Money Up! – Learn how to use the Next Dollar Up method by pkclSoft – Review & Giveaway

Money Up! – Learn how to use the Next Dollar Up method by pkclSoft – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

easy to use and understand, customizable student profiles with progress reports

What we’d love to see…

minor changes in some lessons, more currencies, customizable grocery list for each student

Summary

Money Up! teaches a valuable skill for students who are not able to count change, but want to be able to shop independently.

Our Rating

Money Up! - Learn how to use the Next Dollar Up method.Money Up! by pkclsoft is an app that teaches money skills for those who have a disability that makes it difficult for them to learn how to count change.  It uses the dollar up method in which the student is taught to give an amount that is just one whole dollar above the item’s price.  For example, if a drink costs $2.50, the student is asked to pay $3.00.  This method not only helps students become more independent, but also keeps them from being taken advantage of by getting the wrong change back.

There are seven “lessons” included in the app that progressively teaches the dollar up method: Recognizing Money, Basic Practice (Visual), Basic Practice (Audio), How Much Money?, Handing Over Money, Shopping Basics, and Do You Have Enough?.  After each lesson, the students are rewarded by playing a game of their choice: Balloon Pop or Coin Drop.  I quoted “lessons” because in my opinion, these lessons are more like practices or drills.  In fact, students are already expected to know how to count and how to add whole numbers when using this app.  They are also expected to be familiar with the currency denominations they are using.

The lessons have a simple, clean, and distraction-free interface that allows students to focus on the task at hand.  They are very easy to use and understand.  They can even be customized for each student.  Under each student’s profile you can select which of the seven lessons you want the student to work on, choose the number of questions asked before they get to play a game, select which currency denominations to include, choose whether the student taps on the screen or uses the a drag and drop motion to answer a question, turn the score display on or off, and decide whether the student keeps doing a lesson until all the questions are answered correctly.  To prevent students from changing their custom settings, a profile lock can be enabled under the app’s settings options.  You can add an unlimited number of student profiles and each one includes a progress report as well.

I think the lessons are very well done, but I do have a few things I would like to see in future updates.  First, in the lesson Recognizing Money, I would like the question prompt to be worded differently.  For example, the app asks students “Give me $10 please.”  On the screen are some bills, including several $10 bills.  Based on the question asked, my son tapped on one $10 bill and clicked the check mark to indicate that he has finished answering the question.  To his surprise, he answer was marked incorrect.  The app had wanted him to click on ALL the $10 bills on the screen.  This was confusing to him.  I think that a better prompt for this lesson would be something like “Give me all the $10 bills please.”  Second, in the lesson How Much Money, I think it would be better if the denominations were ordered from greatest to least.  It is much easier for students to add the bills together if the larger bills are counted first ($20 + $5 + $1 + $1 is easier than $1 + $1 + $5 +$20).  Finally, in the Shopping Basics lesson where the students are asked to pay for an item, I would like to see the transaction finished by displaying the amount of change they are expected to get back.  This will help students to learn to wait for their change before leaving the register.

One of the things I love about this app is that it includes currencies from several countries: United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and the European Union.  I would love to see more currencies added in the future.  I like that you can customize the default profile setting.  This the first time I have seen an option to do that.  I adore the five cute characters that help students with their tasks.  They all come with their own special voices and students can choose which one they want.  There is a woman, a man, a robot, a dinosaur, and a unicorn.  I was also thrilled to see that this app has an option to add items to the grocery list.  You can add as many items as you wish and this option is perfect for adding items the students are familiar with.  In a future update, I would like to see this option be customizable for each student instead of being shared by all.

I think that Money Up! is a valuable tool to have for those who want to teach their student the dollar up method and help them become more independent.  I find the price a bit high (at the original $19.99) and would recommend that a trial option be made available for those who want to see if this app is a good fit for their student, or perhaps a single student option with a lower price for those who want to use it for one child at home.



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Price: $15.99 USD

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Price: $1.99 USD

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 Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Review & Giveaway

Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Comprehensive app, simple interface, highly customizable.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to set the amount of time for answering questions and playing mini games.

Summary

An excellent and comprehensive learning app that was made specifically for those on the autism spectrum, and is perfect for visual and kinesthetic learners.

Our Rating

Camp Discovery is a large and comprehensive collection of learning games specifically designed for those in the Autism spectrum. It is based on a proven curriculum developed over 25 years by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

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The app currently has 21 learning games with 29 more coming soon. The games are divided into five areas or, as my son likes to call it, camp sites: Camp Discovery, Pebble Cove, Pointy Peaks, Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge. Each camp site holds ten games. The games in Camp Discovery are numbers, letters, colors, shapes, body parts, emotions, objects, actions, locations and community helpers. In Pebble Cove, the games include Plurals, WH-Discrimination, What Goes With, Features, Gender, Functions, Quantitative Comparisons, Counting and Quantities and Prepositions. There is currently only one game (Categories) available in Pointy Peaks but it will soon have Sound Discrimination, Money, Describe, Daily Activities, Attributes, Telling Time, Opposites, Negation and Sight Words. Ten more learning games each are planned for Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge.

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Gameplay is very simple. First, choose a game/topic. Then, choose the learning method (matching, sorting or receptive identification). A preference assessment is then conducted by showing children six choices of reinforcements for correct responses. They can choose any or all of the reinforcers and as often as they wish to determine the frequency. After the preference assessment, the learning game begins.

Camp Discovery uses evidence-based teaching strategies such as reinforcement, errorless learning and appropriate prompting to help every child succeed. Children are first presented with the individual target picture cards. An audio explains what each picture card stands for and prompts the child to click on it. After several successful repetitions, the child is then presented with two picture cards and is asked to choose the correct card. The level of difficulty gradually increases as more answer cards are presented. A mini game is presented as a reward for completing a game and the child can play for a total of one minute. There are four mini games to choose from: balloon pop, fireworks, shapes and flappy bird.

The app has a settings menu that is meant to be accessed only by the parent or teacher. In order to get into the settings menu, a multiplication question must be answered. In the settings menu are several options to customize the game. Lessons can be tailored by selecting specific targets to teach. The number of rounds required before playing a mini game and before re-administering the preference assessment can both be set from 1 to 10. Finally, the amount of time the preference assessment is administered can be set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 seconds. You can also mute the music in you wish.

There is a player menu on the top left of the screen that is also accessible by answering a multiplication question. Parents and teachers can set up multiple player accounts and view student progress, like how many targets have been mastered for each lesson. Each player also has a code or game token. This token is used to restore a player’s profile should it be deleted by accident or to restore it in another device.

This app appealed to my son who has autism and who is a visual, oral and kinesthetic learner. I find it to be an excellent tool for teaching him but there are a couple of things I would like to see in future updates. First, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time a child is given to pick their answer. Some children may need just a little extra time to think of the correct answer. Second, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time given for playing the mini games as each child may have less or more attention span than another.

Overall, I find this app very intuitive. It is an invaluable resource for teaching children, whether or not they are in the Autism spectrum. There is a free lite version of this app with two playable games and I recommend checking it out. I found this to be a very worthy investment and you may too.

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Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by PixelAtion Labs
Category: Education, Educational, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 308.13 MB

$FREE

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 Little Zebra Shopper by Hans-Peter- Review

Little Zebra Shopper by Hans-Peter- Review




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What we love…

Involves the iPad in creative play using physical products. Can use one set for free, IAPs well protected and good value for money. Fun!

What we’d love to see…

Additional IAP option to create your own barcode stickers.

Summary

A great app for enhancing your child’s game of playing “shop”. Great for inspiring imaginative play and working on money counting skills. Highly recommended !

Our Rating

Little Zebra ShopperDo your kids like to play “shop” then they will love Little Zebra Shopper – an iPad only app from Dutch app developer Hans-Peter. Little Zebra Shopper adds a new dimension to their pretend play as they can really scan barcodes on specially designed play food items.

The app is free to download, to use the app you need to visit the Little Zebra Website, there you can download PDF’s which you print to create the play food. The first set is free – it includes: Apple Pie, Potato Chips and Strawberry Milk. Additional play food sets are available for 99c per set.

Print out the play food on sturdy paper then cut, fold and glue or tape to create your food box. I used card stock  and it works  very well, but you can just use printer paper if you don’t have it.

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The children can go ahead and play store as usual and when it comes time to check out they can use your iPad as a virtual cash register and checkout station!  To scan the play food they need to hold it so the barcode is above the iPad camera. They will need a little help at first as it needs to be at the right height (about 2 inches away), but once they have the hang of it, it is pretty easy to scan. They can see the scanned item and barcode in a window on the app and a green rectangle appears as the code is sensed, beeps to let you know when it has been successfully scanned. The item name and cost appears on a virtual cash register receipt. If they are also playing with their own play food items such as fruits and vegetables that have no barcode they can type in their own price for them. The register will total the price for their items and they can ask the customer for payment. Once they type in the tendered amount it will calculate how much change they should give. If they want to make an announcement they press and hold a button, once they release it it plays back their announcement complete with chimes so it sounds like in a real store.

The app has lots of realistic sound effects which makes it a lot of fun. Once your kids have tested out the free foods there are currently three more sets of play food available as in-app purchases. The IAPs are really well child-proofed as you don’t even see them unless you download and print the other play food sets and scan an item from the set.

The additional sets  cost 99c each, they are:

Breakfast: cereal, milk, eggs, toast, and cheese.

Dinner: pizza, spaghetti, ketchup, fish sticks and ice-cream.

Nicky’s Candy Store: chocolate, marshmallows, lollipops, licorice and fruit candy.

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I think is a great app for enhancing kids imaginary play. I love how it connects playing with physical products and using the iPad.  If you buy all the available sets it costs under $3 to have 18 different foods to make and scan, which is very good value. It makes playing “store” even more fun ! I would love to see another IAP option to be able to create your own barcode stickers, I’d happily pay another 99c for this. My kids love to play store with play food and have a large collection of wooden and plastic fruit and vegetables, it would be great to be able to create our own barcodes to be able to scan these too.

As well as inspiring imaginary play, this app is also great practice for working on addition and subtraction, and using money if the children practice counting out money to pay and giving out change. To make this easier Little Zebra shopper is  currently giving out free Play Zebra Money  to print just follow this link to download and print out:  Little Zebra Shopper Pretend Money. (The coins are not the same denominations as the US, so you may wish to change the 20c coins to 25c coins to make it more realistic).

If you would like to download this app please use this link:Little Zebra Shopper – Hans-Peter

Little Zebra Shopper
Little Zebra Shopper
by Hans-Peter

Category: Games, Education, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 6.04 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda – Review

Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda – Review



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What we love…

bright colorful graphics, great way to explain an airport to children who may never have been to one before

What we’d love to see…

mini games to be a bit more in depth and provide a view of the inside of the airplane, ability to dress the characters

Summary

This app is a great way to tell your children about the airport and ease fears, especially if they have never flown.

 

Dr. Panda's AirportDr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda is the newest addition to the Dr. Panda lineup and features the familiar characters.  This time they are on an airport adventure featuring ten activities including:  going through security, checking in at the desk, driving the luggage cart, getting your bags via baggage claim, controlling airspace via the control tower, counting money for a payphone and making a phone call, stamping tickets, cleaning the airplane. loading the flight with luggage and going to lost and found.  The app is designed for children in preschool and older through elementary school.  It practices skills such as fine motor, sorting, counting, finding a specific object, expressive language. shape recognition and matching,  and more.  The four main characters in the app are a monkey, elephant, raccoon and a hippopotamus who are all attired in different types of vacation clothing.

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One of our favorite things in the app was finding the “secrets” in the airport.  The graphics were beautiful and the game is simple enough to play without the need for spoken instructions and is frustration free for the youngest of users.  This app would be great for a family who might be traveling in the near future and wants to explain how an airport works.  It serves as both a social story as well as an explanation of what a child might encounter at the airport.  The animations in the app are fantastic and encourage children to play.  My son was very interested by the pay phone and having to count the money into to make a call as he had not really seen a payphone in real life.  When going through security – he wanted to know why the animals didn’t always have to put objects into the bowl like the razor pictured in the video below.  It was interesting though – that only two animals seemed to set off the detector and it was not as random as I would have expected.

In terms of future enhancements – I’d love to see the ability to dress the characters based upon their destination as well as the ability for different activities to be expanded.  For example, it would be nice if during the cleaning of the airplane – if the cleaning were of both the inside of the airplane as well as the outside.  I’d also like to see a mini game which involves finding your seat, buckling your seatbelt and the actual takeoff of an airplane.  The lost and found game may be overwhelming for younger children, although my son who is five really enjoyed it.  My final suggestion would to be seeing more of Dr. Panda in the app perhaps as a character the next time rather than just being on the sidelines.  My son always wants to play with him and can’t understand why he can’t interact with him during the games.

Overall, the app has great qualities although there are areas for enhancement that would provide more longevity for the app as well as play content.  This app is a great way to tell your children about the airport and ease fears, especially if they have never flown.  Be sure to check out the other apps in the series including: Art Class with Dr. Panda, Dr. Panda Handyman, Dr. Panda Veggie Garden, Dr. Panda Daycare, Dr. Panda Restaurant, Dr. Panda Hospital, and Dr. Panda Teach Me!

Dr. Panda Airport Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda Ltd
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 121.79 MB

$2.99USD

<small><strong>NOTE:</strong> A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.</small>

 

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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