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Stephanie B.

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: - iPad2- iPhone4

Description: I have an R&D background in SW development. Documentation/training on systems internationally (Perot Systems). Kids 16,15,12,11,6. 6yo is special needs, uses iPad for AAC & education. Active on devices daily. Teach CS classes, online and locally. Identified source of problem on ProLoQuo2Go app crashing iPad and corresponded with the developers.

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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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Find them all: looking for animals [text]

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What I liked I like the app but the first activity is way too easy. My daughter (6) gave up on the app before completing the first activity so she never got to the more challenging activities that come later on when playing on her own. I like the expanding field of searching, that there is a large number of animals to look for, and that there are many ways to explore the scenes. I think the age range is a little wide for this app. The jury is still out for me on the age range. I'm not sure I like the idea of not having levels to choose from. I do like how long you can play it, though.
Improvements I was surprised by the change in difficulty level between the first activity of simply finding the animals to the nighttime activity of finding them in the dark. I like the night time activity because it required thinking and remembering about where the animals were. I thought the daytime activity was way too easy. It might be nice to have an option where you could add more animals than one for older kids since the app states it is for ages 2 to 8. The puzzles are good but having the pieces sit on top of the puzzle area is a bummer. You have to move pieces out of the way to even get started.
General review This is a great learning app with the potential for a long playing time. At first, it seems kind of lame because the animals are so easy to find but once you get past that, the activities become more complicated. I especially liked finding the animals at night with my daughter. Younger kids can do trial and error, older kids can use memory skills and logic to find them. Nice feature: switching between animated/real animals, & hearing the sounds.

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition [text]

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What I liked 3D images are beautiful. Seeing the insects in nature instead of isolation is great. Great videos. (Love the music for the stag beetle fight.) I like that the videos have little narration and give plenty of time to observe the action without distractions. I really like the way the journal works, and that some fields give buttons to choose from. Would be nice to somehow track the bugs you've seen, maybe even as a separate Bug Journal or Nature Journal app?
Improvements Background showing through while scrolling through bugs is distracting--especially for kids with ADHD or vision problems. Perhaps if you add a box around the pic and text to cover more of the background? Text under the pics is a little small for kids, but it looks cool. On photo slide show, text in corner is not obvious. Would be nice if it were just above the slide indicator. File size way too big for our 32 Gb iPad. Need space for ProLoQuo2Go (587 w/2 users), sign language videos, and social stories. FYI - we use My First AAC and Write My Name, too.
General review 3D images are beautiful. Videos of insects give interesting tidbits without a lot of voice over distractions. My favorite part is the nature journal. Great for teaching beginning journal keeping skills. Some of the layout could be improved as far as text placement and size, but that is very minor compared to all the pluses.