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Maggie F.

Status: Reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad3- iPhone5

Description: I am a Technology Teacher for Gilbert School District supporting grades K-12. We are developing a plan to have iOS devices supported by our district and in the hands of teachers and students. Reviewing apps will be useful to know what apps to put on the district devices, and for what grade levels. I am excitied for the opportunity to review apps.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 0-2 - Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Teaching kids ages 0-2 - Teaching kids ages 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - Educational Technology specialist

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-09-28

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

Total review Karma: + 6     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Find them all: looking for animals [text]

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What I liked I like that when you are searching for the animal as you get closer the animal sound gets louder. It is interesting the different sounds that each of the animals make. The size of the search area is smaller until you have found three animals and there are arrows to show which way to search for the next animal. When the animal is found I like the head shaking. Having different languages to hear how it is pronounced helps promote global awareness. Taking a picture with the camera once a level is done is a fun way for students to remember the world in which they traveled.
Improvements Create a matching game with pictures of the animals and name or sound they make. Make it so you could turn off the hints for the puzzles. Once you return back to the album make the ability for the puzzle activity to start up, without having to take another picture to activate that feature.
General review This is a very well done app. Excellent addition to a unit about animals in K-6th grade. Students are very engaged working in pairs to discover the animals and their habitats. Love the authentic sounds the animals make when searching and getting louder as the user gets closer. Love the camera, saving in their own album. The ? feature on the animals when taking pictures to give facts about the animals. The puzzle feature that can be easy or hard.

PassPro: Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 (v2.0) [text]

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What I liked The ability to take a quiz on all of the systems or just one, or more than one and customize is a helpful feature. After taking the full quiz and reviewing my scores I was able to see the systems that I needed to study more intensely. I liked that the test questions were not always the same when taking just one quiz over and over. I like that I could either choose timed or not.
Improvements In a quiz like this maybe if there could be some slide pictures of the cells, connective tissue, muscle, identifying certain aspects of the slide. Determining cancer cells, the different types of blood cells, muscle tissues, that are on the slide. Maybe a picture or drawing to identify a part of the body as part of the quiz.
Or a separate quiz for the bones of the body, digestive system, reproductive system, etc.
General review This app is a good tool to use to quiz each of the systems in a course like anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Price of $4.99 is fair for the app. Seeing the correct answers after taking the quiz and the areas where you will need to actually study. When you do need to quiz more on just a few of the areas the settings make it easy to do just selecting those systems and taking a quiz. You can track your progress, or email results if needed.

PlayCorner TV v1.4 [text]

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What I liked The content is very easy for a small child to click on and view. Block button is easy to use and I like that if I made a mistake and blocked a video I can also unblock just as easily. Video are definitely geared toward younger kiddos. The videos with songs held my grandson’s (3 yrs) interest and he was able to choose other videos easily.
Improvements When rotating the iPad to make the screen larger the viewer does not rotate. I think this would make the videos much more appealing to a small child if they were larger on the screen. Orientation lock was NOT on. I did notice that many of the videos in the animal section are white boxes (no text) instead of showing a thumb nail of the video to be viewed. They did play on the iPad when I touched the box to view that video and still was a white box even after the video played.
On the iPhone the videos rotate just fine, and videos that are white on the iPad show up just fine on the iPhone.
General review This would be a very useful and safe app for little kiddos. You could be comfortable with handing a device with this app launched and they would be entertained and kept busy for a period of time. The 4 main categories makes it easy for a small child to choose what interest them at that time.

Kilubu : Magic Potions 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked Cute nerdy character as the “guinea pig” trying the potions made by the user. Using a recipe book with the ingredients to create an end result. Having to make several potions before getting another ingredient added to the shelf. Building on the amount of ingredients used in potions and what you do to them. I liked being able to turn off the music if I didn’t want to listen to it while playing.
Improvements The ? in the gray square had no explanation as to why it was there. Hovering over it (?) could have given the user a hint as to what they were looking for. Not enough feedback on the quality of the potion made by the user. Feed back as to why a certain potion got a 1 star as apposed to a 3 star rating. If the potion was not good enough the response from the “guinea pig” could be very small transformation or if the potion was excellent a larger transformation.
General review This is a good app to get a user using ingredients to produce an effect using ingredients,mixtures, heat and chemistry. This app could get a student possibly interested in doing further research in chemistry and experimentation, and maybe lead to a scientific research position.

Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity (v1.0.1) [text]

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What I liked The videos at the end of each section helped to re in force the section that they just learned about. I really liked that they stopped the video and would allow for discussion before seeing the outcome. Sometimes the students were right on and sometime they were surprised at the out come.
Improvements My students were confused by the X and O on the questions. They are most used to T or F instead of an X or O.
On the Mini games “Lights ON” was interesting and the kids got the idea really easily. But the other two games were much more difficult for them to get in the time allotted. Maybe have a setting it so there is a NO TIME limit game as well, especially if you are working with 10 and 11 year olds and they are working as a group, they got frustrated with these games “Bounce Bounce UFO and Tap Tap Connect the Circuit” Showing a solution would help learning the process by giving feedback.
General review Very interesting app, my students liked and learned a lot about magnets and electricity. They especially liked the videos that show the experiments. I used this to supplement our science curriculum for electricity and magnets as a station. The games were OK but they were frustrated with having such short time to figure it out.

Annie's Picking Apples 2 [text]

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What I liked The graphics are very cute and appealing to smaller children. The sorting of the different color of apples and increasing the counting for each level. The students enjoyed completing the puzzles after the counting. Being able to turn off the music and voice is a very good idea especially in a classroom full of small children that are easily distracted by sounds or music.Very easy for student to navigate around the application.
Improvements I was lost a few times on the levels where you mixed the ingredients, washed apples, diced the apples, made the pies, then take them out to the friends. Maybe a voice explanation on what they were supposed to do on each of those levels, or maybe like what you do with the counting levels showing a video.
General review Repeated counting on each of the levels, 5, 10, 15 and 20 getting progressively harder with each level is a great scaffolded activity. There was sufficient time for the students to complete the task required. The last level counting backwards and shooting the apples into the basket was the most fun for the students.