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Damon B.

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 am an elementary educator who is interested in using digital resources in my classroom. I am in charge of several organizations ranging from youth sports to community agencies. I have an interest in all things digital and am always looking for ways to integrate tech into my life for organizational and collaborative purposes.

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 - Educational Technology specialist - Gamer

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-10-03

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

Total review Karma: + 1     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Magikid Circus v1.0 [text]

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What I liked Characters that were very kid friendly and cute enough for kids to like. There were also several other "bonus" features somewhat hidden in the circus that would make it fun for younger children. The pull down idea of characters and actions was quite intuitive instead of clicking on things. Other than working fine motor skills in younger or special needs children, there is little educational value as far as curriculum is concerned. The app does lend itself to imaginative play for young children
Improvements In the World menu while showing the other creations that were made, there was some Chinese font. In order for young children to enjoy and understand this app, that aspect should be updated. There is a bit of a learning curve to learning the interface and finding how to begin a circus story. While intuitive, the pull down action instead of a button click might make it difficult for actions such as starting and stopping the scene recording. Considering the price, it would be nice to choose from more characters and backgrounds. Puzzled as to why shared creations cost to watch.
General review The characters in Magikid Circus are kid friendly and cute. Children will have fun clicking, pulling, and interacting with their environment while recording their own circus scene. Young children will enjoy the movement and manipulation of the characters on screen. Considering the price, it would be nice to have more options available instead of having to pay extra for them.

Lulu in the Amazon [text]

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What I liked The app was full of interesting and educational information about rain forest animals. Kids will like the fun characters and the interaction with the storybook environment. Having to find hidden animals in each page made the story feel like a game or a puzzle. The mini games add a nice and fun dimension to the story.
Improvements As far as improvements go, I though the book could benefit from a highlighted track as the narrator was reading along. There were some instances in which the narrator varied from the text on the page. More words for kids to follow along and read would be good. The text on the page in some instances was only a quarter of what was spoken. The cursive writing on the map menu would be hard for younger children to read.
General review This app is nicely done. An interactive story book that kids will like. With the story taking place in the Amazon, the story offers some interesting and educational information. There are several mini games for kids to participate in as they "read" through the book. Younger players will like to look for items to click on in each scene, older kids might want to listen to the dialog between characters and will like to play the games throughout.

Legend of Fat Ninja [text]

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What I liked I like the comic book style of storytelling before the levels. The artwork is a very unique and interesting style. This game is addicting and hard to put down. There is enough challenge to make a player want to play again. I like that each game is different and there is some physics involved. The soundtrack is very engaging.
Improvements There is a learing curve to playing this game. It would be nice if there were mini levels to start the game to learn how to control the ninja character. I played the game over and over before finally I was able to complete the first level. I did get frustrated at first and had to come back to the game at another time.
General review While the game takes a bit of getting used to and it is hard to control the character, once one has learned the "way of the fat ninja", the game is addicting and difficult to put down. With a unique comic style storyline and catchy soundtrack this game is challenging enough to keep the casual gamer satisfied.

Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure [text]

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What I liked I really appreciated the interactivity of the app and its versatility for a variety of ages. The read aloud story was well done for younger children to follow, while including just the story gives older, emerging readers a chance to read themselves. Kids will love interacting with the characters as they read or listen to the story. The games include are great for little learned. As a teacher, I appreciated how the story an skills tied to the Common Core curriculum as well as the questions at ther end of the story.
Improvements In future versions it would be nice to see more learning games added or at least a higher level of game for those beginning readers. Perhaps an option to mix up the letters in the alphabet instead of going in order, the alphabet is given across the top already. Have kids use the alphabet at the top to spray random letters in order.
General review This app is great for young learn ears. There are 3 options of how the story can be read along with games to reinforce basic letter recognition and counting skills. This app would be a great resource in a kindergarten or preschool classroom due to the variety of options it lends itself. For teachers and parents, additional comprehension and higher level thinking questions are included as well as ties to the Common Core standards. Highly recommend