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Elizabeth C.

Status: Beta reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad3- iPhone3G

Description: I am an early childhood special education teacher. I get apps for my students and for personal use. I have an iPod touch as well as an iPad. I mostly purchase educational apps for children in the age range of 3-5 years old.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 0-2 - Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages 3-5 - Special education teacher or AT (Assistive Tech.) specialist

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-05-23

User who invited him/her: Marcel W.

Total review Karma: + 5     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Bo's Dinnertime v 1.0 [text]

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What I liked The app goes through the different steps of buying, preparing, eating and cleaning up after a meal. Children are learning the different steps to preparing dinner and setting the table, while having fun playing different games of matching, following two-step directions and putting together a puzzle.
Improvements There seemed to be a lot of the same activity of matching the objects. For example, matching where the food items are put away and matching where the plate and silverware go. More variety is needed. Maybe have the children sort and identify food groups while at the market. Also, when in the game area of feeding the girl or the boy, the app freezes.
General review This app is great for showing the process of making a meal. From going to the store and buying the right items, to putting the food away, to preparing the meal, setting the table and cleaning up after the meal; this app includes it all in a fun and inviting way.

Bo's Bedtime Story [text]

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What I liked I liked that the app is colorful and has engaging music. The first activity was sorting, which is a good cognitive skill for children to have and learn. I like that the activity after sorting is following a two step direction and it also goes into the order in which people undress. The bath time patterning activity is a good feature. Overall, I liked that the app goes through the bed time routine and works on great cognitive skills, such as sorting, patterning, following directions, and hand eye coordination.
Improvements It is a bit frustrating for the children when they are sorting the cars, dolls and shapes, due to the object having to be dragged fully on top of the basket. Sometimes the child has thought that they were incorrect with the sorting and tried a different basket. Maybe a message stating that the object has to be fully in the white area or make the accepting area larger. Also, after the activity is finished, I would suggest a verbal prompt to press the blinking arrow to continue and change the arrow color so that it is more obvious to the child.
General review This apps is a good way to reinforce the bedtime routine and work on cognitive skills such as sorting, patterning, following directions and hand eye coordination. There are a few things that I would change, but overall, I think it is a great educational app.

Happi Full Throttle (v1.0.1) [text]

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What I liked I liked that the app has different transportation vehicles and the children can experience each transport vehicle and the different components they have on the dash/cockpit. I had fun trying out the different buttons and seeing what sounds they make. Also, I like the utilization of the camera which makes it more enjoyable to the child to explore their environment in a different way. I feel that this app would help with the imaginative play and creativity of the child's imagination.
Improvements I would like to see additional transportation vehicles and added buttons and sounds that would be on the dash or cockpit of that vehicle. Making the experience more realistic is key in the child learning the differences of the vehicles and helps in more complex imaginative play. Also, it would be neat to use the microphone to "call in" to the dispatch and such for some of the vehicles.
General review As an early childhood special education teacher I feel that this app is beneficial for young children to expand their creative imagination. I like that the camera was utilized so that the child can explore their environment in a different way. They can truly get into the spirit of driving those transportation vehicles and pretending to be that particular community worker.

Alphabet Jumbled v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I liked that the app is colorful and the graphics are inviting for children. The different activities to learn the alphabet and to learn letter order is great. I also liked the flash card option and the jumble challenge. The different levels of jumbles is great too. Gives children a challenge and I like the timer aspect.
Improvements The letters are too bubbled, would like if the letters were thinner and not so slanted. With learning the alphabet the children are also learning how they look for pre-writing skills. So having the correct view of the letter is important. Also, I would like to see Upper case as well as lower case letters. Maybe a matching or pairing of which upper case goes with which lower case letter. I suggest stating what the child should do when starting each activity. They are not yet able to read and may not pick up on what to do right away.
General review This app is fun and inviting. Learning the alphabet is fun with the different activities this app provides. It has flashcards, seeing and hearing the letter names, putting the letters in correct order and sequence and also a timed activity of placing several letters in order.

Math Guardians 1.5 [text]

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What I liked I liked how the app works on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It has inviting characters for both boys and girls to identify with. As you play you are learning mathematical skills and working your way through subtraction and addition and then on to multiplication and division. Also, the number problems are chosen by the user to help add confidence in their abilities.
Improvements Better reply when touching the screen. I would fight the enemy, but then would touch numbers to build energy and it wouldn't select fast enough and I would lose. When a child used the app, they were a bit confused as to what to do, maybe add in some hints during the first round.
General review This app helps children retain and gain skills in mathematics. Children are showing their math skills to earn more "energy" to aid in the battle. The characters are inviting for both boys and girls, which is nice in a battle type game. This is an educational app that is fun to play!

Thomas's travels in Bookland [text]

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What I liked I really liked the background music while reading the book on the app. Also, I liked the illustrations. This app helps reenforce to children that the library is a great place to go and find all types of books and have them come to life in their imaginations as Thomas' did. I really liked the idea of visiting the disctionary to find words and then those words becoming part of the story. Very creative.
Improvements When you start the app it is not clear that you need to click the buttons to hear or read the text of the book. It would be nice to have a prompt of some kind and for the buttons to be a bit larger and more noticeable. Also, it would be nice to be able to adjust the background music and possible turn it off. It could be a distraction for children as they read along. Another thing is the text, possibly have the text at the bottom of the illustrations and a different background color for the text for better reading.
General review This is app makes reading fun and inviting. This app helps children realize that reading is fun and that they can create their own stories. The character in this ebook visits different favorite tales and they come to life. The illustrations are very detailed and the options to have text on the pages or have the story narrated is great for those who are learning to read.

Bo's Matching Game V1.0 [text]

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What I liked I liked that you have choices on what items you want to match and that there are academic items to choose from. I also liked that you can choose how many items you want to match at a time. The second game with Lulu and Tommie is nice, because the user has to scroll and search for the right matches and place them in the boxes for a match.
Improvements I would like to see letters being added to the matching choices, as well as an increase in items that can be matched. Maybe add 8, 16, and 24 item matches. Also, while playing the Lulu and Tommie game, the items are difficult to choose and drag to the boxes. It was frustrating and I had to press several times for a response. The wait time between picking items in the matching/memory game is also long.
General review This app is great for matching/memory. There are two different matching games to choose from from the home screen, one will take you to 8 different choices for matching, such as household items, transportation vehicles, numbers, foods, animals, colors, everyday items, and shapes.I liked that it keeps track of how many tries it took to get all of the matches correct. I liked the scrolling and dragging feature of the Lulu and Tommie game as well.