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Phillip K.

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 currently work as a math teacher at the high school level and I am always looking for ways to share math with my students. My wife and I have 5 kids of our own, and the iPad has been a wonderful way to help instill a love of learning in our own kids, as well as my students in the classroom. I am always looking for ways to integrate technology!

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 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Teaching kids ages 0-2 - Teaching kids ages 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - Homeschooler

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-10-06

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

Total review Karma: + 1     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Math Summoner [text]

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What I liked This is a good app when it comes to math practice. The player does a variety of math facts practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You earn a triangles and match them with another one by determining if it was flipped over the x-axis, the y-axis, rotated 45, 90, 135, or 180 degrees. It seems to do a decent job at giving the player a chance to visualize a variety of geometric principles.
Improvements There was a decent amount of time spent watching the birds fly around and gather things from flowers, and I found myself getting bored waiting for the "story" and wanting to get back to the math items. I think the app could benefit from more ways for the player to engage in the math principles.

The addition of more geometry and/or simple algebraic principles would be great.

ie, "What + 5 = 13?"

This would be a great way to introduce or reinforce simple algebraic processes.
General review Overall it is a good app with fairly decent mathematical principles. The "magic" theme may turn some people away, but looking past that students would get great practice over the necessary math facts and basic geometry principles. It would be a good addition to a math program working with 4th -7th graders. The price is reasonable as well for the amount of practice and game play you get.

Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms [text]

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What I liked This is a great app with a beautiful design and well thought out format. The user has the option of working through 52 different blends. Within each lesson you are taken through 10 works that are read out loud and then you get to spell out the word. You are given a nice green box for each letter you use correctly, and a red box for each incorrect letter. I found the game to be very fun and was immediately drawn into the variety of different words.
Improvements It would be nice to be able to look at all of the users as a group in regards to their progress. I work with small groups of kids and it would be very useful to look at the progress that all of the users have towards the Long O (oe) blend. Having this ability would make it app that is easier for teachers to use in the classroom.
General review As stated above, this is a great app with an excellent look and feel. The ability to track what blends have been mastered, as well as the option to change the number of correct items for mastery, is very useful and I could see this being a great tool to add to the classroom or homeschool curriculum.

Legend of Fat Ninja [text]

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What I liked This app does a good job of creating a game that can be enjoyed from all levels of players. I had a variety of people play this, ranging from my 2 year old, my 8 year old, and myself (38). My 2 year old was able to touch the screen and keep the ninja flying for quite some time while not knowing what he was doing. My 8 year old was able to use strategy in regards to what he was doing. Overall it was fun for all ages.
Improvements One thing that would be very helpful is the ability to pan out when you first get ready to launch your ninja. I have found with the Angry Birds app that it is a useful feature to plan you route of attack and see the "board" more clearly, thereby getting the most out of your launch.
General review Overall I thought this app was fairly fun. I had a hard time getting the overall game strategy when I first downloaded it, and I actually put the app aside for a 4 or 5 days. I saw my 8 year old playing it, and watching him it sparked my interest a bit more and I really started to enjoy it. It is definitely an app that you can play many times over and not get bored or learn the "secret" like you can on other apps.