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Dotopedia app review

Dot — star of the CBC animated TV series of the same name — is ready to guide you through a virtual encyclopedia experience in Dotopedia (CBC, January 2017, iOS and Android). The home screen is designed like a website with a search bar at the top, a featured article front and center, and buttons leading to articles and activities at the bottom of the page. While the bright, busy layout may be a bit overwhelming at first, never fear! Dot will talk you through navigation of the entire app.

You can choose articles to look at in a few different ways: by using the search bar to find a specific term, looking at the featured article displayed on the home screen, tapping the “go to a random article” button, or viewing a list of all the articles on Dotopedia and selecting from there.

The articles themselves have a clean, simple layout with a paragraph or two of text and an accompanying photo. Each one has easy-to-follow information about the subject and challenges you to think about your own interactions with the subject. For instance, the entry for “animation” asks if you have tried drawing a cartoon by hand or on a computer. The app also allows you to edit the article by adding more text and pictures to the original. You can even create articles of your own if a term you’re looking for is not yet included in the app.

Daily quests (“Go to the ‘Whoopie Cushion’ article and record the sound it makes!”) and other activities prompt you to explore further. These activities will challenge you to draw pictures, take photos, or make audio recordings of particular objects or scenes, then add what you made to relevant articles.

When you finish activities, you are rewarded with access to new articles and with points towards leveling up. With each gained level, Dot will send you a video to congratulate you and encourage you to keep exploring and learning. With over 200 articles available and so many incentives to continue looking, you’re sure to find something exciting to learn no matter where your interests may lie.

Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (requires iOS 9.1 or later) and Android devices (requires Android 4.4 and up); free. Recommended for intermediate users.

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  1. I love that you review apps!

  2. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    Thanks, AnnMarie! Please let us know if there are any specific apps you’d like to see us cover!

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