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Amy T.

Status: Beta reviewer - Video Reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Education - Lifestyle - Photography - Productivity - Utilities - Other

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPod4G

Description: I have a B.A. in Elementary Ed. and an A.A. in Speech Pathology- I'm a SLPA (Speech-Lang. Path. Assist.). For 10 years I've worked w/ Pre-K-5th graders w/ autism, articulation, lang. delays, apraxia... My own kids are 8 (HFA), and 5- both are bright, inquisitive! I love "therapy apps" for AAC,lang., fine motor, social/ behavior, tracking data...

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Teaching kids ages 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 6-10 - SLP

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-05-30

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

Total review Karma: + 14     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Bo's Dinnertime v 1.0 [text]

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What I liked My preschool students (4 and 5 year olds) love this app! I like it because it reinforces sequencing skills- from shopping, to putting away the groceries, to cooking, set up, eating, clean up... these are important life skills that my students need to be aware of.
Improvements I would appreciate level settings so I could use this to work on choosing from a field of two, or three items. For example during the scene where the child is told to set the table, I would like perhaps 3 different sets of plates/silverware provided for the child to choose from, perhaps differentiated by color. ooh- or size! Then my students could be working on additional skills at the same time. When the food objects are put away, could there be a refrigerator that the perishable items get placed into? (I kid you not, one of my four year olds asked where the fridge was LOL).
General review My students and I have really been enjoying Bo's Dinnertime! Bo is adorable, and the app is set up to make the child successful- The narrator gives clear verbal instructions on what to do, followed by a visual- for example the objects will flash to show what the child should touch. I like that Bo's Dinnertime breaks down an activity (dinnertime) into a sequence of events, and has the child go through the sequence from start to finish.

Shape Pals [text]

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What I liked The characters are cute and the voiceovers are pleasant, as well as the background music, and I really appreciate how the settings include the option to shut this off, as it may be distracting for some children. I really like how more complex shapes beyond your typical circle and square are included. I think the swiping motion to go through the different shapes is great. I like how the app is divided in to the three sections Learn, Stickers, and Play. I like how the app is not overly punitive when an answer is incorrect, and instead focuses on allowing the child to get the correct answer
Improvements In the "Learn" section the voiceover for the word "Crescent" is incorrect- the beginning is cut off. Ditto on the voiceover for "Heart". I would like the option to display the shape titles in lowercase instead of uppercase letters. I would love a bit more interactivity built in to the sticker scenes, like a whistle sounding when the train is touched, lights in the house turning on/off, more stickers making sounds etc. 3 right now, 4 with the voice fixed and 5 if you add more interactivity and/or data collection. A nice app.
General review This is a cute shape app and I love how it includes more complicated shapes such as "parallelogram" and "crescent" I appreciate how this app gives visual and auditory feedback to the learner when an answer is correct or incorrect, and it also allows the learner to try again until the correct answer is chosen instead of moving on to a new answer. I'd love to see the app collect data on correct/incorrect responses.

Budget Balance, version : 1.2 [text]

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What I liked I really like the scrolling interface to easily access all categories, and the auditory feedback given as buttons are tapped. I love the email/print out a PDF report of our expenses, and it was easy to relabel or add a subcategory. Silly of me-, but I also appreciate the aesthetics of the app icon- I like having it in my dock. I like that I can flip between a monthly or yearly view to see what percentage of my expenses are being allocated where. I love all the options included like the ability to add a photo, pin a gps location, change a date for a transaction etc.
Improvements I want to replace the standard circular tabs with my own custom ones so I could name a tab for each of my children, and easily track their medical expenses etc, instead of having to tap the kids tab, choose medical, lump both of my kid's medical expenses together. I'd like to drag an drop existing categories + subcategories when they are pressed down. I see I can delete a subcategory this way, but I didn't want to delete the suggested subcategories- I only wanted to drag my custom subcategories to the front to give them priority. I want to email/print a bar graph too, not just the pie graph
General review I really like this- it was easy to figure out how to use right away, and has pleasant tones when the buttons are tapped. I want to edit the main circular icons with my own custom ones and see drag/drop capability so I could put my custom subcategories to the front without deleting the preexisting choices. It's easy to navigate, add/ view entries, or edit them after the fact. lots of options too- add photos, current location, view/send reports!

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition [text]

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What I liked I LOVE the Observation Journal! The photos and videos are stunning! I love all the information included in the app- we will definitely be using this in speech therapy when we study insects. I like how the insects in the encyclopedia can be accessed in "levels" of the forest trees-are they accurately grouped into what layer of the forest they make their home, or was it just a fun way to view them? If they are grouped accurately, I want to see labels for these different layers of the forest when tapping each yellow button.
Improvements The 752 MB is huge. I need narration to start when a label/passage is tapped, so my non readers can benefit from independent work. This was especially frustrating during the quiz portion- I couldn't read fast enough for them before the time for each question ended; can there be narration and a setting to change time limits for the quiz? Some videos' introductions are grammatically awkward, in my opinion. "Oak beetle is climbing up a plant" - why not "AN oak beetle is climbing up a plant. A typo: "Lonhorn beetles cannot fly". Also, my students want to know what regions these insects live.
General review What a great learning tool for upper elementary and above! If you add options to read the text aloud, this would be excellent for younger students as well! I found a typo and the intros for the videos are a bit awkward grammatically, but I am sure that will be fixed soon. I think settings to turn off background music or adjust time limits for quiz participants are a must as well, but well done-my kids wanted to explore this app and are learning

"Mulberry FingerPlays" v1.7 [video]

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First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

The Meeting App 1.1.2 [text]

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What I liked I love having it all in one place- ability to show it on a map, name and delegate a task to an attendee/send it by email etc., especially with a due date- brilliant! I love the notepad area and how easy it is to tap the corner to expand the input area. I love how I can easily move a chunk of text, change the font/color/size; the mindmapping tool is easy to use! I like the calculator. With a little more flexibility with font/color selection and with handwriting recognition as an in-app option I bet I could stop using my other productivity apps, great potential! Works with Dream VoiceReader too!
Improvements Access to calendars- the app isn't listed in my iPad's privacy settings to give permission? Can you add an in-app for handwriting recognition software, like PhatPad? When manipulating text I want to apply a color/size/font to just a single word/phrase. I love the calculator but it needs an easier way to paste directly into the notepad. Crashing/sluggish with photo handling and when adding blue color; problems with Apple keyboard native word prediction- not working half the time; Record button fails to launch if placed over a photo.
General review I can't get the calendar feature to work as the app doesn't show up in privacy settings, but once fixed this'll be great for work tasks, and duties related to my blog/FB pages. It has a variety of features all in one place- the all important alarm/due date, ability to email others, do mindmapping, photos, calculate, add a handwritten/ typed idea, search. Wish list: HANDWRITING RECOGNITION, apply fonts/colors/sizes to part, not all of a sentence.

Baby Learns Simple Objects 1.1 [text]

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What I liked I like the background soundtrack in each scene - very pleasant and relevant to each scene. Bright and charming illustrations, animations and sound effects I love the hidden animations- the ladybug falling out of the tree; the bucket hopping in to action etc. I love the sequential "layers" of animations in the examples above- tap once for an animation, tap again for a different related animation. Love the tap to color! Custom avatars and voiceovers are a great idea. I think the Play mode &b Bebekas/ World of Bebebe is great- the characters' reactions are adorable. (needs vocab fixed thoug
Improvements The very first thing I tapped was a gosling. As far as I know, it is gosling, not "gooseling". but perhaps that is a regional variation... There are other inaccuracies or "akward" word choices, such as..."Cooker hood" "Berry" should say strawberry. Sometimes singular is used when multiples are shown (plates in kitchen, flowers at the playground etc.) Rock says "grass", lamp says "lamb". . You can record, but only if you record the whole set; I just want to fix the errors. The tractor's engine noise covers up the narration partially.
General review Until the errors are fixed, I don't feel comfortable recommending this. What a great idea for shared recordings- would love Brazilian Portuguese! I want to see a few more key animations too- I desperately wanted the helicopter to fly across the room, or have a plate break on the floor! Some more errors : it should be "crib" instead of "bed", "blocks" instead of cubes, and another I can't remember at the moment. I would like more scenes too.

Jungle Picnic 10.2. [text] [video]

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What I liked This is a really nice app for young children. I really enjoy the bright but simple, uncluttered graphics, the likeable characters- familiar zoo animals. The app has many well thought out features, such as the parental lock to access social media and app links, and has professional narration, graphics and sound effects. I appreciate how not Not only does it work on language skills, it also requires fine motor skills such as dragging, tapping etc. This is a fun, motivating way to practice these skills. The simple language used is perfect for this age group.
Improvements I would be happy to see additional settings to turn off the music- some of my students can be very distracted by background music. I also would love to see spoken labels that pop up when an image is tapped in story mode. In addition, in the picnic game- when an animal is fed the incorrect food- I would like the animal to model some language relevant to the situation, like "I don't want a tomato" or " I want bread please" or even something simple like "No Thank you". I think settings to control the difficulty of the games would be helpful too.
General review I really like this app, and the kids are engaged by it while practicing important early learning skills- including fine motor (dragging, tapping etc). I like how the story mode embeds games within it, and I really love how the characters speak about what they are doing- this is a nice app for early "theory of mind" concepts. The app uses simple and clear sentence structures that a young user can understand to guide him/ her through game play.
First 5 minutes video review
Video review once the app was mastered

Live Puzzle! Forest Animals [text]

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What I liked I liked the unique concept- this is the only one I know of with pieces that animate while solving the puzzle, which helped my kids problem solve. I also like how if you drag the piece to the general area of where it belongs it will accept the piece and snap it into place. I liked the variety of difficulty levels so that the puzzles can be used across developmental levels. I like the controls that let us shut off the music, as it can be distracting for some, and most importantly the visual cue of the puzzle grid turning red when wrong or green when correct is much appreciated.
Improvements When a puzzle is completed could there be a "redo" button? This would keep a child from having to exit the puzzle to the previous screen and then renter to complete the same puzzle again. Also there is a forward button when you enter a puzzle, but no way to go back easily, and it disappears when a puzzle has begun- the child may want to pick the next or previous one. My child on the spectrum would benefit from having these options.
General review My 5 and 9 year olds really enjoy this, and I think it is a nice deviation from more traditional puzzles. The motion of the puzzle pieces help them think about which pieces belong together, and they like the fun animations after completing each puzzle too. It keeps their attention and is challenging yet fun. I love that you can do the puzzles in a number of different languages, although there is at least one typo -cocodrilo , not cododrilo.

A Day in the Zoo - 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked No external links, thank you! I like the illustrations, music and layout of the animals on the front screen, to reach a more detailed page about each underneath. I enjoy the interactive pop ups that adult/child can do together! I like how tapping some items label the word. (I want more labels in each page though). I love the concept of patting the rhino's belly to make him feel better (it took forever though- my students had long lost interest as it kept going and going- the number of strokes it takes need to be less and perhaps there could be a visual/ bar indicating how far to go.)
Improvements I'd love simpler sentences; the language is much too sophisticated for babies and toddlers. The word choice is off at times i.e. "The baby monkey plays (makes) music (noise) with its rattle". When an item is labeled, the word should display near the item, not at the bottom right. I want to tap an item/animal and have just the word play, followed by a short sentence. When tapped, voice should complete before a touch there is allowed again (to avoid a message being played partially over and over without actually listening to the full model. Needs more content/ pop up areas to explore.
General review I like the concept, professional illustrations, voiceover, music, and app store safety, but I don't feel the app is developmentally appropriate Language and instructions/ feedback are conflicting at times: "You painted all zebras black and white again, thank you!" - yet the zebras are still flashing in different rainbow colors! The app misses the mark at times- i.e. the sign could actually take the child to crocodiles etc, how fun would that be!

Monsieur Bear's ABC [text]

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What I liked The illustrations and sound effects are lovely and I really love the narrator- his voice is very animated. I love that this app is multilingual- a fun way to learn some Spanish or French vocabulary or explore words that start with each letter of the alphabet in English. I am thrilled to hear Portuguese will soon be an option as I speak it and love to share apps in Portuguese with my children. It is easy for kids to navigate among the letters and enjoy the different words on each page.
Improvements This app could use a better gated link mechanism- it is too easy to tap randomly on one of the three words, get the one spelled correctly and access the App Store and Parents area. I'd love a feature to prevent multiple rapid taps of a word in a row- this way a child who doesn't quite get the concept of tapping and waiting can hear bus instead of b-b-b-b-b-bus. I'd like to see different vocabulary selections to better represent the phonic sounds. For example I wouldn't include "chair" to represent C as it makes a "ch" sound, not the common /k/ or /s/ sound a child is taught.
General review I like the format- a page of interactive words for each letter- the animations and sound effects are very charming. I love how tapping the letter icon on each page makes the bear say a sentence featuring a word with that letter although the sample sentence for C was a bit awkward grammatically. "It was the cat", not "It is the cat". My 6 year old loved the bathroom humor however! I would like to see the text for the sentences in a standard font.

Kilubu : Magic Potions 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked I love the concept of making magical potions by following a "recipe". There are some very creative and silly changes we have already discovered. I like how playing unlocks new ingredients but want to see them all displayed maybe with a lock? I like the visual cues showing the player where to drag items. I also love the separate controls for music and background sounds- shutting off the music allows me to hear my students better when we are using the app. I could see me using this a lot more If both the ingredients and the potion's effects were easier to see, and more interactive/theatrical.
Improvements It would be nice if the first time the app was opened, there was a tutorial feature that would stay available in the app at a later time to show how the app scrolls to different screens. Parental gate doesn't work- I entered "10" just to see, and it opened up to the App Store for me. Moving objects in the environment (like the shaking box) were distracting, as they do nothing when you tap them (we thought perhaps the box would have items inside to use). The potion effects were hard to see - items are too tiny despite big iPad screen.
General review A very cute idea that needs bigger theatrics & funny errors when making potions- i.e. correct ingredients for a potion put in the wrong order or with too high a fire could make a silly variation, with Sacha doing something funny with his new feature. I just feel it could be so much more fun and engaging for players who just want to explore cause and effect relationships. It is good for creating discussion, making predictions & conclusions.

Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity (v1.0.1) [text]

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What I liked So educational and fun! My 6 year old and I enjoyed the simple science experiment videos-my son has asked to get the items used in the videos so we can recreate them at home- they use common materials in the house or that can be purchased easily. We loved the narration and use of real photos and video footage to teach about magnetic forces and electricity. Good for all ages. On top of the educational activities, fun games reinforce some of the concepts learned. I as an adult am finding two of the games addictive- my son likes the one where you assemble the pipes to allow electricity to flow.
Improvements Perhaps when tapping a picture of items needed for a particular experiment, the labels could be spoken when touched. Would love to be able to download experiments individually as needed to keep the app size down- the app is big and space is at a premium on our iPad. Really happy with the quality of this app. Bugs- froze up, had to exit when score saved w/out a name. Froze and said times up times up repeatedly when my son played many times in a row? Other than above, runs great on out iPad 2!
General review We are both really enjoying this app- finding an app that a 6 year old and an adult both love is not an easy task, but the app really makes learning about magnets and electricity fascinating. The visual/audio glossary is excellent! Challenging, fun mini-games keep a child's interest (and an adult's too) in the app long after the experiments have been watched and conducted. I can't wait to see more apps from this developer along this line.

PicoToons Coloring Book (v1.0.1) [text]

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What I liked We love the variety of images, fun textures and tools to choose from; I love having both paint and fill options as some of my students have motor difficulties making the typical paint option too difficult. I like the complicated child lock feature to keep kids out of the settings with the option to disable it completely when not needed. I love the separate controls for music and sound effects. This is a wonderful coloring/ creativity app for kids, am glad to have it! Thank you for saving the kids' art into a gallery in the app instead of my photo roll!
Improvements I'd like an option to view all images in a category on one page, versus swiping through pages and pages of items to get to the one we want. I love the "dial" feature that pops up when applying a sticker, but want to be able to turn it off for students who don't have the motor control to swipe between the options. I like the preset ability levels but also want to create a custom setting, selecting the exact features to include. I really want the "sketchbook" category to be displayed first, as it is the one we will use most often though. Wish list items: glitter paint & ability to insert photos
General review Lots of fun! I really like how you can choose from different ability/ age levels, and that there are so many fun textures and stamps to choose from. We love the open ended sketchbook category, but there are also tons of premade pictures to color in and decorate! My only wish list items are glitter paint and ability to add our own photos to drawings. My kids really like this. I also really appreciate the in-app gallery, my camera roll thanks you