App review by Kim Alessi, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2012
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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

My DPS is an excellent app to help teach emotions and social problem solving techniques. The CGI animations are impressive, and the app's music is calming with comforting lyrics.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Kids can learn to identify emotions and successful coping mechanisms, as well as hone interpersonal skills. The CGI animations help kids handle stress by developing self-reliance to overcome emotional obstacles.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

The in-app visual and aural cues are accessible to kids with developmental and learning differences. Users can customize the app by adding their own pictures and text to emotions and coping techniques.

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Kim Alessi Educational Technology Specialist

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