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The Deep Blue Kingdom

April 23, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

This educational app is filled with over a dozen detailed, educational descriptions of sea creatures. In a window on each page, there is a deep sea video showing the animal in its natural ocean environment. The videos play silently with background noise of scuba diving, mostly bubbles and gentle splashing. Videos can be seen in full screen mode with a quick two finger gesture, although the image is less clear in the larger view.

Each page is narrated in a crisp, clear voice. I found the narration nice enough, but it was a little too enthusiastic in a way that becomes grating on the listener over time. The book is extremely educational though, and my son and I were fascinated by the variety of creatures featured in this app. The videos themselves are mesmerizing. I certainly learned something every time I viewed the book - like that octopi & squid both have 3 hearts.

There is a page arrow option, although touching just about anywhere seems to cause the page to turn. Since the book isn't interactive, this isn't a huge issue. The book is also packed with information that would be nice to navigate more easily. The addition of a page guide with each animal listed and less sensitive page turning would be very helpful for a future update.

Overall this is a great idea for an app book. The educational value is superb and the videos make the otherwise dry text much more engaging. A great addition to any digital library of educational titles, especially for children learning about sea life.

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The Deep Blue Kingdom

April 23, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Learning Infinity

Developer:
Imaginatronics LLC

Length (time):
20 - 25 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
20 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - The Deep Blue Kingdom

The following sea creatures are featured in this educational app - Sea Turtles, Whales, Clownfish, Jellyfish, Octopus, Sharks, Seahorses, Dolphins, Manta Ray, Lobsters, Lionfish, Flounder, Sea Dragon, Schools of Small Fish, Squid, Starfish, Corals, Shrimp, Sea Urchins

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad

Options:

Narration On/Off, Page Turn Arrows On/Off, Home button

App Release Date:
2011-03-21

 






Size: 247.7 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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