Mentoring is all about building a person-to-person relationship. But, with all of the technology at hand, we want kids to learn and communicate in innovative ways with the help of their mentor. In an effort to find apps that would be good for mentoring, we came up with the following list. Having kids spend time on these will give kids screen time that they often crave, but add in some great learning opportunities! While this was written with mentoring in mind, these are great apps for any adult to use with a child. Check out what we found, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!
Have a mentee who loves dinosaurs? This app has a gallery full of over 700 different kinds! You and your mentee can read interesting statistics, see size comparisons, listen to audio clips that aid in name pronunciation and watch short videos. Check out Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference ($4.99) to experience this wonderful app.
Chicktionary (free) is a popular word game, where you and your mentee can pick out different words out of the selection displayed on cartoon chickens. It’s been named the top iPhone and iPad app for school-age children by MSNBC.
History Line (free) is a collaborative learning game that presents viewers with a series of historical events. The goal is to put the events in the correct order on a timeline.
SkyGrid (free) is a great way for you and your mentee to stay up on current events. Users create their own virtual newspaper, and the app follows the selected topics and filters them into one place for easy reading.
If your mentee is someone that would enjoy playing an instrument but hasn’t had an opportunity yet, Piano… (free) might be a good way to help them learn some things about making music.
Resources collected from Business Insider, Time, Teach Through and Best Kids Apps.