immersive science based exploration better than any other science type app we have recently tested
What we’d love to see…
I would love to see more information for parents when they first launch the app explaining how they can use it with their kids. I would love to see more earth science and a fuller explanation of each of the contents or even a dig in the individual planets.
This is the best science app covering these topics I have ever tested with my kids!
Tappity Grade K-4 Science for Kids is a subscription based app for iOS that features an immersive experience into a variety of science topics. The app is designed for children from kindergarten through grade four. My preschooler loved the app as well – although he had a shorter attention span. New content is being constantly added and ranges from Oceans to planets to evolution and more. There is even a monthly mystery. Topics are: new content, adventures, space, nature, animals, dinosaurs and mini mysteries. The narration is in native English and is very clear and easy to understand.
The app starts with an adventure you choose – my kids especially liked the space adventure where you traveled through space, landed on the moon, had lunch (broccoli or ice cream) and then even were able to control the weather on Venus. Each adventure is narrated and allows you to touch, explore, hear the narration and impressively learn while using the app without kids knowing it! Navigation is simple, kids tap, twist, orbit and touch arrows when they are done with specific adventures. The app uses actual video footage rather than animated characters or computer animations.
As a mom, I loved the fun facts in each adventure as well as the animations – which felt so real like the coral reef with the fish swimming and more. Kids could also pop up the text at the bottom to read it as well. In the space adventure, watching my kids explore the various orbits and learning about the planets was so much more fun than I remember it being when I learned in a textbook in the classroom. I also appreciated that I knew each lesson would take approximately x number of minutes which gave me time to prep dinner or pack lunches instead of having to worry about my kids mindlessly watching television. The app encourages thinking and problem solving which are both very important in our current school curriculum. It also allows for exploration which means that kids can look around, explore and truly start to understand what they are learning. As a supplement, after we reviewed the space portion of Tappity we went to a local museum that was having a space exhibit – I was amazed at how much my kids remembered! It provided multi-sensory learning with app guides, clear explanations. You can download the adventures so no wi-fi is needed meaning that you can take the adventures with you. The music is fun and catchy. At the end you return home and there is a quick recap of what you learned. It encourages kids to go beyond the app and learn. At the end kids can take a photo to remember their adventure.
In terms of enhancements, I would love to see more information for parents when they first launch the app explaining how they can use it with their kids. I would love to see more earth science and a fuller explanation of each of the contents or even a dig in the individual planets.
The app is paid via in-app purchase via subscription, if you are like me, a lifetime subscription is a good buy! Prices are below and are current as of the time of this review in USD. Plans: $2.99/month, $14.99/year, and $49.99 (lifetime)
Both my boys loved this app and I loved that they were getting educational content and learning about science. They were well engaged and learning as well as retaining the content to be able to explain it. This is the best science app covering these topics I have ever tested with my kids! Perfect for homeschoolers, regular parents and even just curious kids. I can’t wait to test it with my Cub Scouts as well!
Fun easy to use leveled math app that encouraged my son to practice his math skills
What we’d love to see…
ability to test out of content your child may already be familiar with, ability to turn off the sound affects within the app
I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills.
Zap Zap Math – K6 Math Games by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. is a universal app for iOS that focuses on #commoncore math skills. The free app with gated in-app purchases (IAP) includes content for children from kindergarten through sixth grade to learn, master and be quizzed on math materials using games. The app itself contains over 150 games and over 180 math subtopics and is common core aligned to the Ontario Curriculum for Mathematics. For purposes of the review, I was given a full user ID and tested using second grade material since that is the grade my older son is in. The premium subscription is $9.99 USD and is charged on an annual basis. For those that purchase the full subscription there is also a web-based dashboard so you can check on your child’s progress.
Skills practiced within the app include: Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, Ratios, Multiplication, Geometry, Coordinates, Measurements, Angles, Time. Each “year” within the app is a full school year’s worth of content which is fantastic for home practice during homework time, for homeschooling families or simply to prevent the “summer slide”.
Within the app, there are four different skill areas to use: training, accuracy, speed, mission. There is no spoken language contained within the app, but there are written directions as well as video tutorials to show you what to do for each of the mini games. After completing problems correctly, the words “good job” or stars are flashed on the screen. After taking the quiz, you are shown the results of your work as well as given a time bonus (if completed faster than allowed) to give you a total score.
Training – this is the area where your child learns the skill and gets a tutorial about how to do it.
Accuracy – your child uses the skill to answer questions faster and more accurately
Speed Building – the skill itself is learned and now the focus is on completing the task in a faster manner
Mission – this brings all the pieces together when you rocket into outer space with a fun mini game
One of the things we liked was that there was a tutorial for each type of game. This made sure we understood how to play it because it included step by step directions and a sample problem for you to complete. My son in particular enjoyed the hive game as he had to connect different equations together to complete the problem. At the end of each mission, you see your accuracy and score as well as a number of “Z” coins which are in app currency to purchase items. We also liked the wide variety of games and frankly the huge amount of free content available to users without purchasing a subscription. This app really allowed you to “try before you buy”.
In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if there were a way to “test” out of content. My son was familiar in some cases with the content and kept telling me how “boring” it was to have to relearn a skill that he already knew. I also would like to be able to turn off the background sound within the app, my son found the ticking and various noises distracting so we ended up muting our device, but it would be nice if there was an easier way to do it. I’d also like a collaboration space, my son’s math curriculum is very visually based and several times he actually wanted to use the number line or draw out the math problem. You can see the number line in the training mode, but you can’t manipulate it which was something he requested. I would also like to see a parent gated area that contains the rating as well as a way to see the dashboard from my device in a future release.
Above is a screenshot of a sample dashboard that shows what skills each student is practicing along with accuracy, amount of time played, number of attempts. You can also click through to get a more detailed report.
I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills. This is a great app to try and see if it works for your family, the $9.99 in app purchase/annually seems affordable for the amount of content contained within the app. There are external links, however, they are parental gated.
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fun multi-player math game that covers a wide variety of topics and encourages kids to complete mini-games to learn more concepts using a multi-faceted approach to learning. I also really liked the dashboard so I could see areas my son was struggling. My son also liked the coins within the app which he earned for answering questions correctly.
What we’d love to see…
a “redo” button if your child knows the answer is wrong, showing the correct answer if you answer incorrectly in the training module.
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Zap Zap Math – K6 Math Games iOS Universal Education by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. is a universal space themed app for iOS which is free via iTunes and features a $9.99 annual subscription fee to access the full content of the app. The app includes math topics including: addition, subtraction, fractions, ratio’s, multiplication, geometry, coordinates, time, angles, and pre-school math. It is also aligned with #commoncore math standards and materials are delivered in a module type manner meaning the types of math are not intermixed within a teaching topic. The app allows for multiple profiles, meaning that you can use it with multiple children or users who can then practice specific types of content. Also included is a web dashboard where parents and teachers can login to see specific types of skills practiced, accuracy as well as areas that their child may have struggled with. The app does not require internet access to use it, however, in order for it to “sync” with the dashboard internet access is required.
The app opens with some test content for non subscribed users, for purposes of the review I used grade 1 content in a premium membership. The app features a four pronged approach to teaching content. Each of the modules is presented as a game which encourages kids to engage and seems to be a better way for my son to learn versus traditional worksheets. There are five “levels” to complete for each of the modules below before you move on to the next skill.
– Training: First you “train” which can include a tutorial on how to do a specific type of content. The tutorial provides instruction on how to move within the module using arrows and then a shovel to answer the question. Questions are poised which requires you to “jump” to the right answer using a number line, represented by boxes. When you get to the correct answer, another math problem is presented. Once you answer the problem correctly you are presented with a second problem and after every so many problems you are given a treasure chest to dig for. If you answer incorrectly, the flag does not drop most of the time. Your accuracy is tracked and given to you after you complete five problems successfully. After completing the problems you earn “z” coins which can be used to “purchase” content within the app. The coins are in-app currency and are earned by completing levels rather than something you purchase from the iTunes store.
– Accuracy: You are presented with problems to answer and after answering two problems correctly you can “fly” the space taxi. You earn an accuracy score as well as a regular score and earn more “z” coins. This level is meant to continue practicing the skill and improve your accuracy within the problems presented to mastery.
– Speed: you are presented with “how fast” can you make the number, accuracy (answering correctly) and speed are key components of this level. Typically you had to add two or more numbers to successfully complete the math problem.
– Mission: you are presented with a game to demonstrate mastery of a skill. For purposes of the review, I used the “orb” where you not only have to answer a math problem you also have to correctly pattern the color. This means that the problem may add up to 10 and there may be multiple colored orbs and you have to pick the right color pattern in order to answer the problem correctly. If you get too many problems incorrect, you earn a lower rank and don’t demonstrate “mastery” to move on to the next level.
I really liked the overall flexibility of the app as well as being able to see the areas that my son worked on while he was within the app. I used the dashboard to understand what areas he might have struggled with as well as looking to see improvement from the “training” to the “mission” modules. I also liked that the content was in modules rather than mixing it together with a variety of different skills being taught in one portion of the game. This is similar to how my son’s math is taught in school and a method we are familiar with. The graphics and games were interactive and encouraged my son. I also liked that by completing specific tasks my son could “spin” the wheel using his earned “Z” coins to gain additional items within the app.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the right “answer” shown if my child gets the answer wrong in training mode. For me, training mode is an opportunity to test and learn new concepts rather than master them. By putting a red “x” on the wrong answer from a field of 2 he knew he had it wrong but didn’t always understand why. For some of the games, my son had trouble differentiating “day” versus “night” in the clock to understand why he got the answer wrong. We did figure out the app was using military time versus what we traditionally used at home which is x time and AM/PM which then helped him get the answer correct. My son really struggled in the time telling section and got frustrated. I would also like a “redo” button just in case you select the wrong item by chance because there were times my son knew he had the answer wrong but had to continue with the “wrong” answer because we couldn’t figure out how to redo it.
Overall, I liked Zap Zap math because it aligned with common core learning standards and was much more fun for my son compared to written math sheets and he was still able to demonstrate that he knew a skill. I also liked that it was multiplayer and could be used with multiple children which will make the cost of the subscription less if you divide it out. The app could be a great supplement to classroom or even something you use with kids to prevent a summertime slide. You can download the app here or below using our iTunes widget. There are in-app purchases for the “premium” version and the app can be used across multiple devices using the correct student ID. There is a parental gate which requires a math problem to give feedback.
comprehensive curriculum designed by Autism experts to build early literacy, social skills in a variety of teaching methods which reward kids for completing themed lessons. It takes what used to be shelves of materials, translates them to lessons all in one easy to load app that can be used when and where you need it rather than having to create and carry around materials
What we’d love to see…
ability to practice some of the games that involve turn taking virtually
Overall, I felt that this app had a huge amount of content included for the price and could be a great supplement to be used at home during therapy sessions, to reinforce learning at school as well as making sure they stayed on task.
Core Skills by Infiniteach Inc is an educational iPad only app built by autism experts who have worked with children on the Autism Spectrum. The app is designed for those with autism or other developmental delays to help them reach their fullest potential. The app offers materials ranging from preschool through first grade level lessons in academics, social and communication domains based on Common Core Learning Standards. Infiniteach is an autism edteach company which is dedicated to developing educational iPad apps for students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Christopher Flit, the Founder and Chief Creative Officer was a special education teacher who trained over 12,000 parents and teachers in Illinois and across the United States about best practice autism strategies. Katie, a co-founder is a former Special Education Teacher and has a brother on the Autism Spectrum. Lally, a co-founder, is a behavioral therapist who works with children and adults who have ASD. The company was formed when the three came together with the shared believe that unlimited access to proven teaching strategies can help children with autism and developmental delays increase independence and create meaningful relationships.
It includes a number of features, which are highlighted below that allow children with developmental delays or ASD to work on social and communication skills either with another adult such as a parent or therapist or a peer. The app collects and saves data from all lessons and can be used on two iPads. Infiniteach Inc. also offers a one week trial so you can determine if the app is a good fit for your child/situation.
Features/Games included within the app
Skill building: The academic lessons include foundational lessons for preschool (color concepts, big/ little, shapes, picture match, etc.), math (counting, grouping, addition, etc), and reading (lower and uppercase find, sight words, rhyming, main ideas and details, etc.).
Social and Communication Lessons: The social interaction lessons provide two-player games that teach cooperative play and the importance of turn taking, such as following rules and sharing. The communication lessons help students express themselves and build conversation skills while working with a partner. This section can be adapted where the user asks questions and the other person types it in (which is great to practice listening skills!) as well as used to practice turn taking.
Themes: range from animals, trains, sports, food and many more which engage kids and after the successfully finish a lesson they are rewarded with brief video. The video aligns with the theme in the lesson. You can turn on and off specific themes depending on your child’s interest.
Data Collection: dashboard where data on lessons is recorded and displayed in charts and graphs which can be shared and printed. As each student completes their lessons, data is automatically collected, stored, and graphed which can be shared or printed.
Printable Materials: There are also off iPad activities available (printable worksheets/curriculum) that parents or teachers can print and then manually add results to the data graphs which allows for continued data collection. The worksheets help take lessons learned within the app and move them to a more concrete “real world” application. Once they are completed, they can be kept and used as sample work in a portfolio or discarded.
Frustration Free Learning: Lessons adjust in difficulty to ensure children are always learning at relevant levels of proficiency. The app also includes visual lists and errorless learning (for example – if the child starts to make mistakes, then the lesson gets easier) or vice versa which ensures your child stays on task and engaged with the app.
Collaboration: With a paid account, you get a free collaborator account which helps ensure continuity of learning – this could be a teacher, parent or even a therapist and data is synced between the accounts. The child can practice with the collaborator on their iPad in the same room at the same time.
Customized profiles: The customized profile allows you to enter and save information about your child including interests, attention span, specific themes, making this great for small classroom and home usage.
I loved the amount of material contained within the app. I have spent hours exploring it, and have found lots of great lessons which I tested out with my son. I liked how you could choose specific themes for the app – so if trains or the ocean was a particular favorite it was easy to get specific themed lessons around that. Gathering the data was helpful too – and once your child starts a lesson they are “locked” into it where the parent has to enter a passcode for them to exit. This means that they will focus on the app – and hopefully complete the activities successfully. You can change the pin number, so kids don’t get to know what it is even if they see you enter it. I liked also that the app encouraged not only learning material, but applying it both on and off device as well as the ability to ask questions. The keyboard and social skills games were a bit confusing for my son. I love how the content is customized and that it gets easier or harder depending on how your child does – then you can track it over time to see if a pattern emerges. I liked the turn taking activities – and my son did too once he understood “why” the screen flipped. The images within the app helped my son remember better than just words on the screen which appeals to those that may learn in a variety of different ways. The support experience is fast – and they are working to develop more support for parents and children who are using the app. The app also moves from printed or physical materials which have to be designed, used and then finally stored when not in use. Now you can just launch an app on your device, customize the content to them and have it ready in moments and on the fly rather than having to plan it out to be ready for a therapy session.
In terms of enhancements, the keyboard and social skills games were a bit confusing for my son. He didn’t understand why typing on the keyboard was “upside down” from the way that the words printed on the screen. I kept trying to explain to him that it wasn’t upside down, and he was meant to be sitting across from me but since he’s used to the dynamic keyboard on the iPad which flips when it is oriented he was bothered by it. The app is used in portrait mode – and it does not automatically flip when you re-orient the iPad – which isn’t a problem per se but does require some explaining for kids. I would love to see a way where the collaborator and student during turn taking games could collaborate even if they were not in the same room. Right now, I’ve only been able to figure out how to do it when both people are in the room and can press the arrow. The login portion of the app was a bit cumbersome and the developer recently changed it so you can do an in-app purchase to unlock additional content rather than having to use their website. I’d also like to have the ability to have printables specific to the curriculum you are working on emailed so I didn’t have to login to another location.
Overall, I felt that this app had a huge amount of content included for the price and could be a great supplement to be used at home during therapy sessions, to reinforce learning at school as well as making sure they stayed on task. The reporting, customized content and information help to provide a comprehensive set of materials for late preschool through early elementary school to ensure that consistency is measured along with the material learned. By using images, touch screen and manipulation of content students move from passive learners to those immersed in their education and are likely to retain more content.
The app has In-App Purchases for the material after the one week trial.
$99.99/USD annually for one student profile (home use)
$139.99/USD annually for up to 5 student profiles (Medium)
$189.99/USD annually for up to 10 student profiles (Premium)
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