Timbuktu is a fun app for elementary students. Think of it as a daily magazine for children, including reading stories that are graphically attractive and interactive.
The content changes everyday. Some features are premium and would cost something. Timbuktu is 100% geared to be an interactive magazine for children so the features are all kid friendly and exciting. There is a regular feature called “Ask Auntie Rita”, where children write “Dear Abby” type questions and get advice from kind Aunt Rita. It’s interesting, relevant reading and hits on topics like getting along with an older brother, what to do about bullies, and how to get better grades in schools. The reading features in Timbuktu are awesome. The day I played with the app, there was a horror story to read. But, instead of just reading it like a normal, students have to use their finger as a flashlight to read the story. It’s reading and it’s interactive. It’s fun!
You can also go back and access older content in Timbuktu. They recently had a three part feature on Romeo and Juliet. Students had to read about the story (in nice kid-language) and also got to interact with the story. I put a mask on Romeo so he could go to the Capulet ball. I helped Romeo find Juliet’s balcony. It’s reading and it’s interactive. It’s fun!
Timbuktu also has some activities and interactive features with pictures and videos. They are all kid relevant and are created with education in mind. Each activity is designed to pique the imaginations and creativity of young minds. It’s interactive. And it’s fun!
I really enjoyed my little tour through Timbuktu and think it would be a great addition to the Daily 5, center work or free time with the IPads.