Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.
TimeTours: Uxmal takes students on a virtual trip to the golden age of the Maya, using modern 3D reconstructions. The virtual trip through time brings the past to life in threespherical panoramas that put students right into several important locations of ancient Uxmal using the built-in compass feature.
Sponsored by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) based in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the cdli tablet combines text and images documenting three millennia of human activity that includes the development of trade, mathematics, and astronomy.
Created by the Fossett Laboratory for Virtual Planetary Exploration at Washington University in St. Louis, the GeoXplorerapp for iOS and Android devices helps students understand the complex, three-dimensional nature of geologic structures.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.