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Review: Kids Song Machine


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This time we will discuss another application of Genera Interactive, as they are demonstrating their ability to make very complete applications, with impeccable operations and above all very colorful, which is a real advantage when trying to capture attention and motivate children with special educational needs.

A few weeks ago I published an analysis of TouchyBooks, another app by the same company, but I think it is worth mentioning another of their apps. Although TouchyBooks is not designed to support children with ASD, it could be classified in the category of leisure. At the same time it provides another way to relate and react to certain stimuli, something that sometimes, even through the game, is very good for these children.

Children songs

Kids Song Machine is an app that contains 10 songs, all English versions of popular classics, and is available in versions for iPad and iPhone / iPod touch. There is also a Spanish version, called “Canciones Mágicas Infantiles”, which contains 6 classics and uses the same artwork, but for now it is only available in a version for iPhone / iPod.

The presentation is through a classic machine that allows you to select the musical theme, using a retro-style interface that is very intuitive to use.

The majority of children with some form of ASD usually like the music, and even sometimes music relaxes them, and although it’s not specifically designed for children with special educational needs, it can give very good results using music to help connect. Through music it is much easier to engage them and involve them in an activity, so Kids Song Machine can be a useful tool to share activities with them.

Interactivity power

Our other major ally: motivation. Genera Interactive has once again managed to exploit the magical features of the iPad to interact with us, accompanying each song with related images to the theme song that allows that kind of interaction. That is, every scene has some sensitive tactile elements that react in certain ways when you touch them, which is guaranteed to delight children and, most importantly in this case, motivate and retain their attention.

-Iván

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Kids Song Machine

Web: http://www.generainteractive.com/apps/kids-song-machine

Developer: Genera Interactive

Languages: English, Spanish (named “Canciones Mágicas Infantiles”).

Functions: Leisure, children songs with animations to maintain the attention.

iPhone/iPod touch version: Yes (1.2.4)

iPad version: Yes, but only in English (1.0.4)

Price: Free lite version including a song; full version at $1.99 / € 1.59.

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