Discover the first ever voice-interactive iPad storybook with a mystery twist! Agent Magic Investigates is an app that will help your kids enjoy reading and to have lots of fun. Perfect for 4-6 yrs kids.
- App designed based on ‘dialogic reading’, an early literacy storytelling approach which is scientifically proven to improve kids’ reading comprehension and verbal vocabulary.
- Hear the hilarious replies from your kids which are recorded automatically and saved onto your iPad.
- Kids can make their own detective badge as they partner with Agent Magic!
- Built-in sharing features enable you to post your favorite recordings via email and Facebook, as well as FamLoop Family Connect – the private family sharing network.
- Enjoy a modern interpretation of the children’s classic story ‘Punky Dunk and the Gold Fish’.
Behind the Scenes
From our testing sessions, we noticed that questions and dialogues between parents and kids forms a large part of the shared reading experience*. Kids enjoy spontaneously pointing out objects they recognize on a page e.g. ‘Cat! Fishies!’, while parents use stories as a medium to talk and bond with their children e.g. ‘That’s right! Do you remember seeing those pretty fishes at Aunt Mary’s house?’
Indeed, questioning and voice prompts through the screen media is not a new idea, as this technique has long been featured on popular children’s TV shows such as Dora the Explorer and Little Einsteins.
So our question was, how can we reimagine this experience for digital children’s books?
The idea for Agent Magic is simple – a reading buddy in the form of an adorable 4 yr old mouse with big detective dreams, who ‘consult’ with kids through the iPad microphone as they partner up to investigate a story.
Rather than replacing parents role, Agent Magic acts as a little friend who inspire additional questions and conversations between parents and kids.
In combining role playing with a traditional story book, our goal is to enhance kids comprehension of a story while providing them with a fun new way of looking at a book.
It is very much still an experiment for us as we fine-tune the experience of dialogic reading on the iPad. Any feedback or suggestions would be more than welcome!