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App of the Week: Discovering Emotions with Zeely

By Stephen Noonoo
July 13th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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What’s It Like? Discovering Emotions with Zeely is an easy-to-use app that uses guided instruction to help kids recognize and interpret facial expressions. It can benefit kids who are nonverbal or have difficulty interpreting facial expressions. Directions are clear and simple, allowing kids to navigate independently through the four familiar recreation areas and guiding them through seven emotions using different cultures, ages, and genders to understand sad, happy, disgusted, surprised, fear, anger, and pride. In between emotions, kids play a game to help them refocus and continue the activity.

Price: $19.99

Grades: K-7

Pros: Cute characters and simple layout let kids operate independently while learning about emotions.

Cons: Steep price tag might deter some users.

Bottom line: Cute characters and simple layout let kids operate independently while learning about emotions.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.