly, especially when you end up adopting a platform that doesn’t exactly match your goals or requirements.

                                                              Short of conducting a comprehensive audit of your needs and finalizing a learning roadmap, the safest bet would be to adopt full-featured but affordable LMS solutions.

                                                              Based on user reviews, here are the 5 best LMS to help people gain knowledge, build skills, and achieve mastery:

                                                              1. Canvas Network

                                                              Launched by Instructure as an open source software in 2011, Canvas is an end-to-end cloud-based service originally engineered for the education sector.

                                                              Widely adopted for K-12 and Higher Ed learning, Canvas can be repurposed for anything that involves an instructor, a subject matter, and a student.

                                                              Used around the world by people of all ages and organizations of all types, Canvas arguably has the largest learning and support community in its class. It works on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

                                                              To get a glimpse of the platform’s fresh interfaces, you can visit the Canvas Network, a learning community that provides educational and instructional materials created by colleges, universities, corporate businesses, independent course developers, and other knowledge-sharing entities around the world.

                                                              Hosting hundreds of interesting topics from data science to horticulture, the learning network also serves as evidence to the scope, capabilities, and popularity of the Canvas LMS platform.

                                                              Canvas is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, which enhances the platform’s reliability, speed, scalability, and overall online performance.

                                                              Additionally, platform adopters enjoy a low-risk environment since cloud-based solutions require no hard stops for version updates, upgrades, or system migrations.

                                                              The Canvas website does not show a price matrix but says the service adopts a simple formula for computing fees: a one-time implementation fee and an annual subscription fee based on total number of users. It also promises free basic services for teachers who want to use the platform.

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                                                              In addition to Canvas, Instructure also offers Bridge (an LMS designed for corporate environments), Arc (a video platform for online learning), and Gauge (an assessment management system).

                                                              Check out this video if you want to learn more about Canvas Network:

                                                              2. Google Classroom

                                                              This free service from Google aims to improve the teaching and learning process using cloud technology, web apps, workflow simplification, and seamless communication between students and instructors.

                                                              Using Classroom, educators can easily create and schedule classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and grade quizzes all in one place. By streamlining processes, Classroom helps teachers save time and organize classes more effectively. Both students and teachers can also work using any device anytime and anywhere.

                                                              Classroom works perfectly with other Google tools, having been launched initially as part of Google’s G Suite for Education. This LMS solution taps Google Drive for content storage and distribution, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for the creation and sharing of instructional materials. Meanwhile it integrates Google Calendar for scheduling and Gmail for communication.

                                                              With G Suite, other communication channels such as chat messaging, video conferencing, and a dedicated website are enabled.

                                                              Easy to set up and manage, Google Classroom is free to use. One of my very first courses was actually hosted on Google Classroom.

                                                              Going beyond the classroom environment, Google offers G Suite Enterprise for Education for large institutions. This suite provides enhanced search and analytics capabilities as well as advanced tools for enterprise communications.

                                                              3. Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

                                                              If budget and capability equally top your list of LMS adoption criteria, then Moodle might just fit the bill. Which is to say there’s none (i.e., bill).

                                                              Moodle is a free and open-source learning solution for distance education, workplace training, flipped classrooms, and other pedagogical environments.

                                                              It is also a full-featured LMS supported by a robust community and a thriving developer ecosystem. Not surprisingly, Moodle is used in more than 15 million courses by more than 130 million users in 230+ countries.

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                                                              Among other things, Moodle enables administrators and educators to create a dynamic and dedicated website to host organic, easily accessible, and highly customizable courses that can be experienced on desktops and mobile devices anytime and anywhere.

                                                              Moodle provides a personalized and intuitive dashboard as well as a host of collaboration tools for content designers, teachers, and learners. A universal calendar, an efficient file management system, an automatic notification system, multimedia integration, and a progress tracking tool all come with the package.

                                                              Check out this video if you want to learn more about Moodle:

                                                              4. Absorb

                                                              This platform recently bagged PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best LMS.

                                                              Co-designed and built by former course authors, Absorb takes learning experience to the next level. This turnkey LMS solution is responsive, full-featured, and highly customizable for maximum impact.

                                                              Course developers can orchestrate a wide range of experiences depending on audience or learning situation. In addition to surveys, polls, and e-commerce integration, Absorb supports formal online learning and certifications standards such as AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can.

                                                              The user interface can also be modified to match the learner’s location, group, or department, allowing for a different look and feel for customers, channel partners, management trainees, and newly hired employees.

                                                              Absorb supports all personal computing devices from desktops to mobile phones. There are also native or hybrid apps for iOS and Android.

                                                              The only possible drawback to the platform’s powerful feature set is its pricing. The service reportedly implements a flat, one-time setup fee depending on your business and training requirements. According to the site, any plan comes with a dedicated success team for your account.

                                                              Although small companies are welcome to try, midsize to enterprise-scale organizations are probably the best segment to readily adopt this LMS solution.

                                                              Take a look at some examples of Absorb in this video:

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                                                              5. Watershed Collaborative

                                                              Created by a group of educators, this nonprofit rethinks the priorities of an LMS, asserting that too many systems miss the most essential elements of what makes learning stick. They promise a better user experience – emphasizing Learning before Management and System.

                                                              Watershed aims to support an inquiry-based learning experience through an integrated mix of online and in-person learning strategies and interactions designed expressly for teams – including collaboration, reflection, and dialogue.

                                                              While Watershed was founded initially to serve the K-12 education market, the company has since expanded its scope to cater to all types of teachers and learners with its video-rich, state-of-the-art platform.

                                                              If you’re a mission-driven educator, content creator, institution, or business, this LMS may be the one for you.

                                                              Watershed specializes in assisting you with the instructional design of courses and provides content production services to ensure top-quality video assets with lasting value. Their LMS makes it easy for course creators to continuously update and tailor content to support small and large groups, while ensuring the technology and instructional strategy supports communities of learners.

                                                              Pricing varies based on products and services, but revenues support the nonprofit’s ability to make its platform and courses available at little or no cost for high-need educators and educational settings.

                                                              Honorable Mentions

                                                              There are dozens of LMS vendors in this growing market and the brands included in foregoing list are by no means the only viable options for companies or learning institutions looking to upgrade their learning infrastructure.

                                                              Many other excellent services are worth checking out. These include:

                                                              1. Docebo is an LMS designed for hyper-engaging students, employees, customers, and other learners. The system helps organizations identify and resolve competency gaps with strategic learning interventions.
                                                              2. Cornerstone OnDemand is a talent, training, and performance management solution offered as an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). This service enables learners to create personalized playlists of instructional content.
                                                              3. Lessonly is an LMS solution that makes it easier to recall and reinforce whatever skills or knowledge you have learned through quizzes, coaching, and constant practice.
                                                              4. Skillsoft is an online training and corporate learning platform developed by a two-decade old and billion-dollar company with the same name.
                                                              5. D2L BrightSpace is a learning management system that has all the basics for delivering excellent, rich-media experiences for classroom or workplace training.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              There are many ways to learn but some are more effective and meaningful than others. Whether you are a teacher looking to enhance classroom learning or an HR manager creating a long-term talent development plan for employees, the key to impactful learning is to understand and bridge the needs of learners, the goals of your institution, and the actual capabilities of the learning tools you are considering.

                                                              Note that using multiple LMS platforms is possible although not recommended. On the other hand, adopting other learning solutions beyond LMS (such as podcasts, mentoring, and onsite in-person workshops) may significantly improve learning outcomes. Always go for products and plugins that seamlessly integrate into your core LMS tool.

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