Feel Electric!

Common Sense Media says

Electric Company app helps kids learn to express emotions.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use. It helps if kids can read if they are using this app without a parent's help, but many voice prompts will help younger players.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Electric Company logo appears in some videos. The info page contains information on the The Electric Company's creator, Sesame Workshop, as well as Military Families Near and Far, a nonprofit organization that partnered with Sesame Workshop for this app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Feel Electric! is a tremendously creative app that teaches kids emotions and language skills. The app's features -- videos, photos, games, and emotions-related vocabulary building activities -- star the talented young cast of the PBS show The Electric Company showing kids how to express their emotions with words. This app was created in conjunction with a military organization called Military Families Near and Far that supports kids who have parents in the military. There's not much direct focus on military families on this app (at the time of this review, just one video features people in uniform); it's more generally an app to help all kids learn ways to express their emotions in healthy ways and improve their command of the English language at the same time. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Exceptionally interactive, engaging, and just plain fun. Many games, a "zany" story maker, videos, and more make this entertaining educational experience chock-full of activities.

Learning Approach

The emotional awareness, expression, and language skills built into the videos, photos, games, and emotions-related vocabulary activities all star the hip cast of PBS's The Electric Company. 

Support

Four user accounts can keep individual digital diaries and game scores. While created with a military organization that supports kids who have parents in the military, this app supports all kids in growing in emotional literacy.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • vocabulary
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively

Kids can learn emotional awareness, expression, and language skills from Feel Electric! The features -- videos, photos, games, and emotions-related vocabulary-building activities -- star the cast of the PBS show The Electric Company. While the app was created for military families, it can be helpful for kids of any background. It's chock-full of activities that are instructive and entertaining. Feel Electric! is a creative, engaging, and fun way for kids to learn about emotions.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids learn how to use expressive words to convey a wide range of emotions via many play options. There are three games; a story maker; Electric Company videos; photos (which you can tag on the screen with stickers); an emotion-words glossary with more than 50 words; and a digital diary to record your moods with the help of "Mood Dude." Kids can also add videos and photos to their own diary. Videos cover a variety of language-related educational topics that help kids know how to use the English language effectively to express themselves.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FEEL ELECTRIC! shows clearly how interactive, instructive, engaging, and just plain fun quality, well-planned educational apps can be. Whether your kid is feeling "content," "annoyed," "stressed," or "proud," there are many options here to help him or her learn how express emotions more clearly. Options include three games; a "zany" story maker; Electric Company videos; photos (which you can tag on the screen with stickers indicating how the photos make you feel); an emotion-words glossary with more than 50 words; and a digital diary to record your moods with the help of "Mood Dude," an adorable mood-defining character. Kids can also add their own videos and photos to their own diary. This app is part of a military families initiative to help kids whose parents are deployed express their difficult emotions, but all kids can benefit from learning to connect inner emotions to spoken and written words, rather than repressing them or acting out in destructive ways. So much helpful, real-life learning packed into one free app ... and it's tons of fun, too!

Families can talk about...

  • Watch the videos on this app with your kid. They're fun, funny, and insightful for both kids and adults!

  • Encourage your kids to use the emotional language they hear on this app by asking them questions about their feelings and using these words yourself.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 1, 2011
Category:Kids Games
Size:137.00 MB
Publisher:Sesame Street
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old Written byPLgirl November 18, 2011
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Awesome App!:)

Great app! I just downloaded it and one thing that rocks is it is free and no WI-FI needed.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 5 year old Written bySheSpeeds November 2, 2012
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4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

"I Got to Get out of Here" giggle

My son loves this game! It's important to me that my kids learn how to identify their emotions. It has several little games that use feeling words, and it has a billboard so they can select how their feeling. the game is loud enough that I can hear, and can sometimes generate a conversation with him. It also has a few short videos, one of which talks about tone of voice expressing feeling, hence my title quote.

Educator Written byeducation101 June 15, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Brilliant App for People with Emotional Issues

A brilliant, free, educational app about describing emotions and linking facial expressions with words used to describe feelings provides students with anger/emotion management tools that could provide the first steps towards controlling them. Cleverly used to promote the TV show that it is based on using media related to the show. Promotion for the show is constant but not dangerous compared to other advertising tricks used these days. Now available for Android. Mood Tales and Moodosphere are my favorite features.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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