Clam-I-Am!

Common Sense Media says

Enchanting and informative journey to the sea.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Navigation is easy and intuitive, and special features, like tapping and dragging, are simple to use. Storybook pages can be readily accessed from a menu at the bottom of the screen. 

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

Many links to buy more products from the developer can easily be accessed by swiping two fingers upward on the screen. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Voice recordings can be sent directly from the app through email attachments. The publisher's privacy policy states that personally identifiable information may be collected from people who sign up for the newsletter. IP addresses, page requests, and cookie information also may be collected from app users. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Clam-I-Am! is an interactive, educational storybook that teaches young readers about marine ecology. Kids can read to themselves or listen to a narrator as they discover the wonders of the sea with popular Dr. Seuss characters like the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2. Features such as highlighted text, interactive illustrations, and a voice-recording option encourage early literacy and language development. Tappable word definitions teach kids lots of fun science facts, but many concepts are too advanced for early readers. The app provides many links to purchase more products, and parents need to be aware that these opportunities appear on various pages of the story. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will enjoy tapping pictures and words throughout the story as they learn fascinating facts about the sea. Ocean sound effects and fun music bring the story to life. 

Learning Approach

The story is packed with vocabulary kids can learn by tapping bolded words. Features like highlighted text and two reading options support early literacy. 

Support

Navigation is fairly easy, and kids can move through the story by turning pages or choosing a particular page to view. An interactive glossary and a method to assess learning would be welcome additions. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Kids can practice reading skills while learning about marine ecology, tides, and part of the water cycle. Key terms are written in bold within the story, and kids can tap the words to learn their meanings. Near the end of the story, kids learn the answers to three questions: "Why is the ocean blue?," "Why is seawater salty?," and "What makes waves?" Rhymes and illustrations make learning sea concepts and terms a fun experience, but some concepts may be difficult for younger kids. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Debbie Gorrell

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What's it about?

Take a virtual trip to the sea with the Cat in the Hat and friends to learn about bivalves, mollusks, crabs, driftwood, tides, and more. The ebook has two reading choices, Read to Me and Read it Myself. In the Read to Me option, words are highlighted as they're spoken, which helps kids learn and practice reading skills. In both options, kids can tap bolded words to learn their definitions and tap pictures to hear and see labels. Kids can even record their own voices while reading the story, which offers a great opportunity to practice speech and language development. While there is a storyline kids can follow, the app is more of a science reference book.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CLAM-I-AM! is a fun, interactive way to introduce kids to marine ecology and related science topics. Text highlighting and tappable words and pictures enhance the learning experience. Many of the words and definitions, such as such as arthropod, echinoderm, and mollusk, are a bit advanced for early readers.

 Unfortunately, the ebook does not include opportunities for kids to practice or review what they've learned. Adding some interactive activities and a glossary of terms would deepen the learning experience. 

Families can talk about...

  • Read together and encourage kids to ask questions about key terms.

  • Find pictures of sea creatures and challenge kids to identify them using terms like mollusk, crustacean, or echinoderm.

  • Write together a poem or short story about the sea. Choose one of the creatures from Clam-I-Am! as the main character.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:October 10, 2013
Category:Education
Size:75.10 MB
Publisher:Oceanhouse Media
Version:2.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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