Smart Kidz Club
Smart Kidz club” is an inspiring app that has created an on-line and in-app children’s library book resource centre. This beautifully designed app gives unlimited access to all books on the Smart Kidz Club app or website and features read along technology, smart word feature, stunning illustrations and a platform for students and teachers to collaborate in the teaching of reading and comprehension for 1 to 12 years of age. This app is completely free for teacher’s and educators with in-app purchases for further subscriptions and unlimited access.
Once the app is open the user is shown a home platform with numerous features. The “My Books” icon allows the user to access books saved from their account or access free content (although limited), some back buttons could be useful here. This is also linked to “Recommended Books” and “My Followers”. A greater selection of free books would be beneficial here or books that were free for 10 days or so before returning to the subscribed library.
The “sync Books’ is an excellent feature allowing the user to sync book across other devices and share the book across platforms. The Menu system in the top left allows the user to search for: New books, featured books, books by age, Books by author, Books by category, Special Education, free books and books by A to Z. This is an excellent navigation system and the books are extensive. Once a book has been found such as a ‘book by age’ the user is shown a library of potential books to download.
This is where the app and website excels. The user can not only view the book and find links to other download platforms but also choice whether to ‘Read myself’, have it ‘Read to me’ or links to the books pages. The book description is shown giving the authors, content and the eISBN number. This information is excellent and enables the user to really understand the book they are reading. Once the options have been chosen the user can read the book from the beginning or from the chosen chapters. The ‘read along’ technology highlights the words as the book is read helping with word recognition. We really liked this feature, though the ability to speed up and slow down the reading speed would be helpful.
We also noticed that most books have a “Smart word’ feature that enables the reader to chose certain words where further information will be shown. The books are great on the app and on the website with stunning graphics (although download was slow sometimes) and numerous options. It would be great for some of the pages to be animated or more interactive although this may slow down the application.
Also teachers, Schools, PTA’s can raise fundraising initiatives with Smart Kidz Club, simply circulate a URL or a code provided by Smart Kidz Club to get 25% of the sales generated from their unique fundraising URL. The app enables no late fees to pay when returning your books to the library. The app enables you to access any book online or on mobile device as long as you are subscribed user. On mobile devices you can sync your books to work offline without paying for expensive data plans
The app has been beautifully designed by the developers and the menu system is easy to navigate. The developers can be commended for what they are trying to achieve in terms of giving educators, students and parents access to a great selection of books. The only issue we had with this app is the download time for some books which was slow at times and may take up some room on the app. Otherwise this app is a great resource for schools and parents. It is noted that the book is read in an American accent and some of the spellings are for an American audience.
From the Developer
About Smart Kidz Club Monthly Subscription:
+ Unlimited access to all books on Smart Kidz Club for $7.99 per month.
+ 8 to 12 new books added every month.
+ Payment charged to iTunes account after confirmation of purchase
+ Monthly subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of current subscription period
+ Manage your subscription (or opt out of auto-renewal) by going to iTunes account settings or device settings
+ Read-Along-Technology: Great for young/beginner readers, each word is highlighted as it is read, which helps the kids to develop word recognition.
+ Smart Words: This feature in some of our books helps build vocabulary by providing the definition and meaning of special vocabulary words. The reader simply taps on these Smart Words to have the definition pop-up.
+ Completely free for teachers and educators.
+ Easily discover books based on your child’s age and interests or using the smart search feature.
+ Beautifully designed UI for easy Navigation.
+ Stunning illustrations.
+ Buy once and sync your content to all your devices.
+ Growing collection of educational resources for kids 1 to 12 years old.
+ A platform for teachers, parents and kids to collaborate.
+ One place where you can find educational resources in several categories including alphabets, animals, calendar, character education, friendship, health and wellness, numbers, poetry, riddles, science, sight words, story time, vocabulary word recognition and many more coming soon.
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