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20 Useful Apps That Make Your Child Learn Smarter

20 Useful Apps That Make Your Child Learn Smarter

“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.” I know I’ll be a mother someday and I want to help my child reach their highest potential.  However, with many kids addicted to app games like Flappy Birds, Where’s My Water and Plants vs. Zombies, have you ever thought that your kids are being undermined by these junk food apps? Fortunately, there are apps out there that help kids learn smarter while they have fun.  These apps help with reading, writing and math proficiency as well as in social studies, science, music and the fine art.

Here are the top 10 free apps and 10 paid apps that are suitable for primary or elementary school children.

1. Wikispeaker

Wikispeaker

    Children are known to be innately curious, peppering their parents with a million questions that usually start with the word ‘why?” Lucky for us, WikiSpeaker app can answer any question they have (without the hassle of having to type it in).  A great app to have for those questions you don’t really know the answer to.  Not only can your child find out the answer on their own but they can also teach their parents a thing or two.  Perfect for kids aged from 5-12.

    2. Mathemagics

    Mathemagics

      The Mathemagics app can help kids learn to practice mental math calculations in funny and creative ways. Do you want to know the square numbers in the 700’s within seconds? This app can do it.  The app boasts that students can baffle their math teachers by providing answers quickly and teachers can inspire students to learn by making math fun.

      3. Eng-Chi Speak it Up

      iLingual French

        Now learning Mandarin or Cantonese is as easy as downloading this app.  It’s always beneficial to learn another language and the best time to learn quickly is when kids are young.  The two main features of this app are “RECORD YOUR OWN SOUNDS” and “NATIVE SPEAKER AUDIO” to compare your own voice with that of native speakers.

        4. iLingual French

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        iLingual French

          Though it belongs to travel category, this app can imitate your mouth when you’re actually talking English but translate it to French automatically, which is good for communicating with the locals when traveling overseas. This app can cultivate kids’ interests in learning second languages.

          5. Memory Forcer X

          Memory Forcer X

            While the above three apps are for the reading and using languages, Memory Forcer X is for memory improvement.  As the main factor of studying, better memory can be the key to learn and study smarter. The example offered by iTunes in regards to this app is about a busy man memorizing all Japanese N2 Level words in 3 months, after using this powerful software. Start early and improve your kids’ memory skill by downloading this app!

            6. iHomework

            iHomework

              iHomework is an app kids can use to track their upcoming work for the school year, with the capability to repeat assignments daily, weekly and monthly.  Parents can monitor and guide those activities on their iPhone or Macbook and you can also put in a pop-up reminders for your kids.

              7. Simple States

              Simple States

                A great app for kids to learn U.S. States and capitals along with other geography facts and fun games. The app is designed for all ages, so parents can brush up on their knowledge about the states and learn with their kids.  It also makes a great study guide.

                8. Earth 3D

                Earth 3D

                  Earth 3D is used mostly in screensaver mode but it can be great introduction to geography and outer space for your children. It can show the “real” earth so they can pretend they’re working in a spaceship and looking out their window.  This app can enhance their imagination and interest in the world around them.

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                  9. Solar Walk-3D Solar System Model

                  Solar Walk-3D Solar System Model

                    Spark your child’s inner astronaut. If you want to go past the Earth and introduce your kids to the wonders of outer space, the Solar Walk-3D Solar System model is an excellent app to do just that.  This app helps kids learn their trajectories, inner structures, and history of their exploration by focusing on the planets through a 3D model.

                    10. Learn to Read Music

                    Notes! - Learn To Read Music

                      Children love music and what better way to encourage their enthusiasm than helping them learn how to read music. This app is a basic tool for beginners to learn the letter names for notes on the bass and treble clef. Your kid will be the mini Mozart in school when they learn how to play “Happy New Year” with this app.

                      Though paid apps are powerful and contain higher priories, there are still some free basic education apps for your kids.

                      11. Aa Match Preschool Alphabet

                      Aa Match Preschool Alphabet

                        Your preschooler will have a great time learning their alphabet and first words with this app.  Matching and spelling games help children learn while they have fun. The app also helps them pronounce letters and has a lot of fun animation and music that will keep your child entertained and wanting to learn more.

                        12. Splash Math

                        1st Grade Math

                          Compared with Mathemagics, this app focuses more on interactive practice. Kids can drag-drop shapes, popup bubbles, rotate clock-hands and more to solve different problems. The user interface is simple and clear with lots of pictures so that problem solving is fun.

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                          13. Study Pinyin

                          Study Pinyin

                            This app can help to recognize some basic words, spell, sentences and even tongue twisters. If you don’t want to spend money, pick up this free app, your kids can master the whole 64 Chinese Pinyin characters with 4 different categories.

                            14. Dictionary Book

                            Dictionary Books

                              A helpful app that’s portable and easy to use.  Most apps take up the whole screen but with the dictionary book, it only shows the necessary information that you’re looking for.  A perfect app to refer to when your kids are studying, reading, spelling or simply want to look up a word.

                              15. The Gravity Ether

                              The Gravity Ether

                                Rather than pulling tedious theories and definition of Gravity in Physics Class, this app helps kids understand by showing them exactly what gravity does.  Kids control the gravity so the planets won’t drift aimlessly through the expanse of space .  Kids control their motion by creating and destroying black holes with the tap of their finger. They’re sure to love it!

                                16. GeoExpert Lite

                                GeoExpert Lite - World Geography

                                  This is a more detailed app than Earth 3D, that includes more specific information about our planet.  It covers the whole world with countries and capitals and has a learning and testing mode along with a leaderboard.

                                  17. WAGmob

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                                  Physics, Electronics and Electrical Engineering - A simpleNeasyApp by WAGmob

                                    WAG is an app platform for learning, teaching and training. The Physics, Electronics and Electrical Engineering model, contains key concepts and easy quizzes that kids can learn a lot from. It presents complicated concepts and theories in a simple and easy way to help kids understand effectively.

                                    18. Chemist Free

                                    Chemist Free

                                      Mixing stuff up just to see what happens, what child doesn’t love chemistry? With this app, kids can combine different substances to see how they interact, change and create new substances, without the mess or the risk that they might blow up the house. Kids can experiement to their heart’s desire with unlimited possibilities.  This app is sure to become one of your kids’ favorites.

                                      19. Color by Numbers

                                      Color by Numbers - Animals - Free

                                        It looks simple, but may be the best tool for those who have less patience with painting.  Drawing and painting can cultivate your kids’ ability to mix and differentiate colors and can also develop your kids’ imagination, learning about art as another tool to communicate with others or express their inner thoughts and feelings.

                                        20. JamPad Plus

                                        JamPad Plus

                                          This app can be regarded as the advanced app of Learn to Read Music. This app is great for older kids want to create their own music.  Who knows? You might have the next big music star on your hands.

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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                          Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                          Or even better:

                                          What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                          You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                          Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                          How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                          The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                          In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                          • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                          • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                          • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                          As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                          Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                          Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                          But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                          his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                          5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                          Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                          But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                          1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                          2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                          3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                          4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                          5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                          Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                          There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                          • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                          • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                          • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                          • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                          Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                          With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                          25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                          Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                          1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                          If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                          2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                          If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                          If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                          3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                          Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                          =sum(

                                          …and then press F3.

                                          When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                          4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                          Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                          =match(

                                          …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                          When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                          But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                          5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                          If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                          • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                          • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                          • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                          • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                          • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                          6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                          By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                          The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                          For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                          A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                          7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                          When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                          8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                          When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                          9. Use filtering

                                          Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                          It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                          To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                          10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                          Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                          Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                          To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                          11. See formula results with F9

                                          If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                          Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                          12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                          If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                          13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                          Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                          =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                          =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                          14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                          Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                          =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                          =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                          15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                          TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                          16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                          In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                          17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                          When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                          And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                          18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                          If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                          19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                          Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                          You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                          20. Use data validation

                                          This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                          • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                          • Create drop-down lists;
                                          • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                          21. Use conditional formatting

                                          It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                          22. Use formula auditing

                                          This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                          The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                          23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                          Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                          It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                          24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                          INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                          25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                          OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                          The bottom line

                                          As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                          That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                          If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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