Dear Amy: How do I know if an educational app is worth downloading? — Amelia H., Tampa, Florida
Dear Amelia: Educational apps can be helpful for a variety of reasons. For instance, math apps such as Arcademic Skillbuilders can help you improve your multiplication, division, addition and subtraction skills. Music apps like Flashnote Derby can help you learn to sight-read music.
Choosing a reputable app for your tablet or mobile device can be difficult with the thousands of options available. Reading reviews is one way to learn more about an app, but reviews may not always be reliable. Fortunately, there are several websites devoted to testing and providing unbiased reviews.
The American Association of School Librarians shares Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2015, ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-apps/2015. Also, check out the lists from 2013 and 2014 available at the bottom of the page.
Best Apps for Kids, bestappsforkids.com, provides suggestions for categories such as Age/Grade, Rating, Education, Ebooks and Games. You are sure to find some helpful apps at this site.
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