USA – Illustrated Atlas by Silcom Multimedia – Review

USA – Illustrated Atlas by Silcom Multimedia – Review



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What we love…

Vast amount of information about the United States and each state great for reinforcing school based curriculum and aligns with common core standards

What we’d love to see…

parent area showing areas where your child may be struggling; multiuser profile for use in a classroom environment; better narration within the app as pronunciation is not on par with accent

Summary

Great app with lots of content perfect for teaching geography or using when planning a trip to teach your children about where you are going. Aligns with common core standards and provides strong information about history, geography and literacy skills including reading

Our Rating

USA – Illustrated Atlas by Silcom Multimedia is an iPad only app designed to teach your children about the various geographies of the United States.  The app provides six different interactive maps, four games, audio narration and meets common core early learning standards.  The app contains fully illustrated maps of the United States with about 200 cartoon images  related to each state including landmarks, facts about the state, descriptions, places and more.  In addition there is a map of all of the United States and their capitals along with key facts such as state nickname, motto, population, state symbols, flags and seals.  Skills practiced in the app include: history, geography, common core learning standards, and literacy skills related to reading the content.

This is a comprehensive app which is great for teaching your children about the various states in the United States and recently came in very handy for a project when we were trying to explain the various states to our kindergartener.  He knew that our family lived all over the country but once we were able to show him information about each state, he realized how far apart all of us lived.  I can see this app also being very helpful in a classroom setting during a study about the United States to provide information about each state which can be taught in an individualized manner and reinforced using the information contained within the app.  The app contains a significant amount of content and will provide a great reinforcement for children as well as be a helpful app when homeschooling or taking a trip to educate your children about areas you might visit. My son and I enjoyed working on collecting the stars throughout the app and demonstrating mastery of different areas.

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In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see a game where the user can demonstrate that they have mastered the content such as location of states, key facts about the state as well as a parent console so you can see areas that might need improvement for your child.  If this were to be used in a classroom, it would be nice to have multi-user profiles so you can track progress of your child. The user interface could use a bit of updating, but for the amount of content contained this is a great app. The narration within the app is not on par with my expectations – it can be distracting as it is not always correct, we solved this by muting our iPad and having me read the content to my son. At times the pronunciations seemed more computer generated rather than native English speaking which resulted in words not being recognized such as “Mt Rushmore” “Misery River” aka Missouri River and “Grand Canyon” are not pronounced the way I would hear them in native language. This is one of the largest drawbacks in an otherwise fantastic app.

Great app which provides lots of educational content for elementary school aged children.  This app could be the perfect companion to a fourth grade geography lesson where you are learning about each of the states or it could be helpful in a homeschooling curriculum. This app aligns with common core standards and is a great companion to promote early childhood learning of states and placement as well as key facts. There are no in-app purchases, outside links. The app does contain a protected parental gate which allows you to change settings as well as email the developers.

USA - Illustrated Geography Atlas
USA - Illustrated Geography Atlas
by NEXTWELL

Category: Education, Reference
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, 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: 75.88 MB

$1.99USD

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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.

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 PlayKids – Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers!  By Movile – Review + Subscription Giveaway

PlayKids – Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers! By Movile – Review + Subscription Giveaway




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What we love…

Over 200 episodes of good quality preschool television episodes, educational games, ability to select exactly which shows your child can watch

What we’d love to see…

more episodes added of the popular PBS kids shows, option to automatically switch off video playing after a set amount of viewing time

Summary

Playkids is like a curated Netflix for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with the addition of learning games, a lullaby feature and a few books

Our Rating

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PlayKids | Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers!PlayKids is a subscription-based educational game and video service for 2-5 year-old from Latin-American mobile entertainment company Movile.  The app is available as a free download with some content available for free, but the majority of the content requires a monthly subscription. One month’s free trial is available, after that the cost is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

When you open the app you will see a train driven by Lupi a lovable cartoon dog. each car of the train has different activities- educational games, videos, books or lullabies.

Videos

This is the main content of the app, all are cartoon apps suitable for toddlers through preschool aged children. Currently there are 20 different series of videos to choose from. These include popular PBS kids shows such as Dinosaur Train, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why and Caillou; as well as shows I am unfamiliar with such as Poko, Van Dogh, Danny & Daddy, Franny’s Feet, Monster Math Squad, Musti, Jungle Beat, Heroes of the City and many more. Most series have 6-12 episodes available but a few have more – Danny & Daddy has 34 episodes.

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In the parents section you can decide which of these shows are available to your children and hide any that you don’t want them to access. you can also set “baby mode” where the video controls are locked during playback, and you can set videos to keep repeating.

To watch a video you need to first download it, so I’d recommend downloading some of your children’s favorite shows ahead of time so they don’t have to wait whilst they download (how long this takes depends on your internet connection and size of download but can take a minute or 2). You can download the videos in lower quality (the default setting) or higher quality. I did find some of the videos very distinctly fuzzy,in the lower quality download, but they were fine at higher quality level. This was especially noticeable on my iPad 3  and not as bad on my iPad mini, so I’d recommend trying out both higher and lower quality downloads on your device to make your preference before you download many videos.

Once you have downloaded a video you can watch it offline, which is a very nice feature, especially if you are away from home and want to entertain your child whilst traveling or at in a doctor’s waiting room. In the parent’s section you can manage your downloaded videos and delete any you no longer want.

I would like to see more episodes added of the popular PBS kids shows- currently there are 6 Dinosaur Train, 6 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, 8 Super Why and 8 Caillou episodes; I’d also like an option to limit the total viewing time e.g. letting the child watch 30 min or 1 hour and then automatically shutting off.

Playground

This is the car with the educational games, many are available without subscription.

The games include:

Toy Clean-up – shape matching

Connect the Stars – a dot-to-dot style game

Learn to Draw: step-by-step drawing instructions to draw 8 pictures using pencil and paper.

Coloring Book: a simple fill-in coloring book with over 20 pictures of Lupi and friends to color. It includes 10 colors and children can also practice color mixing putting 2 colors together to create a new color.

Memory Match: Classic memory match game, you can vary the difficulty by having from 4 to 30 cards to pick from.

Jigsaw Puzzle:  8 simple food themed puzzles, with from 3 -9 pieces.

Spin The Wheel : 6 different activities: learn colors, numbers, animal sounds and play with music. In the piano game the child can practice playing 5 familiar tunes by tapping colored circles on the piano keys.

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Lupi and the animals: tap on cartoon pictures of animals to see a series of real-life photographs of them and hear their sounds.

Books

This car currently contains 4 books: Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs, Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and The Hare. They are quite simple versions of the stories, there is narration but no word highlighting as they are read and no interactivity.

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Lullabies

There are musical version of 7 lullabies to choose from, you can pick any combination from one to all of them, and can set a playing time from 5min up to 2hrs or no limit. Once you press start the iPad turns into a mood light and plays your choice of tunes in a loop for the chosen time period.

Overall, this is a fun app for young children. The videos really are the heart of the app and there is a good selection of child friendly, educational, fun shows for 2-5 year olds. It is like a curated Netflix for kids – but as you get to control exactly which videos they see it is a safer, more child-friendly environment for young kids. I like the fact that you can download the videos and watch them offline, and you can choose exactly which shows your child gets to watch. Currently there are approximately 220 videos in the app, and the developer says that they will continue to add content. Your preschooler is likely to find several of their favorite shows here and also some new ones they haven’t seen before.  The games are a nice addition too with lots of games and activities suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The lullaby feature can be useful for little ones, but I didn’t feel the small book selection added much to the app.

If you have a child from 2-5 years old who likes watching videos I’d recommend trying out the free month’s trial today, you can always switch off auto-renew in your iPad subscription settings if you decide not to buy a subscription.

PlayKids | Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers! – Movile Internet Movel S.A.


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 Outside Your Door! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway

Outside Your Door! Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Very educational, provides a ton of information without being overwhelming, entertaining read.

What we’d love to see…

None, I love it as it is!

Summary

A collection of four books that will get children excited about trees, plants, butterflies, and birds.

Our Rating

Do you want get your kids excited to spend some time outdoors, not just to run and play, but also to explore, make discoveries, and take in all the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer? Then you’ll definitely want to get them Outside Your Door! a Dr. Seuss Learning Library Collection by Oceanhouse Media. It includes four books: I Can Name 50 Trees Today!, Oh Say Can You Seed, My, Oh My – A Butterfly!, and Fine Feathered Friends.

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In I Can Name 50 Trees Today! children will learn to identify trees by the leaf and bark features. They will learn about tree parts and their function. They will also learn some fascinating facts about trees from all over the world. In Oh Say Can You Seed, children will take a look inside a seed and discover what a seed is and does. They will learn about the parts of a plant, parts of a flower, and how they all work together to help the plant grow and reproduce. They will also learn about the different ways plants are used and how they help us. In My, Oh My – A Butterfly! children will study the life cycle of a butterfly, distinguish between moths and butterflies, and find out how different butterflies got their names. In Fine Feathered Friends, children will take a look at various birds, their features, and their habits.

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Outside Your Door! has two reading options: Read To Me and Read It Myself. It also has all the wonderful features found in Oceanhouse Media apps such as text highlighting, voice recording, tappable words and pictures, and movable objects. It enhances the learning experience with interactive diagrams and bold words that give more detailed information, including definitions, when clicked. There are external links, but they can only be accessed by following a specific direction written in a pop-up box.

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This collection of books is a terrific supplement to science lessons. They are sure to be loved by children from preschool to early elementary. By the time they finished reading these books, your children will be asking you for a blank journal so they can collect leaves, keep track of the birds and butterflies they see, and maybe even draw some interesting plants or seeds they come across. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

 

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 20 Code Giveaway for Play and Discover – Shapes, Numbers, Music and More by Croco Studio

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Venture out on some educational field trips with animal friends at the beach, circus, North Pole, underwater and in the kitchen. Using snap and fit pieces, kids create 12 different interactive scenes. Each one presents a unique early learning challenge from counting how many fish the bear plucks from the ice to watching an elephant blow up different shaped balloons using his trunk. Kids five and under can explore basic preschool concepts in this inviting app from the creators of the Kids Store featured Build and Play 3D.

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Educational Activities:
Play and Discover provides opportunities for active, hands-on learning that engage the senses. It introduces and reinforces these skills in a supported playful environment:
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Play and Discover - Shapes, Numbers, Music and More
Play and Discover - Shapes, Numbers, Music and More
by Croco Studio

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, 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
Size: 226.82 MB

$FREE

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