Bottom Line: A new app that offers content-screened, educational videos all in one place. A good variety of content presented in a variety of video forms. Monthly, semi-annual, or annual subscriptions offer access to all video content.
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The internet can be a scary place, and turning your kid loose to surf the net can be even scarier. That's where this new app from developer Brainfeed LLC steps in. Their app, also called Brainfeed, provides an array of educational videos with pre-approved content tucked nicely inside one app. The idea is to grow kiddos' minds without growing their exposure to, uh, other things that may be lurking in dark and scary corners of the world wide web.
This brand-spanking new app breaks video content into nine different categories: science, geography, tech and design, English, arts and music, the human body, social studies, math, and career-based information. Each video is pulled from the internet and placed into the appropriate category. A search feature is also available at the top of the screen if your kid is looking for specific information. The videos cover a wide range in terms of educational level and type of presentation. Some videos look more like a cartoon, some are real life footage, and others have more of an infographic feel.
The free content gives you access to around 100 free videos, which breaks down to a few in each category. A "save for later" feature is available to subscribers so your student can pull her favorite videos for quick finding later. Subscribers have access to all content in the app, and subscriptions come in three forms: a one-month subscription is $1.99, a six month subscription is $8.99, and a full year subscription is $14.99. While perusing the developer's website, I did see a piece that mentioned offering a teacher discount for educators using this app in their classroom, and I gave the developer a virtual pat on the back for that.
I really enjoy the variety of information presented inside this app, and the different kinds of videos, both content and presentation, that it provides. The app description in iTunes says that new videos are uploaded each week, and I think that's great. It would be a good move to add a "current events" or "international" category of videos in addition to the others already provided. I also think it would be a good idea to add a category on chocolate. But maybe that's just me.
I can see this app being very useful to teachers to supplement instruction or to make a strong impact on the visual learners in their classrooms. Parents who are closely monitoring the amount and kinds of media exposure that their young ones receive, stand and cheer — this app was made for you. While there are other kinds of protected-video apps on the market, this new one is a strong contender. Brainfeed has some great qualities and is worth a look when you're thinking of expanding the brains of youngsters.
Rachel has been working at Smart Apps for Kids for an entire year as of this month. She is awaiting her cake......still. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.