Imagistory: wordless story books

Bring your child’s imagination to life with imagistory! A creative storytelling app that encourages anyone to be the storyteller, no matter what your age or language.

Designed for children aged 3 and up, the idea behind the app is simple, using wordless picture books it’s up to you and your child to use your imaginations to create a story with the pictures. The stories you create are recorded and saved so you can listen to them again later and share them with loved ones.

Imagistory provides an entirely new reading experience, not only is it very fun and easy to use, it’s also highly educational! Helping foster creativity, imagination and to develop language and early literacy skills.

The open nature of wordless picture books gives them a huge variety of potential uses, making them great tools for the class room too.

Kids have the wildest imaginations and are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential.

This is a truly beautiful app which is a worthy addition to every family, pre-school and primary school device. Designed and developed in NZ this is a quality production with easy navigation and includes a parental guide to the use of wordless picture books for extending children’s vocabulary and imagination. I shared the first story with a class of six-year-olds and their teacher via Apple TV to a big screen. The children created their own dialogue for the story which we recorded and played back. The children loved hearing themselves. It’s quite a challenge making up a story and the guide with this app is very useful. The option to pause when recording enables teachers or parents to offer guidance without interfering with the children’s dialogue. Highly recommended by myself and Room 5.

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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.



NZ Fauna

Discover the incredibly unique array of native and introduced animals that inhabit New Zealand’s land, sea and air. Learn all about these species through beautiful images, interesting facts, amazing videos and stunning sounds.

Young and old alike will be fascinated to see both well known and rare animals come alive at their fingertips. It’s simple and intuitive design allows you to marvel at the high quality photos or quickly access detailed information.

Whether you’re a kiwi, planning a trip to New Zealand or just curious about our local wildlife, NZ Fauna will give you the lowdown on all you need to know.

ABOUT NZ FAUNA

- Over 110 animals featured
- Includes high quality images, sound and video
- Full of fascinating fun facts
- Simple, intuitive design
- Features the voices of Ruud Kleinpaste and Nicola Vallance
- Record your own voice for animal names
- Unlock achievements to gain access to bonus material

ABOUT THE VIDEOS

NZ Fauna only shows hand picked videos from YouTube. All videos were carefully reviewed to be educational, child friendly and fascinating.

NZ Fauna needs an internet connection to play videos. A wi-fi connection is recommended. Some videos may be removed from YouTube but we try to replace them regularly.

ABOUT US

Your comments, feedback or questions about NZ Fauna are always welcome. Please contact us at facebook.com/kiwipedianz.

Kiwipedia is a not-for-profit organisation whose sole aim is to promote education through high quality, mobile apps for people of all ages.

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This app should be on all school ipads. Nicely constructed with plenty of information and excellent videos. I couldn’t get the app to record my voice for the animal names but don’t regard that as very important. Great work Kiwipedia – they deserve our support.


London – Kids’ Factbook

Explore the sights of London in this interactive, animated fact book for children.

Stop by Buckingham Palace and say hello to the Queen of England, or explore the London Underground; you might be surprised by its tiny residents!

Listen to the narrator or read by yourself, from Big Ben to the Tower of London, learn lots of interesting facts that you never knew before.

This is a beautifully illustrated fact book that children will love to read over and over again.

Pages include:

Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
London Transport
Tower Bridge
The Great Fire of London
Heathrow Airport
River Thames
London Underground
Houses of Parliament
Tower of London

A great little app to introduce children to London in time for the Olympic Games.  Requested today by the Year 3/4 students but there is plenty of information here for older children too – even teachers admitted to learning something new.


The Wrong Book

Yes! Join Nicholas Ickle in a fully interactive adaption of Nick Bland’s outrageous book “The Wrong Book”. Read by Australian comic legend Frank Woodley, journey with Nicholas as he tries to tell his story…but is interrupted by trumpeting elephants shooting peanuts, farting monsters, sneaky pirates, squeaky rats and plenty of other silly characters…that are all IN THE WRONG BOOK!

FEATURES
- Farting monsters!
- Choose to be read to, or record your own voice!
- Tilt, tap and swipe on every page to discover fun animations & sounds.
- Collect interactive items from the story around the edge of the book and fling them about!
- iPad 3 retina display ready

Well received by the 6-11 year olds I shared this with today. Having the print edition to show that this was a real book that has been cleverly adapted for iPad highlights the interactive features of the app. Great fun and brilliantly narrated by Frank Woodley. Thumbs up from my students today, even the big kids.



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