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Review: ‘American Presidents and First Ladies’

While embedded videos and plentiful images offer a look at presidents in action, factual errors and typos mar this app. Title: American Presidents and First Ladies Author: Marc Schulman Developed by: Multieducator, Inc. Platform: iOS, requires 5.0 or later Version: 1.0 Price: $.99 Gr 5 Up-Every president from George Washington to Barack Obama is featured […]

‘The Brooklyn Bridge,’ ‘The Parthenon,’ and The ‘Taj Mahal’: Mikaya Goes Digital

In her “Wonders of the World” series (Mikaya Press), author Elizabeth Mann has been exploring humankind’s greatest architectural and engineering feats. Now those titles, known for their superb visuals and accessible texts, are available for the iPad.

Review: ‘Mini-Monsters’ Up-Close with Earwigs, Mites, and Lice

Whether or not you like getting up-close and personal with insects, you won’t be able to resist this app. I can’t think of a better way to introduce students to the world of microscopic (and slightly larger) creatures. Title: Mini Monsters Illustrated by: Steve Gschmeissner, Eye of Science, Power and Syred Developed by: Partners, […]

Review: ‘Tate Modern Art Terms’ A Guide for iOS

In ‘Tate Modern Art Terms’ for iOS Simon Wilson defines the media and movements of the past century and a half of art.

‘Dragons!’ A Stumble of Bloodthirsty Creatures for the iPad

‘Dragons!,’ an app produced by Amber Books, presents 20 foul-smelling, fearsome creatures, drawn in full color with careful attention to detail. With literary references galore, this title will be appreciated by readers young and old.

Review: “The Gift” by Andrea J. Buchanan

Andrea J. Buchanan’s ‘Gift’ is an multimedia experience incorporating text, music, art, and video. It’s the first book with an “author-sanctioned” Minecraft map.

Review: ‘Frankenstein’ – by Dave Morris – “a sophisticated take on a classic”

Dave Morris’s ‘Frankenstein’ (Inkle, 2012) is a sophisticated interactive companion to Mary Shelley’s classic horror story.

Review: Minds of Modern Mathematics

‘Minds of Modern Mathematics,” an app based on the IBM exhibit created by Charles and Ray Eames.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy

I make no secret of my admiration of the work of Touch Press. Ever inventive, each app they have produced introduces an innovative feature or two that enhances the presentation at hand. Our reviewer Kathleen Wilson describes those found in Anatomy in her comments below, and Martin Clayton, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at […]

“Death Metal, Toilet Paper, and Moby-Dick”

An email with the subject line “Death Metal, Toilet Paper, and Moby-Dick” is bound to catch my attention. Here’s what I learned from that note: While researching Moby-Dick, the Arcade Sunshine Media team found all sorts of “insane pop-culture references to Melville’s classic, including toilet paper rolls with the entirety of the novel printed on […]