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Michelle H.

Status: Reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPad3- iPhone4- iPhone5

Description: I am an elementary school teacher who teaches math, science, social studies and literacy. Our classroom has 11 iPads and 4 computers for student use and I like to incorporate iPads and technology into lessons and learning as often as possible.

Profile categories: 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 6-10 - 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

OnceUponAnApp's Twas the Night Before Halloween [text]

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What I liked I liked the concept of the story as it was a parody of sorts on Twas a Night Before Christmas. The graphics of this interactive book were also well done. The story itself was funny and engaging. I also liked the interactive ability of the story too .
Improvements Overall, I really enjoyed the app/book. However, since it is supposed to be an interactive book, I would like to have seen the parts in the book which you are supposed to interact with do more. For instance, when you touch a character I would have liked for it to be spooky, or jump around, something other than just make a small sound.
General review Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the story. The kids really enjoyed the sounds and the interaction they could have with the story. I would have like for the interaction to be a little bit more than just a sound, but it is done pretty well. Although this is for halloween this is one that I will keep on my bookshelf to read with the kids throughout the year.

5 Dice: Order of Operations Game v1 [text]

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What I liked As a teacher I like that the students can play with a partner using Bluetooth connections. I also like that the results can be emailed to the teacher or parent, this is good for student accountability during workshop time. The ability to select different levels or computation levels is also great for students and for teachers who need to differentiate activities.
Improvements Although the developer included directions for how to play the game they did not include directions how to physically play the game. It took me a minute to realize I had to drag the dice and computation symbols into the boxes and when finished had to click the arrow. When using an app like this in my math workshop it is essential that students will be able to use the app independently and I think that many of my students would be slightly confused now to manipulate he objects.
General review I really like this app and as a teacher will definitely include it in my math workshops. Not only does it teach students about order of operation, but younger students (third & fourth graders) can use it to develop number sense using the addition and subtraction level.

Fractions+ [text]

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What I liked I liked that there was a simple tutorial that my 4th graders would be able to understand independently. The combination of choosing the correct fraction and the match 3 game will keep the students engaged for awhile. I also like the fact that students can level up and work toward their own learning level and at their own pace.
Improvements Although there is the match-three game aspect of this app I would like to see maybe a short game that is a little more engaging. For instance once you pass your level go to the match three game. I think this will help keep students a little more engaged and willing to use this app more frequently.
General review I really like this app as it reinforces fractions in a fun and engaging way. It allows kids to work at their own pace and to be challenged when they are ready to be challenged. I am a 4th grade teacher and my students need extra help with fractions and I will be purchasing this app for our set of classroom iPads.