LQ: 8


Brain grade: 7.4
Fun score: 8.6

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Pulse is a news and social media aggregation app that makes it easy for users to track and read content they curate. Pulse features a highly-organized interface, making it very user-friendly and easy to use. Users can choose which types of content they would like to receive from a library of categories like “lifestyle,” “news,” and “entertainment,” The app makes it simple for users to pull together interesting content that matters to them, creating a neatly tiled portfolio of articles tailored to their preferences. The app is optimized for web, Android, and iOS, and is just as robust on a smartphone or tablet as it is online. Apps like Pulse offer a new direction in personalized news and media consumption, and serves a a great way to encourage reading by introducing kids to “news they can use.” As always, parents should monitor their children’s searches and activity, with the app being recommended for use with kids ages 10 and older.

this app is good for kids who need help with:


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Pulse is an app that features a highly-organized display, enabling users to file and sort their content with minimal management. It fosters basic skills in organization simply by virtue of its aesthetic, encouraging users to perpetuate the order on-screen by adding their interests into the news feed on the home screen, gathering content from a list of topics and publication provided by the app. Articles are arranged by the time they went live and sorted by publishing company. The easy-on-the-eyes interface allows users to seek out news and content specific to their interests, without disruptions that arise from sifting through content online. The articles are neatly tiled into rows, introducing and encouraging good organizational habits.


Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Pulse individualizes news stories to help users sustain attention on an areas of interest. The app provides a one stop hub for all all online content, helping kids to remain attentive as they read through content. The Focus thinking skill helps kids maintain their attention in the presence of distractions, and continue tasks through to completion. When reading stories that are tailored to suit users' individual preferences, Pulse helps enable users to become keenly focused, and enveloped in one singular activity. Users must block out distractions that often accompany smartphone and tablet users; like texts, social media updates, and the impulse to play games. Because the content is so engaging and personalized, users will begin to focus their attention to getting up to the minute news and stories within categories they set.


Reading content on digital mediums is becoming more and more prevalent  which is why tablet and smartphone apps like Flipoard and Pulse aim to streamline the process. Pulse turns users' devices as the primary way of consuming written content. In an area where even the print news industry is struggling to stay afloat, apps like Pulse have created an environment that makes reading news customizable, enjoyable, interactive, and immediate. Once users become familiar with the app's concept and functionality, they'll begin to use it more frequently, as its convenience is undeniable. Kids who incorporate Pulse into their daily routine will be more likely to discover engaging content and, as a result, will find themselves becoming better, more enthusiastic readers in the process.

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