A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wonderful Days - Diary with Style is an excellent app for making multimedia diary entries. Kids can create notes associated with different days and add photos, sound recordings, and their locations. Enabling location services is optional. Diary entries can be saved as PDFs, printed, or shared via email, and the diary itself can be password-protected. Unlike web-searching diary apps like Skrappy, attached photos are drawn from the camera or the photo album, so there is less concern about mature content. On the other hand, songs and videos cannot be included. Entries can also be exported to Evernote, a multimedia notes app that requires users to be at least 13 years old. Read our recommendations for more about using digital tools to document life events.
What's it about?
In Wonderful Days – Diary with Style, kids write journal entries and personalize them with choice of font, stationery theme, mood, weather, photo attachments, sound recordings, and location information. Entries are saved within the app, and kids can access them from the diary's index page. Kids can send entries via email, print them, or save as a pdf file using iTunes file sharing; Evernote users can sync journal entries to their online accounts.
Is it any good?
WONDERFUL DAYS - DIARY WITH STYLE isn't the fanciest diary app out there, especially without including video or music. Still, it might be the most fun and easy to use. Adding location is a neat feature, though it has its privacy drawbacks. For Evernote users, the ability to automatically add entries to their notes is a nice touch. Also, for iPhone users, it's great to increase the font size so you can easily read what you're writing. A wonderful way to document your wonderful days!
Talk to your kids about ...
Make journaling part of your next family trip. Join your kids in writing a reflection each day, then print everyone's entries to make a family memory book.
Post a daily writing prompt on your family memo board (or on the fridge). It will help your kids get into a habit of self-reflection.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: writing
- Skills: Creativity: producing new content
Emotional Development: self-awareness
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: July 25, 2011
- Category: Lifestyle
- Size: 30.20 MB
- Publisher: HandyPadSoft
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
For kids who love journaling and storytelling
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