June 28, 2015

Whole Wide World 2 App

                         
     As I continue my search for apps to use in a classroom or in my library, I found Whole Wide World 2 App.  Whole Wide World 2 is a social studies app for elementary students.  The app can either be purchased for 4.99, or the app is free with additional purchases later.  I downloaded the free version.  With the free version, the student can explore up to 4 countries.  The countries are Australia, China, Egypt, and Iceland.  As you load the game, the student must pick a traveler to explore the countries with.
     The goal of the game is to collect passports for your scrapbook.  To obtain passports, the student needs to go to one of the free countries listed above, and play multiple games about that country.  Each country has different games.  For Egypt, the goal of the game is to find letters to match the word.  For example, one of the words is Nile.  Once the student finds the letters to make the word Nile, then your traveler explains the word Nile in regards to the country.  Once you collect enough information or postcards, the student plays one last game to collect the passport to that country.  The good thing about this app is once a student finishes all of the games for a particular country, it can be played again by a different student. 

     In addition to the four free countries, an adult can purchase up to 8 more countries.  Each country is an additional .99 cents and the multi-pack is 2.99. 

     If you are looking for a social students app for students to learn about different countries, then check out this app on iTunes.

Thanks for reading,

Laura



            

June 15, 2015

Quiver Vision- A 3D Coloring App

                                

     I don't normally get excited over a kids app, but I did for Quiver Vision.  This summer I'm researching apps that I can put on my two iPads for next school year.  A few months back I went to a librarian training, and the speaker mentioned this app.  I never had time to check it out until now.  Quiver Vision is an app you can use on your phone or iPad.  The app is free to download, but you do need a backward-facing camera on your phone or tablet.  In addition, you need a printer, paper, and colored pencils.   This app is great for all age types, and even adults will get a kick out of it. 

     The first step is to go to www.quivervision.com to download the app.  Once you have the app, you can scroll through the coloring pages they have online.  I always click on the free coloring pages.  Once you find a coloring page you like, color it.  Once finished, you open up the app, scan the coloring page, and the animation will come up.  For my coloring page, I picked the bird shown above.  I colored my page and added my last name on the bird to see what would happen.  Once scanned, the bird will walk around and eat a worm. 

It's really cool that something that you colored can come to life like it does.  Quiver Vision has many coloring pages to pick from including education coloring pages. 

Here you will find a few photos that I took of the animation and a video. 




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