People are always asking us for a list of our top ten apps. That's a tough call... However, we can assure you that any app we have featured on our site, is worthy of a download. That said, we have compiled a list of tried and true app developers who have continuously stayed at the top the charts.
You may know Dan Russell-Pinson from his popular apps, Stack the States, Rocket Math, Stack the Countries, & Presidents vs. Aliens. Dan's first app, Stack the States, was one of the first apps TWA ever reviewed and it still consistently ranks in the top 10 in the App Store! Just recently a group of students was clustered around a desk totally engaged, playing cooperatively, learning pertinent information and having FUN while playing Stack the States! All of Dan's apps are top of the line in function and educational value. They're edutainment at it's best.
Kyle Tomson is the founder of the Mobile Education Store and is one developer you can trust to deliver. His first apps were developed with the intent to help elementary age children build their language skills. He has recently included the teen audience as well. Kyle's apps are used by parents, educators, Speech Language Pathologists, teachers in ESL and yes, even in the general education classroom. All the apps engage the visual, audio and tactile senses, helping students learn faster and retain what they’ve learned. Kyle has told us that he has some incredible things coming in 2012. We can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve!
Nosy Crow is a brilliant publishing company. This is the team behind the magnificent rendition of The Three Little Pigs, which was named one of "The Best Children’s Books on the iPad" by The New York Times. Cinderella, another classic they developed, was illustrated and animated by the same Ed Bryan, who did the Three Little Pigs. Nosy Crow also has Bizzy Bear on the Farm and another two in the works, both are slated to hit the App Store in January. Nosy Crow says, "We want to be sure that (our books) meet the needs of a reader (or emerging reader), and meets that need as well as it possibly can. That means great illustration, great design, great audio, great video, great animation and really great writing. We go out of our way to find these things from new and established talents." It's evident that all that hard work is paying off - greatly.
Spinlight Studios is a design and advertising agency that specializes in all forms of branding: print, web, copywriting, packaging, and interior. Recently they made their way into the app world. Spinlight first released their Education Series, which includes TallyTots, AlphaTots, and TableTots. These apps provide opportunities for kids to discover and learn. They cry out to be touched, tapped and turned. As the kids giggle and sigh they're getting a strong head start. Their latest release, Operation Math, is for the older students. While on a top secret mission, the kids are painlessly practicing their math facts and loving every minute of it!
iDevBooks, by Esa Helttula - Esa first started as a researcher of algorithm visualization at the University of Tampere where he designed educational applications that made complex algorithms more accessible to computer science students. When Esa went looking for a column addition app for his daughter he was surprised to find that there weren't any. Nor, were there any that taught column subtraction, long division and long multiplication in an easy way. Fast forward, Esa now has a collection of 16 math apps in the app store! He uses his knowledge to make great teaching and learning apps for children and anybody else who wants to learn math. Here is a couple our classroom go- to's: Lattice Multiplication, Partial Products Multiplication, Partial Quotients Division, Fraction Math.
Loud Crow Interactive turns traditional books into digital masterpieces and introduces the reader to another level of innovation and immersion. Get ready for an unforgettable experience that will entertain, educate, and inspire. Their titles include many books by Sandra Boynton, and new takes on classics like PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, PopOut! The Tale Squirrel Nutkin and most recently, A Charlie Brown Christmas, almost all of which we have featured on our Just Books page. When you open their book apps, you will experience a whole new way of reading. From the first page flip to the last, you’ll quickly realize that this isn’t your average e-book.
Motion Math developed the first learning games to fully leverage the tilt controls of Apple iDevices and won an Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design from Children’s Technology Review. Stanford University School of Education graduates, Gabriel Adauto and Jacob Klein, developed Motion Math to teach fractions. Subsequent games created for mobile learning let kids play with numbers. Their engaging game suite helps children master math's foundations – they turn screen time into learning time! Read our review of Motion Math HD to get a feel for what these developers bring to the table.