Science NetLinks is currently developing a couple apps to share with Thinkfinity users. As part of our research, we're playing as many games as we can. There are a couple great discussions in the Community about apps in the classroom, but we're also curious about what apps/games you (and your family) like to play. They may not be that educational, but they are LOTS of fun. By playing all types of games, we can learn more about tablet technology features and brainstorm how to incorporate them into something educational.
So I will start...
I'm currently addicted to Fruit Ninja and honestly I'm not sure why. It's a simple game where you use your finger to slice through a piece of moving fruit, thus splattering fruit on the wall behind. Oh and you have to watch out for the occasional bomb. Perhaps its the finger sweeping motion, the fast-moving colorful fruit, or maybe the messy splattering, but it's entertaining and of course I want to beat my previous score.
What apps are you loving and why?
I like Words With Friends and Draw Something. Both are free and games that play off of creative. Words With Friends can help build (or remind you of) your vocabulary since you're trying to come up with words you can play off of your competitor's words. Draw Something is different in that you and the person you're playing with get points by working together--by accurately guessing each other's drawings. I love watching people's drawings come to life; some people create really fun and interesting ways to depict a word.
My daughter who is 7 years old enjoys a lot of the game apps, but she also seems to enjoy:
Scribble Press - app to create templated books with drawings
Painting with Time: though it was free when I downloaded, and I noticed they are now charging $.99
Dragon Dictation: she finds it funny to talk into the tablet and see what the app types in response; it's been helping her to make sure she's speaking clearly
We're still searching for more quality education apps that are fun and engaging for her. I'm sure there are many, but they can be hard to find.
Also, I just downloaded EduCreations and have started playing around with it.