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25 Fun Apps And Websites To Teach Kids About Technology

25 Fun Apps And Websites To Teach Kids About Technology

There is a wealth of sites available to teach kids about technology in a fun and safe way. Applications are becoming a popular method of enjoyment for kids. Here we explore 25 websites and apps which will help kids to learn the basics and then delve deeper into the available pool of knowledge. Social Media Skills It is important that children learn the intricacies of social media, and what it is safe to reveal there. It is probably best therefore, that they gain these skills in a safe environment before they are released onto sites that cater more for adult users. The following four sites are all recommended by Common Sense Media who rate sites according to criteria such as child friendliness and privacy.

1. Club Penguin

This is a Disney site which offers an introduction to virtual worlds. It is aimed at children aged 6 to 14 who can learn to build avatars, chat, make friends, and try out a range of games.

club penguin

    2. iTwixie

    This site is aimed at pre-teen girls and it is less about who is the prettiest, and more about who is the smartest and kindest. It is a site which encourages generosity to others in words and deeds, and allows kids to express themselves creatively.

    iTwixie

      3. The Pink Group

      Once children are over the age of 13, they then legally can set up an account on Facebook, and many of the other social media sites hold the same age criteria. It is a good idea however, to check your kids’ privacy settings when they create a profile on any adult centered site and to outline some safety rules for using the website. The Pink Group offers a central place to find all the information on images and branding you will need, in order to help your kids set up their profiles.

      pink group

        4. Franktown Rocks

        On this site it is all about the music, which has been pre-screened for child friendliness. There is a virtual world for kids to explore which offers games and videos all catering for music appreciation.

        franktown rocks

          5. Sweety High

          This is aimed squarely at tween and teenage girls with a focus on fashion, shopping and celebrities. Girls are encouraged to express themselves but it is all moderated and safety is of the utmost importance.

          sweety high

            6. Big Brown Bear

            The keyboard takes up the whole screen on this site which makes it easier for children to fully focus on the task at hand.

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            big brown bear

              Typing Skills  One of the first skills that children need to know, and which will make their time online much easier, is to learn how to type. Typing skills reinforce language learning, alphabet knowledge and reading comprehension. These five apps and websites will get your kids off to a good start.

              7.  Learning Games for Kids

              This site offers a number of free games which will help improve typing skills whilst making the process fun. ‘The Typing of the Ghosts’ and ‘Arachnid Falls’ are sure to make any kids smile and they will be so involved in the game they will forget that they are also learning.

              learning for kids

                8. Key Seeker

                This is suitable for young children who need to increase their letter recognition. It is coloring and fun, featuring a wide range of cute animal graphics.

                key seeker

                  9. Dance Mat Typing

                  Dance Mat Typing from the BBC helps children to learn to touch type. There are four levels to progress through and at the end of each you can test your typing speed and claim a fun reward.

                  dance mat typing

                    10. TypeFast Typing Tutor

                    Compatible with both the iPad and iPhone this app helps to increase speed and accuracy. It is better for older children as it doesn’t have the fun element of the other sites.

                    typefast

                      Coding Skills Web development and design are such key elements of our current world that it is never too early to start teaching children these skills. These seven apps have all been recommended by Edutopia and they are an excellent place to start.

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                      11. Game Star Mechanic

                      What could be more fun as a kid than learning to design your own video game. This is aimed at children aged 7 to 14 years.

                      game star mechanic

                        12. Scratch

                        This is a programming language, designed by staff and students at MIT, which is created specifically for children aged 8 to 16 years.

                        scratch

                          13. Tynker

                          This has a similar interface to Scratch but whereas that was designed for kids to program with, Tynker was designed in order to teach programming.

                          tynker

                            14. Move the Turtle

                            This offers another way to teach kids programming but it does so in a much more game based way.

                            move the turtle

                              15. Hopscotch

                              This is similar in design to Scratch and Tynker but is only for use on the iPad.

                              hopscotch

                                16. Daisy The Dinosaur

                                This introduces coding to the very youngest users and is a fun accessible way for them to get started.

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                                daisy the dinosaur

                                  17. Cargo-Bot

                                  Again, this is a game based way to teach coding skills. Instead of just using a crane to move blocks, you actually have to program it to do so.

                                  cargo bot

                                    Online Safety  Kids often need to use search engines to do research for homework and school projects. If they are given access to adult search engines however, they can easily come across sites that you won’t want them to have exposure to. The following four websites offer kid friendly search capability, and while not infallible so you will want to monitor access, they are a lot safer for kids than a standard search engine.

                                    18. Squirrel Net

                                    This is a general search engine for kids, which is powered by Ask Jeeves for kids.

                                    squirrel net

                                      19.  Kid Rex

                                      This site is powered by Google but it is built by kids for kids.

                                      kid rex

                                        20. Swiggle

                                        Again powered by Google this one relates more to academic subjects.

                                        swiggle

                                          21.  GoGooligans

                                          The final engine is powered by Google and offers academic search for children and teenagers. It will be personal preference for you and your kids as to which of these four sites you choose.

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                                          General Technology Skills Here are a further four sites that help with different areas of technology skills.

                                          22. Love to Know Home School

                                          For adults it is often helpful to have some lesson plans on how to teach technology. These can be invaluable if you home-school, but also helpful just as a guide for Moms and Dads.

                                          love to know home school

                                            23. How The Internet Works

                                            Do your kids ask you all the time how the internet works? Are you left scratching your head? This guide will help them, and you, to figure it all out.

                                            how the internet works

                                              24. Bees and Honey

                                              This is a fun game that will teach younger kids how to use the mouse smoothly and accurately.

                                              bees and honey

                                                25. KidBlog

                                                If you want to teach the kids in your classroom about blogging, this is the perfect place to start. They can set up their own blog and you can work together on creating content and images, publishing their work and marketing the site.

                                                kid blog

                                                    

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                                                  10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                  10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                  The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                  Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                  Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                  In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                  1. Cal Calendar

                                                    Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                                    The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                                    Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                    Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                    What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                    Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                    Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                    Available for iOS and Android

                                                    2. Google Calendar

                                                      Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                      Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                      Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                      The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                      Available for iOS and Android

                                                      3. Jorte Calendar

                                                        Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                        The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                        Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                        For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                        A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                        Available for iOS and Android

                                                        4. Business Calendar

                                                          Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                          The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                          You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                          The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                          Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                          Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                          Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                          A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                          Available for Android

                                                          5. Calendar

                                                            Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                            A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                            Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                            Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                            6. aCalendar

                                                              aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                              Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                              Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                              When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                              Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                              The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                              The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                              Available for Android

                                                              7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                                Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                Available for Android

                                                                8. SolCalendar

                                                                  SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                  The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                  Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                  Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                  Available for Android

                                                                  9. Today Calendar

                                                                    Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                    The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                    If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                    Available for Android

                                                                    10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                      Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                      Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                      The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                      This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                      If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                      At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                      Available for Android

                                                                      Our Verdict

                                                                      Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                      Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                      Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                      The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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