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CTR Review
buckleit
11/07/2014
Rating: 88%
Ease of Use
8/10
Educational
9/10
Entertaining
9/10
Design Features
9/10
Value
9/10
Total:
88%
Reviewed using the Standard Rubric
For ages 6-8
For grades 1, 2, 3
$2.99, iPad, 33.5 MB
Teaches: math, shopping, scanning, units of money
Tagged for: Camera, Money, Early Math, BRDP, Teacher Tools
Turn your iPad into a food market scanner, with this innovative shopping simulator. There are two modes of play; one with the camera, the other without.

First you visit the store, where you drag and drop items into your shopping cart. The interface is simplified, but it doesn't tell you that you have to swipe to move your cart. Some arrows or some other hint would be helpful. After you fill your cart with some fairly strange items (there are lots of meat and fish items) you can drag and drop the items onto a checkout counter to have them automatically scanned.

It is also possible to print the food items with QR codes, which can be "scanned" by the iPad's camera; a mode available from the main menu.

The app is designed to teach children about money and shopping through a hands-on approach, with the option of playing in both virtual and printable modes. Testers noted that some of the food items have unusual prices (the toys seem unusually expensive, for example, and a loaf of bread costs $6). The price notation is also unconventional (there are no $, for example).

This app could be used to set up a "real" store in a preschool house area. Children can print out products with scannable bar codes, along with a foldable shelf to hold their merchandise.

They can then fill their basket, scan the bar codes using the iPad's front camera (with the iPad laying flat), and count up the money when they complete their purchase.

You can print the products, currency and shelves directly from the application using AirPrint or send the PDF via email; fold the printed shelves to make a free-standing holder for the products; scan product barcodes using the iPad’s front camera; and add up the bill and count change with a realistic cash register. Children can play together by arranging a mini store in their own home or classroom. Languages include: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish. This app was made by the creators of Foldify (CTR March 2013).
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