Kids today live in a world where technology is a big part of our lives, so it's important that we teach them, from an early age, how to use technology tools to their advantage. Dotopedia is an app that can help you with that. Based on the hit TV show, it's an interactive information hub where kids can explore various topics. Think Wikipedia, but for kids.
Read and Create Articles
In Dotopedia, kids explore a digital repository filled with a variety of information. They can edit any existing article or create new ones, add their own text, and also upload pictures and audio clips using the app's interactive tools. Over 300 articles are available, with topics ranging from nature (animals, plants) to technology (tablet, computer, barcode.)
In addition to articles, the app also has daily quests and challenges that encourage kids to explore the real world. For example, they might be asked to take a photo of objects for a treasure hunt, draw pictures for Dot's story, or record audio clips to tell a story. They can view their daily quest from the main screen when they enter the app.
When kids begin the app, they can create a profile for themselves. When they create or edit an article, their avatar will appear next to the edit. They also collect badges based on how often they add new content to the app and how many quests they can complete. For example, the Expert Photographer badge is awarded once they have added 5 pictures to articles.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dotopedia is designed for ages 6 and up. Unlike the real Wikipedia, any content created within the app is not actually shared with external parties. Kids can only see the content they create themselves, or content created by other users using the same device.
The app itself requires no Internet connection, and has no third-party ads or in-app purchases. A protected section allows grown-ups to keep track of their child's activity within the app, and configure how much space on their device that the app's content can occupy.
Dotopedia requires iOS 9.1 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Things I Like
Dotopedia is the perfect app for kids who want to learn about everything and anything. It has articles from a wide range of topics, and is fairly informative while remaining kid-friendly. It also encourages kids to go out and explore through interesting challenges and quests.
Like a real wiki, Dotopedia encourages collaboration. Kids can add to articles written by others, and have others revise their submissions. By creating new articles, kids also learn to hone their writing skills.
Finally, Dotopedia introduces kids to technology that they will likely use more often as they get older. Dot is an excellent guide, and she provides kids with useful tips such as how to use the search bar to quickly find the information they are looking for, or how to use the device's camera to take a picture for their article.
Dotopedia allows kids to learn about new things, and also share their knowledge with family and friends. The app is easy to use, and is an excellent gateway to more advanced learning tools. Overall, it's a fantastic app for curious kids growing up in the digital era.
App was provided for our honest review.