A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney Junior Appisodes is a platform that includes one free appisode (an interactive episode) -- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode. Appisodes of other shows can be purchased for $4.99 each. When kids open the app, they'll see a banner ad for one of the appisodes and a button to show all the appisodes available in he appisodes store. When they tap an appisode to purchase, they're reminded verbally to ask a parent's permission, and an adult has to enter a numeric passcode to access the store. Young readers could certainly circumvent that, though. Each appisode takes up quite a bit of memory -- up to 600 MB each.
What's it about?
Appisodes are a combination of an episode of a show and an interactive app, and Disney Junior Appisodes are available for shows like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally is included for free. Kids watch the episode as normal but with interactive pauses to tap answers or make decisions for characters. There's also a pop-up microphone that indicates their verbal responses are heard (though the speaker doesn't actually respond based on the words kids say.) Each appisode is about a half-hour long.
Is it any good?
For parents concerned that their preschooler just zones out in front of a show, these appisodes can coax some interaction out of kids and engage them in solving the characters' problems. Kids will feel like their favorite characters are talking to them and, maybe, even listening to them. It'd be nice if the microphone actually used the kids' words or voice at some point in a appisode or responded based on a kid's verbal responses, too. With a full half-hour interactive episode, Disney Junior Appisodes can engage preschoolers for longer than many other preschool apps.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, making conclusions
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free (in-app purchases for $4.99)
- Pricing structure: Free to Try, Free
- Release date: January 22, 2014
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Adventures
- Size: 454.00 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.5.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
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