iPad for Kids: Using the iPad to Play and Learn

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-14
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PCWorld's 2010 "Children's Toy of the Year," the iPad is highly regarded as THE cool device for consumers, but it also has great uses as an introductory device for young children eager to discover technology through learning games. Written by technology expert, educator, and parent Brian Proffitt, IPAD FOR KIDS: THE BEST EDUTAINMENT APPS FOR YOUR CHILD (AND HOW TO USE THEM) will help you discover and configure the best educational iPad apps for your child. From toddler to tween, you'll find the perfect app for every child in your life in minutes!

Author Biography

Brian Proffitt is a small-business and technology expert who blogs on ITworld.com on Open Source technology and AIIBusiness.com on matters concerning small business. He Twitters as @TheTechScribe on these and a whole wide range of technology sectors. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
First Step: Introducing the iPadp. 1
What Is the iPad?p. 2
The Educational Case for the iPadp. 4
Choosing the Right iPadp. 5
Getting an iPad Devicep. 9
Throwing in the Extrasp. 10
Setting Up the iPadp. 10
Conclusionp. 15
Second Step: Interfacing with the iPadp. 17
Touring the iPad Devicep. 17
Having the Right Touchp. 25
Keying in the Keyboardp. 27
Moving Text Aroundp. 29
Configuring the iPadp. 31
Conclusionp. 39
Third Step: Connecting with the iPadp. 41
Connecting to iTunesp. 43
Using the WiFi Connectionp. 49
Using the 3G Connectionp. 53
Troubleshooting Connectivityp. 57
Conclusionp. 58
Fourth Step: Using the iPad Appsp. 59
Opening and Arranging Appsp. 60
Get Your Appsp. 67
Updating Appsp. 76
Configuring Appsp. 78
Removing Appsp. 79
Conclusionp. 80
Work the Web: Safarip. 81
The Secret Origins of the Webp. 82
Here Come the Browsersp. 82
Navigating Web Sitesp. 83
Managing Bookmarks and Historyp. 86
Browsing Many Pages at Oncep. 92
Searching for Contentp. 94
Customizing Your Browserp. 95
Conclusionp. 97
iBooks for Readingp. 99
Finding Your Reading Materialp. 100
Reading in iBooksp. 106
Conclusionp. 108
Multimedia Learningp. 109
Getting Multimedia: iTunesp. 110
Multimedia Playback: iPod and Videosp. 116
Internet Video: YouTubep. 119
Conclusionp. 121
Virtual Field Trip: FaceTimep. 123
What Is FaceTime?p. 124
Setting Up FaceTimep. 125
Making a FaceTime Callp. 128
Video Mirroring with FaceTimep. 131
Conclusionp. 132
Apps for Toddler Learningp. 133
AlphaBaby: The Joy of Discoveryp. 134
Expanding Language: Baby Flash Cardsp. 155
One Counting iPad App! Ah Ha Ha Ha!p. 160
Hearing the Sounds of the Worldp. 162
Play for Creativity's Sakep. 165
Conclusionp. 170
Apps for Pre-Kindergartenp. 171
Fish School: Catching Some Knowledgep. 172
Oh, the Apps You Will Usep. 178
One of These Things… What's the Difference?p. 180
Abracadabra with Math Magicp. 183
Conclusionp. 192
Apps for Kindergartenp. 193
Word Magic Hocus Pocusp. 194
Build Skills with TeachMe: Kindergartenp. 200
Super Learning with Super Why!p. 216
Conclusionp. 219
Apps for First Gradep. 221
Formulating with Sentence Builderp. 222
Put It in Writing with Letter Labp. 226
Easing into Reading with Phonics Made Easyp. 229
Get Counting with Time, Money & Fractionsp. 233
Geography Made Funp. 237
Conclusionp. 244
Apps for Second Gradep. 245
Test Reading with Sight Words HDp. 246
Fun and Games with Mathp. 251
Walk Among the Starsp. 258
Conclusionp. 267
Apps for Third Gradep. 269
Achieving Fluency with K12 Timed Readingp. 270
Step Up to MathBoardp. 275
Walking the World with GeoWalk HDp. 282
Vote for Presidents of the United States for iPadp. 286
Conclusionp. 289
Apps for Fourth Gradep. 291
Oh, Come On, It's Dinosaurs!p. 292
It's All in the Chemistryp. 301
Something to Send to Washingtonp. 304
Conclusionp. 306
Art Class Without Smocksp. 307
Shutterbugging 101p. 308
Quiet on the Set!p. 314
Drawing for All Agesp. 322
Conclusionp. 328
The Musical iPadp. 329
Choose Your Instrumentp. 330
Playing Instrumentsp. 331
Getting Smartp. 337
Conclusionp. 339
Appendix Apps for Learning Challengesp. 341
Dragon Dictationp. 342
iCommunicatep. 342
iConversep. 343
Look2Learnp. 343
Proloquo2Gop. 344
Indexp. 345
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