Eye to Eye - Empower Different Learners

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Unique self-expression tool empowers kids to reflect.

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age 8+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn to emphasize the good things about who they are and appreciate the things that make them unique. They'll also put together an advocacy plan that can help them communicate what their special learning needs are.

Ease of Play

Easy to upload photos and enter text to complete the quests.

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Direct link to the developer's online branded merchandise store.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eye to Eye - Empower Different Learners is a free app designed to empower differently-abled learners with confidence and arm them with a personalized advocacy plan. To complete the advocacy plan, kids first need to complete eight "quests." Kids are asked to provide some personal information, such as their name and photo, though they can get away with using a nickname and any random photo. The app tutorial includes instructions for how to use your device's built-in dictation and read-aloud features. In the About section, kids can tap directly into social media accounts already set up on your device. They can also tap to send a text inviting others to download the app. And, a list of resources allows kids to link directly to additional app downloads or third-party websites. The developer, Eye to Eye, is a nonprofit organization that works to support and advocate for people with learning disabilities. Read their privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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Adult Written byBrooke E. September 8, 2017

Eye to Eye Application Review

Product: Eye to Eye – Empower Different Learners (app) Age Range: 8 years and older Skills: Introduces and teaches child self-expression, self-reflection, and... Continue reading

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What's it about?

EYE TO EYE - EMPOWER DIFFERENT LEARNERS is a collection of resources, information, and interactive "quests" designed to empower kids with learning and attention issues. Quests encourage kids to self-reflect and highlight what's positive about them and what makes them unique. Once a kid completes all of the quests, the information is collected into an advocacy plan that kids can use to help them communicate their needs. A resource list points kids toward third-party apps and websites that support learning.

Is it any good?

These templates can help kids create a potentially powerful learning tool. Kids may find the quests enjoyable and should appreciate expressing themselves and accentuating their positive features. The final plan is simply a single document that puts all the completed quests together and includes some useful tips for parents and teachers. It can be a great way to communicate strengths and needs to those involved in kids' learning. Though the quests are a nice opportunity for self-reflection, kids must follow a strict template, so there isn't much room to customize how they interact with the app. Another disappointing aspect of the app is that the tutorial says that it has dictation and read-aloud abilities, yet those features are really just built in to your device and have nothing to do with the app itself. As an app, Eye to Eye - Empower Different Learners may feel limiting for some kids; however, the information it gives can be useful, and the self-reflection prompts can certainly help kids with learning differences feel empowered and speak up about what they need.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the questions in the Eye to Eye - Empower Different Learners quests. Use them as a prompt to get to know your kids better and learn what they think is super cool about themselves.

  • Help advocate for your kids' special needs and encourage kids to speak up and communicate with those around them.

  • Check out the many digital tools available to support learning for kids with a range of learning disabilities.

App details

For kids who love media that reflects learning differences

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