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Vicki G.

Status: Beta reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Education - Productivity - Utilities

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad3

Description: I've been in education for 25+ years. I have taught from ELA 6-8 to elementary 3-6 to being a computer teacher to being a Technology Coordinator. For the past 7 years I have been an Instructional Technology Coach where I have worked with K-12 teachers to integrate technology with good instruction practices to help students learn.

Profile categories: Educational Technology specialist

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 The actual pictures of the animals were great photos, not clip art - excellent. The different sizes of the animals gave more of a challenge and it seemed to get more difficult to find as I moved on. The night activity added to the challenge. The puzzle activity and being able to shake it for different sizes was great. Loved the camera man...very clever to add the videos that were nicely done. I also liked that when I finished I could go back and look for the '?' to learn more.
Improvements I wasn't thrilled about the heads of the photos being wobbly. That was not necessary for such a great app. There should be more of a variety of responses when the animal is found. I heard 'excellent' four times in a row - a variety of responses would be more engaging. Maybe even a different voice once in a while. It would be great if you had movable trees and rocks and I would have to move them to search for the animals. That would make it much more interactive and not just moving the screen back and forth. Also - in the directions be more explicit to go through them all before starting.
General review At first I thought it was an average app and did not finish. Then I went back and did each of the activities to complete them, then it was more fun. What would make a child finish if they didn't know there was an end or one activity lead to another? Directions need to be more explicit. The whole idea of the app to teach children about animals and their habitats is great. Overall, I like the free version. Not sure if I'd pay for other versions.

Magikid Umbrella v1.0 [text]

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What I liked One of the nice features of the Magikid Umbrella app is that it is very colorful and that is initially very attractive for a child. Another feature that is different from most apps is the soothing music being heard from several screens. I really like the matching activity with the umbrella, raincoat and rain boots - and again - the colors there were nice soft colors. One other feature I liked was the reader - he is very expressive. The pop-ups were also very clever and the comparison to other items being just like an umbrella was nicely done.
Improvements I would like to see directions provided somewhere for the parents to know how to share the app with their children. Something might start blinking but unless one knew that the blinking circle means to click it...then they would stare at the page waiting for something to happen. Another need to improve item is the radio. I was forced to listen to the entire music piece before I could move on and if I were to click the arrow to try to move to the next page the app would go back to the beginning and I'd have to start over. The microphone and radio seemed to the same thing. That was confusing.
General review It is a nice app for one time use but it did not have enough interaction for me to want to purchase it. Not having any instruction was frustrating because I had to guess what I was supposed to do on each screen. Again, the colors were nice, and the idea of the app was very clever, but it does not have enough different activities to do it more than one time.

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition [text]

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What I liked The pictures, videos and even the quiz sections of this app are incredible. The videos are a delight to watch and are intriguing enough to watch more than one time. The photos are close up and intricate and authentic. I liked the quiz as well because it is challeging and there are more than one if you want to take the quiz over.
Improvements In this day and age I'm not sure if what I'd like to see added to this app is appropropiate. As a teacher I would like to see a section where there are instructions for each section so I would know how to tell my student (or child) how to use the app to its best use. However, in this 21st century students like to explore and they don't need directions. So, I'd say for adults add an instruction page if needed. I did look for the directions but without finding any I was quite successful with exploring on my own.
General review This is a fantastic app and I can't wait to show my five year old grandson who loves insects. This is an engaging app that is never done because it can always be used as reference for any age. Science teachers should appreciate all there is in app because it has facts and photos that reinforce what is taught in school.

5 Dice: Order of Operations Game v1 [text]

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What I liked I really liked the ability to choose the level of play, for one. Another good concept is the ability to choose between one player and two players because the one player is good for practice. A third piece of what I liked is the practice page to be able to write down and not have to use a separate piece of paper to do my figuring. Great app.
Improvements I like this app because it is a basic, no frills app. If anything might be improved it might be the blinking box that appears to show where the next choice is to be inserted. That blinking box might become annoying while the player is thinking. Another change might be to just be able to tap or double tap the selection to be added next instead of dragging it. But overall - no major changes.
General review This app is excellent for all ages and all grades. There are several contests that schools hold with the same concept and there are pre-made card games with the same idea. Now to have it in an app is great. I like the choices of levels and that the higher levels can even use exponents. It is basic, no frills, and the fact that there is a choice of one player (great for practice) and two player adds to make it a great app.