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Deb D.

Status: Beta reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2

Description: I have been an educator for 25 years with a Master's degree in Educational Administration. I am the Technology Integrator for a school of over 750 students (ages 9-12) and 30 teachers. Students have access to the iPad 2, and our 7th and 8th graders (ages 11-14) are 1:1 with iPads.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - Educational Technology specialist

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

Find them all: looking for animals [text]

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What I liked I liked winning the camera after finding all the animals. The jigsaw was a great part of the app; I didn't understand the shaking part so I got way too many pieces the first time. The cameraman's videos were fun and interesting and I replayed them several times. The puzzle pieces I uncovered by answering questions were also a nice part of the game. I liked that for the most part the app is intuitive for a young user.
Improvements I had to find way too many animals before I could get the camera. Several of the animals repeated four times or more before I got to the camera. I stopped the game and came back because I started to tire of finding the same animals. The nighttime search was unnecessary. It did not add interest to the game. I would not include it in the future. I did enjoy uncovering the photos, but the questions were all over the place. The questions ranged from "which animal is pictured", to "which animal suckles its young". Keep in mind the age of the child using the app.
General review There were several parts to this app that I enjoyed. Finding the animals and storing them as cards was fun and the language piece was a nice touch. I enjoyed taking the photos and making them into jigsaw puzzles. The videos taken by the cameraman were also high interest. However, the "nighttime" search mode did not hold my interest and the questions for uncovering the photo were all over the board in terms of complexity.

iTooch Middle School [text]

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What I liked The app appears to be aligned with the CCSS and I found the 6th grade math activities right on target. The Reading/Language activities also are appropriate for the grade level. The tooch Help feature was great and I really like the ability to go between practice and test mode.
Improvements It was a little confusing to move around within the app once I got into a lesson. Although I like the tooch help feature, some of the help guides are too wordy for a student to read through for the answer. I did like the bolded highlights to help navigate the section. Of course, adding Social Studies or Science in app purchases would round out the offerings.
General review This app is great for self-guided instruction for the motivated student. I think it would be great for unschooled students or as an extension of the classroom. It provides great reinforcement for the CCSS standards and the help feature is thorough and informative. I would like to see more subjects added in the future. Perhaps even a gaming or coding opportunity within the app would add interest for the user.