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Christy S.

Status: Beta reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPhone5

Description: I am an elementary school teacher who is currently attending graduate school for educational technology. I am interested in all types of apps especially those in productivity, education, and games.

Profile categories: 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 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - Educational Technology specialist

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-10-01

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

Total review Karma: + 6     ?

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Her/His app reviews

MyCQs v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I like the concept of creating your own multiple choice questions for different subject areas and being able to share it with others. The ability to find other tests in the subject you are searching for is also a good quality. The screen images are clear and aesthetically pleasing as it is not too busy or too simple.
Improvements The things I would like to see improved in future versions are presenting the options (My Tests, Community, Notifications, Profile, Help) in a more clear and defined manner. By having these options listed below and not displayed in a clear and defined way, it was difficult navigating through the app. When first using the app, there isn't a tutorial readily available until you hunt around for the help button. Offer samples for users to see. The getting started screen should include a help tutorial process.
General review This app has some good qualities such as being able to put in mages to support the test question. I found it easy to use once I was able to find the navigation buttons. The points system is a little vague and needs to be clear to the function and reason why there are points.

OnceUponAnApp's Twas the Night Before Halloween [text]

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What I liked I liked that as the book was being read the special effects were still functional and didn't interfere with the storytelling. The graphics were well done, as well as the various special effects chosen for each page. I also liked the different games that were offered at the end of the reading, the sound effects, and matching the pumpkins.
Improvements lower the interim music at the end of the readings, what was the purpose of the trick or treat? option, increase difficulty of the pumpkin match game instead of offering one match, increase how many to match, offer a brief as you go tutorial.
General review The app was a great holiday option to share with children. The story was similar to the popular story in style. The various activities offered at the end of the story were engaging and different in style. The graphics in the app were good as well as the various sound effects and special effects.

Jolly Jingle 1.1 [text]

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What I liked In this app, I liked the festive songs that were offered. The different playback options were a good feature as you could hear the kids choir, female solo, instrumental, and piano solo. In all the playback features, the captions allowed you to sing along with the song and you could turn off the lyrics by pulling up the Santa and click on the lyrics. You can also press on the various characters on the screen and watch them do a variety of things.
Improvements I would like to see vibrant graphics as the current graphics were fuzzy. Also, if the characters did more actions or incorporate it into a story. I would also increase the number of songs to choose from and perhaps include games. Also, if the Santa at the bottom of the screen was a little more obvious in the screen. I was having difficulty finding out how to exit the song and was tapping on everything until I figured it out.
General review I enjoyed Frosty the Snowman, Up on the Housetop, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I played the songs for my children and they enjoyed singing along with the kid's choir as well as instrumental as they could sing by themselves. I liked the current song selection but would like to see an increase in the number of songs offered. This is a great app for the upcoming holidays and the children will enjoy singing along to the songs.

iTooch Elementary School [text]

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What I liked In this app, I liked the various questions that were presented for each topic. The level of assessment were appropriate to each category. The graphics were not distracting and the usability was easy to use for the students. I especially liked the Language Arts as it reinforced reading skills of all types.
Improvements In the future version, an improvement or an added feature could be to have the question read to the student. English Language Learners could benefit from hearing it verbally and practice the skills even though they may not be able to read the text. I would also like to see it made for younger students (ex. 5-7 year olds).
General review I was very surprised at how much I liked this app. I found the short stories and accompanying questions appropriate for students to practice their reading skills. I also enjoyed the math as it provided examples that pertained to a problem that can be applied to the real world. I also liked how the option of reviewing the concept was available in the lesson by tapping on the character. I will be using this app in my classroom.

Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure [text]

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What I liked I liked the interactive features as you read the story. When the story was read to you, the text was highlighted as the narrator read the story. The coloring pages was also a good feature as well as the option of taking its picture. The videos were also fun and my students loved to dance along with it.
Improvements I would just like to see more stories in this format. It's very entertaining and can be used for English Language Learner students. I can't think of any more features that can improve future versions as games, stories, videos, and different features were offered.
General review I thought this app was great. I was surprised on how engaging it was when I showed it to my students. The story format, games, videos, and other features were a useful tool in learning how to read and develop their fluency skills. Overall, it was an app that could be easily used by a young reader or a young English Language Learner student.

Weather and Clock for Kids [text]

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What I liked I liked that the app had different forms to display the time and the temperature. I also liked the character of the mouse. I liked the feature of clicking on the window which made it move and also touching the food which made it get eaten. I also liked how the voice said the day, time, and temperature.
Improvements I would like to see more features that can be interactive in this app. Maybe it can teach about how to tell temperature and how to tell time. It just seemed so basic that there wasn't much to do after you touched on the different features of the screen.
General review This app has a good concept but perhaps it can do a little more. Putting in a teaching tool might expand the app and make it more interactive. I think that teaching children to tell time to the minute (analog) would be helpful as well as showing the different temperatures and in what situation the temperature would be show.

He is Risen, An Easter Story [text]

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What I liked The app has 3 options to choose from on the main page. The Read to Me feature reads the story, highlights the text as the narrator read the story, and the narrator's voice is clear to the listener. The option to choose to go back or proceed to the next page allows reader to control the pace of the story. The Read and Learn feature was great as the reader could touch the text and the word is read aloud. The illustrations were age appropriate and clearly reflected the text.
Improvements Perhaps in future versions, there might be an option dedicated to each character with a character mini-bio. One could also put reading comprehension questions (multiple choice) as an option and use the Easter story as a reading lesson. Also, an option could be to have a game to put some of the events in sequential order.
General review In my opinion, this is a great app to teach or read more about the Easter Story. Not only does the child learn what happened to Jesus, they have the opportunity to read the story in different formats to scaffold their learning. With clear narration and the graphics that were age appropriate, this app is a wonderful addition to a child's e-library.

Wubbzy The Superhero [text]

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What I liked This app is great as it has three reading modes. The Read to Me option has clear narration and reflects the mood of the story as well as highlighting the word as it is read. The Read and Play option allows young readers to read the story to themselves and have the option of a difficult word being given to them when they are struggling. I like the animation and graphics. The story ends with questions that promote discussion between the young reader and adults. There are games and videos that are also entertaining to view and play.
Improvements Perhaps in the future, an option would be to have multiple choice questions to test the reading comprehension of the story. Although there are questions at the end of the story to promote discussion about the story, the multiple choice questions abot the story elements would allow the child to test themselves and have immediate feedback on their answers. Also, there could be a game where the events are put in sequential order.
General review I liked this app as it had three modes of reading to scaffold a young reader at their developmental level. The graphics were very fun and clear and the animation along with the music was very entertaining. I especially liked how the story had clear characters, a setting, plot, and had discussion questions at the end. This app was wonderful and I would have my students read it in my classroom.

Matryoshka! deluxe [text]

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What I liked In this app, the graphics are wonderful along with the sound effects. The concepts of sequencing and size discrimination are a great foundation for math skills. The app gave the option of going from bigger to smaller and smaller to bigger when stacking the nesting dolls. The visuals were very engaging and the various nesting dolls gave a choice for the child to choose and experience.
Improvements For the skills and concept of this app, I would not change a lot. Perhaps something could be developed extending the concept of size discrimination and sequencing using number or showing the amount of a number and having the child sequence it in that manner.
General review I enjoyed using this app as the graphics were visually appealing and the sounds were used appropriately. The concepts that the developers were targeting: concentration and coordination, size discrimination and sequencing, and learning organization were present in this app. There were many options to choose from among the nesting dolls and the sequencing went from small to big and big to small.

Money Math: Counting Coins [text]

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What I liked This app had many features that would help someone learn how to count with money. It provides a variety of information on the coins and states. The realistic images of the coins are very helpful so the learner can practice on "real" money. The various ways to count money is also a plus as it gives the learner the options to handle money and become fluent in their money counting skills.
Improvements I don't really see a lot of things to improve in this app. I thought it was very thorough as it gave the coin overview so a child could know what the value was of each coin. The information on the states was also a plus as well as the story. It also gave a progress report which I found very helpful in tracking the learner's progress.
General review This app for counting coins is a very good app to assist in learning how to count coins in a variety of ways. The realistic coin images, the coin information, and the information on the states were very appropriate as it gave a context for the topic of money. This app went beyond learning the values of coins and learning how to count them. The story was also a bonus and the narration was helpful for different types of learners such as ELL.

Math Mathews : Mental Math 1.0 [text]

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What I liked The app has a story line that is engaging. The map showing the different levels immerses the player into the game and propels them to keep playing. The addition and subtraction facts are presented in a fun way to test basic math skills. The various levels make it easy for building upon basic math facts.
Improvements I would like to see the car object slow down as it is distracting when looking at the background as a whole. Often times, it was difficult to focus on the car because the speed was too fast and it was difficult to refocus and play the game (jumping and getting the round objects). When it was time to answer the basic addition and subtraction facts, I found myself taking a moment to refocus my vision and then proceeding to answer the question.
General review Overall, I enjoyed the app. I found the app to have an engaging story line, the graphics were good, the characters contributed to the story line. Learning basic addition and subtraction skills was presented in an engaging way. The various levels offered in the app allowed the learner to build upon their skills. The hints also helped as it provided some strategies for the learner to use.

Jack and the Beanstalk a Mathematical Adventure - HD V1.1 [text]

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What I liked Based on the story, the game allows the user to practice math skills as the story unfolds. I liked the story element and how it was integrated into learning math facts and how to do certain skills. I also thought the text as the narrator read it was good as well as having the option to move forward in the game to skip that part of it.
Improvements I would to see the images take on a more realistic tone as well as adding animation to have the story elements move while the story is being read. Also, the submit button after giving the answer instead of showing the question mark, equal sign, and exclamation point.
General review Overall, the app is a good concept. I liked how it integrated literature with math concepts and skills. The learner is able to practice a variety of math skills such as money, measurement, operations, geometry, and other skills. I also liked the word problems that were presented and how it was worded. This gave the learner a variety on how to answer different types of problems.

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

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What I liked This app contained a lot of different questions that would help learning about anatomy and physiology. The tests were easy to take but the content had a mixed level of difficulty. The feedback on the questions that were wrong was especially helpful as it assisted in learning the content.
Improvements In a future version, visual images might be helpful for the learner as they can see the topic and answer the question. Also maybe adding a gifs or short video of an anatomy function or physiology function might be useful too. Also the option to adjust the amount of test questions so the learner can take shorter tests, as an hour maybe too long to take at one sitting. The learner can have the option to take shorter tests to test their skills in one area or during their free time.
General review This app assists the learner on learning about anatomy and physiology. It has a wide variety of questions and topic areas. The ability to take the test is very easy to do as you can click and swipe. The learner also has the option to take the test and have the answer revealed as they take a test. This feature can help with immediate feedback and assist the learner on learning the content. This app is a good tool as a studying aid.