Record Their Stories

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Good way to gather family folklore, build interview skills.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Instructions are not really included within the app, but are instead provided on the website with a thorough FAQ and a kid-led, step-by-step video. The video makes some parts of the process, like selecting questions, very clear, but does not review in detail some other aspects, like reordering questions or adding your own. The list of questions can be emailed from within the app. There are little to no instructions for using the editing tool, which users can use to trim the beginning or end of a recording, or add audio.  Audio recordings can be uploaded for professional production or converted to be shared using iTunes.

Violence

One of the provided questions is "what did you do in the war?"

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Optional professional production includes editing and adding music to create an audio "documentary" for $160. Users are required to sign off on the terms and conditions before uploading, but the price tag is not explicit within the app, so kids might miss it. However, users will receive an order form via email to confirm the order before paying, and it is possible to use and enjoy this app without the professional production service.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Record Their Stories is a handy tool that encourages kids to interview family members about their lives, but the optional professional editing service is costly. To prepare for an interview, users select questions or write their own and review the 10 tips for interviewing. Kids can then record using their device's microphone while the questions are displayed. Kids can trim the length of the recording and add to it, then convert the recording for sharing in iTunes. Users can also upload the recording to be produced into an audio documentary with music (for $160); parts of the recording may then be shared publicly. Most of the instructions are provided on the website and video, not within the app.

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This is a pretty good tool for helping kids interview family members for school projects or just for fun. The long list of questions helps show kids that there's a lot to learn about their families; with parent help, the list can inspire kids to use their imaginations and creativity to develop their own questions. The audio editing tool is a bit confusing and limited, which makes the professional production look appealing -- just make sure that uploading and ordering the audio documentary is a deliberate choice. Otherwise, users can enjoy the ability to save and share recordings on iTunes.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:December 3, 2011
Category:Lifestyle
Size:4.10 MB
Publisher:Fresh Air Production
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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