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Weird But True

Weird But True

Spring 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 8 - 15 yrs.
Contributions From: Natalie Jones
Director: Eva Absher
Director: Rachel Graham
Editor: Robin Terry
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

The National Geographic Weird But True! iPad app is an interactive eBook with many bells and whistles. Children navigate through a multitude of bizarre and fun facts in a large variety of subjects ranging from "abracadabra" and "African dust" to "Yoda" and "zebras." Upon accessing a fact, readers have options to add sound effects, favorite the fact, rate its weirdness on the Weird-O-Meter scale, or share it with friends via email, Twitter or Facebook. The app even includes a Fact Finder option, which is an alphabetical index of topics included. Each week, fans vote for the top Weird-O-Meter facts which are displayed on the iPad. The interesting facts, funny sound effects and the very interactive nature of the app are bound to engage kids in a fun and educational foray into the weird but true!

Sharon Heuscher   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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National Geographic
Available on iTunes

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