• Jan 29
  • ChatterPix Kids is now available for Android!

    It’s time to celebrate! We’re excited to announce that ChatterPix Kids is now available for Android devices running Android version 7.0 or later. There has been incredible interest for a multi-platform version of ChatterPix, and we are thrilled to make the app available for both Android and iOS so it can be used across a range of mobile devices at home and in the classroom. Don’t wait! Download ChatterPix Kids today, which is completely FREE since we are part of the non-profit Khan Academy.

    Our users enjoy ChatterPix because it’s a versatile app that can make anything talk. In educational settings, it’s ideal for giving students a voice to showcase their creative projects. Simply take a photo of your subject, record your story, and share your project with the class. Check out these amazing examples of ChatterPix projects from teachers around the world:

    Do you have feedback to share about our educational apps for kids? Drop us a line at support@duckduckmoose.com or tag your projects on Twitter with @chatterpixit and @duckduckmoose. Duck Duck Moose is the creator of 22 award-winning educational apps, including Khan Academy Kids, Moose Math and Wheels on the Bus. All of our apps are completely FREE since we are part of the non-profit Khan Academy. Learn more at www.duckduckmoose.com and www.khankids.org.

    POSTED BYLorraine
  • Jul 12
  • Khan Academy Kids is now available for FREE in the App Store!

    Or in BETA for Google Play and Amazon

    Our team is thrilled to announce the launch of Khan Academy Kids, our new educational program with thousands of activities and books designed to inspire young children to become learners for life. Our team has been developing this comprehensive, interactive curriculum since joining Khan Academy two years ago, and we are excited to see it become available, for free, for kids and families around the world.

    Khan Academy Kids is designed for children ages 2 – 5, and provides a complete educational experience that delves deep into topics ranging from math and literacy to logic, motor skills, social-emotional development and creative play. We worked with experts from the Stanford Graduate School of Education to create high quality, standards-aligned resources.

    We can’t wait for you to open Khan Academy Kids and let the learning begin! Head to the Home screen to explore the personalized Learning Path, the extensive learning Library, or the whimsical play rooms of our colorful and original characters. Tap Kodi, our guide character, to hear her helpful hints and encouraging feedback as children start their learning journey.

    Or in BETA for Google Play and Amazon

    Khan Academy Kids is free and accessible for everyone to enjoy. If you have questions about the app, please contact us at khankids@khanacademy.org. We’d love to hear what you think!

    POSTED BYCaroline
  • Jan 25
  • Getting Started with Duck Duck Moose Apps


    Duck Duck Moose makes award-winning educational apps for young children. Founded in 2008 by a small team of parents and educators, Duck Duck Moose has created over 20 apps that encourage kids to learn and explore in a fun and safe environment. Now, as part of the educational nonprofit Khan Academy, all Duck Duck Moose apps are FREE for everyone to download and enjoy.

    Apps from Duck Duck Moose cover a range of early learning topics. These include math, reading, music, puzzles and nursery rhymes, in addition to open-ended apps that encourage creative expression and play. You’ll find our full list of apps organized by topic and age on the “apps” section of www.duckduckmoose.com. Duck Duck Moose educational apps are aligned to common core standards, and can be used at home to help prepare kids for school while reinforcing topics that are covered in the classroom.

    Teachers are using Duck Duck Moose apps in a variety of creative ways to encourage children to express their ideas. We’ve collected highlights in a blog post explaining how teachers integrate iPad apps with their lesson plans. There is also a prolific stream of examples are shared by teachers over social media. Visit @duckduckmoose and @chatterpixit on Twitter to see how children are explaining their math thinking, completing themed research projects, bringing artwork to life, creating interactive biographies, storytelling, recording book reports, collaborating through math games and so much more!

    All of our apps are available on Apple’s iOS platform for the iPhone and iPad. A subset of our apps are also available on the Android platform. If there are questions about using or installing our educational apps, feel free to reach out to support@duckduckmoose.com so we can offer assistance.

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    POSTED BYLorraine
  • Aug 25
  • Duck Duck Moose Joins Khan Academy!

    Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    We have exciting news! Our company has joined Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

    In 2008, we founded Duck Duck Moose because we were inspired by our then-two-year-old daughter and the potential to deliver rich educational experiences for young children with mobile technology. We created our first app, the Wheels on the Bus, an interactive musical storybook, because it was our daughter’s favorite song. Since then, we have grown into a team of designers, engineers, and educators who have created over 21 award-winning apps for children.

    We’ve always been a mission-driven team, and decided to join Khan Academy because it gives us the greatest opportunity to impact children globally and provide universal access to education. We couldn’t imagine working with a more mission-aligned organization, and are thrilled to be leading a new initiative at Khan Academy to develop early learning products for kids.

    This partnership adds preschool learning to Khan Academy’s K-12 and higher education digital learning offerings, and is made possible by an initial philanthropic grant from Omidyar Network.

    As part of the Khan Academy nonprofit organization, we’re now able to make all 21 of our award-winning apps FREE for families around the world. Join our effort to support kids everywhere by sharing this exciting news with teachers, parents and friends.

    Download our FREE educational apps on iTunes and Google Play!

    7e3a12d1-b94e-45a9-8070-2634e84122d1Thank you for supporting us on this journey and for making this exciting stage of growth possible.

    Caroline & the Duck Duck Moose team

    POSTED BYCaroline
  • Aug 09
  • Best Practices for iPad Apps in the Classroom

    This month, teachers are opening their classroom doors to prepare for another year of learning. With the abundance of tech tools available for education, how will teachers choose the best method for integrating technology in their classrooms?

    Our team at Duck Duck Moose has been making educational apps for kids since 2008, and we’ve collected some compelling teaching techniques from educators who integrate our apps with their lesson plans. We hope these examples of how to use iPad apps in the classroom help get your school year off to a bright start!

    Use Apps To Tell a Story

    Kids are using apps to record their voice and explain what they learn. Click the ChatterPix video below to listen to their stories about shapes. Teachers have been especially pleased to see shy children step up to the microphone in bold new ways.

    Use Apps To Show Thinking

    Here students are using Draw and Tell to explain their math thinking. Used with assessments, these verbal testimonials can demonstrate a dynamic view of a student’s understanding. 

    Use Apps To Do Research

    Themed topics provide a focus area for doing supplementary research on an iPad. Once research is complete, students can summarize their research into a presentation of their own.

    Use Apps To Make a Video

    Intrigued by their own self reflection, making a video can capture a student’s attention and encourage creativity in visual ways.

    App Smash to Create Something New

    App smashing is a term for using multiple apps to create an end product. With an inventive set of tools, it’s amazing to witness what children come up with on their own. In this case, Draw and Tell helped a child design and record their explanation of the water cycle.

    Use Apps To Practice A Skill

    Math practice can help kids build confidence in the classroom. Making math practice fun and engaging is a top priority at Duck Duck Moose! Check out Park Math, Moose Math and Pet Bingo for more math practice activities for kids.

     Visit duckduckmoose.com to learn more about our educational apps for kids!

    POSTED BYLorraine
  • Aug 01
  • Get In The Game With These 2016 Olympics Activities For Kids

    The greatest athletes in the world compete at the Olympic Games. Are you ready to witness the historic sporting events of the 2016 Summer Olympics? Use Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) to set your own world record, count Olympic medal victories, create a new design for the Olympic rings and explore other fun 2016 Olympics activities for kids!



    Set a World Record

    Have you ever wanted to set a world record? Great Olympic athletes make international news by being the best in their sporting events. What do you think it feels like to be the world’s fastest swimmer, or the world’s fastest runner? Now is your chance to find out! Visit the “Set a World Record” challenge on Wizard School to learn all about world records, then try to set your own!

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    Cheer on an Olympic athlete

    Athletes all over the world compete for the ultimate victory of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Pick an athlete, country or Olympic event and track the number of medals collected. How many medals did they win? Which type: gold, silver or bronze? Tally the results and cheer on your favorite Olympic champion with a friend!

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    Learn more about the Olympic rings

    The Olympic rings are a famous symbol, but who designed it, and what is the meaning behind the rings? Where does a designer start and what process do they use to complete their vision? Visit the “Olympic Ring Design” challenge on Wizard School to learn more about the Olympic symbol. Then, using d create your very own design for the Olympic Games. Don’t forget to share your new design and the meaning behind it with friends and family!

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    Share your Olympic creations!

    Don’t forget to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Have you explored Wizard School yet? Download it FREE on iTunes!


    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jul 25
  • Fun And Flavorful Activities For Foodie Kids

    Are you hungry? Then it’s the perfect time to join us for Cooking and Food week on Wizard School (formerly WonderBox). Get to know interesting foods from around the world, dive into the science of creating new foods, invent your own restaurant to showcase culinary cuisine, and discover even more activities for foodie kids. Let’s get cooking!


    Try bread from around the world

    Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods and is universally enjoyed across many, cultures, countries and religions. What type of bread do you like to eat? Have you ever tried pita bread, bagels, or baguettes? Learn about bread from around the world, and then take a photo of bread and describe how it’s served with your family’s favorite meal.

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    Discover hybrid plants

    Using methods called grafting and genetic modification, farmers have been able to create some truly wacky plants! Farmers are using cross pollination to create fruits that are the genetic combination or “hybrid” of two other fruits. Some of the tastiest discoveries have been Plumcots, Tayberries, Tangelos and Apriums. Did you know that most everyday fruits and vegetables we eat are hybrids? Yellow bananas, grapefruit, meyer lemons, and numerous apple varieties were actually the result of careful plant breeding. Learn about hybridization of fruits and vegetables and then invent your own delicious fruit or veggie!

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    Open your own virtual restaurant

    Eating out is always a treat, but imagine if you could invent your own restaurant. What kind of food would you serve? Would you have a cool theme or decorations? Where would your restaurant be located? Visit some creative restaurants and then share your design with your friends and future customers!

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    Share your favorite food!

    Remember to share your cooking creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you! Then, see what’s next on our Summer of Wonder calendar!

    Have you explored Wizard school yet? Download it FREE on iTunes!

    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jul 18
  • Explore The Wild West On Wizard School

    Howdy! Do you know why the western half of the United States was called the Wild West? In the late 1800’s, the untamed territories of the American frontier earned this nickname due to their lack of laws and the wild behavior that took place. Are you ready to explore the Wild West? Open up Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) and let’s get started!


    Meet Wild West outlaws and lawmen

    Many legends have come out of the Wild West. Some of them are famous for being outlaws and some of them are famous for being lawmen. Y’all take a trip to the Wild West and get ready to meet all sorts of people. Learn more about these folks in the “Legends of the West” challenge on Wizard School. At the end of the lesson, choose one of the legends and make them talk about the rootin’ tootin’ West.

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    Learn more about bison

    A true symbol of the frontier, the American bison (also referred to as “American buffalo”) are the largest land animals in North America. In fact, these wallowing, bellowing giants once roamed the plains of the American West in vast numbers. Check out the “Talking Bison” challenge on Wizard School to learn more, then help a bison share its dramatic story of near extinction and recovery.

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    Learn about the Gold Rush

    What would you do if you found gold? Where did gold miners come from, and why did so many travel to California during the Gold Rush? Visit the “Gold Rush” challenge on Wizard School to learn about the history of the Gold Rush, from the properties of gold, to the people who discovered the precious metal. Then make a miner talk about discovering gold!

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    Create Native American art

    There are 562 Native American tribes located throughout the United States, each with their own cultural traditions and art forms. Visit the “Native American Art” challenge on Wizard School to learn more about traditional Native American art and meet some contemporary artists. Then, use Wizard School’s built-in design tools to try your hand at decorating a Native American inspired blanket, pot, mask, dream catcher or teepee.

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    Send a postcard from the Wild West

    Explore famous landscapes of America’s Wild West like the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and the Oregon Trail. This vast and rugged terrain set the stage for the American frontier. What do you think it was like to live in the Wild West? Visit the “Postcard from Wild West” challenge on Wizard School to take a tour of the land. Pick out your favorite setting, and send a postcard to a friend!

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    Share your Wild West adventure!

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to see what you create!

    Looking for more fun challenges? Check out our Summer Wonder learning program!

    Still need the Wizard School app? Download it FREE on iTunes!

    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jul 11
  • Fun Photography Projects for Kids

    Do you love taking pictures? Playing photographer is a fun way to capture memories and express your creativity. Launch your photography career with Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) by making neat props for a photo booth! Or, take pictures within pictures by finding reflections of unique scenes. Having fun? Try building your own scene by using natural materials in artistic ways. Check out these fun photography projects for kids – the options are endless!


    Take a reflection photo

    Using reflections in photography can make amazing effects and beautiful images. When light rays bounce off a completely smooth surface, such as a still pool of water, a mirror, or even something like a shop window, we are able to see a very clear reflection on the surface. Once you start looking for reflections, you will find them everywhere! Learn more about this type of photography by visiting the “Take a Reflection Photo” challenge on Wizard School. Then, find a mirror, rippling water, or a glass and try your hand at reflection photography!

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    Explore art and photography in nature

    Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist who has made hundreds of amazing creations. Visit the “Natural Photography” challenge to learn about how he works with natural materials. Then, create your own masterpiece using items you find in nature. The beach is a perfect place for nature art, but your own backyard can be just as good. Even sticks can surprise us when they are arranged in clever ways! When you’re done, take a photo of your natural work of art and share with a friend in Wizard School!

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    Learn how to make a photo booth

    The first photo booth appeared in the 1920s and quickly became a fun way to capture silly moments with friends! Visit the “Make a Photo Booth” challenge on Wizard School to learn how you can design your own photo booth. Create some neat props for taking pictures, and then let your photo shoot begin!

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    Share your photographs!

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to see what you create!

    Looking for more fun challenges? Check out our free summer learning series!


    Still need the Wizard School app? Download it FREE on iTunes!


    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jul 04
  • Explore These Fun Summer Activities For Kids!

    We’ve landed right in middle of summer, a great time for laughter, creativity and play. Let’s make the most of this special season by celebrating all of its remarkable activities. With Wizard School (formerly WonderBox), you can plan a camping trip, invent a new pool jump, log your stories in a journal, learn about the importance of sunglasses, and even design an amazing bridge during your downtime! Learn more about these fun summer activities for kids.

    Go on a virtual camping trip

    Do you love the great outdoors, sleeping under the stars, and building campfires? Then you’ll love camping! What do you think you will need? What is the best wood for building a campfire? Learn everything you need to know about camping by visiting the “Go Camping” challenge on Wizard School, then plan your very own adventure.

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    Write a vacation journal

    A vacation journal is a way to record the details of your trip. It can be fun to remember special places by writing down stories, drawing out the sights, or collecting keepsakes. Visit the “Vacation Journal” challenge on Wizard School and create a journal by logging the details of your favorite trip, or by describing your dream vacation. Then share your adventure with family and friends.

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    Make a splash in the pool

    Cool off by doing some pool jumps in the heat of summer. What is your favorite pool jump? Which type of jump makes the biggest splash, or the littlest splash? Have you ever recorded a pool jump to see it play back in slow motion? Let’s do it! Record someone jumping into a pool and then watch it on camera.

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    Pop on some sunglasses

    Do you think the number one reason to wear sunglasses is to look cool? That’s just an added bonus of the protection sunglasses provide for your eyes. Polarized sunglasses are specially designed to reduce glare off surfaces like glass, water, or snow. But, they don’t do it with a dark tint. Get a crash course in light physics and learn how they work at the same time! Then add some sunglasses to a silly photo of yourself, a friend, or your pet!

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    Learn how to build a bridge

    Every bridge that successfully gets you from one side to the other is a victory of engineering design. Not all bridges have the same structure. Find out about the advantages of different types: beam, truss, suspension, and arch. Learn about different types of building materials, and see some incredible structures in the “Build a Bridge” challenge on Wizard School. Then, create your very own bridge! What type of material will you use to construct your bridge?

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    Share your summer adventures!

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to see what you create!

    Looking for more fun challenges? Check out our free summer learning series!

    Still need the Wizard School app? Download it FREE on iTunes!

    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jun 27
  • 5 Fearless Shark Week Activities For Kids

    Shark Week has finally arrived, and the Wizard School crew (formerly WonderBox) is beyond excited! All week long, we’ll be learning all about these fascinating creatures. Dive into these fun Shark Week activities to understand why sharks serve such an important role in the ocean ecosystem. Before you know it, you’ll be the smartest shark around!


    Learn why it’s important to save sharks

    Why is it so important to save sharks? Millions of sharks are impacted by people every year. Help get the word out that overfishing is a big threat to ocean health. Learn how these predators help maintain balance in the ocean food chain. Then, make a poster telling your friends the truth about these toothy fish, and save a shark!

    shark week activities for kids



    Discover the anatomy of a shark

    Why do sharks have more than one eyelid? How many fins does a shark have? What happens when a shark loses its teeth? More importantly, how do sharks get by without any bones? Discover answers to these questions and more in the “Build a Shark” challenge on Wizard School. When you’re done, use the built-in design tools to design your own shark!

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    Look inside a shark’s jaw

    Did you know that sharks have incredibly unique jaws and teeth? And no, it’s not just because they’re big! Visit the “Build a Shark Jaw” challenge to learn all kinds of interesting facts, then build your very own shark jaw.

    shark week activities for kids



    Explore the ocean

    If you live near the ocean, chances are you have some shark neighbors! Different types of sharks live in different kinds of ocean habitats–shallow, deep, hot, cold—all around the globe. Check out “The Ocean Depths” challenge on Wizard School to discover where certain types of  sharks live, then make an ocean diagram to show what’s lurking in the waters below.

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    Make a food chain

    Big sharks have a critical role in the oceans. They keep the whole system in balance, controlling the numbers of smaller fish, which in turn controls the amount of algae. Visit the “Make a Food Chain” challenge to learn more about how animals, plants and even the sun are connected. Then, make an ocean food chain to show how sharks impact the rest of the ocean.

    shark week activities for kids


    Ready to embark on another adventure?

    See what’s next on our Summer of Wonder calendar! Remember to share your Shark Week creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Have you explored Wizard School yet? Download it FREE on iTunes!


    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jun 22
  • 25 Fascinating Facts About Africa

    From Angola to Zimbabwe, Africa is an incredibly diverse continent that is comprised of many different countries, cultures and landscapes. Interested in learning more about this beautiful continent? Check out these absolutely fascinating kid-friendly facts about Africa!


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    Great Sphinx of Giza | Credit: Flickr

    1. Africa is the world’s oldest populated area. Archaeologists have found evidence that the human species has lived on the content for roughly 7 million years!


    2. The continent of Africa is comprised of 54 countries and one territory.


    3. There are eight major geographical regions in Africa, each with its own unique landscape: the Sahara Desert, the savanna, the Sahel, the African Great Lakes, the Swahili Coast, South Africa and the rain forest.


    4. The Sahara is the largest desert in the world. In fact, it’s bigger than the United States!


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    African Elephant Walking on Savanna in South Africa | Source: Flickr – miquitos

    5. The African savanna is a tropical grassland that is quite large in size, covering roughly half of the continent. This area includes the Serengeti, which is famous for its wildlife.


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    Kids in the Sahel region | Flickr – EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie

    6. The Sahel is a strip of dry land stretching across Northern Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to The Red Sea.


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    Lake Victoria in Kampala, Uganda | Credit: Flickr – J J

    7. Lake Victoria – one of Africa’s Great Lakes – is 26,560 square miles in size, making it the second largest fresh water lake in the world.


    8. The Swahili Coast is an 1,800-mile stretch of Kenyan and Tanzanian coastline. Since the 2nd century A.D., it has been the site of cultural and commercial exchanges between East Africa and the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.


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    Eastern Cape, South Africa | Credit: Flickr – bass_nroll

    9. Although South Africa takes up only 1% of Earth’s land surface, it is home to 6% of the world’s mammals and reptiles.


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    Nyungwe National Park Rainforest | Source: Flickr – Rwanda Government

    10. While Africa’s rainforests are home to half of the continent’s animal species, they’ve come under serious threat. Unfortunately, roughly 90% of West Africa’s rainforests have already been wiped out.


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    Giraffes in Botswana | Source: Flickr – Kasia Wallis

    11. Africa is home to the largest-remaining populations of lions, elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards.


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    Nile River –  Murchison Falls in Uganda | Credit: Flickr – Rod Waddington


    12. The Nile River is the longest river in the world, spanning a whopping 4,135 miles (6,650 kilometers).


    13. Lagos, Nigeria is the largest city on the African continent with over 13 million residents. That’s over 1.5x larger than the population of New York City!


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    Children in Africa | Credit: Flickr – yplouf

    14. Before it was colonized, Africa was made up of around 10,000 different states and groups. Each had their own distinct languages and customs!


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    View of the Nile River from space | Credit: Flickr – Stuart Rankin

    15. Egypt receives only around one inch of rain every year. Thankfully, heavy rain in Ethiopia causes the Nile River to flood every summer, bringing much needed water to Egypt’s plants and crops.


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    Johannesburg, South Africa | Credit: Flickr – Paul Saad

    16. There are an estimated 1,500 – 2,000 languages spoken on the continent of Africa! More than 500 languages are spoken in Nigeria alone, and the country of South Africa has 11 official languages.


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    Cape Town, South Africa | Credit: Flickr – Loren Kerns

    17. Despite being the second-largest continent in the world, Africa has the shortest coastline! This is due to the many bays that extend out of the coastline.


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    Looking from Europe to Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar | Credit: Flickr – José Rambaud

    18. While Europe and Africa may seem far apart, they’re actually separated by less than 9 miles of water at the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco.


    19. University of Timbuktu (located in the Republic of Mali) is one of the oldest universities in the world. By the 12th century, the school was attracting thousands of students from all over the continent.


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    Ancient Bible written in Ge’ez | Credit: Flickr – Eileen Dehli

    20. Ethiopia is the only African country with its own alphabet, called Ge’ez. It has been in use since the 5th century, making it one of the world’s oldest alphabets still in use.


    21. While Egypt is known for its pyramids, Sudan actually has more. To date, more than 200 pyramids have been discovered in Sudan!


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    Sign in both French and English in Mauritius | Credit: Flickr – Ashok Prabhakaran

    22. French is the fastest growing language in Africa. In fact, the continent is home to 50% of the world’s French-speaking population!


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    View of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya | Credit: Flickr – Craig Vershaw

    23. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest mountain in Africa, rising 19,341 feet above sea level. That’s roughly 3.6 miles high!


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    Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho | Credit: Flickr – Michael Jansen

    24. There’s a small country called Lesotho located within South Africa’s borders! It is home to just over 2 million people.


    25. The baobab tree is common in many parts of Africa. Known as “the tree of life”, some baobabs are estimated to be over 1,000 years old. One boabab in South Africa has grown so large, it has a circumference of 155 feet!


    Ready to discover even more fun facts about Africa? Check out these fun Africa Week activities on Wizard school! 


    Still need the wizard school app? Click here to get it for FREE on iTunes!

    Fact sources: National Geographic | National Geographic Kids | One.org | PBS | Wikipedia

    Featured Image: Flickr – David Schenfeld

    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jun 20
  • Explore Africa With These Fun Activities

    Have you ever dreamed of going on an African safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or visiting the Sahara Desert? We have! Join us on Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) as we explore Africa and learn more about this fascinating continent through a wide variety of fun and creative activities.

    Discover what it’s like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in northeastern Tanzania, a country in east Africa and is often called the “roof of Africa” because it’s the tallest mountain on the continent. Did you know that Mt. Kilimanjaro is also an inactive volcano? Check out the “Climb Mount Kilimanjaro” challenge on Wizard School to learn everything you need to know about climbing this peak. Then, use the built-in design tools to add yourself to a photo from the summit and send it to a friend!


    Create a safari scene

    African safaris give visitors a chance to observe animals like elephants, lions, hippos, rhinos, and gorillas in their natural environments. Going on safari involves riding in an open air vehicle with a canopy for protection from the hot sun. The seats are arranged to allow great views for wildlife photography. Check out the “Safari Scene” challenge on Wizard School to see what it’s like to go on an African safari. Then, use Wizard School’s built-in design tools to create a safari scene and share it with a friend.


    Play an African Djembe

    Drum beats are powerful, rhythmic, and pulsing. Learn about the Djembe, a traditional African hand drum that’s one of West Africa’s best known instruments. Then, find something around the house you can use as a drum (or make your own), and take a video of you playing it. Share your beats with a friend!


    Visit the Sahara Desert

    The Sahara is the largest hot desert on earth. The Sahara’s combination of sand, stone, heat and wind makes it one of the world’s most rugged and remarkable landscapes. What would it be like to trek across the desert on a camel’s back? Learn more about the Sahara Desert, then use the design tools to draw your very own desert scene.

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    Ready to embark on another adventure?

    See what’s next on our Summer of Wonder calendar! Remember to share your African adventures with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Have you explored Wizard school yet? Download it FREE on iTunes!


    POSTED BYWizard
  • Jun 15
  • The Brilliant Way One Teacher Used ChatterPix To Teach Empathy

    While it’s incredibly important for children to develop empathy, every parent and teach can agree that it’s not easy by any means to actually teach empathy. However, Sarah Healy – who teaches second grade at Greer Elementary School – managed to do just that. In fact, her lesson was so successful, it spread far beyond her second grade classroom, inspiring empathy throughout the entire school and community. The project was even featured on local news!

    Check out the inspiring story of how she used technology to teach empathy:



    Interested in creating a similar project? Here’s how to teach empathy using tech:

    1. Pick an important cause
    Sarah’s class created a campaign for their local animal shelter, run by the SPCA. This was a great choice for elementary-level students, as the cause – helping animals in need – is one that’s a bit easier for them to connect with.

    2. Decide on the action you’d like others to take
    In this instance, the students decided to collect pet food for cats and dogs at the SPCA. Again, this is a great choice, as it’s a low-cost item, making it easier for other students to contribute.

    3. Craft your campaign 
    The second graders at Greer Elementary created a fantastic video campaign using the free ChatterPix Kid app. This is quite easy, even for those that don’t have advanced technical skills:

    • Write a short campaign message.
    • Obtain the photo(s) you wish to use in your campaign. In this instance, students used photos of animals currently up for adoption at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
    • Download ChatterPix Kid on your classroom device(s).
    • Import the image you wish to use and record your campaign message on ChatterPix.

    The finished product will be a cool talking image that relays your campaign message to others!

    4. Share your campaign
    Over the course of two weeks, the 2nd graders’ ChatterPix images were shared during morning announcements at Greer Elementary. This inspired students throughout the school to take action and donate to the cause.

    At the end of the two weeks, Sarah’s students had collected over 200 items for the local SPCA, and were rewarded with a visit from a 9 1/2 month old SPCA puppy named Wilbur.

    “For them it was a way to take something out of the community and do something for someone else, rather than thinking of themselves,” said Sarah Healy.

    Click here for more great examples of ChatterPix in the classroom!

    POSTED BYWizard