Rom and the whale of dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd. – Review



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What we love…

Beautiful illustrations and story about a boy named Rom and a whale that he sees in his dreams and seeks to find him.  We loved the interactivity of the book and the illustrations which sprang to life at the touch of a finger

What we’d love to see…

the ability to have both translations read at the same time as well as having the translation a bit easier to read instead of tucked at the bottom of the page

Summary

Beautifully illustrated storybook app featuring the story of a boy and how he brought dreams back to his town.  Illustrations are spectacular and it is a great way to expose children to multiple languages as well.

Our Rating

Rom and the whale of dreamsRom and the Whale of Dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd is a interactive storybook app designed for iPad featuring the story of Rom and a dream that he has about a whale night after night.  Rom told his parents about his dreams which kept coming back night after night – which was remarkable since no one in the kingdom had had a dream for over 1,000 years.  Rom begins a search for the magical whale and borrowed his father’s horse.  The app features translation from English, Spanish and Chinese and highlights specific words from the text to feature them as part of the translation.  Belmontis was founded by a husband and wife dream to help their daughter learn about the global culture.

This story featuring Rom has beautiful illustrations and narration as well as a variety of touchable animations that help bring the story to life for the readers. The text for the story is a bit different from the standard as it moves around the story rather than being the standard lines of text you would expect in a standard storybook.  We loved reading about all the kites and journeys as well as their imagination when the whale first appeared in Rom’s story.  My favorite part was touching the illustrations and seeing them come to life, as well as allowing my imagination to come to life during the story.   We read the story first in English and then in Spanish so that we could hear both translations.

iPad Screenshot 3In terms of enhancements, I would like to see an option to have both the text read in the regular language as well as in the translation.  Currently the translation is on the bottom of the page and can be a bit hard to read as it is in white text on a grey box that it is quite small. I also found that several times the page arrows covered up the text making it hard for the reader to follow along with the text.   Another enhancement I would like to see is the ability to have the text re-read after the page is read – there were a few times that I touched on the animation only to find that it flipped the page.  After a sneeze from Rom, the whale has been freed from dreams and the people of Malba are again able to sleep. It would be fun if the storybook had a “sneeze” sound to go along with the text.

The app features no external links or in-app purchases and is aimed toward elementary school aged children and older.  It is a great way to expose children to a second language via  storybook.  The English narration as well as the Spanish narration were well done and the language spoken.  Beautifully illustrated storybook app featuring the story of a boy and how he brought dreams back to his town.  Illustrations are spectacular and it is a great way to expose children to multiple languages as well.

Rom and the whale of dreams
Rom and the whale of dreams
by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd.

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 206.81 MB

$2.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.


Linguapix by Expressive Solutions- Review




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What we love…

Huge range of cards and decks, ability to add custom decks, 3 ways to work on the material, very customizable.

What we’d love to see…

Adding Bing or Google image search to the custom decks, remembering students level(say it, describe it etc) dfrom turn to turn in a group session.

Summary

This is a fantastic app for working on expressive language, with 3 different ways to work on the material. The photographs, graphics and  professional narration give it a very professional, polished look.

Our Rating

LinguaPix - FullLinguapix is an iPad only app for working on Expressive Language, developed by SLP Eric Sailers for Expressive Solutions. It is available in two versions: a free version with in-app purchase and a full version. The free version includes the Health and Safety deck with 77 cards depicting nouns and verbs, with fourteen more decks available for in-app purchase. The full version contains over 1,000 cards in fifteen different decks, and allows you to create your own decks of cards too.  You can create and track data for multiple user profiles and it can be used for group speech therapy with up to 8 students in a session. This review is of the full version.

The cards are illustrated with real photos and can be used to work on expressive language using 3 different activities: Flashcards, Matching and Pick or Spin.

 

To start using the app first you need to create individual user profiles, to do this tap on the Flashcard, Matching or Pick and Spin icon on the home page. This brings up a list of users and here you can create new users, choose which decks they work on and pick their default level for various tasks. If you wish to edit a user profile at any time repeat this process, tap edit and select the user name, it will then bring up the your options.

Choose which of the 3 activities to work on in the session, then bring up the list of users as above, and select the students. If you include a picture in the user profile it will show as the users icon, otherwise they will be represented by their initials. Up to 8 students can be in one session each working on their own choice of decks. All the selected students icons appear at the top of the screen and to change whose turn it is simply tap on the next students icon.

 

Flashcards

In the Flashcard activity there are four different options : Say It, Repeat It, Expand It and Describe It, cards include both verbs and nouns. For all the activities there is the option for the student to record themselves and then play it back – which many students really enjoy doing. For every question the SLP or parent grades the response as correct it incorrect, and if it was correct but the student needed prompts they press the P button to record this.

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Say It : The student looks at the picture and the narrator asks a question such as “what is it?” or “what are they doing?”

Repeat It: The student sees and hears the verb or noun, this is also a one word answer to the question in Say It, and needs to repeat it.

Expand It: The student is asked to “Make a sentence about it”. There are 4 options here the default is they see a blank line, but if they need help you can select to give them a sentence starter such as “My favorite….”, or they can see and hear a simple sentence such as “My favorite sea animal is a Sea Horse”, or a compound/ complex sentence such as “I like the Sea Horse, but the fish are more colorful.”

In this section the default is to score all grammar but you can also select to score them on more specific targets such as including “an” or “the” correctly in a sentence; working on a specific tense; or on certain basic concepts. Up to 4 targets can be selected at a time, and these can be changed by tapping on the users icon at the top of the screen.

Describe It: this section is for working on WH questions : who, what, where, when and why. A WH question will come up on the screen and the narrator will ask the question. Tapping on the list icon to the left of the card lets you see all the WH questions for hat card and choose a specific one.

When changing between students the app uses the students own deck selection but stays on the previous users option e.g. ‘Say It”, you can change by tapping on another option but it would be nice if it remembered which option that student was working on during their previous turn, as students in a group session may be working at different levels.

 

Matching

This is a classic matching game with 6, 12 or 20 cards. it can be played in 2 modes: Say It or Repeat It, and the student’s answer is graded as in the Flashcard activity. You can also record and playback their responses. Multiple students can take turns, each has their own game with their own choice of decks.

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Pick or Spin

In this activity the student can work on Expand It and Describe It. In Expand It they can practice repeating simple or compound/ complex sentences. In Describe It they answer WH questions. Hitting the “spin” button will randomly select a card from their selected decks and pressing “speak” will have the question or phrase repeated. The student can record and playback their answers.

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Adding Custom Decks

One feature I love about this app is that, as well as including a large number of decks and cards, it also allows you to create your own custom cards and decks. This is really easy to do and you can use photos from your camera roll or take pictures with the iPad camera. You give your custom deck a name and it shows up with all the other decks when you select decks to work on.

For each card  you type and record a word or phrase; a simple sentence and a compound/ complex sentence, and label it as a noun or verb. For “Say It” there are a choice of 7 who or what questions and you choose the appropriate one. For “Describe It” there is a long list of WH questions to choose from and you can select whichever ones are you feel are appropriate. Once you have created your own decks and cards they look very professional and are pretty much indistinguishable from the included ones (except that it is your voice you hear for the 3 items recorded above). I would love to see the inclusion of Bing or Google image search to make it easier to add images for objects/ actions that you don’t have pictures of.

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Data Collection

After you have completed a session you can look at the students data, both for this session and for previous sessions. Data can be shared for just one session or all the sessions from that student. It is very useful for SLP’s to record how a student is doing for for parents to be able to share with the SLP how the child is doing at home. If the student has multiple sessions in one day they show as separate entries – it would be nice to have the option to combine all the data from the same activity on the same day.

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Overall this is a fantastic app for working on expressive language, the photographs, graphics and  professional narration give it a very professional, polished look and it is very customizable. It has a huge range of cards in it and I love the option to add your own custom decks, I would love to see Bing or Google image search added to make it even easier to create new cards. Having 3 different ways to work on the material is good for keeping students engaged, as is the record and playback feature.This app has so much in it, and so many different customization options that it can be overwhelming at first, so I’d highly recommend watching the introductory video, and for more information visiting the developers website.

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I highly recommend downloading the free version today so that you can test out the app for yourself, and I think the full version is very good value at the current price of $24.99.

Lite version: LinguaPix – Expressive Solutions LLC

LinguaPix LinguaPix by Expressive Solutions LLC
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 134.86 MB

$FREE

Full version: LinguaPix – Full – Expressive Solutions LLC

LinguaPix - Full
LinguaPix - Full
by Expressive Solutions LLC

Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 134.69 MB

$29.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


YoWindow Weather by Pavel Repkin – Review



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What we love…

At a glance weather that is live so you can see what the weather will be in the upcoming hours

What we’d love to see..

Protection of external links, ability to enter zip codes to see specific areas for weather

Summary

Fantastic app that helps you see the weather using a virtual window on your device, does contain external links

Our Rating

YoWindow Weather is a universal weather app for iOS which uses data from the national weather service and provides a visual representation of what the weather looks like out the “window” of your phone.  If it is snowing and grey outside, the app reflects that.  If its a sunny day with no clouds in the sky, the app will show a bright sunny day.  In addition you can swipe to see how the weather will change throughout the day – perfect for trying to figure out what you should dress your child in for school!  The app allows you to choose from five landscapes Village, Seaside, Airport, Oriental and Sky which are the backdrop for the weather window.  You can also set the temperature to display in degrees or in Celsius as well as the wind speed.  The app has settings for US, Metric, UK, Finland and Russia.  The app allows you to see the weather in a variety of locations including: current location, New York City, Tokyo, Los Angeles and London.  You can choose additional cities via the web to view.  The app requires a live internet connection for the weather.

I love how dynamic this app is because it truly does show me what the weather is outside of my window – and allows me to scroll forward to see what the upcoming weather will be. For example, in the upcoming forecast for my area I can see we will be getting rain and subsequently show via the app as well as what the actual vs “feels like” temperature will be.

In terms of enhancements – this app does have external links to the internet for the national weather service.  My son loves to play with this app and see what the weather will be like and has tapped on this link a few times.  I’d like to see a parental gate or lock on this to prevent him from accessing the internet.  I would also like the ability to enter specific zip codes to see the weather in those areas – the app allows you to see the weather real time where you are and then

As a busy mom, knowing what to expect for the weather at the touch of a button on my iPhone is important.  Being able to see the weather now and for the entire day and knowing how I should dress my son for the day is important.  This is also the perfect app for someone who works in an office and may not be able to easily access a window.

YoWindow Weather
YoWindow Weather
by Pavel Repkin

Category: Weather, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 63.16 MB

$0.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.


Ansel and Clair’s American Bowl by Cognitive Kid- Review




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What we love…

Over 1,000 questions, huge range of topics, explanations of the correct answers help understanding of the material

What we’d love to see…

Option to choose a new ball less often, ability to quickly change level or category selection

Summary

Ansel and Clair’s American Bowl contains a wealth of information on America, it’s history, geography and people, and you get to go bowling too!

Our Rating

Ansel & Clair: American Bowl

Ansel and Clair are an inquisitive visitor from the planet Virtoos and his robot pal. They are the stars of a series of educational apps from Californian app developer Cognitive Kid. The iMums have previously reviewed Ansel and Clair’s Paul Revere’s Ride, and their Dinosaur apps. This time the lovable aliens are learning all about America in their latest app American Bowl. The app covers a huge range of topics in 14 categories, in all there are over 1,000 questions included. Categories include: Symbols, Holidays, Landmarks and Landforms, States & Capitals, Vocabulary, Important Events, Government, Legends in Sport, Monuments, American Revolution, Inventions and Discoveries, Amazing Americans, Women’s History and African American History. There are 3 difficulty levels: Easy, Medium and Difficult, not all categories appear in every difficulty level. The app tracks progress for up to four player profiles.

 

The app opens with a carton showing the background story- pirates have captured Bald Eagles and the student can help Ansel and Clair to free them by correctly answering questions. The student then decides which level they want to work at and whether they want to answer questions on all categories in that level or concentrate on certain ones.
Each question is a multiple choice question with 4 possible answers. When a correct answer is selected the student is given more information about the subject, then gets to bowl at the pirate pins. When they first start playing the student needs 1 correct answer to get a turn at bowling, this increases later. If the answer is wrong it shows in red and the correct answer is highlighted in green, they will get to try again at answering later.

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When bowling they can move the ball and adjust their aim. A successful strike frees a Bald Eagle and earns a custom bowling ball as a reward. If they don’t get a strike they go back to the questions and can continue bowling to free the Bald Eagle on their next turn. Getting 3 questions right in a row earns a power-up. They can also earn the right to choose different pin arrangements, and some pin arrangements free more than one Eagle. Every time a new ball is earned it appears on the screen, then they must select which ball to play with before continuing the game. When they select a ball they find out information about the symbol on it e.g. the Bald Eagle, Stars and Stripes, Clair, Halloween or Rosa Parks. The information about the people or things featured on the balls is useful for answering some of the app questions, but I would like an option to skip choosing a ball every time as it can slow down gameplay.

The app is very different from the previous Ansel & Clair apps we have reviewed – much less edutainment and more strict educational content interspersed with the bowling games. It does not have the animated videos and cartoon-style illustrations that the previous Ansel & Clair apps have but rather includes written information and 100’s of historical photograph’s, and this combined with the subject matter make it more suited for an older audience than the previous apps. There is no narration of the questions or answers so the child does need to be a good reader to use the app. It is in the 6-8 year old category in the app store but I think it is best suited to 2nd grade and above, my 4th grader really enjoyed the app and it was at a good level for him.

Although it is presented in the form of a quiz it can also be useful for learning the material. One thing I really like is that once you answer correctly you are given an explanation about the topic and get to understand why that is the correct answer. Being originally from the UK myself, there are areas covered in this app where my knowledge base is somewhat shaky, and I really enjoyed learning from it.

There is a results area easily accessed from every screen where you can check your progress and see how many questions you answered correctly for each subject area at each level, you can also see the % of questions answered correctly on the first try for each level. To change levels or your category selection you do have to exit back to the homepage, I’d like a shortcut to enable you to easily do this from within the app.

Overall, another hit from Ansel & Clair, American Bowl is a great educational app covering a huge range of subjects on America and it’s people. It is a great supplement to the school curriculum in subjects such as History, Geography and Social Science; and the bowling is a fun break from the educational content. With over 1,0000 questions and a large range of topics students will return to play again and again. I think it is an app that will be enjoyed by students from 2nd grade up to and including adults. For older students, who may be less interested in collecting the bowling balls, it would be great to be able to speed up the gameplay by only choosing a new ball when they wish, instead of every time a new ball is earned.

Highly recommended, this app will be a very good deal at its regular price of $1.99, but is currently on an introductory sale at 99c and shouldn’t be missed !

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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