Educational Software

Harry Connick Jr. joins Playground Sessions music learning app to teach piano

Three-time Grammy award winner and actor Harry Connick Jr. is joining the Playground Sessions (download for iOS or Android) music learning app as a piano instructor and brand ambassador.

Playground Sessions, created by legendary musician Quincy Jones, teaches users how to play the piano. The program dives into keyboard skills, reading music, chords, advanced rhythm, how to play by ear and more.

Connick is a long-time advocate of music education.

"Music changed my life in every way... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software , Educational Software

Why 'Kahoot' is like 'YouTube for education'

Norwegian gaming company Kahoot! is launching a new program designed to position the company as a sort of YouTube for education games, allowing their millions of users to create their own games and popularize them through the Disney-backed platform.

CEO and co-founder Åsmund Furuseth told TechCrunch today that Disney decided to increase their share of the company -- bumping their valuation up to an all-time high of $376 million -- right as the company laid the groundwork for their... Read More »

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How WhatsApp is empowering Nigerian women

Though smartphone users in the US do install apps designed to improve their lives, often the apps they have on their phones are intended for entertainment. With our focus on amusement, it can be easy to forget that in lesser developed countries technology can give people the tools to materially improve their lives and even survive.

With 4G networks coming to developing countries in just the last few the last few years, countries like India and Africa have found ways to... Read More »

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New York Public Library launches Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' as an Instagram Story

Franz Kafka's novella about Gregor Samsa's sudden transformation into a large bug is available to read on the New York Public Library's Instagram (iOS, Android).

Like the Insta Novel installments preceding it, The Metamorphosis works like an Instagram Story. The novel's cover art and page animations were created by artist César Pelizer with Hornet Inc, a production company.

Pelizer's interpretation of the main character is a bug-boy hybrid jumping on his bed, never quite reaching the window.... Read More »

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New Brain Power app helps those with autism improve social skills

Technology is now dominating the education field and a new generation of children are growing up in classrooms and homes inundated by cool new gadgets or apps designed to help kids learn and grow. Many schools are turning to AI in an effort to help teachers educate a wide variety of students across the world, and a recent study found that by 2021, AI usage in education will rise by almost 50 percent.

Companies are also starting to use AI... Read More »

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Emergency app saved man from heart attack, and here's how it works

When Mark Lee had a heart attack in the central business district of Perth, Australia, he opened a smartphone app and dialed 000. One block away, a notification popped up on Danny Rummukainen's phone and he rushed to help.

News First reported that Lee was dead for 12 minutes before the first responders ahead of the ambulance brought him back.

Lee's rescuers used the St. John First Responder app (iOS, Android), which notifies those qualified in... Read More »

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Can 'Wonderscope' AR app turn screen time into quality time with your kids?

Deciding how much screen time your child should be allowed is a dilemma most of today's parents face. Too much technology could make it feel like family time is a thing of the past as everyone's attention is directed to devices.

Some apps, like Wonderscope (iOS), want to compromise by integrating family time with screen time. Wonderscope is WITHIN's first AR app.

"[Wonderscope] creates narrative-driven experiences that change the way kids engage with mobile devices by encouraging movement, reading... Read More »

Topics: Kids & Parenting Software , Entertainment Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software , Educational Software

'ClassDojo' app lets parents keep an eye on their preschool kids

Usually, when you ask a child what they did in school today, they'll reply with a vague "nothing," or "I don't remember." As a busy parent or guardian, you may find your child's brief answers don't really fill you in on what's going on at your child's school.

The ClassDojo app (iOS, Android) can strengthen communication between parents, children, and teachers. The app has portals for parents, school leaders, teachers, and students. The app is used at 90 percent of K to 8 schools... Read More »

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Use BallotReady on your phone to research candidates and walk into the voting booth with confidence

Whether on the local or national level, election season can be overwhelming. There's multiple candidates, stances, and issues to take into account before filling out your ballot. Depending on the website you search, you can hear different takes on candidates and that only serves to muddy your decisive waters.

BallotReady is possibly the best candidate round-up site available. Simply open the website on your mobile browser or desktop and enter your full address. The website puts together a conclusive, nonpartisan... Read More »

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Follow 2018 US midterm election day results in real-time on Apple News 'Key Races' section

Apple News (iOS) is making it easier for people to keep track of election results with its Key Races section. The company will launch the feature at 8 p.m. on November 6.

Key Races will replace Apple News' Midterm Elections section in the app. Users can also find the feature where Apple News' Digest tab used to be, for even quicker access.

"The 2018 Midterm Elections section helps readers follow the latest on the elections with breaking news, exclusive... Read More »

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