NMC Horizon Report Summary

I was re-reading the Horizon Report the other day when it occurred to me that it could be easily summarised. This has helped me consolidate the main elements of the article in my own mind. It is always interesting to reflect on where your school or region is at in this whole process. I hope this is helpful for you too. Please feel free to use and share.

Speech to Text Apps – Updates

Two years ago we published a Speech to Text Apps blog post that has gone on to have over 70,000 hits. Obviously things have changed since then and it was about time that an update to the original blogpost was published. Here are a number of newer apps to add to the original list we published in 2012.

Voice Text Pro: FREE
Dictating has never been easier! Voice Texting Pro doesn’t need to learn your voice, no training is required. It works straight out of the box. By default, it uses the language appropriate to the settings of your device. So if you are in Spain, it recognizes Spanish, etc. You can change the language in the settings page.


Voice Assistant: $2.99 AU
From short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between just use Voice Assistant. Voice Assistant is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it�s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.


Voice Dictation: $0.99 AU
Voice Dictation is a new app that makes you forget about typing a message! Now you can make and send your SMS / Facebook / Tweeter / e-mail messages using your voice on IOS device. Uses advanced voice recognition technology to create an easy and convenient app for voice to text dictation.


PaperPort Notes: FREE
PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking. Combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document.


Learning about the Ocean

Oceans are a great place for learning. It might be learning about tides or about erosion, it might be learning about ecosystems or coral reefs. It might be learning about the animals of the ocean big and small. Here are a number of apps for when your students are studying about the ocean.

Oceans: FREE
The abundance of water on the Earth’s surface is an exceptional feature that distinguishes our “Blue Planet” from others. Beyond the species that inhabit them, the oceans are essential to all living organisms on Earth. Thanks to the oceans, clouds and rainfall are produced, allowing vital water to reach all.


Map my Globe: FREE
The continents, oceans, and poles have lost their places! Can you help put them back and restore order to the world? Map My World encourages children to broaden their global awareness, by asking them to place all 7 continents, 5 oceans, and 2 poles back in their proper world locations.


Ocean Science: $2.99 AU
The Earth has one big water system with many features. The Ocean app of Ringier Studios is a fantastic journey deep into the sea. Learn and enjoy the seven essential principles of Ocean Science with movies, 360� pictures, outstanding animations and motion graphics.


Marine Missions: FREE
Explore with Jacques the hermit crab and learn that a healthy ocean is a healthy world! This app from National Geographic Kids teaches children about ocean animals and the importance of water conservation in a fun and interactive adventure game. Help Jacques on his mission to clean up the world’s ocean!


Ultimate Sharks: FREE
Ever wondered what it would be like to swim among the ocean�s deadliest sharks? Get in the middle of the action as only Discovery can � intense attack stories, 3D interactive sharks, exclusive HD videos and awesome high-resolution photos, and all for free!


Otter on his Own: $2.99 AU
Join Sea Otter as his mother teaches him to dive, hunt, and survive on his own in the ocean. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. When the pup follows his mother into the open sea, more than just excitement awaits them- a great white shark lurks nearby!


Melbourne Aquarium: FREE
Melbourne Aquarium�s iPhone application allows you to access heaps of fun facts and cool images of our amazing underwater animals, taking you on a journey through the aquarium�s four exciting worlds; Antarctica, Weird and Wonderful, River to Reef and Sharks Alive.


MarcoPolo Oceans: $2.99 AU
Make dolphins jump. Build a coral reef. Explore the deep sea. Create your own aquarium. These are just some of the fun things you can do with MarcoPolo Ocean, a �digital sandbox� for kids to play in that sparks their interest in the most unexplored part of our planet � the ocean.


Shark Net – Prisoners of the Blue Serengeti: FREE
Shark Net gives you a deep look into research being done by Stanford University scientists. Shark Net allows you to connect directly with one of the most amazing predators on the planet � white sharks, which return every year to the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries .


Animals of the Ocean: $0.99 AU

Using sight and sound, explore the Animals of the Ocean, in this app that is suitable for toddlers through to adults. Included are all your favourite animals you would find deep in the ocean, featured in high quality photos and authentic sounds. Animals of the Ocean provides three different mode

Sharing Australian Aboriginal Culture

Australian Aboriginal culture has existed continuously for more than 40 000 years. They have developed sophisticated social organisations, complex legal systems and a numerous practices and ceremonies based around their Dreamtime beliefs. There is no way we could ever hope to capture all their knowledge of animal behaviour, or of the seasons and bush tucker that each one brings. For that matter we will never know the full extent of the geographical, ecological or land management skills that these communities possess but at least some of them are documenting different aspects of their culture for future generations. Here are a number of apps that introduce students to both their oral story telling tradition and their traditional languages. Enjoy!

Ngurrara – Australian Aboriginal Storybook: FREE

Ngurrara follows the journeys of three young Australian Aboriginal Ngarluma men as they fish, hunt and carve their own stories. It is set on Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula) As the landscape, the people and culture change over millennia, one thing remains the same, the Ngarluma people ‘were always here.’


Warlu Song – Australian Aboriginal Storybook: $2.99 AU
A spirit man journeys with a terrifying serpent, ripping up trees with an angry wind, smashing the land with floods and changing the country forever. Continuing the Aboriginal oral tradition, this story was dreamt by a songsmith and is here sung in Yindjibarndi and spoken in English.


Yagambeh – Australian Aboriginal Storybook: FREE
Yugambeh Aboriginal language from the Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim regions in Queensland, at your fingertips for educators, visitors and community. Includes audio, dictionary and pictionary files. Developed by the Yugambeh Museum to re-invigorate use of their traditional language.


One Road: Canning Stock Route: $1.99 AU
One Road: Canning Stock Route Project app takes users on a journey through the remote deserts of Western Australia. Part rich cultural resource, part travel guide, One Road is an interactive map spanning the 2000km Canning Stock Route, which was surveyed between 1906 and 1910 to transport cattle.


Healesville High S-Dreamtime: FREE
Under the guidance of Aunty Joy Murphy, a Wurundjeri elder, nineteen years 7, 8 and 9 students from Healesville High School undertook an intensive two days of Dreamtime story telling, culminating in four dreamtime stories told through striking artwork and narrated in the students’ own voices.


Ringbalin – River Stories: $6.49
In 2010 the Ringbalin, a group of Indigenous tribes reignited an ancient ceremony, a Ringbalin, travelling 2300km, dancing to save Australia�s Murray Darling Rivers from a crippling drought. By the time they had finished rain had started falling. What followed were the biggest floods in Australian records.


Indigenious Australian: AGNSW: FREE
Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of NSW lets you explore a selection of artists and artworks from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection. Discover stories of the artists and the art, get simple explanations of art terms, and go behind the scenes with interviews and videos.


NT Languages – Anindilyakwa: FREE
A flash card language app developed by the Northern Territory Library comprising everyday words and phrases in Anindilyakwa and English. This app is a bilingual literacy tool for people in Anindilyakwa communities, as well as English-speaking workers and visitors to the Gulf of Carpentaria.


Australian Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders: $4.49

Information on the Australian Aboriginals and the Torres Strait Islanders. Past and present, the corroborees, Indigenous art, the land with places like Uluru also known as Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon. The Torres Strait Islanders history including the cultured pearling industry and fishing for Dugong.


Yan – Aboriginal Text Editor:
Creation of Australian indigenous language text on iPads. The app contains the special characters used by most of the common Australian Aboriginal languages, such as ‘?’ for example. Unforunately this app is not currently available in the Australian iTunes Store.


Sharing the Dreaming: FREE
Sharing the Dreaming is a window into Aboriginal culture: the culture of the Nyoongar, the traditional custodians of Australia�s South-West. Listen to Dreamtime stories, illustrated by images of paintings in the local style. Hear and learn Nyoongar words and their English language translations.


The West Macs: FREE
Welcome to the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, a world class National Park and home to the Western Arrarnta people of Central Australia. Listen and watch our stories of scenic beauty and history from this ancient landscape and a culture that has existed for many thousands of years.


Ma Iwaida: FREE
The Ma! Iwaidja app is an initiative of the Minjilang Endangered Languages Publication project. Anyone interacting with the language in any way, including Iwaidja speakers becomes an instant documentary linguist. Adding a new word with transcription is as simple as adding a new contact to your Contacts list.


iOS Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts seems to have been a recurring conversation on twitter recently so I wanted to investigate what was available for teachers. I was surprised to see just how many apps designed for writing prompts there were. What is nice, is how many of these can be used for all grades. I really like the interface of some of these and I think your kids will too. Find a couple that will suit your students and your teaching style. Please list any more that you know of in the comments.

Write about this: $4.49 and FREE
The world is full of scenes with stories yet to be written…what will you Write About? Write About This is a visual writing prompt and creation tool! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. Multiple authors can write and save to the gallery.


The Brainstormer: $1.99 AU
The Brainstormer is kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer provides a moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any creative mind. Combat creative block, spark new ideas and summon up quick subjects matter.


Writing Prompts: $1.99 AU
The writing prompt generators use current events, scene elements, words, sketches, colours, genres and writing types, unleashing endless random bits of fantasy to fuel your muse. Plus, we’ve included our database of 600 creative writing prompts so you’ve got them right at your finger tips, online or off!


Prompts for Writers: FREE
Prompts is full of original writing prompts to ensure you never have a dull moment of writing. Feeling stuck? Press the lightning bolt at any time and you’ll be presented with a prompt to help inspire you. Even if you don’t know where to start writing, just open the app and press the plus button .


Things to think about: FREE
Kids� Things to Think About provides 100 prompts to spark thinking for written responses and encourage conversations about ideas and issues for kids. Created by students and teachers in Michigan, it can be used in classrooms by allowing children to explore the prompts and by using them to guide a discussion.


Writing Prompts for Kids: $1.99 AU

Boost students’ creative writing skills with writing prompts that will spark their imaginations. This writing prompt generator is quick and easy to use; your students will have an inspiring writing topic in seconds. Just tap the screen to pick a situation, a character, a setting, and an object.


iDeas for Writing: $1.99 AU
If you like writing, you don’t have to worry about the creative blocks or the fear of the blank page anymore. Thanks to “iDeas for Writing”, you will always carry with you a whole writing workshop with creative triggers and exercises to get your imagination flowing. You will have a smart notebook for writing within the app.


Lost the Plot Writing Prompts Generator: $1.99 AU
Lost the Plot? Then this is the app for you. It is, of course, a writing prompts generator. That much is true but, it is so much more. The prompts held in the digital mind of this app are a little different to the prompts out there in the world. This app generates prompts a little left of centre.


Character Prompts: $2.99 AU
Character Prompts gives you 19 different profile characteristics. We take the process of character development to the next level by adding thousands of character twists and 150 thought provoking questions for your character. Shake your device, swipe across the screen or tap a tab to change prompts.


A+ Writing Prompts: $5.49 AU
Writing.Com presents “A+ Writing Prompts”, the education version of “Writing Prompts”, the iPhone app with an endless supply of creative inspiration! The app includes all of our prompt generators and prompts packs, with no in-app purchases, and at a discounted price, making it perfect for teachers and students.


Story Dice: $1.99 AU
Story Dice is a creative tool to prompt ideas for plot, character, and setting. This idea generator can be used effectively for both written and oral storytelling.  The user interface is simple enough for ages 3+ to use without any additional instruction. A general writing prompt for all ages without reading or native language barriers.


Rory’s Story Cubes: $1.99 AU
Keep all your Rory�s Story Cubes in the one place. The ultimate, mobile storytelling game loved by children, parents on the go, creative writers, progressive teachers and games masters.?? 9 cubes, 54 images, Over 10 million combinations. Can you create a story using all 9 face-up images?


Story Spark: $2.99 AU
Do you have writer’s block? Use Story Spark to generate a plot twist or surprise for your current work in progress. Just apply the spark to your current characters, or have them meet someone new! Great for the reluctant writer, young and old. Never fear the blank page again!


Silly Story Starters: $1.99 AU
Silly Story Starters generates millions of creative writing ideas for kids. It provides the ability for kids to save their writing and remembers the student’s information for ‘publishing’ by email. The app stores the projects as a collection as well as offering editing capabilities for existing writing projects.


Editing Video on your iPad

Making movies on the iPad is one of those activities that I often see in schools. I love to watch how quickly even very young students can produce a professional looking movie. It is a great way for them to illustrate what they have learnt. Normally I would say that editing movies on the iPad is best done using iMovie but it is not exactly cheap, especially if you have a raft of other apps you want your students to have. Here are a couple of apps for editing movies that do not cost the earth. Many of these apps also contain features found on the more expensive apps.

Magistro: FREE
Magisto is a fun and easy way to automatically edit videos and photos and share them with your friends and family. Magisto will turn your video and photos into beautiful edited movies, complete with music and effects, in minutes. Create sensational movies using as little as 5 photos.


Movie Pro: $2.99 AU
MoviePro – the most powerful video recording and film making app with innumerable options (switch cameras while recording, pause, zoom, adjust Frame rate and resolution, landscape/ portrait mode, selectable video and audio compression, uncompressed audio and  Silent Movies.


VideoBite: FREE
VideoBite makes it easy to turn your smartphone video clips into awesome short movies. Make your clips look their best before sharing them privately among friends and family; or save them to your Camera Roll for sharing on Instagram! Simply use the heart symbol to mark your favorite moments in your video clips.


Viddy: FREE
Turn everyday moments into fun little movies with the Viddy app � it is a simple way to capture, create, and share short, 30-second mobile videos using social media. Viddy is perfect for capturing memories, showing off your skills or sharing video updates with friends. One-touch publishing to social media.


Perfect Video: FREE
Perfect Video is the easy to use video editing app for quick and straight forward editing. With help of it, you can quickly trim, merge, add subtitles, add photos, add text, pick transitions, add music and export your video clips. Its simple lay-out and workflow does not need any explanation.


Now you can DRAW a movie!  Do you want to create your own unique movie? Just draw it by yourself with Cute Cut! Beside providing the utilities of a common video editor, Cute Cut gives more than you expect. Just drag and drop, you can arrange your media segments easily. Supports both portrait/landscape.


Videon: $4.99 AU
Videon contains all the features necessary to record great videos – from capture to editing to viewing. The goal is simple – perfect videos! We combined our knowledge of cinematography with advice from industry professionals to create the most extensive video app available.


Givit Video Editor: FREE

Givit with Highlight is a revolutionary way to stitch together multiple scenes from a single or several videos. Add transitions, effects, titles, photos, and finish with music from Givit or songs in your iDevice. Your final “Highlight” will be a highly entertaining video to share with the world or friends and family.


Splice: FREE
Splice together HD photos and videos in an amazingly simple way. Add music tracks from your iPod library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like Ken Burns, slow motion and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and much more.


Visual Timers for your iPad Classroom

Students do not always have a great sense of time and many of my students over the years have miscalculated the time remaining on a particular task or assessment piece. This is a skill that they develop over time but not without some devastating consequences. These visual timers are exceptionally good for visual learners but work just as well for all the students in your class. Start to generate better time management in your class with the use of one or more of these visual timers.

Visual: $0.99 AU
Visual is a visual countdown timer. Know how long you have left with a simple glance. With Visual, the passage of time is presented through the changing of your screen colour. Time remaining is communicated like traffic lights. Green means lots of time left. Yellow half. And red means it’s time to wrap it up.


TicoTimer: $0.99 AU
Tico Timer is a visual timer for children. Select from ten different types of countdown available, from disappearing squares to a shrinking circle, and it will tell your students – in a visual way – how much time there is left. Tico Timer is a great way for developing the sense of time in small children.


VisTimer Free: $1.99 AU
The VisTimer was developed to provide a gentle implementation of time imposed limits. It utilizes an animated shrinking pie chart to depict elapsed time. Visual thinkers often have difficulty conceptualizing time. Being able to see the changing pie chart as time passes makes it easier to understand time.


Timetrack – Visual Timer: FREE
TimeTrack is a tool used to visually display time. It is intended for children and other people who have a hard time understanding the abstract concept of time. Each light represents a fixed number of minutes. When the time is up, lights will flash and a sound will play.


Visual Time HD: $2.99 AU
Visual Timer HD is a timer which slowly uncovers a stunning photo over time. The time chimes when the time is up. The timer can be set quickly by controlling a slider and/or plus and minus buttons for adding or subtracting minutes and it includes a digital representation of the remaining time.


Timer Visual 1.0: $0.99 AU
Do you have students who have difficulty understanding the concept of time? Time can be an abstract idea, this can generate anxiety in people that do not have the ability to calculate the amount of time for left to complete an activity. Timer Visual helps to solve this problem by providing visual clues.


Visual Countdown Timer: $2.99 AU
A digital timer that shows the elapsed time clearly and is easy to use. You can countdown from any duration. It uses the full screen of the iPhone/iPod touch without any additional clutter while running. It helps to better visualize the concept of time, useful for example during an oral exam or to teach time to kids.


Kiddy Timer: FREE
Kiddy Timer is the perfect time management tool for parents, and teachers to monitor children’s daily activities. This is a beautiful, easy-to-use, functional timer. Simply add child�s photo, name and select up to 4 timers that fit your child’s age and daily schedule.


PiTimer: FREE
PiTimer is a clean and simple visual timer. It is useful for any situation where you want a visual representation of time remaining. Great for giving students an idea of how long is left on an activity. This is especially useful for timing children at home or in class.


Timers and Tokens: $0.99 AU
Timers and tokens provides two separate functions for use in the classroom or at home. First, it gives you a visual timer. Useful when working in the classroom  to demonstrate how much time they still have to work on a task. The timer starts as red and then becomes yellow and green as the end of the time approaches.


Waitstrips: $0.99 AU
The Waitstrip provides a concrete visual representation of increments of time, amount of steps to be completed, number of minutes to work, number of math problems to be completed etc. It is a visual guide that allows an individual to remain on task or focused for a duration of time.


SessionTrac Time: $0.99 AU
SessionTRAC is a visual timer that allows for easy monitoring of the time remaining in any timed session. It is ideally suited for presentations, speeches,  play or nap time. The interface is designed to be easily understood, providing quick understanding of the fraction and pace of the time remaining, .


iPad Archaeology – Studying Ancient Egypt

I always loved Egypt as a kid – I think was the mystery, the magic and the element of the unknown that created the romantic idea. That and Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and the subsequent series of fatal events that surrounded the discover. I even thought I wanted to be an Archeologist at one stage. Whenever you go to a schools and see kids exploring Egypt for a project or inquiry based learning activity it always generates so much enthusiasm and energy. I thought it might be fun to explore some of the apps on offer for exploring ancient Egypt and the re-discoveries that have been made in the last 200 years.

Britannica Kids -Ancient Egypt: $4.99 US
The perfect app for exploring the secrets of hieroglyphics, mummification, the Pyramids, Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, and other popular Egyptian topics. Learning has never been more fun with this interactive and educational app that is based on school curriculum.


Ancient Egypt by Kids Discover: $4.49 AU
Travel back in time to a mysterious land where pharaohs still rule, mummies abound, and workers construct massive pyramids and sphinxes under the hot African sun. Kids will explore the Great Temple at Abu Simbel with a virtual animation, experience daily life and culture in Ancient Egypt.


Egyptian Museum: $2.99 AU
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities. The aim of the museum is to represent and display the diversity and heritage of Egypt. The museum creates a great experience for tourists by helping them connect history to the present.


Pharaohs HD: The Ancient Egypt $2.99 AU
The whole history of Egypt, with all its pharaohs, religion, daily life, customs, monuments, dynasties in one wonderful work. The whole world of ancient Egypt with a description of each pharaoh known, with special reference to Ramses II, the mysterious Tutankhamen, and even Akhenaten.


Gods of Egypt: FREE
Gods of Egypt lists and displays basic information about the major Egyptian gods. The app contains info images about the Gods important in the rituals, life and afterlife of the ancient Egyptians. The application also contains surprising images of statues, amulets and jewellery related to Egyptian Archaeology.


Egypt Temples: $2.99 AU

This app features many of the major Egyptian Cult Temples in complete detail. All of the mysteries of Egyptian cult temples are explained and illustrated with videos, photos, drawings and 30 highly detailed computer generated reconstructions. Immerse yourself in the 3D reconstructions and get a feel for the life and times of real Ancient Egyptians.


TimeMaps Egypt and Ancient Civilisations: $5.49 AU
Follow step by step the history of ancient civilizations and the Egypt of the pharaohs. Sumerians, Babylonians, and Egyptians: the first big empires, who over five thousand years ago build imposing pyramids and temples, invented the wheel and developed sophisticated astronomical calculations and mathematics.


Ancient Egypt Virtual 3D: FREE
This scientific virtual archaeology application is an interactive 3D format reconstruction of Raneferef’s hypostyle hall at the funerary temple in Abusir, Egypt. King Raneferef’s hypostyle hall was virtually reconstructed according to available evidence and under the expert guidance.


The Pyramids: $7.49 AU
Fly around the pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza near Cairo. Enter and wander around the labyrinth of tombs and passageways. Examine wall paintings in incredible detail, rotate royal statues and spin 3D objects. Everything has been painstakingly recreated from ultra-high-resolution digital imagery.


Genius Quiz – Ancient Egyptian History: FREE
What was ‘The Book of the Dead’? Did you know that in the construction of the pyramid of Khufu over 2,000,000 blocks of stone were used? Who was the ‘heretic’ pharaoh husband of Nefertiti? Discover the secrets of the civilization that, thousands of years ago, built towering pyramids and massive temples.


Egyptian Gods: The Mythology: $1.99 AU
For over three thousand years, ancient Egypt was the greatest civilization on the planet. Inscribed on the tombs of its Pharaohs were depictions of their gods, who ruled supreme over this world and the next. Understand more about their ancient religion, get Egyptian Gods today!


Egyptian Heirglyph Decoder: $1.99 AU
Egyptian Hieroglyphics Decoder app allows you to look at Egyptian columns with Hieroglyphics and actually translate the Hieroglyphics. Tap the Hiero-glyphics images and see what letters they translate too – even make sentences. Read Hieroglyphics with the Egyptian Decoder App!


Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes: $6.49 AU
The Ancient Egyptian Papyri translations have been edited to make them both easy for the modern reader and beautifully illustrated. The Ancient Egypt Magazine said of it “The full colour illustrations by the author will make the book particularly appealing to younger readers, although adults too will enjoy”


Flow of History: $1.99 AU

It’s history as it should be experienced: a dynamic fluid process instead of the standard names & dates approach to history you learned to hate in school, The Flow of History gives you world history in a series of 243 hyper-linked full-colour flowcharts. Now you can explore the connections between various historical events & processes, both across time & between cultures.


Games for Learning about Egypt:

The Timeline Builders: Pyramid Rising 2: FREE
Become the Pharaoh�s architect, build historic temples, manage your resources skilfully and avoid enemies to succeed! Great Pharaoh Touti and his friends are back for an epic adventure that will take you on a journey along the Nile in TimeBuilders: Pyramid Rising 2!


Escape the Lost Kingdom: $5.49 AU
A young family is invited to visit the newly opened museum in Egypt; while touring the museum they discover the long forgotten tomb of a cursed Pharaoh named Raned. After being separated you now have to play as each character. Help the family reunite, escape this long-lost Egyptian kingdom and discover the story behind the fascinating tomb and treasures that are buried within.


Egypt: The Helipelis Prophecy: $2.99 AU
Heliopolis, the City of the Sun, a centre of learning, is one of the largest capitals of Egypt in 1360 B.C. A terrible epidemic is threatening to destroy the city  Tifet, a young priestess of Sakhmet, the Goddess of disease and medicine, sets out to find a remedy to save her adopted father and the inhabitants of Heliopolis.


Learning to Tell the Time

Telling the time is one of those skills that many young children struggle with initially. Even in these days of digital displays the ability to read an analogue clock is an important skill, a skill that overlaps with other forms of numerical literacy.  The actual transfer of the skill between analogue and digital is just as important. Here are a number of apps that give kids the opportunity to learn to tell the time in both an analogue and digital formats.

Tell Time: FREE
Most students are at school for a couple of years before they start to learn how to tell the time, however this apps is appropriate for any students that is starting to show an interesting telling the time. If students can read simple books than they have enough skills to be able to tell the time.


Nanzoo Clock: FREE
Nanzoo Clock has been designed to assist your children in telling what time the hour and minute hand are both pointing at. With an efficient design for learning to tell time and kid-friendly animals, your children can experience learning to tell the time in a the fun friendly way.


Time Teacher Lite: FREE
Time Teacher is a great way to teach children how to read time. The app contains a number of activities that will help children develop an understanding of telling the time for your children, including; matching digital and analog time and setting the hands on an analog clock to match a digital clock.


Tick Tock – Tell the Time: $0.99 AU
Tick Tock is an app aimed at helping children learn, explore and practice telling the time. It’s child friendly design means children can learn and have fun at the same time! It is suitable for a range of abilities as the user can select the difficulty, allowing them to gradually make the questions more challenging.


iTellTime: $0.99 AU
iTellTime is a fantastic app that teaches and drills children who are learning how to tell time. Children need to be familiar with different ways of telling time,  hours, halves, quarters, minutes and hours and minutes. With iTellTime your child will enjoy learning how to tell time in no time.


Tick Tock: $0.99 AU
Kids can have fun learning to tell the time! Move the clock hands with your finger and press a button to hear the time, or the app can ask you to set a random time – the children move the hands to set the clock hands and then press a button to check the answer. All times are read aloud in English.


Interactive Telling Time: $2.99 AU
Interactive Telling Time is great for kids from ages 3 to 12 and comes in 5 difficulty levels so that it helps kids master telling time progressively. Beautifully illustrated with many adorable clock designs and accompanied by encouraging voice-overs to enhance their learning experience.


Around the Clock: $2.99 AU
Around The Clock is primarily not an app for learning to tell time. Instead, the app is an introduction to the clock, the different hours, and how a day can look.  Fine and clear illustrations make it both easy and fun to use this app. The 24 mini-games are all so intuitive that children can play all by themselves.

Tic Toc Time: $2.99 AU
The underlying principle for this application is to help children connect the concepts of digital and mechanical clocks. A child manipulates either the mechanical/analog or the digital clock using simple gestures and observes the effect on the other clock. The in app narration allows children to purposefully use Tick Tock Clock.


Mingoville Fun Clock: $2.99 AU
Mingoville Fun Clock is a fun and safe educational game that will teach your kid to tell time. Fun Clock also contains storytelling, explaining how the clock works and it includes animations. Fun Clock app will teach your kid to tell time in a funny way by playing the game with animations and great sound effects.


Jungle Time: $A2.99 AU
Jungle Time is an engaging, easy to use educational app that teaches kids how to tell time in multiple languages. For iPad only � takes full advantage of iPad screen size with special graphics and double-clock math problems. Animal faces smile and roar in a fun jungle theme with unlimited fresh problems every time.


Studying Endangered Species

There are 3079 animals and 2655 plants that are classified as Endangered worldwide. Many of these species are in danger because of the direct impact of man and the removal of their native habitat. These apps give students an introduction to the number and variety of species that are under threat. These would be good for Inquiry or Project Based Learning but are just as useful as classroom resources.

WWF Together: FREE
Experience the world�s most amazing and endangered animals in one app � together. This interactive experience brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover their lives and the work of WWF in a way you�ve never seen before.


Wildlife Monograph: FREE
A glimpse of some of the worlds increasingly rare and endangered species, captured on camera in their natural habitats. The spell binding intimate images captured by some of the worlds premier wildlife photographers breath with vivid insight and a sense of being closer than most of us can ever hope to be.


GeoEndangered: FREE
Animals all around the world are in danger but how familiar are you with vulnerable and endangered species? This app present you with a picture of an animal and you have to guess whether it is Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable. Raise awareness for endangered species as you educate yourself.


My Environment: FREE
From the Australian Government, find the Australian environmental places and species that make up your neighbourhood. See the heritage places, wetlands, protected species, protected areas, weeds and invasive species near you. Drill down to see photos and location maps of environmental places and species.


Threatened Species: $0.99
This educational app captivates your students with stunning high-definition photos and 17 informative videos with a total duration of more than 30 minutes on different endangered and exotic animals. Animals include Orang Utan, Komodo Dragons and the Asian Elephant.


Animals in Danger: $0.99 AU
This application is a collection of the Worlds endangered animals. You will get all the information required about 60+ mostly likely endangered animals in the world. Go for this collection and get the information about the animals which we need to protect them before they get extinct.


Species on the Edge: $1.99 AU
A guide to 365 species on the Red List, the most widely recognised list of threatened and endangered species, compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Species on the Edge app allows you to browse and learn about threatened and endangered species from around the world.


Endangered Species – Last of their Kind: $2.99 AU
Learn about these rare and amazing creatures, who are on the verge of going away forever! App includes Hi-resolution images of endangered species as well as detailed information on each animal. The app has been built with retina ready graphics and includes a Challenging Quiz Game!


Endangered Animals: $5.49 AU
Hundreds of species of animals are becoming endangered, and many more are likely to become extinct in the wild unless we do something to help them. This app focuses on 150 of the animals listed on the IUCN Red List, the internationally recognised list of the world�s most endangered species.


Britannica Kids Endangered Species: $5.49 AU
Learn all about the endangered species of the world in the latest addition to the Britannica Kids series. This app offers a fun andengaging way to explore a very important subject. Discover the variety of plants and animals on earth through a wealth of amazing images, videos, games, and informative articles.