Wonderful Days - Diary with Style

 
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Learning(i)

Easier to use, more fun than similar apps, but not as fancy.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is easy to navigate and includes an introductory note with instructions and a video that demonstrates the app's features. On each note, users can add text in various fonts, photos with small frames, a sound recording, a background theme, a location, the weather, and their mood. Notes can be shared by email, printed, or saved as a PDF using iTunes file sharing. Notes can be viewed as thumbnails or by the date, location, or photos associated with the notes. Evernote users can sync to export diary entries. Note that this app does not sync with Dropbox, and you cannot include video with notes.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The app includes a link to view more apps from the developer, as well as links to send feedback, review the app, and tell a friend.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Location settings can be enabled, but this is not a necessary function. Locations can be added to notes manually or kept off notes entirely. Diaries can also be password protected.

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 kids can learn

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

Engagement, Approach, Support

What kids can learn

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

Kids can learn to self-reflect and to express their thoughts in multiple ways with Wonderful Days – Diary with Style. The open-ended nature of the app gives kids the freedom of creativity, and the ability to use text, images, and sound allows kids to experiment with multiple forms of expression, although some kids would benefit from more writing support within the app. Because the app saves kids' entries over time, they can look back to see how much their writing skills have improved. Wonderful Days – Diary with Style is a great multimedia creation tool that can encourage kids to make journal writing a daily activity. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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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?

QUALITY
 

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! 

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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

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