Monday, July 23, 2012

iPad Apps for the Tutor-Mom - Part 2

I'd like to update the list I made earlier by adding some more educational apps that I found helpful... because, yes, we STILL  review in the car, or while walking, or in the school swing, or at the poolside... yes, STILL anywhere except a proper study table!:)

Google Translate is one of the most-used apps by my oldest, especially when it comes to reading her Filipino comprehension stories.  Although it does not cover all the words in the Filipino vocabulary, my daughter loves it because it is comprehensive and handy.  It also accepts voice input and allows translation of a word or phrase into one of more than 50 languages.

My son loves Splash Math because of its modern interactive interface.  I love it because it is in line with the educational standard of the Singapore Math curriculum.  The app is designed to help reinforce math concepts in a spiral-based way that gradually increases in difficulty. Some of the covered topics include number sense (place value, order and comparison), addition, subtractions, multiplication, fractions, time, money, and more.


iTalk is among the best recording apps that I have tried.  Chinese is my Achilles' heel when it comes to tutor time.  You cannot imagine the stress I feel when my son has a Chinese conversational test coming up.  This app has since made it easier since I just ask my husband to record everything, and all my son has to do is hit "play."  Et voila!


The drills in Pinyin Trainer Ipad app is a big help to my kids when they need to catch up on their pinyin and tones.  There are a variety of question-and-answer settings to choose from to improve the kids' Chinese listening skills.

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