Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda – Review



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What we love…

bright colorful graphics, great way to explain an airport to children who may never have been to one before

What we’d love to see…

mini games to be a bit more in depth and provide a view of the inside of the airplane, ability to dress the characters

Summary

This app is a great way to tell your children about the airport and ease fears, especially if they have never flown.

 

Dr. Panda's AirportDr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda is the newest addition to the Dr. Panda lineup and features the familiar characters.  This time they are on an airport adventure featuring ten activities including:  going through security, checking in at the desk, driving the luggage cart, getting your bags via baggage claim, controlling airspace via the control tower, counting money for a payphone and making a phone call, stamping tickets, cleaning the airplane. loading the flight with luggage and going to lost and found.  The app is designed for children in preschool and older through elementary school.  It practices skills such as fine motor, sorting, counting, finding a specific object, expressive language. shape recognition and matching,  and more.  The four main characters in the app are a monkey, elephant, raccoon and a hippopotamus who are all attired in different types of vacation clothing.

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One of our favorite things in the app was finding the “secrets” in the airport.  The graphics were beautiful and the game is simple enough to play without the need for spoken instructions and is frustration free for the youngest of users.  This app would be great for a family who might be traveling in the near future and wants to explain how an airport works.  It serves as both a social story as well as an explanation of what a child might encounter at the airport.  The animations in the app are fantastic and encourage children to play.  My son was very interested by the pay phone and having to count the money into to make a call as he had not really seen a payphone in real life.  When going through security – he wanted to know why the animals didn’t always have to put objects into the bowl like the razor pictured in the video below.  It was interesting though – that only two animals seemed to set off the detector and it was not as random as I would have expected.

In terms of future enhancements – I’d love to see the ability to dress the characters based upon their destination as well as the ability for different activities to be expanded.  For example, it would be nice if during the cleaning of the airplane – if the cleaning were of both the inside of the airplane as well as the outside.  I’d also like to see a mini game which involves finding your seat, buckling your seatbelt and the actual takeoff of an airplane.  The lost and found game may be overwhelming for younger children, although my son who is five really enjoyed it.  My final suggestion would to be seeing more of Dr. Panda in the app perhaps as a character the next time rather than just being on the sidelines.  My son always wants to play with him and can’t understand why he can’t interact with him during the games.

Overall, the app has great qualities although there are areas for enhancement that would provide more longevity for the app as well as play content.  This app is a great way to tell your children about the airport and ease fears, especially if they have never flown.  Be sure to check out the other apps in the series including: Art Class with Dr. Panda, Dr. Panda Handyman, Dr. Panda Veggie Garden, Dr. Panda Daycare, Dr. Panda Restaurant, Dr. Panda Hospital, and Dr. Panda Teach Me!

Dr. Panda Airport Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda Ltd
Category: Education, Games, Family
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: 121.79 MB

$2.99USD

<small><strong>NOTE:</strong> 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.</small>

 

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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.


Hello Meerkat! by Tiny Twiga Studios – Review



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What we love…

The rich illustrations and the variety of animal centred activities.

What we’d love to see…

An option for slower or stationary meerkats that are easier to catch.

Summary

This is an enjoyable app that is richly illustrated and unique. It offers many learning opportunities and is great for parent-child bonding..

Our Rating

I started to review Hello Meerkat! by Tiny Twiga Studios thinking it was another insignificant animal app but I was pleasantly surprised to find some wonderful gems hidden within. There are in fact lots to do and learn for the younger children. They can admire beautiful artwork, learn new vocabulary, read rhymes, discover animal facts, practice counting, play catching games or just wind down with a bedtime activity after having fun in the app.  All of these are packed into four sections – Read and Play, Learn, Count and Goodnight.

In the Read and Play picture book, children get to visit zoo animals and their babies in their natural habitat. There are the meerkat, giraffe, orang utan, kangaroo, tiger, koala, zebra and lion. Your child can touch to make them move or hear the sounds that they make while the narration (which can be turned off) introduces the names of these animals and their young in rhymes.

 

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The fun bit about this picture book is that there are meerkat babies moving around, playing hide and seek with your child on every page of the book. Readers must catch one of these babies before they can navigate to the next page. My 6-year-old son thought this was a lot of fun but he needed some help as he wasn’t quick enough to catch all the babies even at the default slow speed. It would be great if there is an option for even slower meerkats for the younger children or an option to turn off this game at times when we just want to enjoy the book. What readers can change however, is the ability to turn off the default auto-play reading mode. This allows your child to choose from the zoo map, which animals he wants to visit. No matter which route your child chooses, the book always end with the same goodnight scene.

20130920-235459.jpgThis goodnight scene is also available as an activity by itself and it’s something which my son and I enjoy playing together. Here the animals are tired and are ready to sleep. The sky is dark, the lullaby is playing and we only see the shadow of the animals and their illuminated eyes. We stroke/tap to close the animals’ eyes one by one until all of them are asleep and then the activity ends. Sometimes the activity doesn’t end because we miss an animal or two (especially the tiny baby eyes) and we have to look more closely to make sure all are asleep. The goodnight scene with the animals’ eyes twinkling like stars in the night is beautiful and calming at the same time.

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The Learn section is where your child will discover more about each animal, where they live and some interesting facts that are suitable for young children. The counting activity on the other hand, allows your child to practice counting to 20 as he catch the meerkat babies that are peeking from all over the screen. Again, you can choose between fast or slow meerkats to suit your child’s ability.

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Hello Meerkat! is an enjoyable app that is richly illustrated and unique. It offers many learning opportunities and is great for parent-child bonding. Check this out if you are looking for a high quality animal theme educational app for younger children.

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StoryBuilder for iPad by Mobile Education Store- Review




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What we love…

Provides different levels of support! Can save and email stories

What we’d love to see…

Ability to select specific stories. Ability to add own stories

Summary

Great app to take skills to the next level!

Our Rating

 

StoryBuilder for iPadStoryBuilder  is part of a series of educational apps from Seattle-based developer Mobile Education Store. The iMums have reviewed several others of the series including ConversationBuilder, PrepositionBuilder, and TenseBuilder. StoryBuilder was designed to help children: improve paragraph formation, improve integration of ideas and improve higher level abstractions by inference. The company used audio clips to improve auditory processing of information presented by combining auditory and visual presentation. The app is available in iPhone and iPad versions, this review is of the iPad version.

 

Many students can make a sentence or a series of sentences but have a difficult time making a group of sentences that tie together to make a story that the listener can understand. This app helps teach kids to accomplish this by providing assistance at varying levels, depending on where the student is performing, (by changing the settings to include the assistance the student needs and then taking out the assistance as the students skills increase. here are 50 different stories!

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This app builds skills learned in earlier builder series apps. There are three levels of play. Questions can be presented aurally with or without visually. A sentence starter can be presented to assist beginning students. The student records their answer. The answer can be played back. The question can be repeated and the answer can be rerecorded. Then the next question is presented and recorded. When all parts of the story are recorded the student can playback the whole story. The story can be saved to be listened to later, or it can be emailed to the parent. Each student has his or her own page of saved stories. Photos can be imported from camera or library on your device.

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My students love to hear their stories when they are completed and share them with their other teachers and family members. This allows students to have success with some scaffolding that they would not have otherwise! This app is useful not only for students in Speech Therapy but also for children in regular education who have difficulty creating and telling stories.

 

The stories are presented in one order on this app. I would love to be able to choose what stories my students are interested in and to add my own pictures to create their own stories.

Overall this is a great app to take skills to the next level, the iPad version is currently $7.99 and the iPhone version $5.99 it is a good buy at this price.

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StoryBuilder for iPad – Mobile Education Store LLC

StoryBuilder for iPad
StoryBuilder for iPad
by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, 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: 48.7 MB

$7.99USD

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StoryBuilder – Mobile Education Store LLC

StoryBuilder
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by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPodTouchSecondGen-iPod-touch-with-mic, iPhone3G-iPhone-3G, iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 23.8 MB

$5.99USD

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Addimal Adventure by Teachley – Review


What we love…

The teaching of addition strategies that are rarely covered in apps.

What we’d love to see…

Progress tracking for multiple users (coming soon).

Summary

This is a very well designed addition specialist app and a must-have for every student who wants to excel in math.

Our Rating

Addimal Adventure is a story-based math app designed solely for learning, practising and memorizing addition within 20. It tells the story of the evil Professor Possum’s plan to destroy the world and how Captain Memo and the Addimals are all set to train your child, the hero, to stop the Professor. The training for your child consist of a Tool round and a Speed round.

In the Tool round, the hero learns 4 addition strategies to solve single-digit addition. Each strategy is paired with an Addimal character – Count All, Count On, Doubles and Tens who will guide the hero to solve addition problems step by step. The app begins with a quick tutorial on how to use the number line to count on and submit answers.  Besides the number line, kids also learn how to use virtual manipulative to help them understand the mathematical thinking of the addition strategies which enables them to transfer their knowledge from the concrete to the abstract.

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When learning in the Tool round, the student sees the addition problem represented visually with blocks and he is presented with a choice of 2 or more addition strategies to solve the problem. Depending on what he chooses, the app automatically arranges the blocks and prepares the appropriate tool to use with the blocks before the respective Addimal starts teaching.

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The Count All and Count On strategies are always available in the Tool round but the derived fact strategies, Doubles and Tens are only available when appropriate depending on the nature of the addition sentence presented, level of play chosen and how the student is doing. The student is free to choose or even change the tool he wants to use at any time and there is no time limit which allows students to explore and think.

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The Speed round is where the student tries to win back the golden blocks from the evil Professor to restore El Sumado (a city that was destroyed by the Professor) by solving addition problems quickly. The student is given 2 chances to answer each addition question. If he answers correctly within 3 seconds, he earns the golden block and the addition problem is marked as memorized (golden block) in the Reporting chart. If he fails, an Addimal will appear to give hints on the appropriate strategy to use and the student gets a second chance to answer. If he gets it right this time, the addition problem is marked as correct (green block in the report). A red block marks those that need work. This progress report even gives details like how many attempts were made to solve each addition problem in the Tool/Speed round and how many of these were correctly answered.

 

While kids are excitedly solving problems in the Speed round, they learn to use the appropriate strategies quickly and eventually memorize the addition facts. More than that, kids are also exposed to addition problems with zero as addends and the quick use of fingers to count on from the larger number in this round.

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A good quality educational app is always customizable and Addimal Adventure allows a combination of different modes and levels to suit your child/student’s needs. Options:-
a) Background music – on or off
b) Single user (with progress tracking) or shared users (game restarts 5 minutes after exiting from app). I’ve been told that we can soon track the progress of multiple users in the next app update.
c) Mode – Normal (sets of 7 addition problems in Tool round and  10 problems in the Speed round), Tool round only or Speed round only
d) Level – Easy (addition within 10), Medium (addition within 15), Hard (addition within 20) and Normal (student progresses through the levels from easy to hard)

 

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There are little details in how the Tool and Speed rounds are executed which I really appreciate e.g. the differentiated colors of the addends, the ability to touch/move the blocks, the different types of number line used (one for sliding in the Tool round which facilitates counting on and another number line for quick tapping in the Speed round), the repetition of the addition facts after each addition problem is answered (regardless it was correct or not) and the enthusiastic Addimals who are always on hand to guide and to encourage. From counting all, counting on, using derived addition facts to memorizing these facts, your child may take more than a few months or even years to master these skills, so this app has a long  service life.

 

20130920-103436.jpgAddimal Adventure has great animations and fun characters which will appeal to kids. It is very polished and well implemented too. It is an addition specialist app that is not only useful for kids but also great for parents who are not familiar with the use of visual models to do addition. I own many math apps but I haven’t seen one that explicitly teaches kids to effectively use addition strategies to add faster and to add bigger numbers easily. Not until Addimal Adventure. So look no further, download the lite version and try it for yourself today!

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Teachley: Addimal Adventure – Teachley
Teachley: Addimal Adventure Teachley: Addimal Adventure by Teachley
Category: Education, Games, Strategy
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: 142.06 MB

$3.99USD

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.

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

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