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Amira and the StoryCraft

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Impressive AI reading tutor needs better structure.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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This personal virtual reading tutor successfully uses artificial intelligence technology, but needs a better overall presentation to really shine. It's great to have a patient, consistent guide like the one in Amira and the StoryCraft to help kids through those early years of slow reading and struggling through new words. And though sometimes the app is slow and lags a bit in responding, the feedback actually works pretty well. Amira pinpoints where kids have trouble and gently helps them along. Surprisingly, it's the rest of the app that seems to need more attention to detail. There's a points system, but it's not clear what the points are for. Also, it's not easy to gauge kids' progress through the app, and though the app description promises parent reports, there are none to be found in the app. Navigation through Amira and the StoryCraft is also so limited as to be frustrating. And, though it's nice that the app's algorithms choose the "just right" story, it would be also nice to at least see a library of available upcoming stories or a log of stories already read. With some basic improvements, Amira and the StoryCraft has potential for being a powerful tool.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction : personal growth, work to achieve goals, Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (30-day free trial, then $7.99/mo.)
  • Release date: February 25, 2021
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Amira Learning
  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 9, 2021

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