History can teach and inspire us. Timeline World War 1, through the use of audio, video, photography and historical documents leads you through the balance of power before the war, through the first shot and all the way to a video of Paris welcoming peace. This app allows you to walk through the whole experience from Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination to the Treaty of Versailles. You explore both military and personal documents. It is quite an experience.
History is a part of American culture and no event is more central to the early history of our country than the Civil War. States were called upon to take sides – even at times, families. This iPad app, Timeline American Civil War helps tell that story in a compelling way through audio, video, images and maps.
Whether you are in high school or just trying to brush up on your language skills, you’ll find the High School Spanish app for iPhone and iPad just what you need. It has flash cards, pronounces the words and has extensive information to help build your skills. Why wouldn’t you want it, it was developed by Spanish teachers for students and provides you with the information you need to study efficiently and with some work, get that A you were hoping for.
Perhaps the best known name in Bird Watching is Roger Tory Peterson. Peterson Birds—A Field Guide to Birds of North America for iPhone and iPad is easy to use and a great start for new birdwatchers. This app allows you to quickly identify birds you see through illustrations. You can read about them, see a map of their habit and upload your photos. And, of course, build a life list of bird sightings. Over 50 million people enjoy this sport – give it a try.
Japanese handwriting is expressive and beautiful. Each letter is a small work of art. With the Mirai Kana Chart – Learn the Japanese Hiragana & Katakana Writing System app, you can practice each letter and learn to write in two different language styles. Hiragana is used when you need to spell out a word, rather than use a kanji or symbol. Each symbol represents a sound (or mora). Katakana is used to spell out foreign, technical or scientific words. It is frequently used to spell out the names of Japanese companies. The app is easy to follow, and I found it quite relaxing to practice the letters. You can add energy to the process by testing yourself with flashcards. Continue reading →
History can be educational, it can be inspiring and it is always relevant. Today’s Documents allows you to take a peak into history one day at a time. The app serves you up a document – written or photography – each day. It’s up to you how much time you devote to studying it. Continue reading →
With DailyArt, developed by Moiseum, you can up your art credentials by studying one piece of art a day. What could be easier than that? You not only learn about art you can save them as wallpapers or share them with friends. Continue reading →
Worldictionary is not just another language learning app. It is packed with options and is the kind of app that you start telling your friends about. The coolest feature is the ability use your phone’s camera for word recognition. I’ll explain how that works below. Continue reading →
Orchestra by Touch Press is an impressive view of what is possible on an iPad. On the other hand, maybe it is even beyond what I could have imagined as possible. It is part theatrical performance, part text, part commentary with music, part musical score and part visual aid showing how musicians combine their talents to play classics. Most of all it is impressive. Continue reading →
Egyptian pyramids have fascinated us since Howard Carter discovered the treasurers of King Tut’s tomb in 1922. We have enjoyed movies about them, TV shows and an amazing number of books. Now, Touch Press brings us an app that allows us to walk through the Pyramids, not only as if we were there, but better than that! Some of the views you have in this app are in protected areas and even if you were there, you couldn’t see them. Not only that, Dr. Zahi Hawass adds his extensive knowledge of the area to the project. Pyramids 3D is a treasure. Continue reading →
People learn in different ways. Some need to see what they are learning. Some need to hear someone explain what they need to learn and some need to touch, or experience the new information. Happily, Spanish – Speak and Learn Pro does all three. I took Spanish in college but am far from fluent. This app combines the fun of a game with repetitive learning. I actually look forward to my language lessons. I think you will too. I didn’t test the Spanish Kids – Speak and Learn. If your intention is to help your children learn Spanish you might want to start with that version. Continue reading →
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare is another jewel from the crew at Touch Press. They created the popular apps for iPad – Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy, The Elements, Jewels and Gems and X is for X-Ray. To call this app a success barely covers the achievement. I will let the key features speak for themselves. There are 154 performances of the sonnets synchronized to the text. Included with the app is the 1609 Quarto, the first published edition of the sonnets. You will also have access to the Arden Shakespeare’s complete notes, new commentary by Don Paterson and videos of expert perspectives. It is visually rich and fun to explore. Continue reading →