YNN highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
X Is For X-Ray
Even the most adamant anti-techie, pro-paper bookworm must have a hard time arguing against some of the ways our new gadgets can teach kids the basics about their numbers and letters. From the same folks behind the "Elements" app for teaching the periodic table, "X Is For X-Ray" is an app that has a different object to poke and prod for every letter of the alphabet.
The obvious difference from all other books and apps like this is that users get to see inside and through these objects as well, thanks to photographs by Hugh Turvey of the British Institute of Radiology. It culminates with a cool photo that shows the inside of the iPad or iPhone you're using.
"X Is For X-Ray" is for iOS devices only. The iPhone version is $2.99 and the iPad app costs $7.99.
For children who learn better via stories, "Numberlys" spins a great tale about how the alphabet was created. This one is also has some impressive app-making lineage, as it is by the same team that created another popular children's book for the iPad, "The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore."
Not only is the story in "Numberlys" rich, but the mini-games that are part of the app require the child to make some of the letters themselves. The user doesn't just draw letters, but gets to craft them, like by taking a piece of metal and using machinery to bend it into the letter "U."
"Numberlys" is right now an iOS only for $5.99.