Children's App Review, Tell About This
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Tell About This is an iPad app from the same developers as Write About This, an app I reviewed last year. It has a similar format to Write About This, and gets my coveted Book Chook Feather of Approval because it encourages children to create and express themselves.
From the developers:
**CELEBRATE CHILDREN’S THOUGHTS AND VOICE
Capture and share Tell Abouts in just a few taps
**GETS KIDS THINKING, REMEMBERING AND DESCRIBING
Original open-ended questions are developmentally appropriate
**REAL-WORLD IMAGERY THAT IS CURIOUS AND FUN
Carefully selected by educators, 100 photos in 13 categories are interesting and appropriate!
**SIMPLE DIGITAL PUBLISHING
Save to the Camera Roll and share kid-created videos by email!
**CREATE YOUR OWN
Use your photos, ideas and voice to spark unique Tell Abouts!
**FLEXIBILITY TO FIT EVERY LEARNER
Turn on or off Voice Prompts, Text Highlighting, and several other features
**WORKS WITH ANY NUMBER OF DEVICES
Unlimited author profiles allow schools and families to support shared iPads
**EASY AND ACCESSIBLE
No distractions and parental gating allows kids to focus on the process of Telling
A child’s curiosity and imagination should be easy to capture! What will your kids Tell About?
What I liked:
Navigation is a breeze. The app is set out logically, and is very clear yet flexible. I really appreciate the thought that’s gone into development of the prompts. Not just the images, which are nicely varied and engaging, but the thoughtful questions that accompany them. Kids can read each question while it’s read aloud, providing great reinforcement for young readers. I also liked that Tell About This is pitched perfectly at the primary/elementary age group - it’s simple enough for quite young kids to use, yet older kids can use questions and images to delve deeper. My favourite feature though was the inbuilt ability to use the iPad’s camera to snap kids’ own pictures - this really extends the versatility of the app. Results can be saved and shared via the Camera Roll
While the emphasis is on oral communication with kids encouraged to record themselves telling a response to a question, this could then be developed into a piece of writing, perhaps a journal entry or other short form. Find lots of information about the app, including reviews and ideas for using, on the website.
I’ll be adding Tell About This to my Create with Kids and Apps list, and to Creating Digital Stories with iPad.
iTunes Australia: $3.79 (at time of writing this review.)
iTunes USA: $2.99 (at time of writing this review.)
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