This beautifully illustrated and well thought out story takes readers through Axel’s daily challenges – difficulty attending to his teacher, trouble getting his thoughts out clearly, unintentionally bumping into friends, … But, it also lets readers see a side of Axel that his friends haven’t seen yet – his special talent for creating new toys out of common everyday household items. Axel cannot contain his excitement as his teacher shares the latest class project – kinetic art. Within the story, readers click the computer monitor to see clips of real-life pieces of art created by modern day Kinetic Artists. Readers can learn more about these artists via biographies within the main menu. The app also shows users how to make three different kinetic art pieces of their own! Details for all needed materials are listed along with step-by-step written instructions and pictures of each step. A video clip of the final product is also provided to help users see the completed project in action before they start to create their own.
The app is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod (requiring iOS 5.0 or higher). The main menu shows a link to a game feature that is soon to come. The upbeat music and character voices are captivating and entertaining (a separate on/off feature is provided for each for those that may be too distracted). Within the story itself, readers help Axel along his adventures as he creates his own kinetic masterpieces (from helping him unglue his fingers to helping him design his creations). Actions and movements required go beyond the simple click and drag – requiring users to use a variety of fine motor movements (finger-to-thumb opposition, bilateral coordination, wrist rotation, etc – an OT’s dream.)
My testers enjoyed reading and watching the story over and over. It opened up conversations with my older students about accepting other’s differences and recognizing that everyone has something special to offer. It also was reassuring to some of my students like Axel – helping them see that everyone has a special talent to share. My youngest students loved activating the sparkling hint buttons and watching the moving kinetic art – I have to admit, I was mesmerized by the rhythm and pattern too.
Overall, a beautifully illustrated story with captivating voice-overs that put readers in Axel’s shoes as he faces daily social challenges and as he uses his special talent to become the story’s hero.
Code drop November 27
If you would like to download this app please use this link: Axel’s Chain Reaction – Laura Allison Pomenta Badolato
Axel's Chain Reactionby Laura Allison Pomenta Badolato
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 426.34 MB
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“Marica is a married mother of three girls (ages 3, 7, and 9). She works as a school based occupational therapist in Northwest Ohio servicing children with unique needs from ages 3 -22. In her free time ☺ she enjoys learning and exploring with her loving family.