Bitsboard PRO – The Best Educational Learning Games and Flash Cards in 1 App by Innovative Investments Limited – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Fully customizable lessons with lots of different learning modes.

What we’d love to see…

Even more boards on math.

Summary

Bitsboard Pro is the ultimate educational app with top-quality content and outstanding enabling features to meet the learning needs of every child.

Our Rating

How many times have you wished that you can modify a well-developed learning app just that little bit to better match your child’s skills. Or thought of replacing some of the content with your own instead? Have you ever wondered if there is this ONE App that can meet most (if not all) of your child’s educational needs? What about an app that can accommodate the educational goals and learning difficulties of an entire class?

This is a tall order for any app considering children learn at different pace and thrive in different learning environment. And to be able to add our own content in an app seems like an impossible task! But Bitsboard Pro has all our wishes covered. It is the ultimate educational app for children from preschool right up to elementary school level, giving you access to thousands of topics (with many new ones added every month) and the ability to customize the way students learn in the app as well as the app content itself.

Alright, most of us don’t have the time nor inclination to create our own content. We just want an app that has ready-to-download learning materials and Bitsboard has lots of content to offer. After creating a user account, you can browse through Bitsboard’s extensive lessons catalog or search for specific lessons and download (over the internet) the ones that you need. Here, lessons are presented in individual boards, each containing a series of flashcards (bits). Topics include languages, vocabulary, grammar, reading (sight words, word families, phonics, readers), sentence maker, speech, spelling, letter tracing, math facts, math operations, money, time telling, sign language, routines, sequences, emotions and many more! The free version of Bitsboard itself comes with lots of shared resources that you can start with right away.

What I really love in Bitsboard is that you can choose up to 30 fully customizable learning modes or games that help children to learn and retain the information presented in the lessons. You can start with the simpler games and progress to the more complex ones. With so many different ways to learn the same materials, students remain engaged and learn better. Check out Bitsboard’s long list of fun learning games – Flashcards, Explore, True or False, Photo Touch, Photo Hunt, Memory Cards, Pop Quiz, Match Up, Word Builder, Sentence Builder, Spelling Bee, BINGO, Letter Tracing, Sequences, Related items, Word Search, Word Chunks, Crosswords, Unscramble, Say It, Missing Item, Puzzles, Reader, What’s Next, Odd One Out, Sort It, Side by Side, Story Time, Genius, Review Game and Board Creator

For each game, you can modify things like the session length, with or without visual/audio hints, spelling order, display options, number of tiles, matching options and answer mode. Customization is easy but it would be tedious if you have more than 1 user. Luckily, you don’t have to keep adjusting the settings and preferences as these are saved for each user (unlimited users for the Pro version). Likewise, the tracking of detailed progress and lesson plans is stored at the user level. Bitsboard’s learning algorithm also ensures that each game automatically advances according to the individual user’s skills.

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If you are an educator, you will like the ease of creating custom lessons with your own cards (from photo library, dropbox, web search or Bitsboard Catalog of images), audio recording and text (words, phrases, sentences, description). Your students can learn anything you present to them using the Bitsboard learning games. You can also set up your own exclusive class with your own selection of boards for sharing with your students or fellow teachers privately.

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I’m truly impressed with all the meaningful features that have been continually added in Bitsboard in order to support students and educators. There are many more that are not mentioned here. This all-in-one educational app far exceeds all my expectations in terms of content and ability to be customized. I don’t think you’ll find another app that is as versatile and comprehensive as this. Bitsboard Pro is an essential learning app that all families and classes must have!

Bitsboard PRO – The Best Educational Learning Games and Flash Cards in 1 App
Free lite version –

Bitsboard Flashcards PRO Bitsboard Flashcards PRO by Happy Moose Apps
Category: Education, Games, Family, Word
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 199.72 MB

$19.99USD

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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.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.



FreeSpeech – Build Language and Learn Grammar by Avaz, Inc. – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

a innovative tool for those struggling to use grammar and syntax appropriately

What we’d love to see…

An expanded tutorial with several examples of how to build increasingly complex sentences. The ability to type in a sentence and then be shown how to construct it in the diagram.

Summary

Overall, this app has amazing potential for helping children expand their verbal and written expression.  It is an excellent tool to help students develop their grammar and syntax skills in a systematical way by using visual symbols and prompts in a fun and engaging way.

Our Rating

FreeSpeech - Build Language and Learn GrammarAvaz FreeSpeech is an app designed to help children build grammatically correct sentences. It was developed by an interdisciplinary team of Speech Pathologists, educators, and software engineers.  The developer also created Avaz Pro, a revolutionary AAC app designed to give a voice to students on the spectrum. The recommended age range for this app is 6-18 years.

The app allows students to explore the grammatical structures of English language in a visual and engaging way.  The format is very similar to augmentative communication apps with Boardmaker symbols that are color coded for quick reference.  However, this app is different in that it guides students in formulating grammatically sentences by prompting them with visual cues to increase the complexity of their output.

This is accomplished by the following features:

  • Expanding: using questions to cue users to increase length and complexity of sentences
  • Scaffolding: predicting likely word choices based on previous word selections
  • Contrasting: applying verb tense changes and other modifiers automatically
  • Recasting: adding articles (a, the) and prepositions as necessary
  • Errorless modeling: formulating a diagram of symbols into an appropriate sentence

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By using a type of brainstorming map, it facilitates the construction of ideas by automatically employing linguistic constructs to words placed within the diagram.  This framework allows for elaboration of the user’s utterance by systematically offering cues through a scaffolding approach.  For example- If you started with the word “want”, you would then be prompted to answer the following questions: when, who, or what.  By tapping on a question box, predictive analysis offers some likely word choices or you can select “more words” for additional categories.  There is also a place on the right side of the screen to “stash” words for later use.

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The word choices are organized in categories.  A tab of frequently used categories such as “actions”, “people”, “places”, “things” can be selected which then open additional subcategories to help narrow down the search.  For example, if the “food & drink” tab is selected from the main menu on the left, additional options such as “most used”, “meal”, “drink”, “meat”, “places to eat”, and “snacks” are offered to make selecting the desired word easier.  There is also a search bar where choices can be found by typing in the preferred word. The formulation of sentences is truly limitless as you can add your own vocabulary choices with actual photos.

This app has endless potential to help students unlock the power of language by teaching them how to construct and expand sentences to better express themselves.  For example, by simply pressing the “past” button, the verb will be automatically changed to the past tense verb.  If the “question”, button is selected, it will convert a statement into an interrogative.  You can easily change between single and plural nouns by hitting an icon on the noun symbol.  The meaning of the sentence can also be changed just by altering the location of one symbol.

The settings tab allows for the following options to be set at desired levels:

Pictures: show or hide

Access: tap or drag

Vocabulary: Level 1 – offers a limited number of word choices for beginners

Level 2 : has menu of 11 categories with up to 40 words in each

Level 3: has menu of 11 categories with several subcategories and corresponding words for each

Inflections: Level 1  Level 2  Level 3

Prompts: Level 1  Level 2  Level 3

Voice: 4 choices

Voice speed: 1-6

There is a bit of a learning curve to understand where to place the symbols in order to generate the desired sentence. It takes some practice to become familiar with the location of the symbols and how to arrange them in the framework to achieve the target sentence.  A short tutorial is offered showing how to formulate two sentences, but additional examples would be welcome.

I felt that the app is a innovative tool for those struggling to use grammar and syntax appropriately.  It contains well organized content, intuitive format, and predictive selections.  It has the ability to customize settings for all different levels of skill and knowledge.  I also liked the ability to create unique sentences of increasing length and complexity in a systematic way.

We would love to see an expanded tutorial with several examples of how to build increasingly complex sentences as well as the ability to type in a sentence and then be shown how to construct it in the diagram.

It is important to note that this app is not an AAC tool or speech generating device.  It would be a wonderful companion to the Avaz Pro AAC app, but it can stand alone as well.  This app would best be used under the guidance of a special educator or SLP.

Overall, this app has amazing potential for helping children expand their verbal and written expression.  It is an excellent tool to help students develop their grammar and syntax skills in a systematical way by using visual symbols and prompts in a fun and engaging way.


Avaz FreeSpeech
Avaz FreeSpeech
by Avaz, Inc.

Category: Education, Medical
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 519.04 MB

$FREE

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Shari is a married mother of four from Illinois. She works as a speech pathologist in a rehab setting and loves to use apps in therapy. She is a self-proclaimed “Appaholic”- always on the look out for great apps!



Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen by Tiggly and Sesame Street – Review




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What we love…

incredibly fun for kids and engaging, simple, educational

What we’d love to see…

word level settings, consonant and blend selection, words added to photo book

Summary

An early reader app disguised as a fun baking game .

Our Rating

Sesame Street Alphabet KitchenWhat happens when a distinguished educational program collaborates with an award winning educational toy company? Something great is made! Sesame Street and Tiggly have teamed up to create a brand new beginning reader app called Sesame Street Kitchen. It teaches children to recognize and read 3 letter CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and 4 letter CVCC and CCVC words in a super fun and engaging way.

There are two ways to play the game. You can play the app on its own or with the use of the Tiggly Words Learning System, a smart toy comprised of five vowels that interacts with the app. This is sold separately and since I do not have it, please note that this review is only for the app only.

In Sesame Street Kitchen, children help bake cookies with the incessantly hungry but very lovable Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster starts by cutting the dough with two or three cookie cutters in the shape of consonants. He then asks the children to pick a vowel that will form a word with the consonants he chose. For example, Cookie Monster may cut a P and N on the dough, leaving a space in between them. Children can then choose a vowel such as A or E to make the word PEN or PAN. They can either tap on vowel of their choice or drag and drop them on the dough. If the vowel they chose does not make a word, Cookie Monster gently tells them to try again. If they make a word successfully, the letters get cut and thrown in a mixing bowl. The children then get to add colors and mix it all up. After mixing the dough thoroughly, a cookie is magically made! The cookie may simply be the word with added colors and sprinkles, or it may surprisingly turn into the shape of the object that represents the word.

What happens when a distinguished educational program collaborates with an award winning educational toy company? Something great is made! Sesame Street and Tiggly have teamed up to create a brand new beginning reader app called Sesame Street Kitchen. It teaches children to recognize and read 3 letter CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and 4 letter CVCC and CCVC words in a super fun and engaging way.

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There are two ways to play the game. You can play the app on its own or with the use of the Tiggly Words Learning System, a smart toy comprised of five vowels that interacts with the app. This is sold separately and since I do not have it, please note that this review is only for the app only.

In Sesame Street Kitchen, children help bake cookies with the incessantly hungry but very lovable Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster starts by cutting the dough with two or three cookie cutters in the shape of consonants. He then asks the children to pick a vowel that will form a word with the consonants he chose. For example, Cookie Monster may cut a P and N on the dough, leaving a space in between them. Children can then choose a vowel such as A or E to make the word PEN or PAN. They can either tap on vowel of their choice or drag and drop them on the dough. If the vowel they chose does not make a word, Cookie Monster gently tells them to try again. If they make a word successfully, the letters get cut and thrown in a mixing bowl. The children then get to add colors and mix it all up. After mixing the dough thoroughly, a cookie is magically made! The cookie may simply be the word with added colors and sprinkles, or it may surprisingly turn into the shape of the object that represents the word.

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After making four cookies in a row, children get to “eat” the cookies they made or share them with Cookie Monster. In this activity, children are taken to a different room where they can see their four cookies displayed on a shelf. Cookie Monster is there waiting for them and behind him is a picture frame with a camera icon on it. Clicking on this camera will allow children to take a selfie that will then be displayed on the picture frame. This was a lot of fun for my little testers who giggled as they made all kinds of silly faces for the camera. I wish that they could save their photos on the camera roll, but as of now they are only saved in-app. Whenever children take a photo with the picture frame camera, a screenshot is saved showing the set of 4 cookies, Cookie Monster, and the picture frame with their selfie on it.

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I think it is simply brilliant that they used a baking activity as a backdrop for teaching phonics and reading skills. Children love to help bake, and with Cookie Monster on hand and some Sesame Street kitchen magic, they are bound to get captivated by this app. My testers were definitely occupied for a good amount of time, having lots of fun putting words together and finding out what kind of cookie they would make.

Something I would like to see on a future update is a way to select the type of words used. This way children who have already mastered 3 letter words can skip ahead to four letter words. I also think this app would be useful for speech therapy to elicit language and work on articulation, so another great addition would be to be able to select specific consonants and
blends to target. Finally, on the saved photos, I would like to see the words shown under the cookie they made. This will help children review words they have learned. The app comes with 12 language settings for parents. The game is in English only, but parents can read the parent menu and settings in their language of choice. The parent section and external links are locked and can only be accessed by answering a multiplication question correctly.

Overall, I think that Sesame Street Kitchen is an excellent early reader app. It will appeal to its target audience who are bound to a lot of fun while learning how to read. If your little one loves Cookie Monster, then this app will definitely be a hit!

iTunes Link: Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen – Sesame Street

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen by Sesame Street

Price: $2.99 USD

This is a vocabulary-building app, which will help your child practice early literacy skills by blending letter sounds to create words in Cookie Monster’s alphabet kitchen!

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.



Learn to read with Monkey Junior – a homeschool curriculum in English, French by Early Start Co. Ltd – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

The different ways words are shown using text, images, videos and sounds.

What we’d love to see…

Pre-loaded lessons.

Summary

A fantastic app sure to teach children new words, phrases and simple sentences from a young age to first grade.

Our Rating

Monkey Junior by Early Start is an extensive reading app which is jam packed full of ways children can discover and learn new words and new sentences. The app covers hundreds of different topics with more than one hundred phonic rules. Each course contains thousands of words, videos, images, audios and different voices.

The app is free to download and includes several lessons in both US and UK English, and French which introduce new words on different topics. At this stage, these free lessons are available across easy, medium and advanced levels except for French which is only available at easy and medium levels. You have the option to get more free lessons by rating the app on iTunes or Facebook using connect and share.

An in-app purchase unlocks the full course in US or UK English or/and French which provides you with a total of 2,463 lessons!

To give you an example, the English US version has three difficulty levels: Easy (teaches single words, phrases), Medium (simple sentences) and Advanced (complicated sentences to help enhance first grade readers’ reading fluency and skills in sentence formation). Within each difficulty level, there are five separate levels and within those levels there are 60+ lessons.

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Each lesson teaches your child new words. You can either leave settings as they come standard so that each category of words is chosen or you can choose from each category (animals, wild animals, body parts, nature etc.).

Children can be shown those new words in a multi sensory way (showing a word as text, an image, a video and a sentence illustration to describe the words in some courses), using flash cards with adjustable speed, using phonics sounds, phonics games, sight words, read words by themselves or play a quiz game guessing the word by a sound or a picture which is then reinforced. Alternatively you can change the settings to show words using the multi sensory way, flash cards and quiz all at the same time.

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The app includes a quick guide to show children and parents how to use it as well as a parents page which includes a general settings section, an app overview section, a content purchase section and a more apps section. Most are blocked by a parental gate which requires you to solve a simple math problem.

My three year old loves this app, we switch from English to French to learn new words. The app is very easy to use and she has no issues turning each page to learn new words, looking at pictures and videos and having a go at the games to earn new stickers.

This app is a wealth of knowledge and great for teaching children new words, new sentences in a simple yet effective way. The only issue I could find with this app is that lessons are not preloaded which means you need to download a new one each time. This can be an issue if your little one is a bit impatient and wants to keep going with the lessons. Downloading several lessons at a time whilst the little one is not using the iPad is recommended.

Overall, this is a fantastic app to teach children new words, phrases and simple sentences from a young age to first grade. This app is packed with so much information, a great resource which will be sure to teach your children something new every day.

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Monkey Junior: a homeschool curriculum, how to teach your child to read English, French

Monkey Junior: learn to read Monkey Junior: learn to read by Early Start Co. Ltd
Category: Education
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 69.01 MB

$FREE

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Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.

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