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Janet Cerni

Top 10 Apps of 2011 | Touch and Go - 3 views

  • blog “Touch and Go” last June. Since then, we’ve reviewed more than 80 titles.
  • the selections will amuse, entertain, educate, or challenge kids—even after repeated viewings
  • limited my choices to the apps reviewed in this column over a four-month period.
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  • , Touch Press is unquestionably the front-runner among app producers. The London-based company has set out to “forever transform the act of reading,
  • Gems and Jewels, which highlights holdings from Chicago’s Field Museum
  • The Waste Land, which includes a stunning reading of T. S. Eliot’s iconic poem by Irish actress Fiona Sha
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Moonbot Studios).
  • Beware Madame La Guillotine (Time Traveler Tours, LLC), an audio tour of Paris that stops at the French Revolution’s most significant sites
  • Jack Kerouac’s On the Road at an impressionable age. The app (Penguin/1KStudios) offers the complete text of the seminal work supported by a rich variety of print resources, video and audio recordings, and visuals culled from Viking’s archives and the Kerouac estate.
  • Spot the Dot (Ruckus Mobile Media/Unicorn Labs) embodies the medium’s potential to create entertaining educational materials for all children, including those with special needs.
  • . Al Gore’s Our Choice (Rodale), which targets the climate crisis, was first published in 2009, and this app (Push Pop Press/Melcher Media) updates the book
  • video introduction by the author sets the agenda, while a cogent text, video clips, fluid interactive graphics, and spectacular photos address our world’s most pressing environmental issues
  • Nosy Crow’s Cinderella: A 3-D Fairy Tale puts a fresh, modern spin on the classic slipper story. The app features animated scenes and reader-controlled text speed. And if it’s interactivity you’re looking for, this one can’t be beat.
  • Edward Bell’s Journey to the Exoplanets (Farrar/Scientific American) explores the little-known planets beyond our solar system. The app offers many cool options, including a regularly updated “Exoplanet Feed,” animated explanations of key concepts, and gyroscopic views of these far-flung orbs
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