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Ansel & Clair: American Bowl

Ansel & Clair: American Bowl

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 & Up
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod
Review:

Ansel & Clair: American Bowl is an app that tests knowledge of American history and culture with the opportunity to play a bowling game thrown in as the prize for correct answers. When starting the app, users log in by creating a username and selecting the level of difficulty of the questions. Since each user can have their own login, it is possible for parents and teachers to access how many questions were answered correctly in each category and to use this app as an indication of a child's knowledge level.

Based on the difficulty of the questions, eight topic categories are presented. All of the categories are selected by default but can be narrowed down to just one by the user. The categories differ by difficulty and include such topics as "Amazing American," "Inventions and Discoveries," and "She's A Trailblazer". A correct answer gets a check mark and a brief explanation of the answer. Then, as the prize for answering correctly, a bowling ball rolls down a ramp to the bowling alley. This turns into a test of physics as the user bowls. A strike wins the ability to free an eagle and a custom bowling ball. The game becomes more complex because as eagles are freed, the configuration of the bowling pins changes. This app can be geared to a school or home environment and the added incongruous whimsy of the bowling game and freeing bald eagles, makes learning and answering history questions a fun pastime.

Kristin Harris   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at iArt4kidz.com.

Look for this product at:
Cognitive Kid, Inc.
http://www.anselandclair.com/
Available on iTunes

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