I downloaded a bunch of apps for this one, played around with them, and then deleted most of them. I’m only going to talk about the few I really liked.
Love this. LOVE. It puts a tablet to spectacular and ingenious use, and is a great overview of art. I honestly can’t believe this is free! My only complaint is that is mostly features Western art. I’m keeping this one for sure.
Bill Nye the Science Guy:
This is a fun app, best suited to the elementary crowd. I like that it’s interactive, although I wish there were a way to bypass the opening sequence–it’s a little tedious to go through *every* time. I think my favorite thing is that there are instructions on how to tie a bow tie, and all of the elements are pronounced once you find the periodic table.
I like the simplicity of the lessons, and that it lets you choose your commitment levels. But I wish it weren’t so cavalier about mixing up indefinite and definite articles in the foreign language, while translating both with “the” in English. Or maybe I’m jumping ahead to a much, much more advanced lesson. (This is why people who double-majored in foreign languages are terrible for reviewing these kinds of things.)
This one almost didn’t make the cut for being reviewed, because I find its navigation, or rather the lack thereof, to be infuriating. But the scope and historical significance of the documents won. I also wonder if there’s only 365 documents highlighted, or if a new and different batch will be shown in 2015. There’s certainly enough in the archives that they won’t run out any time soon.