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Jana D.

Status: Reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: iPad1- iPad2

Description: I am a first grade teacher who loves technology. I am currently in charge of my schools Ipads. We have two per classroom and hope at some point to get more. I enjoy testing new things and trying to see where I can help students and teachers improve.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages 6-10

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

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

Total review Karma: + 1     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms [text]

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Rating  
What I liked I liked how it gave the different options for students to hear the words and then the little bits of help for those that struggled with the spelling at first. I liked this because lower level students would have less of a chance to get frustrated about the task at hand. The voice used to speak was easy to understand as well. It seemed kid friendly in appearance.
Improvements I think that it might be helpful to have some simpler words to start out with and then build up to the harder multi syllablic words because younger children would have a hard time being able to get all the parts of the word. If younger students are expected to use this then it must be age appropriate. Simpler to more complex would keep the children always challenged.

I also think that there should be differences in what happens in each level. It seemed repetitive and the students lost interest after a few minutes.
General review I think that the principle behind this app is a great one. It is definitely easy to use and does give the students a way to practice how to spell words. I don't think that it is appropriate for a kindergarten or even possibly a beginning year first grade student because the starting words are not reasonable for that age level. If there were some better graphics or multiple different things that could happen within this app it would be even better

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

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Rating  
What I liked Well,first of all who doesn't like Christmas carols? I thought the choice of songs was very current and gave a good selection of older and newer ones so everyone in the family could be a part of this fun! The words shown on the screen were very accurate!
Improvements I think that one of the things I would try to improve would be what you can do with the app. Most people think that somehow they will be able to hear their own voice while singing these songs. Maybe a microphone could be added to this so the people who are singing can playback the song or at least hear thrmselves as they are singing?
General review My overall impression of this app is that it is a fun app for people to use. It's very easy to maneuver through but it lacks depth. I don't think it is an app that will hold peope's attention for long! If not updated there will be a short window of tie that users will want it, that being during Christmas! I love to sing so it's fun to seethe lyrics to some of these Christmas songs but I don't see myself using this app over and over.