App 名稱：Easy origami for kids – paper folding crafts for children
價格(Price)：USD 2.99 / HKD 23.00
*此 app 適合 6 – 8 歲兒童
Download on iTunes App Store (iPhone/iPad)
每次介紹外國的兒童 apps，還是有點難做。難做的原因是香港的教育文化和西方的教育文化相去太遠。一個強調「贏在起跑線」，每天強迫兒童做作業，另一個則強調身心發展，多方面接觸。不過，小編還是相信有些家長並非怪獸家長，希望每一次測試的兒童 app，可以帶來正面的影響。今次測試的 “Easy origami for kids” 是由荷蘭的教師寫成，旨在發展兒童的邏輯、專注力、空間思維和手部靈活等技能。
“Easy origami for kids” 的設計比想像中還要簡單，app 內分為 3 大主題，分別是海洋動物、陸地動物和空中動物，而每個主題內亦早已包括所需的教材和教學影片。
App 內一共有 40 款的摺紙樣本，不想自己慢慢畫上線條的話，按一下「電郵(email)」按鈕，把摺紙樣本傳送到電郵去，再把圖樣列印(Print)出來~
由於這款 app 純作教學用途，小編還是找紙張做了個測試。以成年人來說，單憑圖片教學，就已能成功摺出相應的動物。當然，若小朋友不明白某幾個步驟的話，可播放教學短片~整體上，”Easy origami for kids” 的難易程度屬適中，家長小朋友可以一起玩哦~
無論是圖片教學或是教學影片，基本上都做得足夠。當初小編看到這款 app 的價格是 HKD 23.00 (USD 2.99) 時，還是有較高的期望，但進入 app 後卻發現只有圖片和影片可瀏覽，作為賣點的動物手工圖樣也不夠突出，和想像中有一段距離。另外，app 的檔案蠻大(832MB)，故此評分略低一些。
Overall speaking, “Easy origami for kids” is a good app for kids to learn origami. With step-by-step instructions and tutorial videos, it is easy for kids to follow. As this app includes tutorials session only, no virtual paper folding like other advanced kids apps, parents could help kids to print out instructional sheets through email. With 40 origami crafts, children can learn different kinds of animals and develop their logical reasoning, attention span, spatial thinking as well as fine motor skills. One advantage of this app is that it includes popular origami crafts and save your time to search for suitable origami tutorials on the Net. Disadvantages are the price and large file. Actually, USD 2.99 is a acceptable range of price for an educational app(free of ads). Unfortunately, nowadays app developers cannot price their apps too high because of intensive competition in the app market. Top app developers often price their mobile apps low(Even worse, they sometimes free their apps for a limited time). As a result, more choices available for users to choose from within similar pricing in the App Store. From my point of view, the price of “Easy origami for kids” is a bit high and not competitive enough. Besides, the size of file is another concern. Although it is good for kids to play the tutorials offline without ads, all tutorial videos are kept in one app and file size grows big mainly due to offline videos (832MB). It would be better to develop the app to a more advanced level and attract the users to download.
-try to reduce the size of file
-instead of email, would it be possible to save the instructional sheets into “Photos”(default app) on iPad? so that it would be more efficient to print the sheets from iPad directly.
好用指數(3.7 out of 5)：
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