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Jessica B.

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- iPhone4S

Description: I am a mother of 2 and work as a speech pathologist in a primary and middle school. I have a variety of interests and love the world of technology. With the new iphone and ipad technology, I have found numerous ways to increase learning and excite children and adults. I am always waiting for the next app to show my students. Thank you.

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 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: 2012-10-01

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

Total review Karma: + 2     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Find them all: looking for animals [text]

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What I liked I enjoyed the diverse selection of animals available to learn. It is a great way to begin learning the animals. I also like how the learner has to search for the animals at times. The fun, real photos after they find the animals are also nice. I also really liked the camera function and how a little information about the animals are given after you take a picture. The directions given to the user were clear and specific for the user to understand.
Improvements As a teacher/SLP, I would love to be able to keep track of which animals different kids have found and select specific animals to look for. Since some of the animals are more conspicuous, it would be helpful to have a hint/cue for the user if they can't find the animal. At the end of each level, I would love for the user to have to show all the animals and have to find one without giving no picture cue. It would be great to have the kids reach new "levels" as they have mastered different animals.
General review This app is a great first exposure to animals. The user is able to learn animal names and facts in a fun way. Taking pictures of different animals and providing facts for the user is a great way for the user to get more information about the animals. To make it more beneficial, some data collection procedure would be helpful. Overall, this is a novel way to find animals in different settings, learn about them, and have fun with them.

Wubbzy's Space Adventure [text]

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What I liked I loved the fact that it is not just a book! It has games, videos, and coloring pages as well as a great, interactive book. It can be read, played, or listened to by children of many ages. I also enjoyed that each page had more than one interactive piece. Providing comprehension questions at the end of the story was a great way to help facilitate parent-child or teacher-child interaction to the book!
Improvements It would be nice to see more games either throughout the book or just as additional content, like the videos. Some of the interactive content is redundant. For example, when selecting a character on multiple pages, the interaction/sound is the same on all pages. It would be nice to have different sounds/actions for each page.
General review I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This book has games, a coloring book, videos, well-known characters, and a great story! The interactions filled every page and also included a couple of games to keep the reader engaged. The extra content (videos and coloring pages) was a great addition to an already great book!

Bo's Matching Game V1.0 [text]

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What I liked Bo's Matching Game has bold and colorful pictures. It also has three different levels of game playing (size of boards). Having the two separate game types is also a benefit for the learner. I like the six categories that help the user learn different concepts or vocabulary words. I liked the balloon and sound effects that signify a completed game.
Improvements During the matching game, it would be nice to have something let the user what to do next. The arrows on the side are not bold, bright colors. To move to the next puzzle, it would be nice to see an arrow highlighted. Some instructions on each page would also be nice. A wider assortment of pictures in each category would also make the game a better vocabulary learning game.
General review This matching game is a little simple but works good if an adult helps them figure it out. It has two different types of matching games with more than one level. The game gives the learner a wide variety of concepts (numbers, animals, etc.) to learn. Overall, this game could be really great with a couple of improvements.

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

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What I liked This interactive story had cute songs and illustrations with the story. I enjoyed the fact that each page had interactive items on it. The storyline and content was cute. I also appreciated the learning aspects within the story. Children can learn from these opportunities.
Improvements I would love to see more things interactive on each page. The interactive content is not shown to the kids, so they have to feel around to find it. It would be nice to have them blink or light up to help the toddler become more independent with the app. You could think about having the words highlighted as they are read to help young children begin to think about reading.
General review Overall, this is a cute story with nice songs and animations. It is easy for a toddler/preschooler to play independently. Some additional educational content would be nice, such as highlighting words, extra games for vocabulary or counting. It is a bit expensive for a simple story. Added content and games would make it well worth the $4 price.

Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure [text]

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What I liked This cute story has great colors and animations on every page. The animations are wonderful and some of the best I have seen! It also has great additions of videos, and coloring pages. I also like how the coloring pages work. The touch method of painting a specific section of the picture is nice for younger users. My special needs students love this app with the familiar character.
Improvements It would be nice to have the games have two different levels. The current level is great for beginning to learn numbers/letters. I would add a verbal prompt if the user is not adding more meatballs to the truck or to let the user know which letter to spray. A second more challenging level would be nice. On the meatball game, I would have the truck ask for random numbers. For the fire hose game, I would also have a second level that would supply random letters (possibly with a fire that needs to be put out) and the user has to spray the verbally given letter.
General review This app is more than just an interesting, interactive book. The illustrations and animations are wonderful. Each page has at least 1-4 animations for the reader. The app provides additional material for the user, such as videos, educational games, and coloring pages appropriate for younger learners. The price of the app is a great deal for the amount of material that it provides.

Math Mathews : Mental Math 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I enjoyed Math Mathews and the theme behind it. The mixture of game and math skills was the appropriate level, because you were able to play for a little while before answering a few questions. It was a good balance between play and work. I liked that you earn more keys when you get the answer correct right away. Within the game, I appreciated the ability to pick a difficulty level and that as the difficulty level increased, the number of answer choices increased as well. Thank you for making a game that is very parent/teacher friendly with no ads or in-app purchases.
Improvements I'm not sure that I appreciated that characters discussions back and forth. It didn't seem to add anything to the game. It would be nice to allow someone to choose how many answer choices as an option from the start menu. As a teacher/parent, it would also be nice to view the actual percentage of correct answers in the logbook instead of just the letter grade. It would also be nice to allow for the user to turn off sound.
General review Overall, this is a good math game. It allows for the student to play a game similar to other popular games while practicing their math facts. The balance between play and "work" is perfect. I love that it is family/teacher friendly by not having any ads or in app purchases. A few changes to the app would make it really beneficial to teachers in the classroom and allow for them to better monitor the student's progress.

Monsieur Bear's ABC [text]

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What I liked I like how the app says all of pictures that begin with the selected letter as you explore. It's great that all of the pictures have an animation to keep the kids engaged. I also appreciate that as you select the letter, it says all of the sounds it makes. I also like the "letter" filled sentence that is read to the viewer and that the selected letter is in bold for the viewer. It can also be a nice tool for teaching vocabulary to the viewer.
Improvements I found that some of the pictures on each page are very foreign (even to adults). For example, the baobab tree is not something even I have heard of. It would be better to focus on high interest or frequently used words for preschoolers/toddlers that are just starting to read. I think that it would be fun to add a little game for identifying both sounds and letters. I think this would help out the high price point. When selecting the "parent corner", it was a little unclear why 3 words were showing up.
General review This is a good introduction to sounds and letters for toddlers and preschoolers. The animations for each picture keeps the viewer engaged in the app. I like that the sounds of the letters is also included. Some of the pictures can serve to teach vocabulary to the viewer. On the other hand, some of the pictures are unique and are unknown even to adults. Overall, a good app but a little pricey for the content. Adding a game would greatly help!

PicoToons Coloring Book (v1.0.1) [text]

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What I liked I love this app, especially that there are no in-app purchases. I love the amount of variety for pictures to color that are geared for both girls' and boys' interests. I love that the app includes the ability to simply fill-in a section of the picture or for more advanced learners, you can draw/color outside the lines. The amount of colors is vast and also includes patterns for coloring, which I haven't seen before. I love the ability to use textures, stickers, and the magic particles to complete your picture. The child-lock features are also very parent-friendly! The ideas are endless!
Improvements In a future version, I would love to have a spot set aside for your favorite colors/patterns. There are so many options, this feature would help save time looking through all the colors. I would also love to have a few more font choices/options for the user to select in the ABC set. My last request would be for the Undo/Redo button to be engaged for the beginner user as well.
General review PicoToons Coloring Book is an amazing, all encompassing coloring and design app. I love the variety of pages to color, amount of tools available to use, and the ability to easily use it with younger and older children. The only minor criticism is that there is so much available, it is a little overwhelming. Thanks for the great app that is better than any other coloring app I have come across!