One of the great joys of creating educational apps is actually watching children use them for the first time. All the agonizing over details, the late nights thinking about which sound effects to utilize, somehow fades away in that first moment of watching a child immerse themselves in the experience.
We were able to witness this when we asked our friend E. if he'd like to test Intro to United States for us. His answer was enthusiastically, "Of course!". We'd like to share a few of the finer moments of his first session with the app, during which, without prompting, he completed it from start to finish.
He began with a sense of expectation. You see, he's tried our apps out in the past, and might of had a sense of what was to come. He navigated his way through the first series of activities with ease.
Before long, he was completely absorbed. "Look at this stamp! It's green!", he would exclaim, "I can't wait to see what color the next one is." At that moment, we knew we had accomplished one of our goals: Giving children the opportunity to follow their interests and discover their independence.
The moment E. collected all of his stamps, he broke out in a spontaneous handclap. "I did it!" he said. Yes, we concurred, "You did it."