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Teriann M.

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: - iPad2- iPod4G

Description: Mum of four children, 3 with Special Needs.Passionate about Autism Awareness and acceptance and believe iOS technology is one of the greatest resources the SN community have. I also admin a Facebook page promoting Developers and apps of interest to the SN community and run a local support group for parents and carers of people with an ASD.

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Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-06-01

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

Total review Karma: + 3     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Alphabet Jumbled v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the simplicity of this app.Extremely easy to use interface and visually pleasing. My daughter absolutely loved it and has been asking to *play* it. The letters all appear in lower case which is important for me especially when using with my SN kids.
Improvements I would love to see different accents available for the audio and I would definitely need to be able to change the letter Z from Zee to Zed for this to be an effective learning tool for my Australian children. My ASD son had a little trouble with the graphics. The *busyness* of the different colours and patterns on the letters made it very difficult for him to use this app. Maybe a monotone option or the ability to change to a more typical font would be better for some of our SN kids? I also thought the Jumble challenge could have an easier level. Maybe one with the first letter in place?
General review A fantastic concept, dealing with the most basic but much needed skill of knowing your alphabet.With so many new phonics programs being used in early childhood, I have found that our children are actually missing out on learning the alphabet in the correct order. This app has fun,colourful graphics that are appealing to most preschoolers and is really easy to navigate.

The Waterhole - Graeme Base (1.2 iPad) [text]

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What I liked Graeme Bases illustrations that are so intricately beautiful in his much loved books are even more so when viewed on the iPad. The Waterhole is a lovely story taking children on a journey around the world while teaching an important ecological lesson as well as numbers and counting 1-10. As well as the interactive book narrated by the Australian author, there is an animal matching game (great for memory/concentration skills as well as visual processing) a leap frog game (problem solving) and a hidden animals game (visual processing). This app is definitely not lacking in content.
Improvements Word highlighting would be number one on my wish list for this app. I would also love to hear the numbers that appear when touching the animals on each page and again during the hidden animal game if the name of each animal was spoken when the silhouette was touched it would be of added educational benefit.
General review What's not to love about this app? The Waterhole is my children's favorite Graeme Base book so I was curious to see how the iPad version compared to the original. I was not disappointed. The app has everything we love about the book and more. Interactive and packed with content. This high quality app is definitely great value and has added educational benefits making it almost perfect.

Puzzleosaurus - Dinosaur Jigsaw puzzles [text]

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What I liked Beautiful graphics, the puzzles and pages are made to resemble recycled paper giving this app a nice earthy feel. Two different ability levels, beginner and advanced. Advanced level needs pieces turned as well as placed - great for fine motor skills.
Children are rewarded with praise when puzzle is completed and are also able to view a new window with facts about each dinosaur.
Improvements Maybe a reward system like collecting dinosaur "stickers" and being able to place them on a background scene. Mostly I would like to see more dinosaurs to increase value and longevity. I would also love to see the dinosaurs move once completed and although it is a puzzle app I would like to see it expanded to give the children a chance to reinforce what they have learnt. Possibly a quiz...Images of each dinosaur and audio questions asked," find the Stegosauras", "Which dinosaur eats leaves?"...etc and children can touch their answer .
General review Absolutely love this app. One of the bet puzzle apps I've used. Visually appealing, beginner and advanced levels, and educational as well as fun. My four year old daughter is really into dinosaurs at the moment and loved learning the facts about eah dinosaur as much as doing the puzzles. Add to that the fine motor benefits and Puzzleosauras is a winner.

Screen Time - Media Time Manager [text]

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What I liked Excellent concept, I love any way to keep track of my children's screen time and also the idea of earning extra time as a reward for chores or good behaviour is fantastic. I love that I am able to keep details for all four of my children in the one place and the user interface is super easy.
Improvements I would like it to be a bit easier to change times and I would also like to be able to assign my own activities and also have the option to choose what times are given as rewards. Also with the time bank I would again like the option to add my own rewards and times and times.
General review A really easy to use app that makes keeping track of screen time a breeze. My kids loved this idea and responded really well to the concept. With a bit more flexibility in the rewards and redemption option this app would be perfect but as it is still a worthwhile purchase and excellent value.

Budget Balance, version : 1.2 [text]

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What I liked This app has a ton of content and is really simple to use. I have tried a couple of "budgeting" apps before but usually find the time it takes to navigate the app itself and to then enter information is way too time consuming. Budget Balance does a lot of the work for you. Totally customisable and lots of extras like being able to add the location of your purchase, a report option to track your spending graph/pie or trend style and even the ability to add a photograph and notes of your purchase.
Improvements I didn't feel the design of the app was up to the standard of the actual app. Such a high tech application deserves a high tech look. I'd also appreciate a little on screen prompting as I felt like I was flying blind a couple of times. Overall though there is not much missing.
General review This a whizz bang, all bases covered app. I actually had fun adding my information and found it really simple to use even though at first I found it a little overwhelming, due only to the huge amount of content.
I would also like a bit of prompting, especially when a mistake is made.
Budget Balance is definitely the best budgeting app I have tried.

Fido's Treehouse Scavenger Hunt v1 [text]

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What I liked My kids love "finding" apps and it is hard to find them aimed at younger children. This one is great value and I love the two different play modes. The characters and visuals are friendly and cute and my little girl adored Fido. The interactivity is a definite bonus and my children were kept engaged for a very long time. The for parents section is a great addition as is the game walkthrough.
Improvements My biggest wish would be to have the option to have clues spoken in the challenge mode. I'd also like to see a parent lock on the links to iTunes and the internet. Maybe future updates could contain more locations and/or items that were unlockable as your child progresses?
General review An excellent and engaging app. High quality graphics that really appealed to all my children. Great game to have children play unsupervised or to use as a learning resource by interacting with your child while playing. I found it a great way to get my kids talking and getting them to label the items as they found them is an excellent way to encourage communication.