Every year at conference time, plenty of parents entertain their young ones by whipping out a smartphone. Kids happily play games on those things, and if educational games are the only option, you can bet they’ll get plenty of use.
Click here for a curated list of the best educational apps. The list comes to you from Verizon, but I heard about it from graduate student Rachel Hodges, whose master’s project involves spreading the word about educational apps and tracking her impact.
Verizon has gathered free apps and, through the site, offers discounts on many other apps.
Some of my favorite free apps from Verizon’s list:
|For Apple||For Android|
|Hopscotch: coding for kids||Comic & Meme Creator: tell a story with comics|
|Pocket Law Firm: learn the Bill of Rights||BrainPOP Jr. movie of the week|
|Kids Planet Discovery: geography, nature, culture||Skymap: GPS enabled roadmap for the night sky|
|News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids||World Citizen geography quiz|
|Ocean Science: explore our oceans||World History for Kids: interactive timeline|
|Shadow Move: a spatial reasoning game||Common Core Mastery: Common Core Math|
|Geometry+++: challenging tangram puzzles||BioIQ: mathcing game teaching the parts of a cell|