What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while HowStuffWorks for iPad covers mature themes -- violence, sex, racial issues, alcohol, drugs, and smoking -- it's a trusted educational resource that handles the subject matter responsibly. That said, moms and dads will need to decide whether they want their young kids accessing this information. Versions of the app are also available for the iPhone and Android phones.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- applying information
- collecting data
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- personal growth
- academic development
- using and applying technology
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Gives teens immediate access to a wealth of knowledge, offering incredible breadth and depth of topics. Free, ad-supported app a gem. Shows and video podcasts load quickly and run smoothly.
Learning happens via the massive collection of articles, videos, and audio podcasts, 40,000 strong. Users can gain meaningful understanding of concepts due to excellent presentation and depth of topics.
Bits of interactivity in the form of quizzes, but more would be better. Every article lets users tag it as a favorite and share it (through email, Facebook, or Twitter) or wirelessly print the piece.
What's it about?
HowStuffWorks for iPad is a huge and reliable resource on -- yep, you guessed it -- how stuff works. It covers virtually every topic, from technology and spirituality to cooking and investing to science and automotive information. Similar to the website but easier to navigate, the app allows users to simply use their fingertip to select the desired subject matter and article of interest. Kids can also watch videos, listen to audio podcasts, and take quizzes that test what they’ve learned.
Is it any good?
HOWSTUFFWORKS -– already a popular and trusted Web resource and TV series -- is now optimized for the iPad. Use your fingertips to swipe through more than 40,000 articles -- ranging from "Five home repairs you should know how to do" to "How great white sharks work" -- along with many thousands of videos, podcasts, quizzes, fast facts, famous quotes, and more.
This collection of diverse topics should also be a goldmine for students. Every article lets you tag it as a favorite, adjust font size, share it (through email, Facebook, or Twitter) or wirelessly print the piece. Shows and video podcasts, which can play full-screen (but not in high-definition), load quickly and run smoothly -- but as you'd expect, a fast online connection is required to view this content. Internet access (3G or Wi-Fi) is also needed for articles. Those who'd like to have immediate access to a wealth of knowledge, offering incredible breadth and depth, will find this free, ad-supported app a gem.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to write their own mock HowStuffWorks article on a subject matter they're knowledgeable in, or help them research and fact-check information.
Monitor young kids' use of the app. Some info might not be appropriate for them, as topics include drugs, lock-picking, sex, and real-world violence (such as serial killers).