A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
EINEE - TALK TO EINSTEIN is a chat game that allows kids to "chat with" Einstein, Cleopatra, Leondardo da Vinci, Napoleon, Marilyn Monroe, and Donald Trump. Kids are given three questions or phrases to choose from on each screen, and then the character responds. Kids can focus on more serious questions about history, science, politics, and more, or they can approach the chat with sarcasm and take a different route. Topics cover everything from their family life to the society in which they lived to political thoughts and ambitions. There are also threads on beauty tips, clothing, hair, makeup, and diet. Some of the threads are about the characters' feelings on various topics.
Is it any good?
This is a fun idea with some definite entertainment value, but in the end, it falls a bit flat. Einee - Talk to Einstein is clever. It weaves factual information into the chats in engaging ways that kids will really enjoy. Unfortunately, the facts are very limited, and it occasionally takes the snark factor too far. The questions and comments kids are given to use are often rude and disrespectful, and some of the learning is sacrificed as a result. The focus on being thin and beautiful is shallow and sends a poor message to girls who might otherwise enjoy learning more about two female icons. It's obvious while using Einee - Talk to Einstein that this isn't meant for younger kids, but that's not clear before purchasing. Donald Trump's character seems more like a commentary on his personality (and not a flattering one) than even a vague attempt to capture some of his childhood or personal life. Is it worth checking out? Sure, especially for teens and adults. But parents will want to screen before giving to kids and should be aware that the educational value may be negated by the attempts at humor and some off-color remarks.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about historical context in the Einee - Talk to Einstein app. What are some things that were normal in historical times that are different now?
Talk about the real stories behind some of these people. Why do we know their names? What are their great accomplishments? How were things different when they were alive? Would you like to meet them if you could? Why or why not?
Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Science: physics
Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, history
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy
- Price: Free fto try
- Pricing structure: Free to Try (free for Einstein; additional characters are $0.99 or $2.99 for the full collection)
- Release date: May 28, 2018
- Category: Entertainment
- Size: 17.70 MB
- Publisher: Ilya Karnaukhov
- Version: 1.1.27
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
For kids who love history and social studies
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