TouchMyApps » Education http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Oxford’s $20 Dictionary app Free today, $0.99 until Sept 9th http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/09/03/oxfords-app-free-today/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/09/03/oxfords-app-free-today/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:10:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=73074 With school back in full swing, Mobile Systems – one of the largest publishers of dictionary apps on iOS – is offering Concise Oxford English Dictionary with Audio for the iPhone and iPad completely free. Normally sold at $19.99, this popular dictionary has over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions, and over 50,000 audio pronunciations of both common and rare SPECIAL PRICE DISCOUNT 19.99$ > 9.99$

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is the most popular dictionary of its kind around the world and is noted for its clear, concise definitions as well as its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the vocabulary of the English-speaking world. The dictionary app includes over 50,000 audio pronunciations of both common and rare words, available in… Read more]]>

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With school back in full swing, Mobile Systems – one of the largest publishers of dictionary apps on iOS – is offering Concise Oxford English Dictionary with Audio for the iPhone and iPad completely free. Normally sold at $19.99, this popular dictionary has over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions, and over 50,000 audio pronunciations of both common and rare words. Suffice to say that this is probably more than adequate for the average person. To compare, the non-concise version ($49.99) includes over 350,000 words and 75,000 audio pronunciations. This freebie offer is only good for today (Sept 3rd), after which the price will stay at $0.99 until Sept 9th.

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The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is the most popular dictionary of its kind around the world and is noted for its clear, concise definitions as well as its comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the vocabulary of the English-speaking world. The dictionary app includes over 50,000 audio pronunciations of both common and rare words, available in… Read more]]>
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Khan Academy official app now available for iPad. Watch over 2,700 educational videos for free http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/12/khan-academy-official-app-now-available-for-ipad-watch-over-2700-educational-videos-for-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/12/khan-academy-official-app-now-available-for-ipad-watch-over-2700-educational-videos-for-free/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:51:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67008 Khan Academy, the non-profit education organization that features thousands of educational videos, has released the official Khan Academy app for the iPad. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Spend an afternoon brushing up on Statistics. Discover … Read more]]>

Khan Academy, the non-profit education organization that features thousands of educational videos, has released the official Khan Academy app for the iPad.

We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.

Spend an afternoon brushing up on Statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of Computer Science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.

The iPad app features Khan Academy’s complete library of over 2,700 videos (downloadable for offline use), as well as subtitles and progress tracking. It’s now available on the App Store and is free to download. You can check out a sample video of one of the lessons after the break.

Khan Academy - Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. Khan Academy, Khan Academy  - Free

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Smule gives you the tools necessary to battle Satan with the release of Magic Fiddle http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/smule-gives-you-the-tools-necessary-to-battle-satan-with-the-release-of-magic-fiddle/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/10/smule-gives-you-the-tools-necessary-to-battle-satan-with-the-release-of-magic-fiddle/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:03:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42545 Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course … Read more]]>

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Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course the hundreds of dollars you’ve already spent on your iPad).

Smule, the creators of Ocarina – one of Apple’s “All-time top 20 Apps” — along with other popular ones including Glee Karaoke and Magic Piano bring you Magic Fiddle for the iPad. Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques in Story Book mode, perform from a list of 20 songs, earn medals for your performance, and compete with other fiddle players from around the world in online leaderboards (Satan may or may not be a competitor). So if you’ve ever had aspirations of learning how to play yet another instrument on your iDevice, Magic Fiddle is another unique musical app from Smule that shouldn’t be missed. Check out the video demo after the gap.

Magic Fiddle Smule, Magic Fiddle, 16.04MB – $2.99



App Description

Hello. I am your fiddle. I am programmed to make you a musical prodigy. Your untrained fingers will play beautiful music in a matter of minutes. My fiddlery magic will help you earn high scores, gold medals and fun badges. You and I will be unstoppable on the global leaderboard, competing with fellow fiddlers. Seriously, in the amount of time it took you to read this you could have learned ‘Ave Maria’. I kid you not (fiddles never joke).

You, my friend, are not just someone with an iPad. You are a virtuoso.

PICK UP AND PLAY:
• Pick up and play beautiful songs by following streams of colored light in my SongBook, no skill required!
• Impress your friends by playing any of my 20 songs I have in my SongBook, from video game theme songs to ‘Ave Maria’ and everything in-between.
• Bow, pluck, trill, and play vibrato and glissandi right from your iPad.

TAKE IT TO THE TOP:
• Earn scores for every song, and medals for playing well. I will be the judge of ‘well’ (not your mother).
• Show off your newly found musical aptitude to your fellow fiddlers by competing for a spot on the global leaderboards.
• Earn badges as you accomplish new heights of fantastic fiddlery.

LEARN FIDDLING TECHNIQUES EASILY:
• Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques through fun learning adventures with me – my StoryBook takes us on an 8-chapter interactive journey to teach you different techniques with activities and step-by-step instructions.
• Practice your new techniques on real songs as you improve.

LISTEN AND SHARE WITH THE WORLD:
• Listen to other magic fiddlers play on the globe around the world.
• Broadcast your masterpieces for the world to enjoy.
• Show your support for fellow fiddlers by ‘liking’ their songs.
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Want to learn still more about me?

I’m flexible: Any bowed string musical instrument can be referred to as a fiddle.
I’m worldly: I’m played in continents around the world.
I’m experienced: I first appeared in India circa 3000 BC.
I’m funny: What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? About $10,000 dollars.

I’m also classy, dark, and musically inclined…..

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English for green thumbs: Learning To Speak English: In The Garden http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/22/english-for-green-thumbs-learning-to-speak-english-in-the-garden/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/22/english-for-green-thumbs-learning-to-speak-english-in-the-garden/#comments Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:07:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34989 EasySource (Hong Kong) have some interesting English press releases, but they also have a pretty rad outlook on English educational apps. Traditionally, getting Little You to speak English instead of your native language costs thousands of pesos and robs your house of a screaming brat for hours at a time. If EasySource are to be trusted … Read more]]>

EasySource (Hong Kong) have some interesting English press releases, but they also have a pretty rad outlook on English educational apps. Traditionally, getting Little You to speak English instead of your native language costs thousands of pesos and robs your house of a screaming brat for hours at a time. If EasySource are to be trusted (and who wouldn’t trust a company called EasySource?), ESL education can be had for as little as 3.99$. Learning To Speak English (yep, each word cap’ed) uses traditional flashcards to coax a little of the Queen’s language from your child.

English teachers: TMA’ll keep it under wraps for your job security.

Learning EasySource, Learning To Speak English: In The Garden, 3.99$

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Math Ninja In Review – TD + Ninjas + Giant Tomato = Fun While Learning! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/03/math-ninja-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/03/math-ninja-in-review/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 18:46:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33940 There are a fair amount of apps in the App Store now that could be classified as educational or a learning tool. Ranging from toddlers to full grown adults, they often come in the form of some sort of game that incorporates actual learning as well. One such title is Math Ninja, an educational game … Read more]]>

There are a fair amount of apps in the App Store now that could be classified as educational or a learning tool. Ranging from toddlers to full grown adults, they often come in the form of some sort of game that incorporates actual learning as well. One such title is Math Ninja, an educational game that attempts to make math fun once again for the young (and old more mature). Read on to see if I got my learn on, or just a big fat F.

I remember as a child when my parents used to try and introduce “learning games” to me; most of the time I thought they were extremely boring or lame. There was no real integration of the game and learning aspects and it was never put together in a way that you can’t do one without the other. As a result I would often skip the learning part, which then obviously renders the whole exercise useless. Thankfully Math Ninja tries to solve that problem.

The basic setup of the game is of the castle defense variety – you are a ninja (a MATH NINJA) and you must defend yourself from various critters that are being sent to attack you by an evil giant tomato. Now to some adults, I’m sure this is just sounding really lame, but if you just use your imagination and remember when you were little, I’m sure you’ll see the fun that can be had.

You defend yourself in a treehouse using various weapons that can be purchased between rounds. Being able to do that is where the learning comes in. The way you earn cash is by answering a series of math questions after successfully defending yourself in a round. The more you answer correctly, the more cash you rack up. Simple, fun, and integrated in a way you’ll want to score well on the math questions for all those upgrades and goodies.

Now to make the game more accessible to all ages, you have the option of selecting the difficulty level (easy,normal,ninja!) as well as what types of math questions you want to be challenged with (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). You are also shown help menus during your first round of play to either teach you or remind you of the game rules. While it is definitely useful for all new comers to have the help section during the 1st round, it appears that it’s the only place where it can be found (a separate help menu would be have been nice).

Visually Math Ninja isn’t going to blow your mind. The artwork and design comes together rather nicely and should appeal to the younger gamers who are actually in the process of learning the basics of math. It’s not hard to imagine a 5 or 7 year old being drawn to an adorable looking giant (and evil) tomato and wanting to learn more about addition/subtraction as result.

Overall I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with Math Ninja. I didn’t know what to expect going into the review and while I don’t have any kids of my own yet, I can definitely appreciate the value of an app like this. The ability to sneak some learning in with your kids while letting them play a game is an absolute plus for parents. That said,  for all you parents out there with young ‘uns who are looking for some fun and educational apps for the iDevice, Math Ninja is recommended. If you don’t want to drop $1.99 on the app just yet, there’s also a free lite version you can check out.

App Summary
Title: Math Ninja Developer: Ray Wenderlich
Reviewed Ver: 1.2 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $1.99 App Size: 10.8 MB
  • Really fun game
  • Great learning/playing integration
  • Could appeal to a wide audience
  • Graphics might not be good enough for some
  • Math only means limited learning (e.g. no english,science,etc)

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iKanji touch in Review – a stroke of 和 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/08/ikanji-touch-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/08/ikanji-touch-in-review/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 07:27:07 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=27500 Learning Kanji (Chinese characters) is the biggest hurdle to pass in attaining Japanese proficiency. In fact, it may be the most important key to unlocking fluency. But Kanji is hard to learn especially if you don’t use it in daily life. ThinkMac Software, author of iKana touch, have really laid the hammer down, pounding a … Read more]]>

Learning Kanji (Chinese characters) is the biggest hurdle to pass in attaining Japanese proficiency. In fact, it may be the most important key to unlocking fluency. But Kanji is hard to learn especially if you don’t use it in daily life. ThinkMac Software, author of iKana touch, have really laid the hammer down, pounding a great educational rhythm into iKanji touch for students of all levels of Japanese. Feel free to discuss iKanji touch in our forums.

Just like its analogue, iKana touch, iKanji touch is a fluent creation; it is easy to use, elegant, and helpful. Firstly, it is comprehensive, covering all frequently-used Japanese Kanji (more than 2 000 with more than 16 000 example compounds), and broken into a plethora of study categories. It features several study methods and makes excellent use of the touch screen. Speaking of touch, if you add traditional Chinese to your input menu under Settings, you can draw kanji which the search engine will find – excellent helpful tool for when out and about!

An important point which iKanji touches is primary school kanji study patterns which are added to the standard JPLT study patterns. While non-Japanese struggle through arbitrary levels decided upon by the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Japanese students learn in a completely different manner. Studying both patterns helps to cross-reference study. In fact, studying primary school kanji helps students build vocabularies helpful for every day use. iKanji touch is packed with example words and multiple ways to study specific kanji.

As you progress through study levels, you can opt to add kanji to practice sets, and kanji which you don’t remember will be added into a revision set which can later be edited. The practice system, which allows a number of study methods is excellent. Study methods alow you to study kanji: overviews, meanings, readings, compounds, and stroke order. Each system is straightforward, testing from a number of choices and meandering within practice sets to make sure that study is effective within selected groups.

Again, the only problem with iKanji touch is inherited from the same omission which struck iKana touch: lack of blind tracing. Users can trace kanji’s strokes for practice on order, but without a blank-slate study system, memorisation isn’t as effective as it could be.

I am confident that with daily use, iKanji’s repetition will help users remember the most important part of the Japanese written language. iKanji touch attacks the most important points in order to pass any level of the Japanese language. It is an amazing tool, but unfortunately, it lacks blind tracing. With that one function in place, it would be a full 5/5 app. As it is, it is merely the top of the App Store!

App Summary
Title: iKanji touch Developer: ThinkMac Software
Reviewed Ver: 1.2 Min OS Req: 2.2
Price: $9.99 App Size: 1.2 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
  • Excellent, easy to use GUI and navigation system
  • Plethora of study styles
  • Covers all daily-use Kanji
  • Great Kanji search engine
  • No blind tracing mode
  • Very little emphasis on writing kanji

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iKana touch in Review – Wipe-on, wipe-off Japanese kana learning http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/22/ikana-touch-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/22/ikana-touch-in-review/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2010 07:21:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26467 The iDevice is an excellent platform for language acquisition apps. Languages which use especially benefit from the svelte touch screen and multimedia slant. iKana touch is an exquisite app for students of Japanese to learn both official syllabaries: hiragana and katakana. The main reason that iKana succeeds so well is that it is easy to … Read more]]>

The iDevice is an excellent platform for language acquisition apps. Languages which use especially benefit from the svelte touch screen and multimedia slant. iKana touch is an exquisite app for students of Japanese to learn both official syllabaries: hiragana and katakana.

The main reason that iKana succeeds so well is that it is easy to use, but still packs a punch of great features. Under the bonnet are: flash cards, stroke order tutorials, vocab examples, sound clips, and a couple of tests to make sure you have it all sussed out. Each of these are easy to access and the interface which is simply posh, is extremely well laid-0ut.

iKana touch allows users to tackle any of six kana sets and then practice what you have learned. Selecting a basic set of either: hiragana or katakana is iKana touch’s study meat and potatoes. There, the kana is printed on the screen with an option to playback its pronunciation or add it to the practice queue. One of the most helpful items, however, is the stroke order tutorial which is enacted by tapping the main kana card.

The two tests are pretty good for practice, but pose some pragmatic problems. The writing test will have you tracing a kana’s strokes without divulging their order. Naturally, this sort of test wasn’t possible prior to touch screen technology. But sadly, there isn’t a blind mode where users draw kana from scratch.

The speed test presents a large central kana which you must identify from among the list below in a limited amount of time. I have studies Japanese for years, but still found myself scrambling to find the romanised pronunciation!

What more can I say? iKana touch is an excellent study tool. For 4.99$ and good hard practice, you will be able to read every Japanese kana. The app is easy to use, well laid-out and feature-packed. If there was a true blind practice mode, iKana touch would receive full marks. As it is, it leaves the smallest of margins for improvement.

App Summary
Title: iKana touch Developer: ThinkMac Software
Reviewed Ver: 1.00 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
Price: $9.99 App Size: 16.0 MB
  • Excellent interface
  • Easy to access all portions of app
  • Great touch-screen enhancement for language learning
  • Good practice
  • Too bad there isn’t a fully blind writing test

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IdeaPod in Review – Bright Idea http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/06/ideapod-in-review-bright-idea/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/06/ideapod-in-review-bright-idea/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2009 11:39:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=21078 Kayac, the legendary developer of GravSynth, have a unique app up their sleeves called IdeaPod which attempts to separate your thoughts into organised problem-solving methods. IdeaPod stands upon the ideas of TRIZ and attacks problems systematically and is a great enhancement tool for brainstorming. There isn’t much to learn. IdeaPod is direly simple, allowing you … Read more]]>

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Kayac, the legendary developer of GravSynth, have a unique app up their sleeves called IdeaPod which attempts to separate your thoughts into organised problem-solving methods. IdeaPod stands upon the ideas of TRIZ and attacks problems systematically and is a great enhancement tool for brainstorming.

There isn’t much to learn. IdeaPod is direly simple, allowing you to tackle conventions rather having to learn new GUI and interface methods. If your finger is deft enough to swipe and tap, you can handle IdeaPod.

Ideas cards can be passed left and right, shuffled, and thrown away if unneeded. If you shake the device, the card ring advances one space to the right; pushing the card to the top deletes it from the stack; and nudging to the left or right reveals the next card in either direction. The shuffle button mixes things up. Other than that, the only other control changes the language.

So, what is there to review? Well, firstly, IdeaPod has a few problems which mostly stem translating the app’s database into English. Illustrations help make the most difficult-to-understand cards accessible, but there is the odd one which still eludes comprehension. Kayac might have forgone an English version of the app, favouring only their larger Japanese audience. Fortunately, they did not, but some difficult to understand cards simply won’t click a light on in your head.

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How you use IdeaPod is up to you. I won’t divulge too many personal details, but it has helped me in an ongoing project that I am working on and I expect it to remain in a position of strategy throughout my progress. Unlike other apps: reference, productivity, business, etc., IdeaPod will perform at your own level of dedication; effort that you put into your project will be paid back.

It is surprising to note that even the simplest of ideas can transform many aspects of your life, even your breakfast (take a look above). Aside from that, there is little else to say. There are no sounds and very little else besides what you see above. You cannot rotate the screen, nor email any content. IdeaPod is a very simple tool which can help you think through projects. The pictures are either cute or hard to understand, but the core of the app is utilitarian: simple methods are paired down to help you suss out your own.

Is IdeaPod worth 2.99$? Yes – if you use it, but this app is not a toy, and unlike a game, isn’t meant to be played till beaten. But let’s play a game shall we? If IdeaPod helps your own projects or project, tell me what it is in the space below. I will do the same. In the meantime, it’s back to project for me!

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App Summary
Title: IdeaPod (v1.0) Developer: Kayac
Price: $2.99 App Size: 1.7 MB
  • Simple to use
  • Japanese and English
  • Easy flick and shake responses
  • Helpful when brainstorming
  • Sometimes the English isn’t succinct enough to explain the artsy drawings

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Check below for more education apps:
Eight Must-have apps for back to schoolFree iPhone Developer’s course from StanfordDr. Corpus English Vocabulary in ReviewWordBook English Dictionary in ReviewEnfour’s Oxford Deluxe in Review

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Eight Must Have Apps for Back-to-School http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/25/eight-must-have-apps-for-back-to-school/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/25/eight-must-have-apps-for-back-to-school/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:13:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=18736 It’s the end of August and summer is coming to an end (sob). Soon, students across the United States and other parts of the world will be sucked back into the thing they dread most: school. But do not despair. With your iPod Touch (or iPhone) in hand, you can download the following applications that … Read more]]>

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It’s the end of August and summer is coming to an end (sob). Soon, students across the United States and other parts of the world will be sucked back into the thing they dread most: school. But do not despair. With your iPod Touch (or iPhone) in hand, you can download the following applications that could very well make your transition into the school year much more bearable.

Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus

backtoschool-dictionary1Stop lugging around that enormous Webster’s Dictionary in your house. Get this application instead and save money, the environment and your back.

Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus ,FREE, 35.6 MB
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Answers: powered by Yahoo! Answers

backtoschool-answersYou have questions. There are answers. Powered by Yahoo! Answers, this app categorizes and displays content in a format that is iPhone and iPod Touch friendly.

Western ITS Limited, Answers: powered by Yahoo! Answers ,FREE, 35.6 MB
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HomeBudget

backtoschool-homebudgetKeep track of your daily spending sprees and avoid accumulating massive amounts of debt. With support for accounts and tracking of both expenses and income, it’ll be that much easier to balance your budget.

Anishu, Inc, HomeBudget , $4.99, 1.0 MB
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Awesome Note

backtoschool-awesomenotesPost-it lovers rejoice!  Awesome Note has a beautiful interface with lots of themes to choose from. Write quick reminders to yourself on the go. [our review here]

BRID, Awesome Note, $3.99, 5.4 MB
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Math Ref Free
backtoschool-mathrefMath Ref Free is a math reference app that contains many useful formulas from categories such as Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry and more. The full version includes even more categories and is $0.99.

Happy Maau Studios, Math Ref Free, FREE, 1.0 MB
Dictionary.com - Dictionary & Thesaurus

iStudiez Pro

backtoschool-istudiezKeep track of your assignments, classes, and plan out your daily tasks with this full-featured app. (formerly know as iStudent Pro)

Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff, iStudiez Pro, $2.99, 2.4 MB
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Wikipanion

backtoschool-wikipanionThe encyclopedia’s killer, right in the palm of your hand. Wikipanion is one of the most popular Wikipedia apps for iDevice. Want even more features, like offline mode to read your entries later? Wikipanion Plus can be had for $4.99.

Robert Chin, Wikipanion, FREE, 1.1 MB
Dictionary.com - Dictionary & Thesaurus

EZ Read

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Sparknotes lovers rejoice! Access all the literature resources on Sparknotes.com via formatted pages catered for your iDevice screen. Interface needs an overhaul, but gets the job done.

Paul McComas, EZ Read, FREE, 0.3 MB
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Free iPhone Developer’s Course from Stanford http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/14/free-iphone-developers-course-from-standford/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/14/free-iphone-developers-course-from-standford/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2009 05:16:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13104 Not a direct market for this series, but certainly intrigued, I downloaded the entire 23-volume set of Stanford’s Monday and Wednesday classes aimed at providing students with the tools they need to get going as iPhone developers. There are many courses an aspiring dev can take and most are quite costly. Standford’s video series aims … Read more]]>

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Not a direct market for this series, but certainly intrigued, I downloaded the entire 23-volume set of Stanford’s Monday and Wednesday classes aimed at providing students with the tools they need to get going as iPhone developers. There are many courses an aspiring dev can take and most are quite costly. Standford’s video series aims to alleviate one of the most immediate concerns: money.

Stanford iTunes U – iPhone Application Programming

Stanford have a large selection of their educational volumes for download at the App Store which is a relief to would-be-students and earphone-scholars, but this release is perhaps the most immediately pragmatic of all and, at over 1 million downloads, the most popular.

Or course, merely downloading and watching these videos won’t mean that after 10 weeks you will rise in the morning to Tim Horton’s coffe and in the evening, fly to Columbia for the fresh stuff. You must come to the table with experience in the iPhone’s language of choice: objective C, a lot of patience and even the realisation that failure is more often than not, an outcome. That aside, this course may help the shy and aspiring developer learn some good tricks and refresh the SDK-elitist’s constantly-evolving catalogue of study.

Other developer articles at TMA are linked below:
100 Requisite Web Design and Development AppsiCascade – A dose of Reality, Design Commission’s stainless steel stencil set, No Approval in App Store, Nothing New at the Appstore, shigzeo Arrested, App Store Cash Cow, Thanks a Billion

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Dr.コーパス英単語道場 (Dr. Corpus English Vocabulary Dojo) in Review – An excellent Study Tool http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/04/dr-corpus-in-review-english-and-japanese-study-tool/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/04/dr-corpus-in-review-english-and-japanese-study-tool/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2009 05:50:26 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12253 Previously, I reviewed one of Nihon IR‘s other popular English Language study tools, 出る順. Dr. コーパス is similar in its approach in that it isolates vocabulary and allows students to select from different review methods. Both apps are geared for English study, but as I hope to show, are excellent tools for learning Japanese. While … Read more]]>

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Previously, I reviewed one of Nihon IR‘s other popular English Language study tools, 出る順. Dr. コーパス is similar in its approach in that it isolates vocabulary and allows students to select from different review methods. Both apps are geared for English study, but as I hope to show, are excellent tools for learning Japanese. While this review will be short, it will focus on how and/or if Nihon IR have managed to create a good study formula. 

Sights and Sounds
As in 出る順、Dr. コーパス also makes use of excellently-recorded voice tracks for students to compare/contrast in their studies. Similarly, the menu system, title screens, study and test modes are simply but beautifully designed. Nihon IR have put together a well-polished and aesthetic study app which is a joy to use.

Study Mode
In normal study mode, you can browse from the entire list of vocabulary words or choose from troublesome words. Study mode is the meat and potatoes of Dr. コーパス which features flash cards, word sheets, usage patterns and phrases to study. Here, you will control what and how you study, review pace what words need special attention.

This excellent and comprehensive section can be a real boon to your studies in Japanese or English.

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Dojo Mode
Dojo is a review mode that features three different characters who will test you while performing some sort of martial art (I am not joking). If you like tests, dojo mode will be up your alley, but remember, without properly studying first, it may be hard to complete Dojo with good marks.Tests consist of fill in the gaps, listening comprehension and multiple guess sections. There is also a comprehensive test of 40-50 questions that borrows from each of the test modes. Dojo is a fun and cute way to review vocabulary and sentences. Each mode is short, gives immediate evaluation of your vocabulary retention and targets a specific area of vocabulary study. 

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Positives
Dr. コーパス is a great tool for reviewing vocabulary and sentence structures with excellently recorded audio and an easy to navigate menu system. Its audience is Japanese-speaking, but English students of Japanese will also benefit from this excellent app. The cartoon characters are cute and helpful, the music unobtrusive and the entire app is well polished – a great tool for language students of both languages.

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Negatives
While this app is well-engineered, like 出る順, it can be construed as too pricey. Nihon IR make excellent study tools – tools that would benefit the non-Japanese as well as the Japanese student. But, the marketing behind Dr. コーパス is targeted completely at the Japanese market. Nihon IR should translate some of their material and interface to attract the non-Japanese consumer. Current Japanese study apps in the App Store pale in comparison to Nihon IR’s simple, but beautifully engineered products.

Conclusion
Dr. コーパス is a definite Grab. It is wonderfully thought-through from menu items to recorded voice. Vocabulary, sentence patterns and phrases work together perfectly – this app has a premium feel from start to finish. Some may think it pricey, but it is worth it. Unfortunately, Nihon IR’s product is so well-made that it needs to be marketed toward the non-Japanese also. There simply is nothing this well-programmed in the App Store for studying Japanese.

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App Summary
Title: Dr. コーパス英単語道場 (V 1.1) Developer: Nihon IR
Price: $8.99 App Size: 41.1 MB
  • Beautiful interface and menu system
  • Study-able music
  • Many study modes to choose from
  • Great tool for learners of both Japanese and English
  • Cute characters
  • Not cheap
  • Nihon IR should market this for non-Japanese

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Quotationary’s Got Company – Get Wise ‘r Die Tryin’ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/02/quotationarys-got-company-get-wise-r-die-tryin/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/02/quotationarys-got-company-get-wise-r-die-tryin/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:23:15 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11963 Educational? Inspirational? Baddass? You decide. Developer Kim Chi Studios (yum!) just released the new educational, inspirational, quotation-full, life-changing app: Get Wise ‘r Die Tryin’, a tongue-in-cheek collection of quotations that can be mailed, appended, rated, bookmarked and researched via Wikipedia. Anything else? Yes, you can make your own quotes! If anyone can stand up to giants of … Read more]]>

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Educational? Inspirational? Baddass? You decide. Developer Kim Chi Studios (yum!) just released the new educational, inspirational, quotation-full, life-changing app: Get Wise ‘r Die Tryin’, a tongue-in-cheek collection of quotations that can be mailed, appended, rated, bookmarked and researched via Wikipedia. Anything else? Yes, you can make your own quotes! If anyone can stand up to giants of wisdom such as Clint Eastwood, it is you, the baddass reader.

Kim Chi Studios, Get Wise ‘r Die Tryin’, $0.99
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Get Wise ‘r Die Tryin’ even has the cool old-looking background that you see in ancient manuscripts. Add that too cool page-turn effects and a decent interface and Quotationary has a competitor. Of course, a library of 500 quotes versus thousands has a long road ahead, but just as wine and kimchi get better with age, Kim Chi Studios will ferment their app gracefully.

A quick look at their support site (no jokes) will reveal their strategy to become the best quotation-app in the app store.

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