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Courtney D.

Status: Beta reviewer - Video Reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Education - Entertainment - Games - Lifestyle - Photography - Productivity - Other

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPad3- iPhone5

Description: My name is Courtney and I am an SLP. I love working with children of all ages, but find I have a particular passion for children with special needs. I love technology and the impact it can have on the students in the therapy room.

Profile categories: Teaching kids ages 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - Special education teacher or AT (Assistive Tech.) specialist - SLP - Gamer

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-05-20

User who invited him/her: Jean-Eudes L.

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Story Dice 1.0 [text]

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What I liked This is an expressive language dream! I appreciate that this application has pictures set and the only thing needed is a click of the screen! This application is a motivator because every child likes to "roll the dice". It allows for change in difficulty by using 1-10 dice, which is great when beginning with younger kiddos or trying to make it more complex for the older kiddos.
Improvements All of the dice are pictures of nouns for the purpose of the app, which is to prompt ideas for plot, character, and setting. I would really enjoy this application if it had the opportunity to use nouns and verbs. The amount of creative sentences would be endless in a therapy setting! It would also help if there were clear ideas as the use of the app without needing to discover the help section. Maybe a screen that pops up at the start of the application that can be shut off if desired?
General review This is a great application; however, I do not believe it is suitable for children beginning at 3+ without additional instruction. I believe that age would need a lot verbal instruction & prompting to use this application & it might be a little frustrating. For older kiddos, say 5+, this would be a great application to use for the multiple game ideas suggested! I am glad it is another tool I can use for the kiddos trying to expand utterances.

Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop [text]

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What I liked This app has the ability to be used as an expressive or receptive task. If you want to test receptive language, then the quizzes are great. If the user wants to look at expressive lang, then having the child say the word instead of clicking on it in flashcard mode is a possibility. There is data collection with percentages, date, and time. The user can create custom lists which allow for increased difficulty. There is not an overwhelming display of pictures, which is great. There are no in-app purchases! Reinforcement is given for incorrect/correct answers!
Improvements The "repeat" arrow in the word challenge mode looks like a back button. It's useful, but the symbol is confusing. At the end of the sections, there are buttons that can be pushed. The same arrow that is used for repeat is used as back. I would like it if the app would collect data as +1 for every correct rather than +4. If the user is not the one looking at results, it can be deceiving. The application crashed at the selection of custom list: tricky words in spelling; however, it opened on 2nd attempt.
General review This is a great application for those beginning to read. It has simple, non-distracting, images and color to keep the user interested. This application has multiple features and all give reinforcement for correct/incorrect answers, great for immediate feedback. The user, or an adult working with the user, can create custom lists to build up vocabulary. There is data collection available within the application for tracking progress.

Bo's Dinnertime v 1.0 [text]

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What I liked The pages were not cluttered. They were filled with simple drawings and simple animations. The speaker was easy to understand and follow. The pieces had a magnetized piece to them so matching is easier. That matching doesn't require a user to have great fine motor skills. Objects are labeled as they are mentioned. For example, the green dinnerware. I enjoyed the step y step story with directions throughout for the interactive portion. I also appreciated the small detail like a towel used when "wiping up stains".
Improvements A variation in products needed for dinner would be great. Also, when the items are going to fall, the word "put" is used. That word made me think I was to drag the items to the cart. It would be great if more items would be highlighted as they were verbally labeled. The potato looks like a cookie. Not sure how that could be avoided. Less dots? Why is the water running after you put the food in the cupboard? If it is to go along with washing hands, maybe a slide for doing so would be more accurate, or maybe tapping on the faucet to get the water going after the mention of needing to wash hands?
General review This is an interactive story that has a great idea portrayed. I do not believe it is suitable for 4+. I think it is geared for younger kids with the simplicity of the graphics and ease of interactive pieces. This app is a fairly accurate portrayal of a dinnertime routine. Items are labeled for vocabulary growth, following direction skills are tapped into, and fine motor movement is necessary.

Tapikeo HD (3.01) [text]

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What I liked I appreciate the receptive quality this application has. The ability to click on a picture and have it provide voice output and labeling is terrific for those in early stages of language development. This can transition into expressive language by either having the application be used for AAC purposes or allowing the child to verbally label/describe pictures. I love the "match opposites" grid! The "shake" option within the application is an exciting feature. The application is very user-friendly and step-by-step instructions are provided to help iron out those kinks that a user might have!
Improvements I would like to see this application hide or erase the grids that are downloaded within the application. Along those same lines, it would be nice to have those same grids only be able to be imported to Tapikeo once for ease of grid selection. When working within the "match opposites" grid, it isn't specified how to create a match. It was only by problem-solving that I discovered the need to drag one object to another.
General review I am very impressed with this application. This application is a great price for what it allows a user to do. It is easily adaptable to any individual and their needs. Depending on the age of the intended user, it may or may not need to be "setup" prior to use. The application does not have pictures stored to choose from, so the user will have to import pictures from the device. I would recommend this application for use with students in therapy!

Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 - English [text]

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What I liked I like the color coding of the tiles as they are placed in the spelling area and the availability of multiple spelling lists that increase in complexity. The app has a "teacher" to provide a "lesson" on a sound for additional instruction. A user can be added for data tracking capabilities The words "mastered" and "practiced" are used when looking at progress. Both terms are encouraging and not demeaning for the users! There is the ability to change the keyboard option from ABC to QWERTY.
Improvements I struggled to find the "help" section. The FAQ is in the "email" icon, which is deceiving. I'd like more than one user to be able to participate at a time. It is hard to determine when the word was "mastered" as there isn't date/percentage availability. Is there a way to "reset" a spelling list so that it doesn't show multiple errors? If a letter is misplaced in the word, the word is automatically "practiced" even with the "backspace" being utilized to correct the error. A "quiz" section would be great to check complete accuracy of spelling words without the color tiles or hint options.
General review This is a great application with intricate detail. There are multiple facets that are provided to maximize the success rate. Data collection is a possibility; however, it does not track by date or number of words. Encouraging terms are used throughout for added motivation. Only one user can be selected at a time, so the possibility of group play is eliminated. There is a "lesson" provided and hints allowed. I would recommend this app!

Bo's Bedtime Story [text]

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What I liked I enjoyed the step by step process of the story. It allows for a child who needs a routine to follow along with the story during their own bedtime routine. It is interactive and allows for some fun in the midst of the "work". It incorporates learning by having the user sort items, match items, and follow directions. The pictures are not too cluttered, so the user isn't overwhelmed by busy distractions.
Improvements For typical developing children, the sorting tasks and such are appropriate; however, it would be nice if the application had a way to shut those tasks off for those that are not there yet. The letters and shampoo drop at a fairly quick rate, so the user is going to need to have decent fine motor skills to be successful. If there was a way to regulate the rate, that might add in to the fun!
General review This is a terrific book that incorporates interactive learning along with a story. The application/book is meant for children age 4+, which is appropriate, unless the child is delayed in any way. There is matching, sorting, and fine motor movements incorporated in this book, which could cause frustration if the user is not developmentally ready. I would recommend this book for children who struggle with bedtime and need a routine for success!

Word Wizard - Talking Movable Alphabet & Spelling Tests for Kids [text]

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What I liked Seriously impressed! This app has voice options, ABC/QWERTY keyboard options, background options, animation, appearance, etc. that are super impressive! I love the ability to change the background because the colors send me into sensory overload! I'm sure the colors are great for the little ones! There are multiple lists available for the spelling section and the user has the ability to create custom lists. I also REALLY appreciate that there is a profanity remover option. This is a great tool to work on a necessary skill!
Improvements I'm not seeing much need for improvement, but if there was an option to "click and drag" tiles to the word to help with early learners, before the quiz section, that would be on my wish list. I suppose that would be a matching game, of sorts. The only other thing is that the "?" for the hint is slightly deceiving, but easily discovered.
General review This a great tool that is easily customized depending on the user. For those that are just beginning to spell, there are lists available. Personalized lists can be created, which allows for increased difficulty! Multiple options are available to benefit the user. This application can grow with the user and can be used across ages. For the price, this app is a must-have!

Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables - Spell To Read [text]

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What I liked Very impressed with the compound word feature in this application. I am encouraged by the ability for users to use a hint if they need to to be successful. The hint provides choices to allow for problem solving. I appreciate multiple spelling lists being readily available to target phonics in a fun way. Data tracking is available, which is a great feature for those who could benefit from this knowledge. I find the teaching lesson portion to be a great addition! The ability to change to a qwerty keyboard is great!
Improvements I am discouraged as a user when I do not have mastery because i have misplaced a tile; however, the user is informed by the color clues of tiles as to their success. Also, I do not see the trash can when a letter is put in and not needed. I only see the letter with a red background. Is there a reset button or the ability to do a quiz to see current spelling ability.
General review This is a very comprehensive application focusing on spelling! There are great visual clues, for the user, to assist with learning. Users can be self-sufficient with their learning which allows for interactive spelling to take place without hand over hand, or parent/teacher, immediate focus. Data tracking is an option; however, the app doesn't track dates and accuracy level every time. You can't beat the price for the available features included!

Alphabet Jumbled v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the intricate detail to color. It is not overwhelming, but helps a user get "lost in the app". The music is not overwhelming or annoying. I love that there are different activities available. That allows for multiple users to have flexibility with level of learning. I appreciate that it taps into problem solving/sorting of alphabet letters as that is a skill users will use for a lifetime.
Improvements I'm not sure if it was my iPad or the app, but when the app was first opened, my iPad froze. This is the first time I have had this happen, so if it is app related, I wanted you to know. I am really impressed by this app, so the only thing I can really think of that could make it better is maybe a "level" differentiation for the higher level thinking activities. For instance, those that would benefit from less letters in the jumble for a longer period of time versus increasing letters as they get it correct. If the user has multiple errors, they shouldn't move on in complexity.
General review I am very impressed by the app for the price. It has options that are very basic with letter identification and object association; however, it increases in complexity to provide problem solving and sorting opportunities. The only thing I would suggest is for "levels" in the higher complexity tasks to allow for a user to continue working without adding difficulty. For those beginning their alphabet learning, this is a must have application!

Grimm's Frog King 1.01 [text]

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What I liked I enjoyed the hidden interactive pieces throughout the storybook. It allowed for the user to stay engaged by listening to the story and searching (problem solving) for the hidden items. I appreciate that the storybook has simple pictures/line drawings/music for a relaxed feel during reading. The funny twist, with comments, was enjoyable as well. The story flowed smoothly and was allowed for the user to seek the next piece due to curiosity. Planned, or unplanned, the hidden lesson of honoring your word was a great addition to the story!
Improvements If I was a user who couldn't read, it would be helpful if the words were highlighted as they were being read. There are a few grammar/typos in the app. For instance, on page with the table, it says "was sitting at table". On the final page there needs to be a comma after permission. Also, instead of colon in front of the quotes, shouldn't it be a comma? I didn't realize the extras were in pages until I accidentally tapped on the page. Is there a way to inform the user of the multiple "extras" beyond having it labeled "extras"
General review This is a great storybook application that contains interactive components to keep the user engaged. The hidden lesson of honoring your word makes it a storybook every child should hear. There is a version of the story containing a funny twist that might have your child giggling as well! Simple drawings, together with soothing music, make this app a great addition to the bedtime story routine!

5th Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets App [HD Lite] v2.3.2 [text]

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What I liked The ability to have weekly reports sent to an e-mail address, if desired. The space/astronaut theme. Automatic reinforcement when answer is given. The ability to assign homework. That allows for the parents to control what their child is working on! A scratch pad to work out the problems. I am not a fan of applications that require in-app purchases because I believe they can be deceptive, but I do appreciate that a user can select specific areas they would like/need to work on and it's at a reasonable price. The in-app purchase for multiplication was satisfactory.
Improvements The audio associated with incorrect answers is a little discouraging. Maybe a "better luck next time"? The" video" isn't associated with instructions for the app. Maybe label that "Space Video"? I was not able to change the name from "Player". If I was progressing through math and hadn't reached some of the skill sets yet, a simple tutorial would be helpful, especially if its paid for. For the in-app purchases, there are more worksheets depending on the skill set of interest, but all in-app purchases are the same price. Is there a way to alter that or provide more worksheets for those limited?
General review This is a great application working on many facets of math at the 5th grade level. There are in-app purchases to gain skill sets in math beyond place value. I am impressed by the number of questions, the ability to assign homework, and the option of having the weekly report sent to an e-mail account. This is engaging and stimulating for work on math. If your child needs assistance in a specific area, then you only have to purchase for that.

Trucks JigSaw Puzzles [text]

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What I liked I love the bright colors and different scenes available. I like that each puzzle has a video animation included that can be replayed multiple times, if desired. That provides positive reinforcement at the completion of the puzzle! I love the magnetized option that is incorporated into the app for puzzle completion.
Improvements I wish there would be a way to select the number of pieces desired for each puzzle. I noticed that the complexity of the puzzle increases as you move through the puzzles from left to right, but I had to discover that by trial and error. I wish the pieces would drift to where they needed to be at the lift of a finger rather than the finger being in the general proximity.
General review This is a great application working on problem solving in a very fun way! The pieces have a magnet component so accuracy/reinforcement increases. The user has the ability to watch the video animation incorporated after the completion of a puzzle as many times as desired. The only downfall that I see is that the number of pieces cannot be chosen by the user; however, there are puzzles with 6 pieces and puzzles with 16, so options are available!

Shape Pals [text]

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What I liked The audio on the app is so cheery, the user can't help but feel encouraged even a wrong answer is selected. The explanation/visual of shapes in the "learn" section is great. The "play" section, which is set up with a great reinforcement system is great as well. The need for only three correct answers in a row to get a sticker makes for a great motivator. Also, the ability to put those stickers out on the scene gives an educator or parent the ability to work on prepositions as well. For example, "Put the butterfly on the tree." I know it isn't a part of the app, but an added feature!
Improvements I believe most apps should come equipped with a guide of some sort. The reason for this is because the user can spend a lot of time trying to "figure out" an app and get frustrated with it. I learned that you cannot swipe the iPad, in a similar way you would when reading a book, to switch the shapes when learning them. The user has to drag the shape in sight, out of sight, to see the next one. That is a lot of fine motor movement for someone who is at the level of learning shapes. My wish list would be for a difference in stickers. If I were a boy user, I would not enjoy the stickers provided.
General review This is a great application focused on learning shapes. The method for instruction is engaging and the reinforcement is appropriate. A few of the shapes may not be appropriate for younger children. For instance, a rhombus is not a term used until a child is older, but a diamond is a term they may understand. Beyond this, the app is a great way to focus on shapes in an engaging/beneficial way! I appreciate the incorporation of literacy!

Happi 123 HD [text] [video]

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What I liked I really enjoyed this application. It has colors that are bright and engaging. It has multiple math options that keep the user interested in learning. Immediate reinforcement is provided by the light showing with the correct answer or the shaking of hands for incorrect answer. Stickers/buttons are given for the completion of a "round". I really enjoyed the timed section. I believe that will keep users engaged and trying to increasingly beat their own high score. I enjoyed the domino sections that accompanied the standard finger counting sections because that adds an element of problem solving.
Improvements As with most apps that I come across, I typically try to find a section that talks about how to utilize the app. For some apps, this one is somewhat included, the "how to" section is pretty self-explanatory, so maybe not so needed. A brief description as to the purpose of each section would be beneficial because it isn't all self-explanatory. There was a lot of trial/error that had to be done throughout learning the app. I enjoyed the finger counting, but the ability to pick which finger is used, in my opinion, could result in some inappropriate use of the application.
General review This is a very comprehensive application focusing on early math concepts. The variation provided is great for motivation purposes! At this point, the app does not include a "how to" section, so trial/error is completed for understanding of some sections; however, this should not deter you from the app! You can figure them out! There is a timed section for users to see how many correct answers they can reach, which adds that extra boost for fun!
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Budget Balance, version : 1.2 [text]

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What I liked I love the design of this app. The intricacy and detail to the income/expenses pages is fantastic. I love that it allows for recurring entries to be added. I appreciate the subcategories that can be used to allow for more specific explanation of entries for organizational purposes.
Improvements I am not sure this is even a possibility, but I would like the opportunity to sync with other accounts, like bank accounts, or to a computer site of some kind. I wish you could see the specifics like restaurant, fast-food, etc. in the diagram/pie charts. As of now it just shows the main category of food and such. I wish it could be customized. The black background is hard to look at for a long period of time.
General review For those in need of an easy system working on keeping track of finances, this is an impressive app. It is a quick way to keep on-the-go track of income/expenses. I would recommend a bit more detail (fast food/restaurants/groceries) with the graphing system, but it is a great depiction of main categories (food).

Lucky Birds 1.1 [video]

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Tap Times Tables - Multiplication fun [text]

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What I liked I really enjoyed the animations. I also appreciated the choice of symbols for incorrect/correct answers. I had initially muted all sound, but allowed it to play momentarily at the end of the review & found the squirrel to be entertaining for both correct/incorrect answers. I liked that the user could select which multiplication factor that wanted to work on instead of having to do all factors. I enjoyed the challenge section as well. The one thing I was unsure about, but could like if it is accurate is if the snowflake at the top of the screen is a timer. I did not let it time out to find out.
Improvements Even with the information about the mastery mode and memory booster, I was unsure as to how to select the appropriate one. When I selected one, it would gain a yellow outline, which I thought meant it was selected for play, but I could select the other one and they would both be highlighted. I believe I was under master mode because if I gave an incorrect answer it made me start over, but both were highlighted the entire review period. I wish the questions provided when starting over would change to cause more problem solving/memorization of other multiplication facts.
General review This is a very engaging application working on multiplication facts! There is animation throughout the app that allows for the user to be entertained while learning. It is comprehensive and provides various options to work on this skill. I would definitely recommend this for those working on multiplication facts because the user can select to work on specific numbers or all numbers, whichever is desired!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory: Place Value (v1.0) [text]

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What I liked This is genius! I love the place holder concept with the cookies, stacks, cartons, etc. The variation of math concepts that can be focused on within this app is great for encouraging learning. I like that there are multiple levels available that increase in difficulty with each math concept. I appreciate that there are rules/game play instructions available to help the user understand how to be successful!
Improvements This might seem strange, but it took me a while to discover the manage players section, so if there was a way to label those in the introduction, that would be helpful. Also, is there a reason why there is no record of rounds completed? It is showing the results at the completion of the level. It would be nice for educators to be able to track users ability level at the accuracy level. That is my only request! I thought this app was great!
General review This is a terrific app for working on math concepts from counting to division! The ability to track data and work on concepts at varying levels allows for reinforcement of users at all stages and of all ages! Like mentioned, there is data tracking capabilities, but I wish there was a way to record more specific data rather than whether a level was completed.

PrestoBingo Shapes v1.4 [text]

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What I liked I love this app! I love the simple graphics and colors. They are not too busy, but busy enough that it creates a bit of difficulty. I love that the graphics are animated when the user selects the correct amount shown. I love that the user is encouraged by feedback that is positive such as "I can see another shape, can you?" I love that the shapes are explained if the user needs explanation. I love that there are a variety of shapes available for the user to select. I love that the user can hear the shapes being counted as they are being selected! Great app!
Improvements I really am struggling to find things that I wish could be improved on in this app. I can only think of one thing that would be a great help to the user, if desired. This could be something that is selected in a settings menu of some kind. I would like if the app would shade or blink the shapes that aren't found after a certain period of waiting. Maybe one shape at a time to give the user a hint if needed.
General review This is a fantastic app that has left me super impressed! There is simplicity to the design, but an element of difficulty with the search of the shapes. This app has great positive reinforcement from counting as the shapes are selected to encouragement in the search for the user if there is a bulk of time where no shapes are selected. The shapes are explained for those that need it! A fantastic app for the price!

Animal Puzzle for Kids and Toddlers [text]

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What I liked I like the variation between the puzzles of the animals and the puzzles of the animals with a background. I also like that the user receives immediate feedback whether positive or negative regarding the placement of the pieces. I like that the user can pop the balloons and hear the pop noise at the completion of the puzzle. I like that the pieces are not magnetic, so they don't slip from the fingers as the user gets the pieces close, but if the user let's go of the piece and is in relative proximity, the piece will go to its appropriate spot.
Improvements I think this is a fun and engaging app built around a great concept, so I really do not have a lot that I believe I could add to a wish list! My only criticism is merely a personal opinion: I am not a big supporter of in-app purchases. I tend to stray away from them, but if a lite version is available, then I'm not so leery. Because you have the app separated by animal categories, if all the animals within the first category were available in a "lite" version, then the others could be purchased, if desired.
General review The versatility of this app is great. The app is filled with immediate feedback. This app could be used when following directions, describing (expressive language), and matching. There is an in-app purchase to obtain the entirety of the puzzles, but for what the app offers, it is worth it! As a speech-language pathologist, the amount of communication that could be created with this app is incredible for young children. I recommend this app!

Trains Story Puzzles - The Little Engine Who Saved the Carnival! [text]

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What I liked I love the video that accompanies the puzzles. I love that it is a storybook, of sorts, and is read to the user. I love the underlying meaning throughout the story that is portrayed to the user. That is a great addition to the app focusing on puzzles! I love that the puzzles are variable and increase in difficulty. I love that they begin with having the user match the pieces to the cutout shapes provided.
Improvements I wish the storybook wasn't read so fast. The reader was hard to understand at times. Also, the volume level shifted on occasion, which made it even harder to understand what was being said. I wish that the puzzle pieces were not magnetic because sometimes the pieces will go to their spot but their is a piece blocking it, so no logic/problem solving is necessary.
General review This is a great application! The story/video provided is a great addition to what appears to be another puzzle application. The story has a great underlying meaning, providing a great message to the user. The puzzles vary in difficulty; however, the pieces are of the magnetic type, so they tend to go to their spot whenever the user has them within the accurate vicinity. I definitely recommend this application for children who enjoy puzzles!

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully -- A Tales of Midlandia Storybook v0.9 [text]

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What I liked I love this app! I love the interaction throughout the storybook I love that when the book is being read to the user, the words are highlighted. I enjoy the concept of this storybook. When being read to, the rate of the reader is great. I think it is great that the user can see a bully can be someone smaller in size, which is atypical. I like that both characters went to talk to someone and that message is displayed in the story. I like that Buck read the journal that Harvest wrote so that he could grasp how he made Buck feel.
Improvements It is hard to come up with things that I wish could be improved on for this storybook. If there was a way to inform the user that the storybook could be interactive, that would be great. I discovered it by mistake. There is a creature throughout the storybook that I was confused about. At one point, the creature blends in with the pumpkins and is orange and n the middle of the story it is green? When clicked on the orange version, it made a comment of not being seen. Is this just an added feature?
General review This is a GREAT storybook. The concept is great. The meaning behind the story is great. The interactive pieces throughout the storybook keep the user involved. The pictures/graphics are very detailed and full of color. The book can be read to the user or the user can read it on their own. When being read to, the rate is a perfect speed and the words are highlighted. I would definitely recommend this!

Math Guardians 1.5 [text]

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What I liked I like that the user can develop their own math problems even though they are guided selections. I like that there is an element of reinforcement in the challenge portion of the game. I like that there is not a punishment for getting the answer wrong. I like the graphics behind the app. I like the overall concept and the ability to gain trophies. I appreciate the tutorial that allows for knowledge as to how to play the game and be successful. Without the tutorial, I wouldn't have known there was an ability to block the opponent in the challenges!
Improvements I wish that there was a way in which the user could track the math problems that were particular difficulty. I wish there was a way to go back to the main menu when in the game mode. I wish that the user could select the level of difficulty they desired to work on. For instance, if a user is just beginning to learn multiplication/division, having the selections of 8 x 8 is really difficult. The same is true for division where 36/36 is the equation. It is obvious to those who are educated and have practiced for years, but for those that are new, this might be really difficult and discouraging.
General review Great app for working on math in a competitive type of way. The ability to select/create and answer math problems is a great feature. There is no way to track data; however, there is a score given, which I believe is connected to the number of problems solved correctly. Overall, a very great app focused on math. The one downfall is it appears geared for male users based on graphics/concept, but female users might enjoy it based on reinforcement!

Felt Board 1.1 [text]

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What I liked I love that this app looks like a felt board. I love the ability to glue pieces together so that the entire human product can be moved as one. I love that this app has letters, both uppercase and lowercase, numbers, and objects. I believe that allows for the user to work on following directions, spatial concepts, math, etc. I like that the user can increase/decrease the size of the object being put on the felt board. I like that the user can change the background depending on the scene they want to create. I like that there is a wide variety of attributes that can be added to the characters.
Improvements I wish there was a way to save the pictures that need to be completed. That is the hard part with this app being used in the educational setting. A lot of my students want to continue working on their board, but can't because I have to erase it to use with other students. I wish there was a way to glue other objects together in addition to the humans. The scrolling can be a bit difficult and extra pieces can be accidentally chosen. That could be frustrating for those with limited fine motor skills.
General review An app that can be used in an educational setting, but that provides fun and entertainment cannot be beat! This app can be used for spatial concepts, following directions, math, letter recognition, describing attributes, etc. It is very affordable and provides a lot of bang for the buck! I wish more objects could be glued together and that there was a way to save pictures that needed to be completed. I would recommend this app for use in class!

Healthy Creatures 1.0.0 [text]

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What I liked I like the graphics that are incorporated in this app. I like the various backgrounds that are incorporated within the app. I like that the app can be used for receptive and expressive language tasks including labeling, identifying, following directions, grammar, etc. I also like that it incorporates an element of creativity because the user can play with the objects available. I like that the object size can be changed.
Improvements I wish there were more realistic pictures similar to the wood chips. I wish the user could layer the objects after they have already been placed on the screen. For instance, if I put strawberries on the tablecloth, then a plate, I would like to be able to put the plate under the strawberries. I wish the trash can would "suck in" the objects that wanted to be deleted instead of having to select them and then click the trash can.
General review This app can encompass a variety of goals from an SLP's point of view. With the movement to increase healthy choices in the United States, this app allows the ability to discuss fruits and vegetables and categorize, label, identify, etc. With a couple changes such as layering and updates to the ability to "trash" an error, this app would be a 5-star app!

Fido's Treehouse Scavenger Hunt v1 [text]

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What I liked I love that there is a distinction between the younger users & older users. I like the difficulty & complexity within the app, but the ability to use a "hint", if desired. I like that the instructions are read to the user if they want to listen to them. I like that there is interactive pieces throughout the app to engage the users in the search for the items within the scavenger hunt. I like that there are various places to look for items adding the element of problem solving. Critical thinking apps always ignite a positive response from me! Along with this, identifying & labeling can occur!
Improvements There are some difficult pieces throughout the app. I struggled with finding some of the objects and I am well above the age range suggested. For the younger users, if the objects could be labeled for the user, that would allow more exposure. Some of the writing is very hard to read; however, when maneuvered to the clothesline, it can be deciphered.
General review This is a great app for keeping children entertained. Users can play in two different modes; however, some of the challenge mode clues are hard to decipher. The free mode allows the user to investigate and let their creative/exploratory minds soar! There are interactive pieces found throughout the app to keep every user engrossed and engaged. I'm very impressed with this app!

iLineup HD [text]

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What I liked I like the design of the app. I like the realistic feel of the graphics that are provided within the app. I like that the user can input names into the app for each position. I like that there is the ability to utilize a batting order system within the app.
Improvements I would like to see more bang for the buck. This is an app that can be produced on paper, so the price is not appropriate, in my opinion. The user cannot alter the batting order without removing and re-entering the player, which is time consuming and irritating. I would like the ability to keep records on the app. If I could use this app for batting order, player position, and player ability with specifics such as hits, runs, RBIs, etc., that would be great; however, this app would need a new name because it would serve more than a lineup!!
General review For a basic lineup app, this serves a decent purpose. It is missing some elements that would, in my opinion, justify the price the user is asked to pay. There is the ability to produce a lineup on a great graphically sound screen. The user can form a batting order; however, if the user is interested in changing their batting order, that ability is not available currently.

Pin Tiki Ball 1.0 [text] [video]

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What I liked I really enjoyed the graphics and vibrant colors associated with this app. I love pinball machines, so this was a fun game to experience. The concept was fun and challenging for the user. I like that there were instructions to guide the user when difficult or uncertain instances arose to prevent frustration.
Improvements There are some grammar issues in the rules/instructions for game play, if the user is reading with an American English grammar background. As a user, the game is definitely the most important, but to be successful in that, rules with proper grammar are needed, in my opinion. If there was a tutorial that could be "played" that would outline little pieces of the game that might not be understood by the user, that would assist in success. If this game is intended for younger kiddos, as well as fine motor savvy kiddos and adults, then it might be appropriate to have levels.
General review This is a dynamic, very engaging, app that brings pinball to the iPad. There is an element of challenge unlike any other pinball game I have ever experienced. If you appreciate a challenge and enjoy the game of pinball, this is an app you must add to your game/entertainment collection! There will be o disappointment!
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EdgeMates - US Capitals v1.3 [text] [video]

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What I liked I love the concept of this app! I think it is a great app to work on social studies/geography skills for users of all ages. I think it encompasses problem solving and allows the user to practice towards memorization of cities and states. I like that there is the ability to increase difficulty by increasing the number of tiles, but also by selecting to have the tiles rotate.
Improvements I wish there was a way that the user could select which states they want to use in the app. I think this could be used in social studies/geography courses across the country. The rotating option is kind of difficult for the user to manage with the finger rotate; however, I appreciate the ability to rotate by double clicking.
General review This is a great app for problem solving, memorizing of cities/states, fun, excitement, and keeping the brain dust-free. I would recommend this app to those in the school setting, but also those that are adults looking for an app that causes you to think. Don't pass this one up! It's a great one if you need to fill your time with entertainment!
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Fire Rescue! [text]

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What I liked I love the detail that is included in this app. I love the intricacy from the puzzle activities to the dot-to-dot activity. I appreciate that the app involves when to call 911, how to call 911, and the process that the firefighters go through when an emergency call comes through. I appreciate that the user has to work on fine motor tasks along with following directions. As an SLP, this app could be utilized within the therapy room with those that are working on following directions, problem solving, and recalling important information.
Improvements I wish there was a way to save the progress made throughout the app while it was in use. I felt the app got to be a bit long and repetitive; however, if there was a way to save progress, then the user would have the opportunity to not get bored and give up on the app.
General review This is a very detailed app focusing on fire rescue. It is interactive and appropriate for children who are learning fire safety. It is adaptable to varying emergency numbers and languages. The educational portion involves following directions, fine motor movements, attention to detail, recalling information and problem solving. A must have for parents looking to teach their children or educators looking to inform students about fire safety!

Thomas's travels in Bookland [text]

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What I liked I like that it has simple graphics that do not distract the user. I like that there are interactive pieces that are beyond fun/entertainment, but become educational in nature, such as the page where words are formed and a definition is provided. I appreciate the use of figurative language throughout the story. I believe that would allow for a great discussion within the classroom or at home. I appreciate that the user has an option regarding language spoken. The interactive portions of the app add a sense of excitement and intrigued me as a user.
Improvements The auditory portion of this app is decent; however, it is very deliberate speech that can cause the user to get distracted and refuse to use it. I did notice that as the story progressed, the speech rate changed and was more enjoyable to the listener. I wish the text was always on the screen. It was cumbersome to click the T on every page for the text to appear. Also, there isn't enough interactive qualities that would warrant the user to only listen to the audible portion.
General review This is a storybook app with a historic feel. The user is invited to come alongside the storytellers in adventure discovering fairytale characters who help him learn new words. Each word he encounters is interactive and educational. Simple graphics and intriguing storyline appeal to the user; however, the voice provided in the audible/listen option was not favored leading me to not use that as my mode for enjoyment in the story.

The Magnificent Travelling Palace 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked I love the graphics throughout this app. I love that the app is interactive and allows the user to enjoy the app through a hands on approach. The story is intriguing and enjoyable. I like that there is question marks throughout the story that provide added information that are pertinent to the story; however, they are separate in nature, which provides great tid-bits for all to partake in. I appreciate that the user can read the story to themselves or have it read to them depending on preference.
Improvements The arrow is hard to see at times. I would appreciate a swipe approach the story. This would allow the user to feel as if they were reading a true storybook and flipping the pages. The interactive pieces are somewhat confusing at times. For instance, the moving of the characters onto the train. The hand provides the user the information to know they need to move the character to the train, but that is only the initial character, so problem solving skills need to be at the forefront to allow the user to move subsequent characters as well.
General review I would recommend this app to users who are wanting an intriguing, interactive, engaging application focused on a story line that is applicable and necessary for all young readers to partake in. This app would allow the user to ask questions, gain knowledge, build vocabulary and work on fine motor skills throughout. This is a great application, especially with the 3D components!

Heidi story collection - 3 in 1, Version 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I believe this is a super cute app! I loved the storyline provided throughout the app. I love that when Heidi is reading the story, she is reading it from her perspective rather than as the narrator. I love that the user has the option to read the stories on their own. I love that each of the stories has different options available in the bits and bobs section. I love that each of the stories are connected and can be thought of as a trilogy, of sorts.
Improvements I wish there were more interactions included within the app/storybooks. The books are very long and very wordy, so for the young user, the ability to keep focused with only being read to, might get to be a challenge. There are grammar mistakes throughout the story, particularly in regards to commas. There are also different typos depending on the facet the story is being utilized in. Essentially, there are different errors in the read to self than there are in the read to me section.
General review This is a great storybook application; however, it can get to be a bit long in nature. The user is able to exit the application and have the spot held for the next available time of use. There are some grammar mistakes; however, the mistakes are minor in nature. The voice utilized in the "read to me" function is easy to listen to with inflections in vocal tone when appropriate. There are different challenges in each of the storybook bits and bobs

Sentence Builder [text] [video]

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What I liked I love that the user can choose either Level 1 or Level 2 and that there are apparent factors that distinguish the two. I love that the user can create their own sentences. I love that there is immediate feedback provided to the user. I love that the sentences are read aloud and then the user puts the sentence together. As the sentence is being built, the user is able to hear the words they are selected and putting in the sentence, which is another great addition. I am very impressed with this app!
Improvements I have two iPads. One is my personal and the other was provided by the school district I work for. The iPad that I use for reviews and for my personal use will not load the app. It continually crashes. I tried closing the app out/deleting it, but it loads the same way. I did the review on the other iPad because it would load just fine. I thought I would make you aware of the small glitch. I would love to have a tiered approach to sentences. For instance, you start out with a subject+verb+adverb. I would love to have preconfigured sentences working on other parts of speech.
General review This is a terrific application working on sentence building when an auditory component is incorporated. The user must listen to the sentence (auditory memory) and correctly build the sentence accordingly (grammar). There are two levels provided depending on user need/difficulty; however, there is the ability to create your own sentences/lessons depending on need. This is a great addition to an app! I'm impressed with this one!
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Puss in Boots : Interactive 3D Pop-up Fairy Tale v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the book and its interactive features. It was a great break and a great reinforcement throughout the story to be able to interact with what was occurring. I love the story line throughout the book. The message that the child receives is a great one and can be expanded on at the completion of the story if a parent is with a user. I love that the book can be read to the user or the user can read it on their own. This makes the book available to multiple ages instead of only to those that are capable of reading.
Improvements Some of the words in the story were a bit complex and may not be vocabulary that young ones are using; however, if the user is with a parent, it is a great opportunity to build vocabulary pending the "lesson" takes place. The hitting of the ogre and lion was a bit tricky and I ended up passing this interaction entirely because I couldn't complete it. It might just be my luck though!
General review This is a great book app focused on a great underlying message. Throughout the story, the user is given the ability to interact with the characters and "play along" with the story line, which allows a break in the reading/literacy portion for some reinforcement/fun. I think this is a great concept and experience for young readers!

Blendamaze [text]

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What I liked This was a game that kept me entertained for a long period of time. In fact, I forgot I was doing a review. Great job! I love that the ball used in play has to drop into multiple paint buckets, at times, and that creates paint marks as the user is trying to get to the final destination. At times, I got lost in what I was creating with the paint! I like that there are different levels of game play and if all of the levels have 30 sub-levels, then that is 120 levels to complete! That makes this app well worth the cost!
Improvements In the beginning, the user is notified to keep the device flat and that "less is more", this is a great clue because I still struggled at first. This can't possibly be used by little ones with limited fine motor control, which is what I would put on a wish list. I would love for this to be a game that could be used by children for entertainment as well!
General review If you enjoy problem solving puzzles and want to experience one with a twist of color, this is the app for you! It is engaging, exciting, and the user gets lost in it when the colors get to swirling! There are many levels included in the app and according to the main screen view, there are more promised to come. This app is well worth the cost and will provide hours of fun!

JigSaw Zoo Animal Puzzles - Animated Puzzle Fun for Kids with Funny Cartoon Animals! [text]

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What I liked I love the animated puzzles! I think that is a great reinforcer for the problem solving task. I love the different levels available to the user. I love that difficulty is not determined by grade level or age, but in number of pieces in the puzzle. Colors/graphics are intense in nature! I appreciate that hints are available to the user through a faded depiction of the character/animal, if desired.
Improvements I appreciate the magnetic component; however, I would appreciate if it only was effective when the finger was lifted after placing a puzzle piece. In the higher puzzle piece category, I was able to slide my finger very slowly across the board and when I arrived over the right location, the piece would click in place. That lessens the difficulty if the user determines this as a possibility. That is my only wish/desire for the app.
General review There is a new element to puzzle completion when animation is a factor! There are multiple levels with multiple puzzles available all in one app! For those that are still in the matching phase, this app works, too! I would recommend this app to those looking for a fresh approach to problem solving, especially those that enjoy animals and instant, positive, reinforcement.

Find them all: looking for animals [text]

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What I liked I like that there is a voice available to hear the animal that is being looked for. This allows for the younger users to gain the vocabulary knowledge if they aren't familiar with animal names.I appreciate that you shared the extra locations/continents so that as a reviewer, I could experience this app even more. I like that there are multiple languages available to the user. I like that the user is given directions when they are seeking to find the animals in the dark. I like that the user can put a puzzle together based on the pictures they have taken.
Improvements I do not like apps that have in-app purchases because I feel the user should have complete access to an app at its initial purchase/download. I wish the additional locations/continents were available at a cheaper rate than $1.99. I found them insightful and educational, but a collective price of around $8.00 does not seem reasonable. The app crashed when I was trying to find the animals in the dark. I tried to get out of the camera portion of the app, but could not figure it out after I had taken a picture. If there were some written prompts along the way, the user might find this helpful.
General review This app provides a lot to the user. There is the ability to find the animals in the midst of a very graphically sound scene, the ability to play interactive games, create puzzles based on pictures taken throughout the app, & the ability to learn fun facts about each of the animals while learning their names. Beyond the in-app purchases, which are not desirable, in my opinion, this is a great educational app!

Magikid Umbrella v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the interaction and the sound effects that are included within the app. I appreciate the simplicity of the graphics. The narrator has decent prosody and rate for the listener. I like that the app includes a matching activity. I like the story line provided and the activity involving making an umbrella for the teddy bear. I believe that allows the ability to work on fine motor skills.
Improvements I know that rain falls around the individual even with an umbrella, which is only used as a shield to stay dry,, but the umbrella's effectiveness in the story is not portrayed when rain continues to fall in a similar fashion. The story was told in English, but the song was not in English. Is there a setting available to change this?
General review This is a simple story book that allows for a 3D experience. It is interactive and engaging to the user. The narrator is easy to understand and has decent prosody. There are two activities included beyond the interactive story line. The user can match rainy day attire and create an umbrella virtually. All-in-all, it is an engaging application.

Little House Decorator v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I like the moving concept. I like that the user can decorate the house with objects that appear similar to everyday life objects. I like that this app can be incorporated in a therapy room setting by having the user label items (expressive language), identify objects (receptive language), work on prepositions, following directions, etc. This is an app that can be used in many ways throughout the language therapy world!
Improvements I wish that the user could increase the size of the objects rather than having to increase the size of the entire house. I wish that the user could save their progress so that subsequent users could play. I wish that the objects were labeled for the user, so if they selected an object, it would provide the name. That would allow younger users to become more familiar with vocabulary.
General review This is a great application that can work on expressive language, receptive language, following directions, prepositions, grammar, and more. This could be used between a therapist/teacher and a student, or in a group of students. I see this working in a barrier game sort of activity if you have access to more than one iPad. The list is endless. If you want a fun activity to use in therapy, this is your app! =)

MyCQs v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I appreciated the ease of the app. If I had a question, the tutorials you provided we're extremely useful in solving my question. I love the concept. I think this is a great tool to use for studying, but could also be used by teachers/therapists In a school setting. In my experience, a student is much more motivated to answer a question/complete a worksheet on the iPad. I could see myself using this to teach concepts/check for understanding in my speech therapy room. Well done!
Improvements The app crashed on me twice when I was looking through the options for tests in the community section. Even though the rest of the app is great, that might cause some frustration to users. I wish there was the capability of having more than one correct answer or maybe a "check" the correct option(s) format. I am thinking in terms of synonyms, for example. There are a lot of synonyms for the word unhappy, but the format now limits the assessment of that knowledge.
General review This looks like an outstanding tool that can be used within the therapy/classroom setting, if desired. It was designed for other purposes, but it can be adapted for many needs. There are a few limitations due to format, but even with those limitations, a great teaching tool is available. I would recommend this for informal assessment across settings!

Cinderella : 3D Pop-up Fairy Tale v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the interactive pieces incorporated throughout this story. I love that it is 3D and provides a fairy tale similar to the one we all know and love. I love that the underlying meaning is about forgiveness and grace to those that are not so delightful and may not treat us with respect.
Improvements There are some words throughout the story that are higher in vocabulary level than the story would be appropriate for. If the vocabulary remains, it would be a great asset to the story if it would be interactive. For instance, to assist in learning, the user could select the word they are unsure of, and a definition could appear. Another option would be a glossary of key terms that the user may, or may not, need to assist in definitions.
General review I love 3D interactive stories and this is no exception to that rule. There are interactive pieces throughout this story that keep the user interested and engaged in the app! There is a great message portrayed on forgiveness and grace. Some of the vocabulary is above the age level, but it is a great learning moment for those who engage in the experience!

3D Math Racing PRO - A Fun Math Facts Math Game (v1.1) [text]

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What I liked This is such a fun and interactive way to target problem solving! I had a great time trying to beat my own score and answer problem as quickly as I could! The graphics are clear and the concept is innovative! I think everyone loves a car driving task and this allows that to be utilized while trying to focus and complete core areas of math curriculum! I love that there isn't a huge push on the negative. I appreciate that the only thing that occurs is a red X and the vehicle slowing down. I appreciate the different levels the user can participate in.
Improvements I had multiple instances where I answered one or two questions incorrectly on purpose and I was not able to win the race. I had one instance where I had all questions answered correctly and the same result occurred. If there is a connection between winning the race and answering questions, then the user without error should win over computerized opponents. I also had a few moments where I got stuck on the wall while completing problems and I had no way of maneuvering away from it. The only thing that I could think of to improve is separating out the levels by grade instead of subjectively.
General review I love the interactive approach to problem solving! This is an app that contains a component of fun while the user is striving for educational perfection. The more right answers, the greater the chance of winning the race! With simplicity of problems to complexity, the challenge is there for children of all ages! I would recommend this app for those seeking an app that is fun and appropriate for those working through a math curriculum.

Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold [video]

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Pencilicious v.1.2 [text] [video]

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What I liked I like that the user has multiple choices for paper color, writing color, etc. I like that there is an option for lined paper, if desired. I like that there are labels given to notebooks and the user can have more than one notebook under a label. I like that it truly has a notebook feel to it. I like the eraser deletes an entire letter/object with a swipe versus haing to be meticulous about erasing. I think this app woud be great for fine motor tasks, following directions activities, working on prepositions, etc. beyond the intended purpose of note taking.
Improvements I wish the lines on the paper were darker for the users who have visual difficulties. If this was an available option to choose, that would be sufficient, as not all users would need this. The options on the sides are difficult to see when the user has selected dark color paper. If possible, it would be nice, in my opinion, if the user could create their own color palette selection. Also, if the writing utensils were labeled with what they are instead of "brush" as they all aren't brushes. I wish the user could record into the app. A voice to text option would be neat!
General review This is a comprehensive note taking app. I like the various options the user is given to personalize each notebook. There is a wide variety of options in paper selection, writing utensil options, etc. to choose from. This app can be used for working on fine motor activities, following directions tasks, prepositions, and fun/entertainment, just to name a few! I definitely recommend!
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Wubbzy's Space Adventure [text]

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What I liked I like that the user has adequate time to pick the correct space critter in the interactive game. I love that the book has interactive pieces throughout. The twinkling star providing the nursery rhyme when selected made me smile. I love that the space critters say something different each time they are pressed during the story. I love the coloring pages, which could be utilized for following directions.
Improvements There is so much time provided to the user in the game focusing on picking the critter that a "penalty" could be issued for not selecting one. A pause button could be utilized on this activity. I did not see a nine eyed critter in the story, which was mentioned. This would be necessary if the user was going to ask WH questions throughout the story in conjunction with the text. The space critter on the moon goes back to sleep on the page that allows for the interactive piece of waking him up. That can be confusing to the user. Critter seen in telescope should be a man instead of Wubbzy.
General review I found this to be an engaging and interactive storybook that had me seeking more. The user can work through WH questions, reading, following directions, listening comprehension, and many more tasks through an activity/storybook that will leave the user entertained!

Animal Jigsaw Puzzle! v1.2 [text]

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What I liked The colors on this app are so vibrant! I love the ability to choose the amount of pieces I want to have in each puzzle. That sets the puzzle up to be used by users of many ages! I like that I can have the back light on or off to allow for ease of putting the puzzle together. That adds an element of difficulty for those that want a challenge. There are a vast array of pictures to choose from, which is great as well! I appreciate that the animal is the focal point of most of the pictures. That allows the user to develop the animal portion of the puzzle before moving on to the scenery.
Improvements I'm not sure of the purpose for the clock/timer. I don't track how long I do puzzles normally, so the idea of timing myself on a puzzle in an app seems strange. It supposedly autosaves; however I wish there was the ability to save your progress manually so that you could continue at a later time. This is especially true if it is timing the user. I worked on a puzzle for a chunk of time; however, I had to close out of the app, and when I returned it started the app over. That could cause some frustration from users if they are working on a higher number of pieces and lose all their progress.
General review I am definitely impressed with this app and all that it entails. There are a number of pictures available to choose from. All the pictures contain a vast array of colors that are vibrant and eye catching. The user can choose the number of pieces they want the puzzle divided into it, which adds to difficulty. If the user wants a guide, they have that option! Great app!

Math Summoner [text]

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What I liked I love the multipurpose aspect of this app. I love that the user is solving math problems that they, in a way, can create. I love that there are added aspects that incorporate more of a logic/puzzle type of feeling to the app, which keeps the user engaged. I love that the user shifts through levels based on success in the logic portion. I love that the user can select the difficulty by changing their character on the screen.
Improvements I wish the user had some idea of the task they were presented with throughout the app. I know there is some direction through the tutorial, but I have yet to know if I am suppose to answer math questions or work on destroying the foreign creatures. I think the concepts are connected, but my focus was split. There were multiple questions with two answers the same. If there are going to be 4 options, there should be 4 separate options, in my opinion. I began to get frustrated when math problems weren't available to solve, yet I had creatures that were on the attack.
General review The app has a lot to offer users in regards to math concepts. The format is engaging and provides the user with moments where the focus isn't on math, but on gaining energy necessary to fight off creatures that are on the attack. Levels of difficulty are varying, so those at different levels of understanding can enjoy the app. It does take a while to resolve attacks, which can be frustrating, but as a whole, this app is great!

Ride a Pony with Kate and Harry v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the concept of this app! I love that the user can create a pony for either Kate or Harry to ride through to the castle. There are so many components that can be incorporated for language building. The user can play this game on their own, enjoying the independence of the game; however, in a therapy situation, the user can work on receptive language identification, expressive language identification, following directions and prepositions. I like that the route to the castle has interactive moments, which includes the pony.
Improvements I think the various options found within the app are sufficient; however, it would be a great addition if the user could create their own pony. This would include color, mane, saddle, etc. I'm sure it is difficult to allow one to design a saddle independently, but if the user begins with a template of all components, that would be helpful. I envision the user coloring in various templates, maybe even the ones already included in the app. This would include even more focus on language tasks throughout a therapy type of situation.
General review This is a great app that does not require language skills to play; however, it could be used for a variety of language tasks. The user could partake in this app within the therapy setting. The therapist could design a session focused on WH questions, receptive/expressive language identification, following directions, and prepositions. I think this is a great app that could elicit a wide array of language components though it is not a focal point.

Chabadabada [text]

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What I liked I liked the correlation to the puss and boots children's tale. I like that the user has the option to read the story to themselves or have someone read it to them. I like that the narrator speaks in an even pitch and is easily understood. I like that the pictures that correlate with the story are moving to provide the visual component to go along with the transcribed storyline.
Improvements I am not familiar with British conventions, but as an American English speaker, I noticed a number of grammatical errors. I would recommend looking into this further if you can! The page after the strawberry squash is very confusing. The cat spent all day wandering around, but then it states that he slept all day? How did he get full of beans? Though the narration is easily understood, it is a bit choppy at times and that causes a distraction. I wish the user could select an option to have the story read to them at the beginning, or as an option, instead of having to on every page.
General review This is a cute version of the classic tale of Puss and Boots. This story brings to a light a hidden message of perseverance and compassion; however, also of frustration and disappointment. There are some things throughout the app that, if fixed, would increase the opinion on this app as a whole! I think the concept is good!

Professor Chomp v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the concept of this app! It is addicting! I had a great time playing it and trying to increase the number of points I obtained. I like that it is "experimental" and every level, when earned, can gather a new object from the number of points. I like the fine motor movement that is targeted within this app is fantastic! I appreciate that the user can tilt more to one side for the speed to increase when moving from one orb to the next.
Improvements Though I really enjoyed this game, at the completion of a few rounds, I was slightly bored. I think that is because I was not progressing & I faced the same difficulties. The time component, though it helps, is, in some ways, not even worth going for because the user does not gain that much of an increase in time. The red orbs are a definite deterrent because they cause you to lose most of your orbs that you have collected. I wish at the start of each level the user would gain time to continue play. Enjoyment is short lived when the user is only allowed 20 seconds, or more, with yelowl orbs.
General review Incredibly fun app! I had some moments of wanting to beat my personal best score, which caused me to continue play! I love the fine motor movement throughout the app and the idea of beating the clock. I wish the app would have more time components throughout it or would allow the user more time as they progressed so that the fun could continue! Every game experience is short lived, but enjoyable!

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition [text]

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What I liked There are so many things about this app that I enjoy! I hope I can inform you throughout my limited characters available. I love the multimedia, including pictures and video. I love the story, which speaks with a vocabulary suitable for children. I love that the narration is not in a monotone voice and is easy to listen to. I love that there is an interactive quiz, which allows the user to test their knowledge. I love that this could be used within a classroom setting because the user can search out different insects within categories of insects. The journal is a great idea!
Improvements When the user is working through the story, there is a section that states "drag the insect". The user isn't "dragging" the insect, but rather the circle portion. That could be misleading. I wish that the quiz would give the user more than one opportunity to answer if they get a question wrong. I also wish that it would provide more information to the user if they got a question wrong, so that they could have success. If neither of those are an option, at least informing the user of the correct answer would be beneficial. It is a quiz, but it isn't "graded", so immediate feedback is helpful!
General review I am very impressed by this app! There are so many things a science teacher could use this for! In my situation, in a therapy room, this could be used, through the video and pictures, for both expressive tasks (labeling, WH questions, prepositions, vocabulary) and receptive tasks (identifying). If I were within a classroom setting and a unit on insects was in my curriculum, this would be a must! Very thorough app!

The Ant and the Grasshopper v1.1 [text]

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What I liked I love the vibrant graphics that are within this app. I believe any app that is interactive maintains the attention of the user more than the traditional stories. I like the concept of this story. I think the general, broad thought process is engaging, but the limited climax and resolution left me thinking, "What's next?"
Improvements Pending to English speaking conventions intended, there may or may not be grammatical errors. They begin as early as the first page. There are some flow issues throughout the story. Some of the sentences are very short. The vocabulary, at times, is a bit complex for the intended users, which could cause this app to fall to the wayside. If the vocabulary or concept were altered, this app would be more suitable for whichever ever age is decided upon. At this point, they are conflicting.
General review Interactive pop-ups are engaging to those who appreciate a hands on approach to story books. The interactions accompany the story and provide that piece that the story cannot provide through written expression. There are some conflicting pieces in terms of vocabulary and intended audience. Great story concept!

SirMania - Play & Learn v1.1 [text] [video]

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What I liked I like the simplicity of this app. I like the variation of games/activities that the user is able to engage in throughout the app. I like that there are interactive portions to the app that allow the user have some unforeseen enjoyment as they are playing the app. I think the skills that are targeted throughout the app are presented in a fun way!
Improvements I would like to see the user be able to select which activities they want to partake in through the menu. I wish the user could continue where they left off when opening the app. I like the interactive nature and pieces throughout the app, but some inferring leads to some inappropriate insinuations. I am thinking of the owl with the poop dropping as my example. "Aaah SH" is not appropriate for little ears. Also, I like the "Nice" and "Wonderful!" comments at the end of each round, but would find it to be helpful if it would say "Try Again!" on those instances where errors have occurred.
General review Two years old might be a little young for the app and six years old might be a little old for the app, but I think that is an accurate range. There are educational games that are engaging and interactive in nature. The simplicity of the drawings allows the purpose of the app to be known and is not a deterrent from enjoyment. Each game is a little different. Each time each game is played is a different experience. Good app!
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Jolly Jingle 1.1 [text]

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What I liked I like that the user can participate with a variety of objects throughout all songs. There are humorous pieces that the kids really love such as the snow ball leading to a white screen, making Santa jump to each house, and interacting with the boxes in a pop-up fashion. I love the hidden Santa that can lead back to the main menu, or shut off lyric view. I love that the user can select different recordings to fit personal preference. I enjoy the graphics throughout the app and feel it can be utilized for a variety of language tasks within the speech therapy room.
Improvements For this review purpose, I appreciated the ease of purchasing within the app; however, it could cause frustration to parents if charges are made by their children with such ease. I wish the song would play, even if just a snippet or small portion, when hovered over before selection of song play on the main screen. I wish there was a play/pause button. I think this would be a great additions that could aid in reading and letter identification throughout the app. I do not like in-app, so I wish there was a free "lite" version & a version that had all available songs for a certain price.
General review Looking for an app for entertainment or education? This app can be used for both! There are great interactive moments within each song that can be fun and motivating for students. There are great learning pieces throughout the app in regards to both receptive and expressive language. There are in-app purchases, but a great song with all access is available with the free version.

Thumbelina : 3D Pop-up Fairy Tale v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I enjoy the 3D interactions that the user gets to experience while reading Thumbelina. I like the tone of voice that accompanies the story if the user desires to have the story read to them. I like the graphics and detail that are associated with each page. I like the variety of vocabulary that the user is exposed to throughout the story. I enjoyed reading the story and experiencing the interactions. I believe that is a great motivator for the young ones!
Improvements Throughout the story there are moments where the sentences start with the word "And". I believe most of the time "And" begins a sentence, the word can be removed and the next word can begin the sentence. If not, the sentence should be combined with the previous sentence. I think that would help with the flow of the story. I think the voice accompanying the narration can be a little slow-paced at times. On page 4, it says that Thumbelina used to sing softly. but why did she "used" to? As a reader analyzing i was curious as to the past vs present tense.
General review 3D interactive stories are great motivators for young kids. I love the vocabulary that is within this app and find that it would be a great asset to the therapy room. Those with language goals focusing on vocabulary and grammar could gain insight from this application. There are a few grammatical bumps, but that could also be used as a learning tool. If those errors were updated/fixed, this would be a 5 star app!

Playground HD2 - Smart Kids Edition v2.0.0 [text]

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What I liked This is an app that can be used for entertainment, but also for reinforcement within the therapy room. That is a great thing! I love the variety of activities the user can partake in. I love the multi-player capability as well. This is an app that is for younger kids; however. I enjoy playing it as we'll. the problem solving in some apps and the simple enjoyment of others make this an app that can keep a wide range of users coming back for more!
Improvements I wish the stars in mastermind were consistent with the placement. It is confusing when the white star or gray stars rotate placement. I wish there was more assistance for games that require strategy. For the younger kids, that might be necessary to understand the task. I know there are instructions, but a hint or play-by-play mode might be useful. I have little to complain about, really, because I enjoy the app!
General review I love this app! If you are in the therapy room, there are multiple games to use for reinforcement. If you want a game/activity that can entertain your child, then this is for you, too! Problem solving and simple strategy allow for enjoyment and fun! This is a must have app!

Wubbzy's Train Adventure [text]

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What I liked I love interactive storybooks. I think they are easy to incorporate within any educational setting. This holds true for this as well. The ability to work on following directions, receptive identification, and labeling/naming tasks, and prepositions make this a versatile app. The story is simple with easy to understand vocabulary, which makes this app suitable for children of various ages.
Improvements I love the interactive portion, but I wish it were more realistic. For instance, only 6 baseballs are visible, but the user is able to keep pushing in that area and watching the balls fall. When coal falls from the train, it appears that it could be getting close to hitting those standing outside the train, but it always falls extremely close to a passenger.
General review A simple storybook with a lot of possibilities awaits you with this app. I believe interactive storybooks provide a motivating piece to literacy. If you want to build literacy, work on following directions, prepositions, or building language then you have the right app. In some instances the interactive pieces are not realistic, but as a whole they are appropriate. Good app!

Playground HD3 - ABC Edition v1.2.0 [text]

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What I liked I like the concepts that are incorporated with this app. I like the variety of activities focused on letters and making those more understandable. I like that the user can focus on many different languages and gain that exposure. I like that each time the user selects the tile, they gain that receptive identification piece due to the auditory component provided. I like the simplicity of the app and ease for the users.
Improvements The "I" does not make an "ee" sound, but that is what is presented. Also the "r" and "w" do not sound like the letter sounds. The "alligator" word does not sound like it completes the word with an "r" at the end. The "G" sound sounds like the letter sound for "J". If the idea is that the user is to match the letter sound with the word, then the word should be compatible. For instance, the "G" could be "gold". It is incredibly hard to get 3 stars in the practice writing section. Is there a criteria? A little bit of an explanation might be beneficial for success.
General review The concept is fantastic. I believe the basis is great. I think users could benefit tremendously from exposure to this app. As a whole, this app provides exactly what is stated; however, there are some errors that, if fixed, will make this app even better! Those minor errors include some of the letter sounds being inaccurate or unintelligible.

The Whole Truth about Santa Claus [text]

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What I liked I like the detail that went into the app. I love the movement/animation that is "sprinkled" throughout the app. The interactive moments were appreciated as well. I love that the story has some vocabulary that may be new to the user/parents that are reading this story. I believe that adds that element of literacy building that can be missing at times.
Improvements I could not figure out why some of the words were highlighted or underlined. There didn't appear to be a pattern that I could make a connection to, nor did I find a spot that gave me insight into the purpose. It would be beneficial to know what the reason is, so that it can be keyed into by the user(s). There should be a statement somewhere in the description on iTunes that this book informs that there is no true Santa Claus, or maybe there is no Santa Claus that rides around on reindeer and uses chimneys to deliver toys. I think that is a very important piece to know prior to purchasing.
General review The title of the app is very indicative of the content. This app informs users that Santa Claus is not making toys all year, nor does he ride around on sleighs, but rather there are many individuals that devote time like Santa Claus would if he truly existed. I think the story is full of meaningful vocabulary. The animation and interactive pieces are great, too!

Wubbzy's The Night Before Christmas [text]

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What I liked I love that the book has two different story modes. I love that the user can highlight a word, if necessary, and it will read it to them while they are reading to self. I love all the interactive pieces throughout the app. I think this would be great for following directions, receptive language, and expressive language goals. I love the games sprinkled throughout and the coloring pages at the end. I think the comprehension questions provided are an asset, too!
Improvements Like stated, the interactive pieces are good, but instances like Santa flying off, which are described in words, is not followed through in interactions. Is this a possibility for a later update? Also, depending on the user and their fine motor ability, they may, or may not, struggle with the matching games included.
General review This is a great interactive book that can serve many purposes. I see this working on following directions, prepositions, possessives, vocabulary, comprehension...the list could go on! I would recommend this app because it covers literacy, but makes it fun and motivating with the interactive portions!

Legend of Fat Ninja [text]

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What I liked I love the movement that the ninja demomstrates when moving through the street. I like the use of extra taps to make the ninja continue upward instead of falling. I like the arcade game feel with the angry bird twist. I love the detail that is within the app in regards to graphics. I like that the user is ale to gain those extra movements by attacking people and things.
Improvements Without a specific target, it is hard for a user to determine where to land. I don't know if. My screen was locking up, or not, but I wasn't able to move to see the street or the intended areas to attack. I think that would be a great thing to look at, if it is a glitch, rather than my iPad. There were a couple instances where it would not let me direct his movements during the attacks by tapping. If a little more instruction could be included with the tapping, informing the user the importance of swiping, that might assist in the understanding of the extra feature!
General review This is an incredibly addictive game. The added features that accompany this game separate it from Angry Birds, adding an entirely new dimension. The concept is similar, but the tricks and extras allow each turn to last as long as you can maintain it. That added edge makes this a game you won't want to put down!

iVocAudio, your memory chum (v 2.1) [text]

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What I liked I loved the opportunity to record questions and have the option of guessing the answer and identifying whether the answer was known or not. I like that the user can program their own test questions in and can input in more than one subject area. This would be a great tool to use when studying facts or needing to memorize specifics. This suits those that learn best by hearing the information versus seeing it written down.
Improvements I would love to see this app have the ability to "quiz". I think it would be great to use in therapy, if it had the capability of verifying knowledge. For instance, if after hearing the question and the answer, the user can submit whether the answer provided is correct or incorrect. I think that would work smoothly for informal skills based assessment used during therapy progress reporting for those with language goals.
General review This has a great support system and video to accompany the base knowledge that can be understood with simple manipulation and exposure to the app itself. This app can be used to work through exam possibilities or memorizing vocabulary at work or home, multiplication tables for math, antonyms/synonyms, etc. I think this is a great app and would most certainly recommend for those who are auditory learners!

Longlegs and the Pirate with No-Nose [text]

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What I liked I like the animation that accompanies the story. I think that adds that extra element which will motivate the users to continue reading or listening. I like the detail within the story and the explanation of each component with the main character. The hidden options and buttons isa great idea, but they do not always signal when tapped.
Improvements The story is a bit lengthy and wordy. Depending on the age of the user, the focus may fail throughout. The words throughout the story that are a different color/highlighted were not explained anywhere. I'm not sure I understand the point of highlighted words without the ability to build that vocabulary in some way. The reference to the pirate being drunk, in my opinion, is not appropriate. For the age of users, and the rest of the story, that line is not a seriously key component. I think a different term or reference wold be more kid-friendly.
General review A detailed story based on a pirate adventure can be had with this interactive book! It is lengthy in nature, but full of information to push the story along. There is animation that allows the user to be motivated to continue while watching as the story unfolds. There is a lesson that can be had with the new, rich vocabulary highlighted throughout; however, there is no reference to the words or ability to gain that access at this time.

Paddle Duck in Where's Carrie Cat? An Interactive Story V1.2 [text]

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What I liked I love the interaction the user can have with the app. I love that the app allows for work with fine motor skills and allows for receptive knowledge building of vocabulary words. I love that through the interaction, the user is exposed to counting and following directions, as well. The graphics are engaging and realistic in nature. The voice of the narrator is easily understood in both versions available, as well.
Improvements I felt like the story was cut short in some ways. I'm not sure if it was because of the simplicity of the app, or because there was only a few steps incorporated in the finding of Carrie Cat. I think it would be more engaging to add a few more exploratory options. Would it be possible to have the user select An option and have different effects based on the selection? The song played when moving through the river is engaging; however, it ends before the duck stops moving. Is that intended?
General review This is a relatively simple storybook app. There are many positives included, which are common in interactive apps, but this one incorporates counting, following directions, and building fine motor skills. I wish this app had more for storyline because I felt it ended too soon, but overall, an app with great potential!

Christmas Karaoke: Christmas Carols & Christmas Songs vers 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love Christmas songs! Even without the Karaoke component. I think this is a great app for getting into the Christmas spirit. The flow of the Christmas songs and the words scrolling alongside, help even the littlest of ones enjoy this app! I love the thought behind the app and the ease of contacting the developers if a suggestion arises!
Improvements The Credit screen is hard to see. I don't know if the words just need to be more centered, but on my device, it is within the white portion, so the ease of understanding is limited. Is there a way that the user can interact with the app at all? I just wonder if the app could incorporate the user trying to sing along.
General review This is a fantastic app! The joy of Christmas is at the touch of your fingertips whether you want to sing along or just listen! Many songs are incorporated for your enjoyment over this holiday season! Make it a friendly karaoke adventure at your next family gathering! This would make a great memory!

Baby Learns Simple Objects 1.1 [text]

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What I liked I love that the app exposes the user to a variety of vocabulary. The ability to play with the app and gain exposure to unfamiliar words is a great benefit. The quiz section, labeled play, is great, too, because the adult present can gather specific areas of need based on observation. The reinforcement of the animals and homes adds a fun motivator for students across the age range.
Improvements It wold be great if the items were given a written label when selected in the learn section. I think, even though the users are to young to read, that it would provide an opportunity for early literacy. I wish there was a way to know what the task was and how to troubleshoot in the event the item needing to be identified, in the pay section, was unheard. The reinforcement, though fun, is a little complicated. I struggled to know where the animals truly belonged, which was frustrating for me.
General review Exposure to many items allows the user to build receptive comprehension of objects. Users can learn through exploring four different scenes or be challenged by identifying spoken objects in the play section. Reinforcement is available and provides a great brain break at the completion of successful identification. This is a great app for early childhood aged children.

Creativium - Paper Theater [text]

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What I liked I liked the graphics in the app. I love the variation that each user can bring through the vast array of masks, hats, and other accessories. I like that the app has some parts of the picture already completed. I think that allows for the creativity to expand at a quicker rate for some users. That ability to take a scene and expand on it is a much simpler process than starting with a blank sheet of paper and having to manipulate accordingly. I love that the user can increase/decrease object size, if desired.
Improvements I would like to see the ability to create a scene from a blank piece of paper. I would also like some understanding as to where to find the decorations. It took me some time to know to click the castle to get the decorations. I think those on the younger side of the intended users would get bored/confused because there isn't much to grasp that attention. That problem solving isn't quite developed, so their ability to seek out might compromise their enjoyment!
General review With a little investigating, this app is useable. Witin the therapy room, I would recommend it for those that are working on expressive language, following directions, and/or prepositions, there is great potential with this app! My only concern is the lack of direction, but improvising is possible and this app is easy to decipher!

Hamster Chase [text] [video]

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What I liked I am addicted to this game. I love a challenge and I love problem solving games and this one has had me stumped on more than one occasion! Great job! During my upload of the videos, I spent time playing the game and going back to previous levels that stumped me initially. I love that you have the opportunity to gain coins after you complete a level better than a previous attempt. I think having that knowledge would be a great asset to game play. Like mentioned in the video, I like that this app works on fine motor skills, problem solving, hand-eye coordination and matching!
Improvements I would like to see more instructions for game play. I know it is pretty obvious what the point is, but the picture symbols are a bit confusing. The initial hamster and the hamster after the = sign look to be the same to me. I don't know if a simple "no" symbol after the equal sign, or a different symbol entirely would help to understand the "danger" of the cat, or of the holes, etc. as the user is playing the game. The levels starting out are fairly tricky. I haven't worked through many of them quite yet, but depending on that, the age of play might be teen/adult only! =)
General review This is a terrific app with a lot of great potential. It is a fun/engaging app that leaves the user wanting to conquer level after level. I find this to be a great app working on a number of different skills through the use of a hamster, cat, and maze. I love the ability to skip levels based on coins that have been earned when the user is incredibly stumped; however, save up those coins because the difficulty increases with every level!!!!
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Tomo House [text]

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What I liked I love that the user can work on letters and build their letter knowledge. I like that the user is able to use fine motor skills and link to the letters; however, it is not how letters are written, so that could become confusing. I love the bright colors that are incorporated in the app. I love that there is a picture to go along with the word once it is completed. I love the hidden music section! I was digging for some instructions and came upon music! Nice hidden feature!
Improvements I can't say that I understand how to actually play with the app. The only thing I understood to do was put letters together to form words that would allow me access to the picture. Is there a way to move them to the house? I did see that the house had a window, so maybe even allowing the user to "identify" the object within the scene. Or maybe the user could place the object where they are told to put it, working on following directions. I see a lot of potential with this app!
General review This app has a lot of great potential; however, right now it is lacking, in my opinion. I think the primary use is letter compilation and letter recognition, which is great, but beyond that, the concept is lost. I think exposure to all of the letters and the picture that associates with the letters once all have been connected is an asset of this app; however, there is no real "play" that is noted at this time.

Fuzzy Little Caterpillar [text]

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What I liked I love that this was narrated by kids. I think that added a great deal to the app, but was likely simple to put together. I like the differentiation between moths and butterflies. I like the music/science/interactive pieces that are provided throughout the application. I enjoyed tapping on the critters that were not butterflies or moths to see how they would move about the screen. I like that there was a variety of interactive activities throughout each of the segment categories. I think this is a great interactive application for kids closer to the age of 3 than 7.
Improvements I would put this application in the category of ages 2-5 probably. I know many 2 year olds that are able to manipulate a technnological device and would have a blast exploring this application. Just a thought! I think some verbal instructions would be beneficial. If you are wanting this to be for kids 3-7, then only the older kids will benefit. The 7 year olds are going to get bored with the application after a short while because it is so simple. There is nothing wrong with simplicity, but that is more of an audience of kids 2-5 than 3-7. By 7 kids are wanting more action packed activities.
General review This is a great application for children ages 2-5. There are a variety of tasks that can be completed in order to gain knowledge about moths and butterflies. For SLPs, this would be a great app for working on compare/contrast, receptive langage, and expressive language, including vocabulary!

Dingtone for Free Phone Calls, Texts & Walkie Talkie, V1.0 [text]

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What I liked The app was easy to manipulate. I was able to determine the purpose and how to utilize the app with ease. I like the multiple functions and ability to contact others with the app. I love the ability to talk to others worldwide for free. I like the innovation of a walkie talkie through an iOS device. There really isn't much to not like about this app. I think it is a great app, especially for free!
Improvements The only thing I would wish is that the app would be available to Android users as well. With only having one iPhone in the house, it made reviewing this app slightly difficult, but also can't be used with others within the family. I think it would be a great thing to have when a family goes to other locations and needs a "walkie talkie" type of communication system! A little instruction on how to use this with the iPad would be helpful. I think more people have iPads than iPhone devices, so with an internet connection, it would be nice to have that ability to contact similar to FaceTime.
General review The simplicity and ease with this app is undeniable. I think the app suits all users of various ages. I think it is functional and applicable to daily life now. The ability to call, text, group (conference) call, and walkie talkie make this app stand out among the rest. I would definitely recommend this app to other iOS users!

Claustrophobic, v1.1 [text]

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What I liked It definitely left me on the edge of my seat. As a competitive person, this was an app that challenged me and made me want to beat my personal best. I appreciated the tilt configuration being completed before every game. Some people like to hold the device horizontal, while others vertical, and this allowed for some change in preference. I liked the ability to gain points by reaching certain objects, but also having the uncertainty of detriment if I rolled over the wrong object!
Improvements There were descriptions of all the objects, but there were so many that I got confused initially. I ended up just decided to play the game to figure it out because I couldn't keep them all straight. I think the main problem I faced was that they were similar in color. The only few that differentiated dealt with wall movement, I believe. I'm not sure about the x2 object. I don't know its purpose and when I noticed the "mult" increasing, it would then decrease, too, which left me a little befuddled.
General review Addicting! This game is so addicting! I played for a while just trying to beat my personal best. This game does take some getting use to, but if you are persistent, you will do just fine! It is a great time-waster, that's for sure! My husband appreciates these games when we are stuck in a place for a length of time and access to anything productive is limited. I would definitely recommend this entertainment!

Weather and Clock for Kids [text]

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What I liked I like the simplicity of the app; however, I feel there is some detriment to the simplicity as well (noted later). I like that the user can use their home location or other areas around the world. I like that there is a choice between languages, degree units, and time. I think that helps appeal to a larger audience, for sure! I like that the user can interact with some of the objects and that are not the same every time the app is opened.
Improvements I think this would be a great tool to teach weather vocabulary to young children. The app is set up perfectly with a television showing future weather, but the ability to match "cloudy" with what the symbol for cloudy is, or "snowy" with snowy, would be great for enhancing that knowledge. I would also like to see a wider variety of locations. Would it be possible for the user to input their own location in? I am curious about this because a young user could look up the weather in other cities where family/friends might live and build knowledge that way, too!
General review Great concept! I love the idea of a kid-friendly weather app. I think this is important for children to learn at an early age because they do encounter this every day. I know in early elementary, the weather is discussed, and this app allows for exposure early on! It does need to be synced to "your location" so that it can pull information about weather and time.

Scholar or Scumbag v1.0 [text]

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What I liked It was interesting to work through first impressions by appearance. For the most part, I did not know who the people were, but identified correctly based on their face. I liked that each picture had a description to accompany the person. That allowed me to understand why the person fell into th category they did.
Improvements Because it appeared that the majority of the pictures shown of scumbags were mugshots, or very distinct, the game had some ease. If there were pictures that exposed each person in a positive light, this wold be more difficult. Does black and white make this more difficult or could we have pictures in color?
General review Very interesting app! I love that it provides a way to test first impressions. There's a learning curve, too. I enjoyed learning about those within the app because most were new, unfamiliar, faces. Test your skill at reading people based on a picture. You might be surprised how you categorize!

The Lonely Beast ABC [text]

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What I liked I was very impressed with this app! I love the interactive pieces throughout the app. I love that some of the letters have more interactive pieces than others. I believe that helps with exploration and problem solving skills in little ones. I also love that the letters and words can be repeated for more exposure. I love the simplicity and intricate detail to the designs of each letter page. There is enough going on and it isn't overwhelming.
Improvements I really am struggling with items that need to be improved. All of the letters sounded good to me; however, Z was confusing. It sounded as if it said "zed" instead of "zee". Maybe in a future version, you could include snapshots from the page and have a matching game? For instance "Gg" with a picture of a "Giraffe". The picture can have the sound attached to it and the user can drag to the letter. That will help assess the knowledge of letters.
General review This is a great app for letter exposure, letter recognition, and letter identification. Beyond those things, the users also have access to interactive pieces that incorporate problem solving and expsoure to other vocabulary items beyond the letters. This is a great app to utilize in and out of the therapy room! I would suggest this to pre-school parents, for sure!

flippi memo v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the simplicity of this app. I love that the user can turn the cards over and keep them flipped, if they choose, or they can turn them back over so the picture is not seen. I think this allows a wide range of users to access the app and enjoy it. I love that the users are exposed to vocabulary targets throughout the game even if that is not intended.
Improvements I wish there were more options than the main screen. I would like to have topics to work through. I think this is a game that, however fun, will be put off to the wayside because there are no differences from experience to experience. What I mean is that I can push the sun and I see the same cards I did the last time and I am doing the same flipping motion. If I could change the pictures or the task, have a time-limit, etc. the challenge might be increased.
General review This is a simple app; however there are a lot of skills that accompany a simple memory game. Memory, problem solving, matching, and picture identification are just a few! I wish the app had more to offer than one board with various pictures. Each interaction seems to be repetitive; however, it is meant for children playing other children and the entertainment factor is present.

Playroom - Lessons with Max, version 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked I am very impressed with this app. To start, I love that you have given the user the opportunity to record their own voice into the app. That is a step beyond almost all apps in the education category! I appreciate that you count while the user is placing the items in the cart. I appreciate that there are a variety of colors, which increases difficulty. I appreciate that fine motor and problem solving skills are tapped into throughout this app. I love that there are "sneak peeks" before the extensive activities. I recommend!
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Improvements There is limited that I think needs to be worked on. In the classroom setting, "violet" is not a color. It is a color, but it is labeled purple when other shades of purple are not present. That being said, that might confuse a few users when transitioning from home use to classroom use, or even within the classroom use, of the app. There is no feedback provided for errors. I noticed that Max was shaking his head, but auditorally there is no feedback. If there was a way to have the item labeled, that would help when there is an error. For instance, "car" whenever "car" is touched.
General review This is an app that exceeds my expectations for an educational app. It works on problem solving, fine motor skills, labeling, sorting, and can be expanded to other categories when utilized with an adult educator. Along with all of those perks, there is the ability to record your own voice into the app to provide the directions. This is a great tool to customize and make this your own! I highly recommend this app for early learners!

Math Mathews 1.0 [text]

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What I liked The interaction throughout the app was a great addition. I loved the concept of a storyline when working on mathematics. I also love that the users can have equations identified that would be best targets for their practice. I found the mini-games to be engaging to myself, even though I am not learning the facts anymore. It definitely is a game suitable for people of all ages; however, I would find more appeal to classroom teachers. This would be a great reinforcer within the classroom setting.
Improvements I would like the opportunity to have reinforcement that would assist in gaining the skills rather than just quizzing them. In the practice section, I had a problem that I answered incorrectly and saw the response 54>63, or something of similarity. That is confusing because 54 is not greater than 63, but I understood that 63 was the correct answer and made that connection. I think this was only a possibility because I know my math facts. That problem solving may not occur for those that are learning.
General review An engaging, exciting, addicting interactive approach to learning math facts. This app allows the user to track specific math facts and thus works for a variety of children, whether that is by age, or mathematical ability. There are reinforcements for accuracy throughout the app, which are a bonus as well. This is an app that would work great within a classroom setting as a reward and reinforcer!

ROAR! v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love that this app has the interactive abilities that correlate with verbal language. I think this is a great app that would work with students who are emerging in verbal language. I love that it requires a specific word for accurate "startling" of animals. When I treid "rear" or "ruler", no reaction occurred, which allowed me to gain the understanding that I needed to say "roar" for any response. I think this is a great tool for use in the speech therapy setting!
Improvements I would love to see the app pertain to other words/sounds. Maybe the ability to say the animal sound to alert the animal. If more than one animal was present, similar to now, then a specific sound could be necessary to remove that animal from the screen. That would allow a wide range of users who have a wide range of abilities to partake in such an enjoyable app. The user would then be able to make the connection between the sound and the animal!
General review A fairly simplistic app that can be used to work on expressive language in and out of the therapy setting. I think this app, though it only targets "roar", is great because the user cannot say words that start and end with "r" that are not "roar" and have a reaction. This builds consistency, works on cause/effect, increases problem solving, and is all around enjoyable! I would certainly recommend it for those with emerging language skills!

He is Risen, An Easter Story [text]

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What I liked I appreciate that the story is written in a language that is understood by children. The narrator has a great voice and has inflections that are appropriate. I liked the coloring pages and different activities. I think this a great story for building vocabulary about Easter. I think the story is easy to follow and is a true representation of the Easter story.
Improvements It is a bit wordy for young readers; however, I don't know how this can be changed and still reflect all the detail. I think the ability to swipe to change the page would be a great addition. Pushing the next button gets to be somewhat cumbersome. That is certainly just personal preference!
General review A great depiction of the Easter story with great activities and coloring pages to accompany it. This book has a lot of true information portrayed in child friendly terms. This has a "read to me" option with a narrator who does a great job. The voice is not monotone or slow paced. Is your child working on reading? They can read independently but highlight words for those to be said, if necessary.

Wubbzy The Superhero [text]

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What I liked I like the simplicity of the app! I love the story and the interactive moments throughout the app! I love that the dog changes its fur with a touch, that the outfits can be changes with a touch, and that animation is incorporated throughout! The voice of the narrator is great. I love the intelligibility and appropriate inflection!
Improvements I truly am struggling with things that need improving. I feel like the detail that has been put into this app is fantastic. It might be worth a request of side swiping for page turning. The button pushing is not consistent with other books that are out for purchase, but it isn't a huge detriment to the enjoyment of the app either.
General review This is a great app with great interactivity in book form. A lot of great skills can be tapped into through this app. Skills like problem solving, foreshadowing, critical thinking, vocabulary building, sequencing, and verbal expression. The simplicity of the app helps the focus remain on what the user intends for it to be, whether that is for educational or entertainment purposes!

Cutie Monsters-Jigsaw Puzzles [text]

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What I liked I like the concept of the app. I think it is a great idea and the intent is apparent. I like that the monsters each have something going on around them that is tied to the numerals to allow for counting to occur. I love that there is a touch to hear option for the words, so that users can have access to that. The jigsaw puzzles were cute and applicable as well.
Improvements Some of the numbers were extremely hard to understand. The upper numbers 6-10, were, for the most part, okay, but the lower numbers seemed abrupt and cut off. I wish there was a "listen to" option. So many of the users that would benefit from this do not have the ability to read yet. Also, in the "read to self" option, it would be a great way to tie in your "touch to hear" concept. If the user is reading to self, and they need help with a word, then they can touch it. Another idea is to have the objects that the number pertains to count out loud. It would allow the user to hear all numbers.
General review I'm struggling with my thoughts on this because I like the concept, but there are pieces missing that make it hard to justify the $0.99. That being said, I think it is a great app with great potential and it has a variety of skill sets built into it for learning. The app allows for counting, vocabulary building, following directions, and more. I think, with a few minor changes, this would be a great app for young users!

4 Dice: Fraction Games v1 [text]

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What I liked I love the idea of a math game for middle school aged students! I love that it is complex enough that the problems must be solved after they are created to verify accuracy, which allows more exposure to fraction problems. I love that the answer is provided and the user is to determine the problem, beyond "math skills", the user is learning problem solving and critical thinking. I love that there is a challenge mode, which steps it up even more for those that need a little more advanced pressure. I think this is a great app for within the school setting, during a center or free-time.
Improvements Some of the problems are pretty intense. I did well in math throughout my "learning" career, and some of them I struggled with. There were also some that were extremely easy. Would it be possible to set it up on a hierarchy type of scale? If the user is able to answer this question, then they move up to the next one? If not, they stay the same? I don't know if that is even an option. If it isn't, then maybe a ranking of problems being easy, medium, hard. I think those that struggle with math will not enjoy this game because of the intense skill necessary. It depends on your targeted audienc
General review This app was extremely enjoyable for me because I enjoy math. I love the problem solving and critical thinking skills that were addressed by having the user figure out the equation while having the answer. I love the Bluetooth capabilities. That was interesting to say the least! I think is is appropriate for middle school age kids who need a challenge. If the user struggles with math, this could cause frustration.

Simply Missy:Shopping Adventure [text]

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What I liked I had fun with this app! I thought it was a simple, very straight forward, fun for young girls. I noticed differences with every item on the shopping list, which allowed for a new experience with every numbered item. I love that it can be individualized based on the user. I like that fine motor skills and problem solving skills are addressed throughout the app. I think this a great app for toddlers-preschool age kiddos.
Improvements I would love to have the ability to save the game. I know it starts where the user leaves off, but the items don't remain in the top right area, so those items need to be replayed. I would like the ability to have multiple slots available for saving, so more than one user can play the game and others aren't interrupted. It could be helpful to have some narration to assist in what the user is to do in certain mini games, but I think the approach is good as is, too.
General review This is a fun app that allows for a user to complete a shopping trip for various items, but enjoy themselves along the way. It is all based on interaction and each item on the list brings about new challenges. This app would be great for those working on problem solving, fine motor skills, or seeking out simple enjoyment! Definitely recommended!

Finding the Way Home [text]

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What I liked This was a super cute app! I loved the story and how the user worked through early reading skills throughout it. I love the vibrant colors. I love the the words appear as they are being read. I love that there is immediate reinforcement for the user when they get an answer correct, but more importantly when they get it incorrect. I love that the user encounters a variety of tasks and they progress in difficulty throughout the app.
Improvements There is a typo in the section with the vegetables and fruits. It says "three" in a phrase where "tree" should be, but the narrator says "tree", so only the writing needs editing! The activities, though they advance through the story could become difficult for some users. Is there a way to allow the user to select whether they wanted to continue working on the same tasks? I am thinking not because of how the story advances, but filling in missing letters might be difficult for those without phoneme awareness, which I feel is focused on in an easier way at the beginning of the story.
General review This is a terrific app. It is fun and engaging. The story encompasses great activities throughout it that keep the user focused and having a good time! As the story progresses, the difficulty increases, which allows for maximum benefit from the app. A wide range of ages can participate because of the flexibility in design. I definitely recommend this app!!

Word Crush Mania v1.1 [text] [video]

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What I liked I was impressed by the app. I like that the user can put the tiles on either side of the other tiles to form words. I like that there is a barrier that keeps the user from putting tiles up in a random order. I like that it provides exposure to word knowledge and problem solving skills. I like that the app exposes the user to new pieces as they progress through it. I like that there are no hidden pieces in this app. Everything that needs explaining has been explained well!
Improvements I would love the opportunity to add tiles vertically. I think it is a great app to go horizontally, but I would love the complexity that a vertical possibility could bring. This might take away from the app's intentions, but would it be possible to, with a penalty of some kind, move a tile to another position? Maybe like one tile a round or something. There was an instance where I had 4 vowels in row, which allowed no words to be formed.
General review This is a great app working on letter knowledge, word knowledge, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, and time management. Some of these skills are not a focal point of the app, but they are all intertwined in this app that is suitable for users of various ages! I think this is an app that is engaging and entertaining. I would recommend this app!
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Shiny Party 1.0 [video]

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The Miracles of Jesus [text]

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What I liked Incredibly impressed by this app. From the story, to the pictures in great detail, to the activities available to users, this app has it all! I love the different activities the users can participate in. I love the pictures that accompany the story. I love that the narrator has a voice that is easy to listen to! I love that there are questions at the end of the story that help users to communicate their thoughts with family members. I appreciate that there is an early reader and an advanced reader option, but more specifically that there is a difference in story content!
Improvements I have very little that I feel needs to be improved for a future version. I would suggest the ability to highlight a word and have it repeated. I would suggest a pause button in the "read to me" section, so that the user doesn't miss out on the story if a distraction arises.
General review A fantastic, comprehensive, app about the miracles of Jesus. This app doesn't only encompass a story that is read, with brilliant pictures, but also a "read to me" and "read to learn" option. The "read to learn" option includes definitions and supplemental verses. There are activities that are fun and engaging. I would recommend this app to parents and educators alike!

Minesweeper, no guess V1.0 [text]

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What I liked This is a game I played as a kid and had limited to success with. I found the instructions to be incredibly beneficial and intriguing. I learned something new by reading through them and have gained some confidence in regards to play. I played numerous times after reading the instructions and had far better results. Though I am still learning the strategy for this game, I think it is one that I will find myself playing over and over again.
Improvements In "Share" at the beginning of the instructions, "square" is spelled incorrectly. In "Patterns" section of the instructions, "squares" is spelled incorrectly. That continues into "11" pattern. There is a typo in the "Share" section of the instructions. Actually, all of the word "squares" in that section are spelled incorrectly! Beyond those few typos, this is like the minesweeper I remember, only better. I would like to know more about the purpose of the ? in the game, but that wouldn't be imperative to my enjoyment!
General review This is minesweeper, only better! This version of minesweeper allows the user to feel success. That is the most important piece of any "game". If that is not achieved, the user will not spend their time playing for long. There are supports in this game that allow that success to happen. Along with that are instructions to guide a user along the path of strategy. The insight provides a fool proof way for a user to enjoy this game!

Live Puzzle! Forest Animals [text]

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What I liked This is a great puzzle app! I love the animation provided throughout the entire puzzle. I love that the animal name is displayed and stated. I like the variety of levels of difficulty. I believe this feature allows for moe users to enjoy this app. I like that the user unlocks more puzzles as they complete each one. I like that the user can move the puzzle pieces around once placed in the scene.
Improvements There is very little that I can come up with requiring focus. It would be easier for the user to navigate the app if there was a back button during the puzzle selection section of each difficulty level. The other item is that the picture is selected and the name is provided, but not stated without request. Instead of the animation, or maybe in conjunction with the animation, provided when the animal is selected, I would like the animal ame to be stated. This would eliminate the added step required for auditory labeling.
General review This app is fun and engaging for a variety of users. As an adult, I enjoyed the app, but my students experienced it during extended school year and loved it, too. The various difficulty levels make this app appropriate for kids from preschool to upper elementary! The best part of such a great app is the cost. I will definitely be recommending this app to other educators as a reinforcement option!

Talking Duke 1 4.3 [text]

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What I liked I like the versatility of this app. I like the different additions such as the bathroom/toilet paper, dancing, etc. As an SLP, I really like these types of apps because the kiddos really seem to thrive off of them.The ability to listen to themselves is always motivating. The extra pieces that are included allow for more expressive language to happen. Beyond that, followingn directions, receptive identification, and more can occur. This is an app that works for kiddos pre-school through fifth grade because of the entertainment and ease of manipulation!
Improvements I would love to have a way to dress up a character. This could be a paid function or in addition the in-app purchase. Is there a way to record more smoothly? Duke is only recognizing my words/phrases after the intial consonant. I purchased the in-app purchase, but instead of finding a mini-game, I lost the initial bathroom/toilet paper, dancing, etc. and gained a cactus, bone, etc. I am not sure if that is considered the mini-games, or not, but want to let you know that I think they are fun as well. In addition to the new ones, is there a way to have access to the ones in the "free" version?
General review As with any talking, imitating, or mocking app, the ease and motivation that ensues is undeniable. Kiddos love to say silly things to the dog just to hear it repeated. This works great for students within the speech therapy realm because it allows for expressive language, following directions, and even articulation practice. I would definitely recommend this app to other therapists in my district!

Sound Tap Quiz 1.0.5 [text]

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What I liked As an SLP, I love the concept of sound recognition through an app. I love the visual and auditory components. I love that the user can take a sound concept, hear it numerous ways, and then take a quiz that assesses that knowledge. I love that the user can look at the sound concepts in category form, which allows for carryover and language building. I love that the user can expand on knowledge of vocabulary terms, imitate the sounds that are portrayed, and build their language base through an app that encompasses fun as well!
Improvements The quiz can be a little tricky for young users. I think the ability to be quizzed over a single category is helpful, but I wish there was a way to isolate which sounds were to be focused on. For instance, most users are familiar with a piano, so unless they aren't, that would be able to be removed, allowing for an unfamiliar sound to take its place. I would also love the ability to record. This would be great for imitation purposes. Most students are motivated by hearing themselves recorded, so this would allow for that extra language.
General review An app focusing on sound recognition is always a plus for young users. Some of the earliest language is developed by play and sound imitation. For the users playing "farm", allowing the animals to make noise and producing that imitation helps to build language. This app allows for that and the expansion based on conversation and vocabulary building. Beyond listening to the sounds, the user can identify components of the sound creator.

Money Math: Counting Coins [text]

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What I liked I like the progressive games that are categorized into levels. I like the simplicity of the game and the ease by which the user can manipulate the coins on the screen. I like the positive reinforcement, which is given by a young person. I like the ability to check how the users are doing in the app. I love the added bonuses of state info and coin info. I like the positive elimination provided on the games that require a selection of a final amount. I like that the user is still given a positive.
Improvements There isn't a lot that I want to see improved. It would be helpful if the coins would state their worth in some of the earlier games. I think that would assist those that are learning coins to remember their worth, but also assist with the addition/sorting tasks. I think this could be an option that is turned on/off by the facilitator, which would change the complexity. Only by searching the app did I determine that the "options" is where to find the stats of a user. Though this is okay because it is hidden, it doesn't really fit the description of an "option".
General review This app consists of a variety of games with the same target focus in mind. Counting coins allows the user to sort the coins in an effort to reach a certain number, determine how much is left after the purchase of something, and many in between. The value of focus can be configured based on the users ability level. User stats are recorded to assist those who need to track data as well. This is a great tool for those working on counting coins!

Magical Music Box v1.15 [text]

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What I liked I love the design of this app! It is simple in execution, so it is appealing to the ages intended, yet intricate in design to marvel even those of other ages. I love the multitude of song choices that are available. I love the auto play button as well. I think this is great for exposing/presenting music to young kiddos before they are even able to access the app for themselves; however, it is easy to manipulate so young users are certainly capable!
Improvements This is an app that needs limited for improvements. The only "wish list" item I can think of is a version for older users as well. This doesn't have to be for those in their teenage years, but for the older users that may not be listening to nursery rhymes/lullabies any longer. I believe there are older users who would find it entertaining to play their music in a music box fashion.
General review A great app for babies, infants, and toddlers that encompasses a music box similar to the ones of the past. This app requires fine motor skill, but could be adapted and utilized as a skill builder for those that demonstrate difficulty with such skills. There are a multitude of songs available, which allow for maximum entertainment. This is certainly an app that is appropriate for young users!!

The Tiger Who Wasn't! version 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked This story is a great one for so many reasons. I appreciate the moral of the story and find it would be a great lesson to teach to young elementary kiddos. The interactive portions make this story even better. I love that the user has to manipulate some of the pages to be able to proceed with the story. I love that the story is filled with rhymes. I love that not all of the animals have interactive capabilities because that allows for language to be built. There are so many vocabulary words and tasks that can be done through the use of this story! Very impressive!
Improvements I only have two thoughts regarding this storybook. There were a few pages where the skunk did not have any animations, but other animals did. If that was intended, then that is okay, but I wanted to make you aware in case that wasn't the intention. Also, there were times when the interactions did not repeat. Are they meant to only be played one time?
General review This is a story that can be utilized by elementary teachers, as well as SLPs. I love that the story has rhyming words, language building, vocabulary, and interactive components. The moral of this story would be a great start to a discussion on social language as well. I am very impressed by this app and would surely recommend it!

My Rockin Fairy - Music Game for Kids by Twiny Vine V. 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the simplicity of the app. I love the fairy concept. I love the ability to turn certain acoustics on and off. I love the ability to change colors of things, such as the raindrops, which in turn changes the instruments. I appreciate that, even though, as an adult, I can't carry a tune to save my soul, I enjoyed this app and found it to be entertaining. I like the encouragement that is provided. I like the snippet for parents on what to expect for the app. I like that the entire screen has a purpose. By that, I mean even the stars are included. Great use of space! Great app!
Improvements The app crashed on me twice while reviewing it. It could be just a glitch on my end, but I wanted to make you aware. Both times were in the "home" screen; however, I had exited the "play" area and was reverting back to the "home" screen when it happened. Beyond that minor issue, I still found in enjoyment in the app. I am anxious to see how some of my students will respond to an app like this.
General review This app, in all its simplicity, is a great app for "young" musicians. It's engaging, creative, motivating, exciting, and above all else, fun! In this app, beyond just pushing buttons to gain music, the user can manipulate different objects to create an even more individualized tune. This is an app that has all the bells and whistles for a low price! I would highly recommend it!

Wubbzy's 123 Learn & Play [text]

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What I liked This is a great app focused on fun! I love that the user is exposed to counting in a different, yet engaging, way. I love that the user can trace a number and then experience interaction with the objects of focus. I love that the coloring section has a tutorial, but more importantly that it can be skipped, if desired. I LOVE that this is attached to common core and that each of the games is aligned to a standard. This is a great tool to use at home and at school! Great tool!
Improvements I would like an option to shut off the stops in tracing. For instance in "9", the user creates a circle, but then has to re-establish a point to make the line down. In reality, the user does not re-establish a point. This would be a great starting point to gain accuracy; however, in time, removing that prompt would be helpful.
General review This app is fun and engaging for our littlest learners. This app incorporates games that are aligned to common core standards. Genius! Beyond that, tracing is involved, which allows the little ones to gain exposure to drawing the numbers while learning to count. Each page is enveloped in interactive possibilities. I am very impressed with this app! It's certainly one that should be utilized in and out of the classroom setting!

Good Night Wubbzy Bedtime Counting [text]

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What I liked Oh my! I don't know if everything I want to say is going to fit, but know you hit this one out of the park! I love the tutorials provided. I love that the user can interact with the story by turning off the lights and then experiencing counting. I love that the narrator speaks with a voice that fluctuates with the sentences. I love the option of painting by clicking, but also the option of coloring by swiping over various areas. I love all of the language building opportunities that can be found throughout this story. It's a great story for an SLP to use within the therapy room!
Improvements When the user selects the objects in the "dream" bubble, it would be nice if the voice explaining what needs to occur would stop. The directions are still being spoken while the user is counting and it becomes hard to decipher. Without problem solving skills, the user may not be aware of the options to click the light switch or the moon, etc., so an initial prompt might be helpful!
General review This is my favorite of the Wubbzy apps so far! I love all of the opportunities to build language and vocabulary based on this app. I love the educational focus! The interactive capabilities throughout this app are exciting and engaging, which will allow the user to continue to be exposed to great things while having fun! Very impressed!

Fraggle Rock Game Day [text]

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What I liked This app reminds of a storybook that a user would hold in their hands. I love the interactive component that is signaled by the bright stars. I believe this allows for all users, big and small, to enjoy the interactivity. The narrator has a voice that is easy to understand and does not have a monotone. Though there are times that it would be appropriate to not speak as fast, I would prefer a natural voice, like we hear, over a monotone, slow one. I also love that you can partake in interactivity beyond the characters themselves. This would allow for expansion of vocabulary within therapy!
Improvements I was very impressed with the app. The only thing that I'm not sure I understand is whether or not "play" means the interactive components or the games, which are accessed through the menu. If there are two different intents for the word "play", then maybe a little explanation at the start of the app would be helpful. I found the games to be intriguing and educational, so I don't want users to miss out on them when they first start interacting with the app! I am sure over time they would be discovered!
General review Jim Hensen's storybook brings me back to my childhood years. I love the graphics and storyline. I love the interactive components throughout the app. There is very little to be improved because there are educational forte's all over! If you're a therapist, check this one out! Vocabulary & language building activities all over! I love the games that are provided to encourage learning in a motivational way, too. I would certainly recommend this app

Spellyfish - Short A Words (v1.0.0) [text]

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What I liked This app is great for spelling because it utilizes phonetics and provides auditory feedback for every letter before saying the word. This helps to build the knowledge of letter sounds, which is extremely helpful when spelling words that are unfamiliar. I love the concept of using rhymes because the exposure to the same sound set helps solidify that knowledge as well! I was very impressed with this app. The graphics were great, the jellyfish lighting up when words were spelled correctly was motivating. I loved that it told me when the word was mastered based on the settings.
Improvements My wish list would include more word lists. I know the focus for this app is on the short /a/ sound; however, maybe expansion to CVC words with short vowels in rhyme form would allow for the price to go up and the depth of the app to increase. I think for the basic use of this app, short /a/ is a great focus. The taste of the potential is great for the user, but leaves more desired!
General review This was a great app and with the use of technology within most school districts these days, I think this would be a huge benefit to kindergarten teachers or parents of kindergarten students. The graphics in the app are fantastic. The way in which the jellyfish leads the user through the word knowledge is incredible. The letters, when sounded out, help to solidify simple letter knowledge, which benefits future spelling situations!

Sparky's Birthday Surprise [text]

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What I liked This was a very fun and engaging app. I loved that the vocabulary was put into action on various pages throughout the book. I also enjoyed being able to interact with the story along the way. I appreciate the questions at the end of the story, as well as the common core standards that are incorporated throughout and highlighted for the educators use. I think it is great that there is an option for espanol.
Improvements Please know that these are suggestions and only being discussed for consideration.
Page 1: "Sparky, the Fire Dog, worked" - Does fire need to be capitalized?
Page 2: past tense vs present tense
Pg 3: go vs. leave
Pg 4: Quotations - "Wait, I"
Pg 5: firetruck is one word
Pg 8: Safety checklist. Did they obey because they wanted to listen to the safety checklist?
Pg 10: No comma before preheat. I would suggest "The recipe says to preheat.."
Also, I would suggest that you maintain similar vocabulary targets - fire engine vs firetruck.
General review I loved this story and the concept of the story. It contains great graphics and great interactive pieces throughout. The narration is excellent and easy to follow. I believe this app can only be improved by a few suggestions regarding grammar. Beyond that, it is certainly recommended and could be used in homes and schools everywhere!

Math Mathews : Mental Math 1.0 [text]

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What I liked This app caught my attention from the beginning. I love the interactivity to start the work task. I think that brings in some fun before having to get to work! I also love that the app has a way to track how someone does on a task. I love that the map movement is based on a certain number of keys, which means each level may have to be played more than once. I love the differentiation in difficulty level; however, I wish you could change the difficulty of the fun, too!
Improvements I wish there was a way to see the breakdown of each score. I have "A" listed, but I know that I didn't get 100% correct, so from an educator standpoint, it would be nice to have a way to see how that "A" was achieved because 90% and 100% are different.

I noticed that the difficulty in level impacted the speed of the fun prior to the math. I just fear that would frustrate young users.
General review A fun, motivating, entertaining app focused on learning! There is limited that needs to be altered because this app has it all! I was impressed by the interactivity prior to the math tasks. I think engaging students in learning is a key component in maintaining progress and enjoyment of learning! I would certainly recommend this one for users of all age levels!

Lola's Math Train FREE [text]

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What I liked I enjoyed the app! I believe it is great for foundational math concepts. I love that it incorporated a variety of ideas rather than focusing on one specific task. I believe this keeps the user engaged and wanting to proceed further in the task. I also love that animals are incorporated throughout. I believe adding animals as it is played increases the motivation to continue on! For a free app, there are a lot of great concepts included!
Improvements It is hard to request items to be improved when the app is free. Every app takes time to develop and put on the iTunes store, so for you to want feedback on a free app, I admire you. The only suggestion I can make is to eliminate choices that are selected and incorrect. I know they are highlighted, but for some of the students I work with, they would choose it again. That highlighting would not be a clue to them that it was incorrect.
General review Great app! I am sure the full version encompasses more and is just as great. I feel like this free version provides great insight into what the full version includes and would suggest it to families/educators working on basic number identification. Very impressed!