"Spring would not be spring without bird songs, any more than it would be spring without buds and flowers." Theodore Roosevelt, in a quote found in Ology, the AMNH app, which was released last month. See the full review below.
A VIDEO GAME GETS FDA APPROVAL
We take a closer look at the gameplay and research behind Akili Interactive's EndeavorRx, an FDA approved prescription treatment video game for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in childhood. The leveled racing games are used to help children develop "attention and inhibitory controls." One might argue that a game of Sonic or Super Smash Bros. could have a similar outcome, but that's a matter of debate and the presentation of the memory tasks are much more controlled in this context. What is not up for debate is that we now have an example of interactive media being medically validated as a tool to alter behaviors; and that FDA certification will enable the publisher to market games like EndeavorRx through Doctor's offices backed by insurance plans.
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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
Nintendo of America, www.nintendo.com, ($39.99 on Nintendo Switch), for ages 6-up.
A collection of pick up and play board, card and racing games, for one to four players. There's a nice variety, including Dominoes, Four-in-a-Row and Slot Cars. Games come from around the world, and fun facts are provided with each including some ancient history. There are many single-player options, where you play against the computer.
The 2 GB title, which comes in physical or digital forms for the Nintendo Switch offers a "Mosaic Mode" where up to four players can connect locally using their own systems to allow the game play to spread across multiple screens. This mode is used for slot cars racing and fishing. Other games, such as Bowling and Darts, offer motion controls. If you have a subscription to a Nintendo Switch Online, you can compete with friends or random players around the world.
Dots and Boxes
Hit and Blow
Nine Men's Morris
Hare and Hounds
Learn more at https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/clubhouse-games-51-worldwide-classics-switch/.
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*LEGO Duplo World: Winter Holiday
StoryToys, http://www.storytoys.com, (Free, $8 for all IAPs on iPad, Android, iPhone https://apps.apple.com/US/app/id1458749093?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.storytoys.lego.duplo.world.kids.play.free.friends.animals.android.googleplay&referrer=af_tranid%3D6ad5D9seXk6UykvRd1lxJQ%26shortlink%3D624802f0%26pid%3DWebsite%26af_web_id%3D6edfcf6c-205b-419d-9339-66f5d58da181), for ages 2-5.
One of the five parts of the LEGO Duplo World app, sold as an in app purchase from within the app.
Content includes three screens. You can give Santa presents, and then take snapshots, build things with a set of Duplo blocks, or go ice skating with a set of Duplo characters
Make sure you take advantage of the multi-touch features, and play along with your child. The app was made for the LEGO Group by Emmet O'Neill's team at StoryToys on Ireland, which is part of TouchPress.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/gLw3wK_ys0A
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American Museum of Natural History, www.amnh.org, ($free on iPad https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ology-science-for-kids/id1512196504?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4), for ages 6-up.
Great content, at an even better price (free) meets poor interactive design in this web site turned app from the American Museum of Natural History in New York -- the huge museum located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. The bottom line is that it is worth the download, especially if you happen to be taking a group of children to the museum. But it needs to be modernized to work on touch screens. The OLogy science website https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology has been running for two decades, and it forms the basis for this app.
Once downloaded (it takes a while) it does not require an internet connection. You get 36 modules that include mini lectures from scientists on Tyrannosaurus Rex (children can learn about the dinosaur’s anatomy and senses) and a biodiversity game that asks players to match species of Cuban wildlife to their different habitats. There's also a lesson on how astronomers calculate the distance to faraway stars; and a primer on the flu that can help children understand viral transmission. It is available for iPads running iOS 11.0 or later and can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store here. The content is excellent, but the presentation quality varies, primarily because the content is not sized well to the screen. Some fonts are too small to read, and the most of the content could be presented via video or text. This app appears to be adapted from the web, rather than being designed around the tablet platform.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/FNlieVBdvcs
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On a sad note: Trumpet player Ryan Anthony died today at age 51. Ryan started a foundation called "Cancer Blows" and he approached his own cancer diagnosis with courage, leadership and music. CTR will make a donation to his foundation in his memory and hope to keep his foundation going, at https://www.cancerblows.com/.