Tag Archives: Australia

School Writing – the Must-Have App for all schools

2 Jul School Writing screen shot featuring "Sarah's iPad" in beginner script

School Writing App iconSchool Writing by Demografix is an App I’ve meant to review for some time.  It has handwriting fonts for Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK.  You might be mistaken for thinking it is only a handwriting App, when it is really a versatile App that can be used across the curriculum and is suitable for all ages. This App is for iPad only, but iPhone and iPod Touch users should still keep reading as there Demografix has an iPhone App, School Fonts, that is very similar, lacking only one of the major activities. Continue reading

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There’s a Bear in there – Play School Art Maker

19 Jun

Play School Art Maker for iPad The flagship of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has released an iPad App for children that is so good, I can hardly believe it is free.  Free in Australia, that is.  The App is also available in international iTunes stores as a paid app.  The name is probably not a good description, as Play School Art Maker is much more than the virtual sticker book it seems to be.  In reality, it is more like a virtual puppet theatre where children can create the scenes, control the actors and direct their stories.

Open the App and you’ll see a large scrapbook.  When you open the book, you can either watch the television show (only in Australia) or you can create pictures, movies and stories.  You can also view pictures, movies and stories that have been stored in the scrapbook. Continue reading

Off Topic – take a second to help families of children with life-limiting disabilities. It’s Free.

9 May

Hi Everyone,

This post has nothing to do with iPads, iPhones or Mobile technology, but instead a cause dear to my heart.  I used to work with children and families affected by these kinds of diseases, and I post this plea in the memory of particular students of mine who have died.  A national medical conference for families is coming up that could help families of children with severe life-limiting disabilities.  Respite is a huge problem, so usually only one parent can attend.  The organisers have been looking for sponsors to help fund activities and care for children so that whole families can attend the conference, providing much-needed respite for parents and important information at the same time.  So far, no sponsors have answered the call so the organisers have applied for a Sunsuper Dream grant and are relying on votes to help them win $5000. Continue reading

Jungle Coins

29 Jan

Most educational money Apps in the iTunes store use the currency of the United States. Jungle coins is an App that allows Australian (and 15 other nationalities) to use their own currency in a variety of activities. There is a lot to love about this App, and hopefully this post will explain why Jungle Coins is permanently on my iPad. Continue reading

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