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Apps for Gifted Kids

When my kids were young, folks started getting Personal Computers.  A few had Macs, most had PCs.  Now this sounds like "the dark ages," but my kids are still in school!  More and more of us have smart phones or tablets, mostly based on either Apple or Android operating systems.  And whatever we want to do, "There's an app for that!"

Here's a quick list of popular apps for gifted kids.  The apps are arranged by ages... preschoolers, young school-age kids, and older kids and teens.  There are also apps for parents: apps for tracking your homeschooling efforts, and even apps for tracking your knitting!  Enjoy!  And if you find an app your kids, or you, just adore, please tell us about it!  carolyn@hoagiesgifted.org

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Apple apps are sold through the Apple Apps store.  Android apps are available either through the Android Market, or through the Amazon App Store.  Remember to check the Amazon App Store for thier daily free app, often a regularly-priced app available only briefly for free.

Animoto (iPad)
Turn your photos into stunning, professional-quality videos, complete with music and text... Also Animoto PC application (free)
 
Aqueduct (iPad/iPhone)
Aqueduct – a world of jumbled waterways and mixed-up pipelines. It's up to you to rearrange the tracks and restore the flow. Locked gates, shifty conveyor belts, puzzling warp portals, and more stand between you and order. Over 200 unique puzzles... ($2.99)  Also Aqueduct 101 (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) with 48 different challenges (free)
 
BananaGrams (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
Award winning game that will drive you bananas! Just like the board game, Scrabble without a board, played against yourself in a race against your opponents or the clock... (paid $0.99)
 
BrainPop Featured Movie (iPad)
Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz... (free)
 
Chicktionary Lite (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
Unscramble a roost full of letters and create as many words as possible. Each hen bears a letter. Touch the hens and spell out a word, then watch as the word appears below them. Press Enter to submit the word (free for Lite version, $1.99 for Chicktionary for the iPad)
 
DC Comics (iPad/iPhone and Android)
Download and enjoy great comic books from DC Comics current weekly offerings plus thier vast, legendary classics library. Check out Tiny Titans... (free)
 
DragonBox (Android and iPad)
Become an algebra star in no time! It doesn't matter if you hate maths or love it; you'll enjoy this game. In just one hour of playing, you will master difficult algebraic equations. Impress your friends, parents or even your teacher. Or simply prove to yourself that you are smart. The fast track to understanding algebra... $2.99 for the iPad Review from Wired: GeekDad
 
Evernote (Android and iPad)
Easy-to-use app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go... (free)
 
Fractals (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
Move and pinch and fractals in real-time! Explore Mandelbrot and Julia sets, select between multiple equations and enter your own values for Julia sets. Save fractals to your photos and share with friends or save them to your Fractals album... ($2.99)
 
Frog Dissection (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and Android)
Move and pinch and fractals in real-time! Explore Mandelbrot and Julia sets, select between multiple equations and enter your own values for Julia sets. Save fractals to your photos and share with friends or save them to your Fractals album... ($2.99)
 
GeoBee Challenge (iPad and Android) by National Geographic
In the multiple-choice round, answers come from a library of more than 1300 National Geographic Bee questions. In the map challenge round, zoom, pinch and tap your way to find spots on an interactive map from a catalog of 1000+ locations. For an added challenge, bonus rounds include National Geographic photographs; you have to locate what's in the photo on the interactive map...but you don't know where the photo was taken or what is in the picture! The faster you answer, the more points you get... For grades 4-8 ($1.99)
 
Glogster (PC only, see Rover for iPad)
create GLOGS - online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings (PC version uses Flash editor). (free)
 
Google Earth (Android and iPad)
Explore the world from the palm of your hand... (free)
 
Google Goggles (Android and iPad)
Search the real world by taking a picture. Image recognition technology to recognize objects and return relevant search results... (free)
 
Khan Academy (iPad)
A convenient way to watch Khan Academy videos.... not the full Khan Academy experience (free)
 
KidCalc 7-in-1 Math Fun (iPad/iPhone)
Teaches number recognition, counting and math to pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school aged children using flash cards and puzzle games... (free)
 
Minds of Modern Mathematics (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
Takes you on an interactive journey that spans nearly 1,000 years. It tells the story of mathematics and how it has impacted almost every aspect of human progress, from science to music, art, architecture, and culture (from IBM)... (free)
 
Minim (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
Obliterate molecules by combining connected atoms, reducing the subatomic matter to a single particle. Become a minimalist in no time... ($1.99)
 
NASA (Android and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
The Official NASA App. Includes a collection of stunning images, videos, mission information, news, NASA TV, mission status and more... (free)
 
Numbers League (iPad)
Clever use of basic math skills will save the day. The more you play the sharper these skills will become until no villain is safe from your numerical onslaught... ($3.99)
 
Oregon Trail (Android and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
The Official NASA App. Includes a collection of stunning images, videos, mission information, news, NASA TV, mission status and more... ($0.99)  Also available, Oregon Trail American Settler (Android and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
 
PDANet (Android)
Shares your phone's Internet connection with your computer and does not require rooting your phone! (free for 30 days, creates but does NOT require tethering)
 
Pixelogic Daily (iPad)
Puzzle game using hints and logic to reveal a hidden picture made of colored tiles. Numeric hints are used to uncover a pixelated surprise... (free)
 
Planets (iPad)
3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers, including Sky 2D: locate planets with flat view of sky, Sky 3D: planetarium style view of the sky, Visibility: find out when planet will be visible, and Globe: rotating 3D globe of planets and moon (free)
 
Presidents vs. Aliens Lite (iPad)
Learn presidential facts, quotes, nicknames and historical events, and use your knowledge to help the presidents defeat the aliens. Fling the presidents at the aliens to knock them all down. Use the many special objects and "Executive Powers" to increase the fun! Collect all 44... (free for Lite version, $0.99 for Presidents vs. Aliens)
 
Presidents! (iPad/iPhone)
Learn about presidents from Washington to Obama through visual recognition. Multiple choice quiz to track your progress, keeps you challenged by remembering what you got right and wrong. Browse the presidents to become more familiar; each president has a full biography... ($0.99)
 
Rover (iPad)
Enhances the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad, including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (e.g. Flash content) (free)
 
Scramble With Friends (Android and iPad/iPod/iPhone)
It's like Boggle at home, now for your handheld devices. Play against friends via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter (terribly addictive). It is possible for kids to play against random opponents and those opponents to contact your child via the game chat.
 
SET Game (iPad/iPod/iPhone) (Android)
SET, the classic card game of visual perception. Match or don't match three shapes, colors, shading and number of items on each card. For multi-touch, multi-player action, try SET Pro HD (iPad/iPod/iPhone).
 
SimplePhysics (iPad/iPhone and soon, Android)
Design complex structures for everything from tree houses to ferris wheels and then simulate your design with a sophisticated physics engine... (free)
 
SketchBook Pro (iPad and Android)
Professional-grade paint and drawing application... ($4.99 iPad or Android)
 
Sky Map (Android)
Turn your Android device into a window on the night sky... previously called Google Sky, now open source (free)
 
Smithsonian Channel App (iPad or Android)
Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts, full episodes and hundreds of video clips... (free)
 
Space Physics Lite (Android)
Puzzle classic with over 2800 levels, ranging in difficulty from 'kids' to 'impossible.' Solve levels for fun, or try for the par score... play for years! (free for Lite version, $1.99 for Space Physics)
 
Stack the Countries Lite (iPad)
Learn country capitals, landmarks, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated countries anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of countries that reaches the checkered line to win each level... (free for Lite version, $0.99 for Stack the Countries)
 
Stack the States Lite (iPad)
Learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level... (free for Lite version, $0.99 for Stack the States)
 
Story Dice by Thinkamingo
Another pair of story-creation apps, for Android and iTunes devices.
 
Tetravex (Android)
Classic puzzle game where pieces must be positioned so that the same numbers are touching each other... (free for Tetravex, $1.49 for Tetravex Pro)
 
Touch Physics (iPad)
Draw shapes with a crayon that come to life. These shapes interact with the wheel, causing it to move according to physical laws. When it reaches the star, the level is complete. Beware, this is not as simple as it sounds! ($1.99)
 
Trainyard (iPad/iPhone)
Easy to learn but very tough to master. Your job is to get each train to a goal station. Red trains go to red stations, blue trains go to blue stations, etc. You control the trains by drawing track for them to follow. There isn't a time limit or even a score; the only thing you need to do is figure out a solution for each puzzle. ($2.99)
 
Unblock Me (Android and iPad/iPod/iPhone)
Ssimple and addictive puzzle game. Get the red block out of the board by sliding the other blocks out of the way, 4200 puzzles in four difficulty levels...
 
Vexed Pro (Android)
Puzzle classic with over 2800 levels, ranging in difficulty from 'kids' to 'impossible.' Solve levels for fun, or try for the par score... play for years! (free)
 
Ultimate Dinopedia (iPad) by National Geographic
Dig into more than 700 dinos with National Geographic’s interactive Dinopedia! ($4.99)
 
Where's My Water? Free (iPad and Android)
Swampy the Alligator lives in the sewers under the city. He is a little different from the other alligators — he’s curious, friendly, and loves taking a shower after a hard day at work. The other alligators have damaged his plumbing and disrupted the water flow. Help Swampy by guiding water to his shower! (free version, $0.99 for Where's My Water?, iPad and Android)
 
WolframAlpha (iPad and Android)
Remember the Star Trek computer? It's finally happening--with Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation! ($2.99)
 
Words With Friends (Android and iPad/iPod/iPhone)
Your favorite crossword game, now for your handheld devices. Play against friends via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter (terribly addictive). It is possible for kids to play against random opponents and those opponents to contact your child via the game chat.
 
X Construction (Android)
Build a bridge with the given amount of materials to let the train safely cross the valley. Great physics game. (Lite version is free, and I haven't gotten through it yet...)
 

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Last updated September 15, 2014

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