To declutter my blog a bit and not bombard the site with app reviews I have created a new system. I am using a template I created that fits perfectly with my Evernote account. From there I can published directly to postach.io.
I will be developing a tutorial of how I did all this, but in the meantime I wanted to share out my latest app reading reviews. I have over 40 apps I have read and reviewed over the last month. My template for review is quick and to the point to not bore readers to death.
Here is the link – http://coffeechug.postach.io/
I would love feedback, comments, suggestions as well as any apps that I should check out. I will be adding many other apps each week. I have hundreds to add.
Enjoy and look forward to hearing from you.
A to Sea
I liked this app. The pages are full of color. Animations are good. It keeps the eyes busy. What I liked best are the really interesting facts that pop up at the bottom of the screen. I learned many new things as I checked this app out with my kids.
The app basically teaches the alphabet with each letter being an animal. My kids really got a kick out of the flying fish page.
What impressed me most is that it did not come across as cheesy. Too many apps look cheaply made and constructed. This one is simple, easy to navigate, and can hold the attention of a 2-3 year old.
Another app at the $4.99 price range which must be the norm. Not bad if looking for an alphabet book. The option to go to specific page is a nice addition as well.
Drinking my coffee, I am sure glad I am not the icefish for letter I as it is much too cold for me to go for a swim!
A Shiver of Sharks
A Troop is a Group of Monkeys
I have combined these two apps because they are published by the same company, Little Bahalia Publishing. They operate exactly the same and have the same structure. Which is a good thing!
The apps are very colorful. The reader sounds human and the reading is somewhat slower than normal talk which is helpful for younger kids. I tested these apps on my 2 year old who never sits still and she liked them both. She enjoyed the interaction of each page. There is enough to keep the reader entertained without losing sight of the actual reading.
As an educator I liked how the Common Core Standards are referenced and there is also a Reading Strategies page to help parents learn different ways to interact with the contact. I think this is so important because sometimes we are not sure what all to do with these books and don’t realize all the different ways to interact.
I look forward to the third installment and these are both two apps that will be staying on the iPad for future use. Simple, colorful, interactive, and fun. No ads or any other glitches that could create headaches for parents.
P.S. Parents you might learn a thing or two about what some animals are called in groups. I know I certainly did not know them all. Which is leading to further discussion with my older children about these words.
Both are worth the $3.99 price tag. Test one out and if you like one, then you know you will like the other one.