Fun With Directions HD

Common Sense Media says

Great way to practice listening, following directions, more.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Log on as a guest user or track a child individually. Settings are presented using brightly colored rectangles on a white background. Parents can set the level, concepts, order of concepts, superstar direction, and touch/drag as well as track progress. Parents also can turn on or off text and/or voice commands. Once this is complete, the child is ready to go.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Consumerism

If parents are interested, there is a choice on the opening screen for more apps. The free lite version of the app includes a link to purchase the full version. Parents have to answer a double-digit addition problem to get to the App Store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The app collects only anonymous information, according to the developer's privacy policy.

Parents Need to Know

Fun With Directions HD is an educational app that helps kids follow one-, two-, and multi-step verbal or text directions. The app can help kids practice listening and reviewing basic concept skills such as bottom, color, close, give, middle, and open. The app can benefit kids who may be struggling with receptive language and speech issues when the speech feature is enabled. Kids can practice reading and comprehension when the text feature is enabled.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This simply designed app has user-friendly features that will help engage kids with a variety of learning issues. Brightly colored pictures on a plain white background help reduce attentional distractions.

Learning Approach

Customizable settings help you tailor kids' practice. The app can be used simply for kids who need to practice listening and also be extremely beneficial for kids who need to practice their receptive language skills and comprehension skills.

Support

An information link can easily be found on the opening screen. A demo also is provided in the opening of the app. Parents can track and monitor their kid's progress after setting up a username. Three levels give kids room to grow.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn how to practice basic concepts that are associated with following directions. Depending on the child, kids can work specifically on receptive language as they listen to a direction or read a direction to increase comprehension. The app even has a recording component -- "The Superstar Direction" -- that incorporates recording the child's voice. Kids can practice their fluency, articulation, and expressive language while having fun following directions. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Vicki Windman

What's it about?

Kids are presented with brightly colored pictures on a white background. There are three levels of play. Directions go from simple one-step directions to more complex directions and choices. The more advanced level integrates more complex concepts at one time to enhance working and auditory memory. The "Super Direction" feature incorporates a recording, giving kids an expressive language and fluency experience. Parents can track a child's progress.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FUN WITH DIRECTIONS HD is a great way to introduce concepts to kids in a fun and easy-to-use format. You can use this tool with kids who may need extra practice with their listening skills and following directions. The app gives room for growth with three levels of difficulty. Parents should note that this app isn't designed to take the place of hearing directions from the outside world -- it's a supplemental activity to help you see where your child may be struggling. The data is a way for parents to see and monitor their children's progress and discuss with their children's teachers. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about directions. Give kids verbal directions in the house, such as "Put the napkin under the plate."

  • Have kids listen to the app but not look at the screen for a few seconds to increase auditory memory demand.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$15.99
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid
Release date:October 25, 2013
Category:Education
Size:198.00 MB
Publisher:Hamaguchi Apps
Version:1.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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