While embedded videos and plentiful images offer a look at presidents in action, factual errors and typos mar this app.
Title: American Presidents and First Ladies
Author: Marc Schulman
Developed by: Multieducator, Inc.
Platform: iOS, requires 5.0 or later
Gr 5 Up-Every president from George Washington to Barack Obama is featured in this reference quick stop; for those that had them, First Ladies are included as well. A clean interface allows users to sort separate lists of leaders and their wives chronologically or alphabetically. Tap a president and the icons lead users to a brief summary or noteworthy fact or two about the man, early life, events, family, First Lady, cabinet, election, video, trivia, and the full text of each president’s inaugural address. A labeled menu, rather than icons, might have been preferable, since at times the icons are unclear and potentially confusing to the app’s audience.
Viewers will delight in the video segments, which include photos and original audio clips set to a clear narration. Shortcomings include a few incomplete or unexplained entries. For example, a tap on Gerald Ford’s inaugural address icon brings viewers to a screen that simply states no address was given. While other menu options explain why this was so, students would benefit from clarification here.
Unfortunate errors such as naming Benjamin Harrison the 22nd President of the United States (see bio of Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison), the statement that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the mother of a “teen-age daughter,” and inconsistencies in spelling as well as numerous typos will cause users to question the quality and authority of this app, and rightfully so.— Deirdre Reddington, Uniondale High School, Uniondale, NY