Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC – Review



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Review by Alison

What we love…

the ease of adding and removing grippers which allow you to customize one stylus for multiple people

What we’d love to see…

a smaller version for younger kids who may not be able to hold a full #2 pencil stylus

Summary

This is a great stylus which will grow with your child as they age.

Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC is a stylus designed for kids! This stylus includes grippers which help children develop the correct grip when tracing letters in both print and cursive on your devices. The stylus pencil resembles a number two pencil with the exception that it has a rubberized tip instead of a graphite tip and it has a similar feeling to a full #2 pencil. The stylus came with three different grippers all of which can slide on and off to meet the various needs of the user.

The individual grippers for this stylus really help you to customize it to your child’s grip style based upon their age. I liked the stylus for apps other than just handwriting ones as well because rather than using his fingers, my son used it and tried to color in a picture on the screen and was able to do it with far more precision than he was normally able to do. In terms of using it with handwriting apps, my son was able to use the stylus and attempt to copy the letters and numbers on the screen. There were definitely times he was more successful than others, but he kept trying and I saw improvement the more he used the stylus. This stylus could be used in occupational therapy to help children work on their grip of a pencil while doing fun activities on the iPad or other devices which would provide positive reinforcement for using it.

It would be great if this stylus was offered in a smaller style for younger children – who may be too young for a full #2 pencil similar to a “pip squeak marker style” where it’s a marker but just in a smaller package. It would also be nice if there were a smaller version I could put in my purse for times when we are out with just my iPhone instead of the full iPad and he wants to use it.

The stylus pencils are available for purchase by both parents and professionals. They offer a school “classroom kit” which includes 12 stylus pencils, 12 grippers, the Smarty Print app and instruction cards. The kits can be purchased for the 2-5 classroom and as a “Kindergarten and older” classroom kit. Individual styluses and pencils can be purchased by parents to help carry over learning from school to home or just to provide practice for children in using a stylus versus their hands on touch screen devices. This is a great stylus which will grow with your child as they age. You can buy the stylus online at http://www.smartyshortzshop.com/.

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. 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.



Little Red Riding Hood’s Listening Adventure By Pocket SLP -Review



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What we love…

discrimination and auditory memory activities

What we’d love to see…

more options for levels for the activities. Retell 2 to work as intended

Summary

great concept! Good app with few updates.

Our Rating

Little Red Riding Hood’s Listening Adventure

Little Red Riding Hood’s Listening Adventure, is the classic fairytale presented as an app to work on listening skills, it was developed by a Speech Language Pathologist. It is professionally narrated and has beautiful illustrations.
The child can choose  to watch the video or read the story. In video story mode the illustrations are the same as in the book and some of the characters move around the page while the story is narrated. In story mode the child can read by them self or have it read to them, the words can be shown or hidden. After listening to or reading the story the child can do activities associated with the story.

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There are five activities:

Auditory memory. Here the child has to pack Red Riding Hoods picnic basket. There are 3 levels: pack the basket with 3, 4 or 5 items in the correct order.

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Discrimination presents a target word auditorily then presents three words auditorily  with matching pictures and finally the target word auditorily again. The child chooses the picture of the target word. The child can touch the sound symbol under each picture to hear the word again.

Sequencing presents the child with four scenes from the story, which they need to put in the correct order .

Retell 1 walks through the storybook with prompts to assist the retell.

Retell 2 has a background scene and  characters from the story. The child can move the characters around to re-enact the story whilst re-telling it. They can record and playback the retell.

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I like that if a mistake is made in the auditory memory task all items are taken out of the basket and you need to start over.  The target word for discrimination can be replayed as well as each choice. The prompts for retell 1 assist the retell by prompting with words like then and next.

In a future update I would like to see added discrimination task without the pictures, different levels for the story retell would also be nice additions. I couldn’t get the playback to work for my story retell 2. Only the top left portion of the picture showed up in the bottom left portion of the screen, so I would like to see this fixed too.

Overall, a great concept taking a classic tale and turning it into an app to work on important listening skills, but it needs a few app updates to fulfill its potential.

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Suzanne is married with one fantastic 12 year old daughter. Suzanne is a school speech language pathologist in the public schools and enjoys her job tremendously. She and her family have recently moved from North Dakota to Texas and are enjoying the wonderful climate change this move has provided. Suzanne has always been the power user of new electronics in her schools and loves to teach others what she has learned. She shares her knowledge of appropriate apps with coworkers and families.



Wild Kratts Creature Math by PBS Kids -Review



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What we love…

Engaging, interactive app; keeps changing, adapts to the child’s skill level, teaches addition and subtraction skills as well as about animals and the environment.

What we’d love to see…

New animals added in future updates.

Summary

Highly recommended for K- 2nd grade students working on basic addition and subtraction skills.

 

Our Rating

Wild Kratts Creature MathWild Kratts Creature Math is a math app for early elementary school students by PBS Kids. It is based on the very popular PBS Kids T.V. show Wild Kratts that stars Martin and Chris Kratt. It is child friendly with no in-app purchases, adverts or external links.

 

The app has 4 player profiles- each represented by a different colored paw print and each player has their own ecosystem to look after. When they start to play it is a pretty empty place with grass, a lake and stream but very little plants and no animals. The students picks a spot in their habitat, and can choose an animal home or food item to place there. To earn that item they have to answer a simple addition or subtraction problem. Martin and Chris are there to guide them, and the student uses manipulatives such as seeds or power discs to help in doing the math question.

iPad Screenshot 3 As they answer the math problem they also learn facts about the animals they are feeding or housing. There are eight different animals and sixteen different home and food types. Each child can create their own unique ecosystem by adding more of their favorite animals or plants. The ecosystem is ever-changing – the animals eat the food provided and need more, storms may roll in causing damage that needs repair, and they always need to keep a look out for Gourmand stealing animals. The child can earn a series of badges for looking after the animals and protecting the habitat. The app adapts to the child’s progress and adjusts the difficulty level of the questions as their skill improves.

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My six year-old twins, like many US school children love the Wild Kratts, they have learned a lot about wildlife from the show and will happily watch episodes over and over, as a result they were very excited to learn there was a Wild Kratts app. The fact that you have to practice math to play with the app hasn’t fazed them at all, and it is an app they they keep returning to play again and again as a favorite app, without realizing they are actually doing schoolwork as they play!

Overall, this is a great math app for early elementary school students, it is interactive and engaging, and keeps children motivated to practice their addition and subtraction skills, whilst at the same time teaching them about nature. Highly recommended for K- 2nd grade students working on basic addition and subtraction skills.

Download using this link Wild Kratts Creature Math – PBS KIDS

Wild Kratts Creature Math
Wild Kratts Creature Math
by PBS KIDS

Category: Education, Games
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: 72.48 MB

$1.99USD

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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).

Griffin Survivor for iPad Mini – Review

What we love…

protective case  to ensure your iPad is safe no matter if it is dropped or falls accidentally

What we’d love to see…

the case being waterproof, a way to turn up the sound as it does get a bit muffled

Summary

Overall. very protective case and good value for the money.  I like knowing that my iPad Mini is protected no matter what the situation or potential drop hazard.. Kid friendly and approved by Mom!

Our Rating

 

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When I decided to get an iPad Mini – I knew that I wanted a protective case for it even though it was “mine” versus being a family iPad.  I didn’t want to take a chance of my son grabbing my iPad and accidentally dropping it onto the floor.  The Griffin Survivor Mini meets or exceeds Department of Defense Standards for durability and our iPad 2 which has a Survivor on it has survived many drops and falls!  The Survivor features a poly carbonate frame with shock absorbing silicone and a build in screen protector to ensure your screen doesn’t get scratched, fingerprints or worst case cracked in a fall. There are hinged plugs which seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, volume controls and also a bonus stand for ease of viewing your iPad on a flat surface. You can view videos and test results online at www.griffintechnology.com/armored.  To read our review of the original – check it out  here.   

I really love the durability that this case provides for my iPad Mini which I frequently slip into my bag to take places with me since it is small and portable.  I don’t have to worry about the screen getting scratched since the case features a protective covering.  I also loved all the color choices (including my favorite pink!) as well as the nice form factor for the case.  The case was easy to install and is easy to clean using Clorox wipes to prevent from spreading germs around when using the iPad Mini.

In terms of improvements – it does “muffle” the sound a little bit making it a tiny bit more difficult for Siri to understand me compared to not having a case, but honestly the protection is worth it in my book!  I haven’t taken it off my Mini since I got it – and it’s stood up to a few drops, bumps and a little bit of abuse in the meantime.  Our original Griffin Survivor case on our iPad 2 survived an accidental  fall of 8+ feet so I know for a fact that the case is durable!  I would love it if this case was waterproof, and to be honest I’ve never tested it in the rain.  I would also like to buy a separate protective covering for the screen in case of accidents.  Griffin should also include a link to a video demo of the case – as the instructions are inside the case instead of being readily accessible which can make it frustrating to install if you are not familiar with it.

Overall. very protective case and good value for the money.  I like knowing that my iPad Mini is protected no matter what the situation or potential drop hazard.  Available for purchase at Griffin Technology .

Technical Specifications

  • Product Height 8.01″
  • Product Width 5.38″
  • Product Weight 7.75 oz.
  • Product Depth 1.12″

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. 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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