PBS: Free educational apps for underserved communities

PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are providing free educational apps to Head Start centers, local PBS stations, and other organizations in underserved communities nationwide. The apps will be downloaded onto devices that families have access to in local Head Start centers and other community organizations.

The apps, All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! for iPad and Dinosaur Train Camera Catch! for iPhone are based on the DINOSAUR TRAIN series produced by The Jim Henson Company, and designed to help kids ages 3 to 5 build critical math skills.

All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! (for iPad):
Children match the passengers with the right train cars, challenging them to problem-solve by estimating dinosaur sizes and comparing them with the train cars’ capacity.

Dinosaur Train Camera Catch! (for iPhone)
This app challenges players to snap photos of flying dinosaurs by moving their iPhone around. Kids “catch” the dinosaurs with their phone’s camera function in a designated pattern, building patterning skills.