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Thesaurus is a simple app for quick reference

Reference apps don't get much simpler than Thesaurus. The app, which requires iOS 7 and is US$0.99 in the App Store, does exactly what it says it does: provide you with synonyms – and nothing else. This minimalist approach definitely has...

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Polynumial teaches you to count in over 50 languages

Polynumial, free with ads in the App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is a bare bones language app that focuses only on learning numbers. While the app itself doesn't do a lot, it's packed with 60 languages, which is far more than most...

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Wood Blocks for Kids is a construction game that falls flat

Wood Blocks for Kids is a game where players construct buildings by arranging vividly colorful blocks. Players start out by choosing a block set, the first set is free and the other three are available through an in app purchase. After selecting...

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This ABC game is as easy as 123

The ABC Song is a game made up of mini games to teach children their ABCs. Each mini game offers players different ways to learn the alphabet and make connections between letters and objects that represent that letter. The ABC Song is compatible...

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Do You Believe: is it worth it?

Do You Believe is an educational app available on all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or later where users can pick a category and decide if they believe a certain statement is true. For example, if you pick the technology category, one of the...

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Talking Holidays Wheel is decent kids app, but limited

Talking Holidays Wheel: Christmas Halloween Summer is an interesting combination of a children's game and an educational app with a title that can't possibly get anymore self-explanatory. The app includes three wheels for Christmas, Halloween and...

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Nourish knowledge with Gro Garden

Get those green thumbs ready with Gro Garden (US$2.99, universal), an educational app that helps budding explorers discover organic gardening in a creative and competitive way. Did you ever trick your kids into eating their veggies by sneaking the...

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Writing Wizard makes writing appear like magic

Practicing letter forms can be quite a chore, but Writing Wizard makes it a magical experience anywhere. At US$2.99 on the App Store, this universal app is a terrific value for your iPhone and/or iPad while children are kept engaged in the task of...

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Geocaching: A fun and high-tech way for kids to learn

It's back to school time, which of course means that the kiddos are gearing up to fill their brains with all sorts of new things. Parents who are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained -- yet still learning -- on weekends, after school and...

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Prepare to bee educated with Gro Flowers

Gro Flowers is a fantastic educational game meant for children between the ages of 0-5. It teaches children about the benefits of biodiversity and pollination. Gro Flowers takes a hands on approach to learning about these topics instead of...

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TUAW TV Live: Apple goes to school

This week on TUAW TV Live, I am covering for Steve Sande while he is sailing the ocean blue. Today I will talk about Apple's big plans for education and some of our favorite apps and accessories we use to be life-long learners. Time to dust off the...

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iPad: The ultimate textbook

The school district probably won't be too keen on slicing up a pricey textbook, but there's no doubt it's now much more useful. [Photo Credit: Anthony DiLaura]...

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One man's story about how Macs saved him from his learning disabilities as a child

Now that he's an adult Mike McHargue is the CTO of the Zimmerman Agency, finding success in advertising and social music. But McHargue wasn't always on the path for success that landed him where he is today. As a child, he struggled with learning...

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Romo: The cute robot with an iPhone for a brain

Romo is a toy with a purpose: to teach kids (and adults) some programming concepts while they're having fun. The US$149 robot uses the power of your iPhone or iPod touch as its brains and face, and the result is charming and educational. Not only...

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Play-i uses adorable robots to teach children programming, and it might be the future of educational play

This past May we reported about Play-i, a startup by former Google and Apple employees that was seeking to make programmable educational robots for children. The robots would teach children as young as five years old how to code, with a scaling...

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Turn your iPhone into a high-power digital microscope for around $10

There are few things I like more than seeing someone come up with a startlingly low-cost solution to an otherwise expensive problem. Instructables user Yoshinok has done just that by turning a few pieces of Plexiglas, a laser pointer and an iPhone...

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