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Marta S.

Status: Developer - Reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: iPad1- iPad3- iPhone3GS- iPhone5- iPod4G

Description: As a mother of two elementary school aged girls, I am applying my design skills learned as an architect to the small screen world of apps. My husband programs our apps, I do the design and our smart and active girls are the inspiration and testers. We strive to create quality apps with clean and intuitive interface and unique learning methods.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 6-10

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-10-15

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

Total review Karma: + 0     ?

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Meet the Insects: Village Edition (1.0.0) [text]

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What I liked It looks beautiful, and glad to see a real science based app for elementary school aged children. A good mix of real photo-imagery mixed with engaging animation, and then a little bit of cartoon drawings. Nice that it doesn't shy away from presenting scientific names. The navigation is clear. The music is sophisticated enough. Like the magnifying glass (although would like a greater magnification scale).
Improvements The app is way to big! Too many MBs! Yes, the photos are great, somehow need to manage this better.
Some translation is off - some phrases are just not quite right. The back or home button is still in Korean when on a detailed photo page, even on US English version. The voice is VERY professional. A little too stiff. . . sounds like an old filmstrip narration from the 1970s (or earlier). But, a giggly goofy cartoon voice would not be appropriate, it would be very annoying. Being based in Korea, some very common North American insects are not represented. . . such as the Monarch Butterfly.
General review This is a very polished app, serving a neglected audience of Elementary School aged children. The mix of high quality images and real scientific information presented artistically, clearly and accurately is much appreciated. This engages students to want to know more about the insects, and there are many ways they can explore further within the app. The layout is successful in presenting many different layers of accessing information.

Spellyfish - Short A Words (v1.0.0) [text]

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What I liked We liked the thoroughness of what words were there to spell. Great to break them down into similar endings and beginnings. The flow of the game-play was good - nice layout. Appreciated the qwerty keyboard and not only presenting the letters that are part of the word. Particularly liked the drop-down settings, info etc. . . area for the content (student tracking) and graphics. This graphic style would do well throughout the app. Liked the rocks as a background. Liked that there were sets of words. Great letter sounds. Nice to have context sentences (except the "sag" sentence and image!)
Improvements On the main page, the word selection box is clumsy and seems out of place graphically and functionally. The font does not work with the rest of the playful under-the-sea theme. Not that it should be really wacky, but this is too small and close together making it hard to read. Having the word-type selection be in a generic sliding table form does not work here. Try more graphical. Mr. Spellyfish's voice is too annoying, just a nice teacher sounding voice would be great. Try sound effects for the watery scene. The transition length is too long between words when swimming over to next scene.
General review A good app to actually teach spelling of a particular set of similar words containing the short "a" sound. The approach is methodical and effective. Like the ability to check on a child's progress and understanding of the material. Graphics are appealing and create a friendly scene. But, Mr. Spellyfish needs to be a little less cartoon-wacky.

Tic Toc Time: Break down the day to learn how to tell time [text]

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What I liked Such a thorough app. Unique to show the reasoning behind how we tell time. The step by step introduction is a good idea. The graphics are high quality. Like the unique way of presenting the "loading" time. Liked how wrong answers when practicing were shuffled and the question asked again. The clocks were very clearly represented.
Improvements The app is sort of like a movie lesson. There is too much talking. Yes, I know it is hard to explain the process, but the script used is too long. The lisp of the beaver isn't helping. Loading time should not be so long. All the animation is not helping the app to be any more compelling. I would like to see more emphasis on actually experimenting with time telling and feedback on how the child is understanding the concept. More depth and exploration possibility, playing time vs. listening time.
General review A very thorough app, although more like a lesson, not an exploratory type app. The graphics are a nice clear quality, though animation makes it a bit too wordy. I like how the concept of time is introduced. All in all a good app to introduce and solidify a child's understanding of the concept of time.