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What we love…

Great graphics, engaging app

What we’d love to see…

Further child-proofing, option to switch between imperial and metric measurements independent of language.

Summary

A great way to learn about Paris, it’s landmarks, history and culture in a fun and engaging way.

Our Rating

Discover Paris

Discover Paris is a universal app from French developer Seven Academy, designed to introduce children to The City of Lights. It is available as a free download with an in- app purchase for the full app (currently $2.99). The free version allows the child to visit four important sites in the city, the full version twelve. There is a parents only section protected by a child lock, it contains social media links and lets you can disable in-app purchases. There is an option to sign up for an account to track your child’s progress, but you can also use the app without doing so. The home page also contains a link to the Green Academy this includes a built-in reward section but is not yet functional. The Green Academy has App Store and social media links (you do need to log in for the social media); I would like to see this child proofed too.

Discover Paris was created by a journalist with special knowledge of Paris and is designed to introduce children to The City of Lights. The child is taken on a virtual tour of Paris by a friendly owl and the app can be enjoyed in English, French or Spanish. If the app is used in English it uses Imperial measurements (feet and inches), in French or Spanish it uses metric. It would be nice to have the option to switch this independently as e.g. British children speak English but are used to Metric measurements and some Canadian children speak French but use Imperial measurements. The tour starts at The Eiffel Tower, which is the symbol of Paris; then moves on to The Orsay Museum; Luxembourg Gardens; The Sorbonne; the Latin Quarter; Notre Dame; The Bastille, The Louvre, The Opera House, Montmartre, Place de la Concorde and ends at the Champs Elysées. The child can leave the tour and come back at any time, it will keep their place at the last completed landmark, but they can’t pause within a landmark.

20130419-133818.jpgA high quality photograph represents each stop and the owl explains about the history and culture associated with that landmark. There are interactive elements and quizzes as the owl teaches them about Paris. A favorite one in our house is using the tape measure to estimate how tall the Eiffel Tower and the Obelisk are. The app is full of interesting little known facts as well as more common information; I have visited Paris several times but still learned some new facts from the app. At any time the child can have the owl repeat the last thing he said by touching him. The first time the child uses the app they need to follow the tour in sequence, but once they have visited a location it is “unlocked” and they can return whenever they like. The app is accompanied by French music and realistic sound effects, which help to set the scene. After visiting each of the sites and completing the interactive elements the child is given a “reward” – water, seeds, or sunshine for use in their garden in the Green Academy. They have to put the seeds away in a drawer – which can quite tricky for young children to do. The Green Academy is not yet functional so I can’t assess how well the reward works, but I would like to see an option to switch it off, as older children may find collecting these rewards a bit “babyish” for them.

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I tested out this app with my 5 year old twins and 9 year old son and all three of the were interested in playing it, and would go back and replay sections until they were happy they had learned all the facts. It is a great app to use with children before a trip to Paris, but also fun to use to teach children about another part of the world. It is very easy to use, has great graphics and is fun. A great way to learn about Paris, it’s landmarks, history and culture in a fun and engaging way. When playing with the app the child learns about Paris and it’s famous landmarks, but also about art, music and French history. The developer recommends it for ages 3-10; I think 5-10 years is more appropriate.

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