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Angie D.

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: iPad1- iPad2- iPhone4

Description: I am a speech-language pathologist in a large suburban school setting. I service children with language impairments, speech impairments as well as students who are moderate-severely impaired and non-verbal. I also have two small children at home. I regularly use an iPad during my speech-language treatments.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 0-2 - Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - SLP

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

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

Total review Karma: + 5     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Find them all: looking for animals [text]

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What I liked I liked that there were both drawing and photographs of the animals. I work with students with special needs and being able to make that connection can be difficult. The photographs that pulled up were very cute. The voice was nice for students as well. I also liked that you had to touch the pictures before they went away. When I'm doing a language group it is nice to have the picture stay in place so we can discuss it, describe it, use it in a sentence and then go to something else.
Improvements I would like to see a few more instructions available for those who need them. For example, I couldn't figure out how to take a picture of an animal to unlock phrases or to add to my album. I finally went to the iTunes description and figured it out from there (I needed to find more animals to unlock the camera) but I would hate for parents/kids to get frustrated and not find that very fun and exciting feature. Maybe adding it to the settings information within the app?
General review This is a great app with a lot to offer. As an SLP, it can be used in many ways with students who struggle with semantic skills. I recommend reading all of the information available on the iTunes description in order to get the most out of this app that is filled with possibilities.

Chabadabada [text]

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What I liked I liked the variouis background noises that were a part of each page. It made the book up to date and feel like you were a part of it. The story was cute and the interactions were nice. The illustrations were much different that what my children are used to which was a nice change of pace.
Improvements I would like to see an option to have continuous reading once you turned the page. My little ones got tired and confused of pushing the arrow button and then the speaker button. The first time I opened the app it didn't fill the whole screen however when I went back to it later it worked fine. The story was pretty lengthy for my age children (2 and 5).
General review This book is an updated version of the old familiar one. There are a variety of background noises that make you feel like you have been transported to the book. The interactions are lacking for younger children and the length is quite long for those under 7. I would recommend making an option for continual reading once the page is turned rather than having to activate the narration each time.

SirMania - Play & Learn v1.1 [text] [video]

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What I liked The graphics were amazing! I loved how the game got increasingly difficult. My son loved how there weren't a lot of written words and explanations....he just got to start playing. All of the hidden interactions were awesome and the humor (i.e. gassy snowmen) were right up his alley.
Improvements I would like to see the pronounciation improved. I loved the vocabulary used (especially as an SLP) however the very first game asked that you find the mouse and neither my son nor I could understand. It would also be nice to have a button to press to repeat the message if necessary.
General review This is a beautiful app with fabulous graphics. It is definitely geared toward toddlers (2-4 year olds) as my older child (almost 6) got bored with it after a little while however my younger child (almost 3) was entralled. This is probably one of the best apps I've seen in regards to appropriate humor interspersed with learning activities!
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Video review once the app was mastered

Playground HD1 - 12 games for kids aged 2-6 in 1 App v3.0.0 [text]

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What I liked This app was wonderful! I loved how parental controls/settings are controlled by holding the button for 3 seconds. I also loved having the option of setting a timer to allow children to only have a set amout of time. Both my almost 3 and 5 year old loved the game and are currently trying to pull my ipad out of my hands to play it longer! There were different levels that kept both of my kids attention and excited
Improvements The app did crash once when we were playing remember. I would also like to see the timer pop back up when it goes off. My kids immediately started asking to play longer when it went off but having to go back into the settings section seemed like an extra, unnecessary step
General review This is a FABULOUS app for children 2-7! There are so many games and they are all wonderful. Activities increase memory, language, fine motor, and attention to detail skills. I loved that it was an app that both of my children (3 & 5) were excited about and was one that I could sit down and play with them! The timer that parents are able to set to limit amount of time spent playing is an added bonus! Definitely worth your money!!!

Word Scout Sight Word Finder v1.0 [video]

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First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered