Apple Education Apps
The portal to all things educational at iTunes
eReading: Gulliver’s Travels, Lilliput
Takes the first part of the classic tale of adventure by Jonathan Swift, abridges it and rewords it for modern English, thereby allowing readers to get the story without becoming frustrated with the difficulties of reading the more complicated, original version.
eReading: Greek Myths
An original story that compiles the story of Theseus, The Minotaur, and Icarus, into one book. While the names and places of Greek mythology can be hard to pronounce, the narrator speaks clearly and slowly, helping the reader to learn the complicated words.
My Word Wall
An innovative app that aims to teach your children, ages 4+, the skills needed to read and write. Through numerous activities, children are able to take advantage of spatial, visual, tactile, language-oriented, logical, or rhythmic learning styles.
iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
This free app from book selling giant Barnes & Noble comes with five free “classic” e-books and a free copy of Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary. Any titles you download are stored in the cloud, so you can access them from a Mac or PC as well as different handheld devices.
This app can be used by those who are Kindle-less, but really shines for those that have bought into the Kindle ecosystem, as it offers Amazon’s clever “Whispersync” feature. It allows for seamless switching between the Kindle device and Kindle for iPhone. Whispersync knows where you are in a book, so you can read half a chapter on the bus, and when you get home, your Kindle device will give you the option to pick up where you left off, which is pretty clever. Another nice touch is the ability to lock the screen in portrait or landscape mode, so if you want to read in bed, the accelerometer won’t drive you nuts.
Although other e-reader apps support such titles, Stanza makes access to the 50,000 free e-books of Project Gutenberg and Feedbooks easy, and offers a similar number of titles you can pay for though partner stores.
Highlights of the Amazon-owned app include the ability to slide your finger across the screen to turn the page — a real winner for those not quite prepared to turn their back on the paper book experience. The option to make the background black and text white, therefore allowing you to read in the dark, appears to have saved many a marriage if the reader reviews are to be believed.
eBooks by Kobo
One to watch, with its Borders team-up promising new e-reading hardware in the future, Kobo is a good looking e-library with a focus on new books and best-sellers. Its glossy, image-laden interface is backed up by discounts on current titles (“up to 65% off!” claims the blurb) while one new (and current) e-book is offered as a free download each week, making this app a great option for a casual, or light reader looking for a regular and inexpensive literary entree.
ICDL Books for Children
The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) brings a worldwide collection of free children’s books to the iPad. The largest collection of its kind, the ICDL spans the globe with thousands of children’s books from over 60 countries, in a wide assortment of beautiful languages with captivating illustrations.
Read Me Stories
Help your child develop the habit of reading. Use our library to give your child a fun new educational and entertaining book EVERY day. Each new book teaches your child new concepts, new words and how to say them. We’ve organized the library so that you can choose your stories by theme. Each series includes a sample book that you can try before you buy.