Digital Passport for Kids

Thanks to support from Time Warner Cable, Common Sense Media is proud to offer its award-winning game, Digital Passport™ for free this summer on the iTunes app store. Played by over 300,000 kids in schools across the US, Digital Passport is now available on your personal device. The games and videos inside teach kids aged 7-11 the essentials for staying safe and responsible online and on mobile devices. On Digital Passport, kids will find their favorite kinds of games and activities like platform games, tools for creating digital mashups, and other fast-paced gobble ‘em up games, all geared toward teaching them important lessons about digital life.

This app is not an ebook but I was so impressed with it I felt it deserved our attention.  A nifty support for teaching digital citizenship including search techniques (using Google), safe passwords, acknowledging the work of others and more I haven’t played with yet.  The app is FREE and well worth adding to your collection.  Definitely suitable for Years 7&8 in spite of the age suggestion.
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The Phoenix Weekly Story Comic

This comic looks great.  I’ll trial it with some kids at school.

The digital Phoenix has landed! This brilliant weekly story comic is now available for the iPad and is packed full of amazing stuff – 100% original stories, fascinating non-fiction, fiendish puzzles, cool competitions and loads more! And when you download this fantabulous Newsstand app, you can get a FREE full-length issue! That’s not all either… when you buy a subscription you’ll get a brilliant FREE TRIAL!

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Anne Frank

Explore the world’s most famous diary in this richly immersive experience for iPad2 and above.

Features Include:

• 21 video clips from Academy Award winning documentary-maker Jon Blair

• Over 40 audio clips, including commentary from Miep Gies, one of the helpers who risked her life to aid Anne and her family in hiding

• Exclusive access to the archive of the Anne Frank Fonds, founded by Anne’s father Otto Frank, including previously unreleased material

‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank for iPad is the remarkable edition of ‘one of the greatest books of the century’.

In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Aged thirteen when she went into the Secret Annexe, Anne kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings. An intimate record of adolescence and heartbreak, courage and inspiration, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank for iPad offers stunning new ways to explore Anne’s world, what it looked, sounded and felt like living in hiding and what, in turn, was happening outside the Annexe walls.

‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank for iPad is published by Penguin Books UK and Beyond the Story.

 

At last, something of superb quality for more mature readers. This is a stunning presentation of Anne Frank’s diary and life. Although it costs $13.99 I think it should be on every school ipad especially in the libraries. This app takes ebooks to a new level of quality and I look forward to the response to it from Anne Frank readers.

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Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference

★ New York Times Top 10 Best Children’s Books on the iPad ★ 2011 MOBI Award Winner ★ Time.com Top 25 iPad Apps for Kids ★ Chosen as New and Noteworthy, What’s Hot, and Staff Favorites by Apple ★ Appy Award Finalist ★ 5 Stars from Appolicious ★ KinderTown 10 Top Apps Kids Will Beg to Play

LOVE DINOSAURS? Dig into more than 700 dinos with National Geographic’s interactive Dinopedia!

Based on the award-winning NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever, this app goes beyond any dinosaur encyclopedia you’ve ever seen. Just what makes this dino app so extreme? MORE THAN 700 DINOSAURS! ASTONISHING ARTWORK! THE LATEST DISCOVERIES! AMAZING INTERACTIVES AND VIDEO!
The National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia is the most complete, most beautiful, and most up-to-date look at the dinosaur world. It bursts with astonishing artwork. It amazes with fantastic facts. It captures the newest, coolest paleontology. Meet the smallest, largest, fastest, and slowest dinosaurs known. Find out the most famous dinosaur mistakes. Judge winners in the greatest dinosaur battles of all time, and discover much more!


Here comes the sun

Two free ebooks to download in PDF or Flash. These stories cover the topics of solar energy and energy efficiency and have been produced for classroom use.

These ebooks are a worthy addition to library resources if your LMS (eg Accessit) is capable of storing downloaded files and making them available via a catalogue record. Or simply add a link to the website to a catalogue record.

Welcome to Schoolgen, a programme developed by Genesis Energy to bring solar energy to life for children and schools across New Zealand.


The Tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare

Lucas Remmerswaal felt the pain during the financial crisis of 2008. He saw the hopelessness, regret, despair and tears in the eyes of retired people that had lost their life’s savings. “What can I do about this tragedy?” haunted Remmerswaal for 2 years. His answer I can share Warren Buffett’s good Habits with children.” Inspired by Buffett’s MBA speeches, example and wisdom. – The tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare is the first in a series of books that is a tribute to Warren Buffett on his 80th Birthday.

Teachers will welcome this concise and witty tale:

“A child will want to pick this up. I don’t care if they are 8 years old, 18 years old or 80 years old.” Beth Black The Bookworm, Omaha.

“This is a story about a man who went from nothing to enormously successful based on a series of principles. Lucas did not come to me and say “I’ve got a story about a Billionaire” He came and said “I’ve got a story about how a person became that on the basis of these habits and these principles”. “It’s a winner!” – John Hattie Professor of Education, Director Visible Learning labs.

It’s great fun for kids of all ages and helps with financial literacy, habits and principles.

There’s not much around to help promote good savings habits and this app supports that using a well-recognised story. It’s free and the downloadable PDF is a bonus ebook. Should be a definite addition to school iPads.

Also available as a PDF download.


Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure

Winner of the Practical Pre-School Bronze medal and shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book award. Join the courageous Sir Charlie Stinky Socks on his Really BIG Adventure. With his trusty grey mare and Envelope the cat, Sir Charlie and your child can explore the deep dark forest, hear the monstrous trees groan, terrible beasties moan and wiggly woos that cannot wait to tickle your toes… Sir Charlie doesn’t flinch when he meets the beasties, or the dragon, or the wily witch, but when he comes across the princess, he realises he’s met his match! Watch how your child immerses themselves in the trials of Sir Charlie and defies the drooling monsters and the fire breathing dragon to save the day.

I’ll be sharing this one with my review group tomorrow so more comment later – I loved it, especially the way the app self-navigates through the story. It’s beautifully read by Michael Maloney. Will be enjoyed by all ages (and their parents and teachers). Update: the 6-8 year olds loved the story, especially the name of the main character of course. Teachers chuckled and appreciated the wonderful narration (especially the wily witch). Enjoy this one.



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