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Three Noteworthy Children's Apps this Week


Bugs and Buttons 2

($2.99 on iPad, iPhone (340 MB), for ages 3-12.  Why we like it: Visually rich and thick with carefully leveled pre-math opportunities, this follow up to Bugs and Buttons (CTR February 2012), contains another set of 18 well crafted math and logic activities.  Need to know: There's more variety, better leveling and management features that make it possible to keep individual profiles for different children. We especially liked the multi-touch features so children can work collaboratively to solve puzzles.

Watch this video preview of all 18 activites, in just 90 seconds. 

Disney Animated

($13.99 on iPad, (1.7 GB) ), for ages 10-up. 

Why we like it: Turn your iPad into a museum of Disney animation, with rare footage of Walt Disney himself voicing Mickey Mouse. You can reach right into this app to rotate artifacts; plus there are four animation simulations to let you try out some ideas on for size.  Need to know: This is huge download that costs a lot. It would be idea for students of animation or Disney aficionados.  Video review: http://youtu.be/MUcyfUN3o1U

Quick Tap – Spanish

$1.99 on iPad), for ages 5-11.  
Why we like it: This noisy, fun quiz game turns your iPad into a two player race, to see which player can match 100 common Spanish words the fastest.  Two players race head to head - on the same iPad.
Need to know: This app is noisy but you can pause at any time. The first player to win 7 rounds becomes the champ.  This app is part of the Fingerprint Network of games which offers a curated list of other apps. We didn't like the use of an unconventional small font that won't work well on smaller screen's.

Myth busters: Today’s young people are all glued to the Internet, right? But in fact, only 30 percent of the world’s youth population between the ages of 15 and 24 years old has been active online for at least five years. "The countries with the highest proportion of digital natives among their population are mostly rich nations, which have high levels of overall Internet penetration. Iceland is at the top of the list with 13.9 percent. The United States is sixth (13.1 percent). Downloaded October 7, 2013 from 
http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/publications/mis2013.aspx
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