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Danielle W.

Status: Beta reviewer - Video 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 parent to two young boys and a teacher for young children with autism, so I am always looking for new apps to use! I have a B.A. In Psychology and a Masters in Applied behavior Analysis. I am very creative, fun, and energetic and love my job as a parent and a autism behavior analyst!

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 - Teaching kids ages 0-2 - Teaching kids ages 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Special education teacher or AT (Assistive Tech.) specialist - SLP

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

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

Total review Karma: + 2     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Magikid Umbrella v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really liked how the app showed children what to touch by prompting with the little blinking circle. It is helpful for young children that aren't familiar with the iPad and what to touch/do. I also liked the bright colors, the music, and the animation of the clouds-lightning-thunder.
Improvements The only improvements and changes that I would like to see is having more available in the app. I felt that the app did not offer very much and once you read through the interactive book a few times that children may get bored with it easily. Maybe offering a few more activities included in the app would be nice. Also in the activity where you can change the umbrella/boots/etc. you should have a boy available as well. I have two sons... Neither of them wanted to play dress up with a girl character.
General review This app is a great interactive story for children about the rain. It is very helpful in teaching a basic lesson and concept of weather. I work with children with autism and this app is very engaging to them with the music and user friendly format. The app is great for beginners to using an iPad/iPhone/apps as it guides children with how to navigate the app and the certain areas they can tap to make it so things. It is fun and interactive!!

Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold [text]

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What I liked I like the graphics and colors. I like the "How To" section as I was a little confused as to what I should be doing with this app at the beginning. I like the story that it is an adventure that kids can follow along with. And I really like that the app gives options to change the volume of music, sound effects, and turn narration on and off. It gives me the option to read it to my children myself and not use the narration. I also like that the app gives links to fun activities to do at home on the treasurekai.com website.
Improvements I think that the voices used to narrate bothered me a little. I felt like since the characters are children, then the narrators voices should be children as well. I feel that it would be more engaging for the children using this app. I would also like to see more interactive aspects of the app. Several pages have little things that you tap on the man and he waves his arms, or tap on the globe and it lights up. I would like to see more things like this! My children kept tapping things to see if they did anything.
General review This app is very nicely made and has a fun/adventurous story line for children that is easy to follow. While reading the book, it gives a challenge to solve the puzzle at the end which makes it fun for the children to be challenged at the end. The story is fun for children and has great pictures and animation. I wouldn't suggest this app for children under 6 however. The storyline is more appropriate for a 6-10 year old to understand and work.

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition [text]

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What I liked I loved the videos and clarity of the pictures! The detail and information was wonderful and the navigation through the app was simple and easy to understand. I have two sons that are fascinated with insects, so being able to explore so many different creatures with them is exciting. The app was very impressive in all the different options it provided: pictures/videos/journal/quiz/etc.
Improvements When you click on the bug and it gives the written name and summary, I would like to see an option to hear the spoken name. I fet like the scientific names are rather hard to pronounce, so having a button to press to hear the pronunciation would be great.
General review This app is a great way to explore insects without having to be in the forest to actually see them. The clarity and detail of the graphics make it seem like the insect is actually right there on your iPad. There is a nice amount of detail given for each insect and I was able to sit with my two sons and explore this app with them and they were learning while exploring. They absolutely loved it!

The Legend of Momotaro - Version 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I like that the app gives tips at the beginning of how to navigate and what to look for. With so many different apps, sometimes its hard to figure out what exactly you need to do to get an app to work and the tips are extremely helpful. The hidden flowers make the story extra fun for children. I also really like the interactive aspects of the app with the images changing as the story is being read. I really liked that you could click on the words and hear the Japanese pronunciations.
Improvements I would suggest making the font a little bigger. When reading the story, my children want to hold the ipad and look for flowers, and I like to actually read it to them (not just listen to it being read) so I would like the font to be larger so it is easier to read.
General review This app is such a great interactive story that is engaging for children. My 4 year old was interested in the hidden flowers, buy my 6 year old was more engaged in wanting to hear and repeat the Japanese words. The details and graphics are amazing! I really like that my son can hold it and listen to the story on his own, or we can do it together and I can read it to him.