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Rich L.

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- iPad3- iPhone4- iPhone4S- iPod4G

Description: As a technology teacher for kindergarten through eighth grades, I daily check and try out many apps for myself as well as for my students to use in education. At my school, I have my students (ages 4 to 14) review educational apps and games before we make major purchases. I use an iPhone as well as having iPads and iTouches in the classroom.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - Special education teacher or AT (Assistive Tech.) specialist - Homeschooler - Educational Technology specialist - Gamer

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

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

Total review Karma: + 0     ?

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Her/His app reviews

The sweet song of the world [text]

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What I liked The Sweet Song of the World celebrates closeness to nature and being your own individual. The beautiful artwork reminds you of stained-glass. The wonderful music can be turned off or on. You can choose between English or French writing and that determines the narrator's feminine voice that can be turned on or off. Even though this App says that it is literature for children ages 5 to 10, older children and adults can relate to its theme of individualism as well as enjoyment of the natural world.
Improvements Parents and teachers need to ask children what they think a title means before reading. However, the title moves too quickly to the dedication page. Other languages like Spanish would reach more children. If you turn on the story narration, it should stay on for the whole story. The iPad icon needs a short title like Sweet Song. Some smaller children have trouble reading cursive; print might be another choice for them. Animated birds cover the text on some pages.
General review This is a wonderful app that tells a story about Victor who enjoys the outside world more than his classroom. This theme of appreciating nature and being your own individual are important for children to read and talk about. The music and artwork are beautifully done.

Magikid Circus v1.0 [text]

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What I liked A circus magically attracts children, especially one that lets them be creative. The Magikid Circus is an app where children design and narrate their own animated shows. In the settings the child chooses either English or Chinese language. After selecting the circus tent, the child starts with a partly empty circus stage and pushes the record button. The music begins for the child to add narration and to select from different characters, sounds and special effects to create a story. After the story is saved, it may be uploaded for the world to view. Other settings are also available.
Improvements Magikid, as a creative app, has a lot of potential. Because children kept pressing the screen icons with no results, Magikid needs in the corner a HELP or ? button that does not move. That help button should demonstrate how a finger touches, pulls down, and then lifts off of the screen while an icon hanging from a string responds. For the price, it needs more backgrounds, sounds, music and special effects. It would be nice if you could change how characters move their heads, arms or legs. There is confusing Chinese writing within the English selection that needs to be fixed.
General review A circus magically attracts children, especially one that lets them be creative and interactive. The Magikid Circus is an app where children design and narrate their own animated circus shows. The child's choice of languages is either English or Chinese. Instead of just touching buttons, the child will pull down and release animated icons on a string. For the price, it needs more backgrounds, sounds, music and special effects.

Math Summoner [text]

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What I liked Children love magic. Math Summoner combines it with common core standards to make learning entertaining and motivating. You select a difficulty level and customize the topics which include arithmetic, fractions and geometry. You obtain spells to defend yourself from fantastic creatures. Feedback is an important part of learning. Students review questions, compare their answers to the correct answer and see a graph of their progress which can be emailed to teachers and parents. Customized math assignments can be sent to other players. Students will beg to replay and master this wonderful app.
Improvements It would be wonderful if there were versions of Math Summoner that covered higher grade levels especially Pre-Algebra and Algebra. This app needs a part two that included more math topics like probability and coordinates. It should have more random compliments instead of the overused “Nice Job!”
General review Children love magic. Math Summoner combines it with common core standards to make learning entertaining and motivating. Select a difficulty level and customize the topics which include arithmetic, fractions and geometry. Obtain spells to defend yourself from fantastic creatures. Students review questions, compare their answers to the correct answer and see a graph of their progress. My elementary students beg for Math Summoner.