The Land of Learnia – Review


What we love…

Instructional scaffolding to help build skills mastery.

What we’d love to see…

Written instructions for parents.

Summary

A potentially addictive 3D mobile game cum Math and Spelling learning app for grades 1-3.

Our Rating

The Land of Learnia is a Math and Spelling learning app that is set in a 3D virtual world where students are tasked to open up the learning paths across the islands by mastering various skills from Common Core Math and Spelling for grades 1 -3. Each island in Learnia contains work from a math or spelling grade level and students can choose to undertake work from one or more islands at any one time. As rewards, players earn animals that they can feed and play with in Learnia.

Students begin their learning journey on the central Island of Learnia where they meet the owl, Waddle. Waddle likes to take a walk along the Spelling Street and the Path of Math but these paths are blocked by skill stones. Players have to help move the stones out of the way by passing the time-based challenges on each skill stone. Each stone represents a math skill or spelling list to be mastered and the stones can be dealt with in any order. Players are advised to prepare themselves well for the tests by completing a series of lessons and training exercises provided.

Once conquered, these skills stones are converted to bronze, silver or gold depending on the level of mastery, and you can repeat these tests to improve your achievements. As the learning paths are cleared, Waddle is able to move forward and collect coins and gems along the paths adding to the student’s collection.

Each skill stone along the Spelling Street teaches a new spelling list and it comes with 4 different spelling exercises to help students learn and retain the new words. As each word is introduced, a sentence showing how to use the word in context is given verbally.

At the other end of the central island, the Path of Math leads the way to the various math skills from grade 1 to 3. A combination of lessons and hands-on learning exercises help prepare students to master the skills at each skill stone. First, students are encouraged to explore the math concept using digital manipulatives to build understanding. Then they are guided step-by-step on how to solve math problems. Appropriate support and useful tips are given when needed. Students can choose to write their answers on the screen or choose from a virtual keyboard.

What I like in this app is that different problem solving strategies are taught using various tools. These math strategies help students make connection between different mathematical concepts and build upon what they have already learnt. With stronger understanding and practice, students learn the math skills more easily and quickly.

Students are rewarded with a shower of coins and gems after each exercise and test, regardless of the score. Gems collected give game time to play 4 different types of computer games (Molecule Madness, Snakia, Tic-Tac-Toc and Five In a Row) while the collected coins can be used to buy a variety of animals unique to each island, to populate the Learnia world. Players will need more coins to get these animals food (which has expiry dates) and play items. It’s deeply satisfying for players to see their achievements and collections proudly displayed on the Learnia map. They can move around the map, exploring the different landscapes and immersing in the environmental sounds. Just watching what’s going on in the Land of Learnia can be relaxing for students.

The Learnia app is free to download with access to 14 skills stones, 6 for math and 8 for spelling. Thereafter, you have to purchase access to the island(s) corresponding to your child’s grade level – $4.99 per grade for spelling and $7.99 for each grade level of math.

A student’s progress is saved in the cloud and synced across tablets (iOS and Android devices), and parents and teachers can share access to the student’s account. The app is also suitable for use in a classroom where teachers can set up accounts for each student and monitor what each student is working on in real time. They have information on which questions each student needs help with and review these with the student.

The Land of Learnia combines the best of mobile gaming and digital learning in one app. Students will want to come back frequently to check out their Learnia world and do some math and/or spelling work in order to feed their pets. There is a lot of content (especially for math) included which will provide hours of work to help students build confidence and mastery.

 

 

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Spelling – $4.99/grade level
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The land of Learnia The land of Learnia by Learnia Inc

Price: $FREE

Wouldn't it be great if your child would enjoy learning math and spelling skills?

Kids explore a 3D world with varied scenery and animals.
To advance, kids master skill stones containing exercises.

 

 

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.

Math Facts To 100 by FuzzyBees – Review and Giveaway


What we love…

Ability to design your own Math Fact drills that target your child’s current learning goals. Interactive student tools that help them to visualize the math equations.

What we’d love to see…

Math Facts including ‘0’. Color and redo buttons directly accessible in the Students’ section.

Summary

A Math Facts practice app that is fully adaptable to the needs of students of different abilities at different stages of Math Facts learning.

Our Rating

A mastery of Math Facts enable our kids to solve complex Math problems easily and quickly. More importantly, a fast recall of Math Facts give them the tools for handling daily life skills like telling time and counting money. If you are looking for an app for learning and memorizing Math Facts, you need to check out Math Facts To 100 by FuzzyBees.

This app teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication and division Math Facts. It is fully customizable to match what your child is working on and it is equipped with supportive learning tools that teaches your child how to solve math problems independently. These help facilitate understanding and reduce frustrations when completing math drills that are necessary in achieving Math Facts fluency.

Read on for the app’s various powerful features.

Fully Customizable Settings

The strength of this app is the flexible settings which allow you to design your own Math Facts drills. You can break down the steps to mastering Math Facts into manageable levels based on your child’s learning needs/goals and set up the app accordingly. Not only can you choose which Math Facts to learn and set how many equations to solve at each session, you can also tailor the types of equations to be solved and the kind of support to offer to your child.

Additional customizable details that further adapt the app to what your chid is familiar with are grouped under the Display section of the Settings page. These include skip counting by the multiplier or multiplicand, vertical or horizontal equation format, and the phone or calculator number pad layout. You also have the option to mute the sounds for various actions e.g. incorrect answers given.

There is no timer here but the time taken for completion of each session is recorded. A maximum of 4 different settings for different learning goals or different child can be prepared and saved at any one time.

Visual Learning Tools

The app is equipped with 3 types of interactive student tools that you can use to demonstrate to your child how to solve a math problem. Different child learns differently and presenting them with different approaches to solving the same problem allows you to discover the one that helps your child understand the concept best. This also encourages your child to seek out a different method of solving a problem when one strategy does not work.

The 3 learning tools provided in the app are the Hundred Board, Multiplication Board and a White Board. Students are free to choose the visual tool or combination of tools that they want to work with for each question. A color tool (consisting of 9 colors) is available for highlighting key numbers during the problem solving process.

The 100 Board is equipped with visual help (which you can opt out in the Settings) that highlight the steps to solving Math problems more effectively. For example, instead of counting up or down for addition and subtraction equations, students learn to get the same answer more quickly by adding or subtracting in tens (vertically) and in ones (horizontally).

If they tap and hold on any number on the board, they can also see what it means to add and subtract a quantity from this number.

For multiplication, the 100 Board will show students how to use skip counting to arrive at the answers. The visual help show the sequence of multiples (times tables) which students have to memorize.

The Multiplication Board (x2 to x10), on the other hand, helps students to multiply and divide easily within 100. Just tap the factors along the left most column and the top most row and the intersected number will give the answer.

The third tool, the White Board acts as a free space for students to do their math working. This is my youngest’s favorite as he is more comfortable with using counters which he draws on the board using the color tool. For him, the act of sharing a large number of counters equally helps him to better understand the concept of division.

Creating Math Drills

Before starting to use the app, you will need to find the Settings section that is hidden from the Students’ section. Pull down the equation box to reveal the Settings, color tool and redo buttons. The Teaching Tips and Reports sections are also accessible from the Settings section. You can learn about the various app features and how to use them in the Teaching Tips.

In the default setting, the app generates 50 random basic Math Fact equations of mixed operations in one session. Besides solving for answers to the equations, problems asking for the 1st or 2nd operand are also included (e.g. ? x 12 = 36). This is a great Math Facts workout for advanced students to improve their mental math. To modify the types of problems in this ‘Generate’ mode, you can adjust the parameters like the maximum values of the operands and results as well as the math operators tested.

To prepare drills focused on specific group(s) of Math Facts in the ‘List’ mode, you load the in-app basic facts and choose/add the one(s) to work on. Single or mixed operators, sequential or random equations, one or many problems, the choice is yours. If your child has math facts homework from school, you can even input these equations into the app. This way, your child can make use of the app’s visual tools to help him/her complete the homework.

Reports

At a glance, the reports show you the date and time, percentage of correct answers, number of equations attempted, time taken and whether visual help was used for each completed session. Tap on each session and you will see the list of equations that were answered incorrectly on the first try, so that you can have your child work on them again.

Summary

Math Facts to 100 is a dynamic app for learning the basic Math Facts visually and progressively. It is designed to meet the needs of children of different abilities and students at different stages of Math Facts fluency through instructional scaffolding. Highly recommended.

 

 

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Math Facts To 100 Math Facts To 100 by FuzzyBees

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Math Facts To 100 is an app that generates math facts equations and provides visualization for the equations using the hundred board.

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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.

Yours.co – Turning Your Smartphone Videos and Photos into Beautiful Movies

Do you take most of your videos and photos using your Smartphone? You are not alone, in 2017 it was estimated that 85% of all photos taken were taken using a Smartphone. Taking videos and photos on your phone is really easy and convenient and with all the technological advances in the last few years the latest phones can take very good quality images. However, there is one major drawback with taking videos on your phone- often they just stay on your phone or computer or in the cloud, never to be seen again.

Yours.co is a new service aiming to preserve the memories of your best Smartphone videos and photos and turn them into DVDs for easy viewing. Unlike creating your own movie from your pictures and video clips Yours.co is very quick and easy. You download an app to your phone and select the photos and videos that you would like to include from your camera role. You don’t have to edit them, choose a soundtrack, add effects or insert transitions, Yours.co does all that. The DVDs are archival quality and Yours.co preserve your original content as well as creating a movie for you.

I recently had the opportunity to test out the Yours.co service and I was impressed by how easy it was. Creating home movies is something that has long been on my wish list, but I never seem to find time to use iMovie to do so. I think the last time we actually created a movie from our video clips was when my twins were babies and they are now almost 11 years old! I’m really looking forward to being able to watch home movies of our families precious memories again.

Yours.co creates movies up to 30 min long from the video clips and photos on your phone. To use the service you first download the Yours app then select which videos and photos you want to include. You see the videos and photos from your camera roll as thumbnails,  and you simply tap on the ones you want to include. Each Magic Movie can include up to 99 videos and up to 250 photos. You don’t have to do any editing at all yourself,  just select the content and Yours.co does the rest. Once you have selected the content, you choose a cover image and title then submit your shipping and payment information.  After this is complete your images start uploading, the app needs to be kept open until the upload is complete. My suggestion is to  switch off your screen auto lock and start the upload before bed, as I found it took several hours for my photos and movies to upload. Once they are uploaded sit back, relax and wait for your movie to arrive

Your media is used to create a movie with transitions, effects and music using military grade archiving technology and is sent to you on an archival DVD. They are also planning to launch a streaming service to allow you to share your movies with family and friends where ever they are. The service is set to cost $35 per movie but it has just launched on Kickstarter where you can get a substantial discount. The Kickstarter was fully funded in the first 24 hours, and I like the service enough that I was an Early Bird backer myself! Its not too late to grab a bargain so check out their Kickstarter today

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).

Abigail’s Tales: First Day by Dabster Entertainment – Review



 

What we love…

beautifully illustrated book that tells us about Abigail’s day and her nervousness about it as well as all the ways she no longer needs to feel nervous.  Sharing ways not to be nervous was my son’s favorite part.

What we’d love to see…

way to customize the games so they didn’t get so hard quickly and ability to turn off the time

Summary

This is a beautifully illustrated book and game app which will help kids get over their jitters before the first day of school.  I can’t wait to try it with my older son before he goes back to school in the fall.

Our Rating

[APP ICON] Abigail’s Tales: First Day is the story of Abigail and her first day of second grade.  When she wakes up, she realizes it’s the first day of school and she begins to get nervous about it.  Abigail begins to get nervous about her funny feeling in her stomach, her mom reassures her about her first day of school and calls them butterflies.  Abigail gets ready for school and meets her classmates in Ms. Brady’s class.    This app features word highlighting, narration and beautiful illustrations.  It is both a storybook and a game.  The app features a typical second grade day including lunch, a field trip and time with friends.  The app includes a matching game and an opposite game.  The matching game has pictures and items to match.  The opposites game requires you to match up words.

I liked the reminders on how to help Abigail prepare for her first day, deep breaths, good thoughts, a uniform that is similar to other kids. A hug from Mom helps make the butterflies go away as she heads to class.  I also liked the story, it reminded me of somethings I might have done or my older son might have done like running around on the playground.  It’s great to see Abigail with her friends in the story and she’s no longer nervous about going to school.  First day jitters are always so hard for my kids – and I’m hoping when August rolls around that we will be able to read the story and remember that the first day is just another day.  I liked hearing that Abigail liked cats – I prompted my son to what he would say and he said art and lunch!  The ending also made me laugh when Abigail puts a special surprise in Jake’s pocket!  I also liked that kids could choose to have narration on/off/restart as well as the text highlighting on or off depending on their reading level.

In terms of enhancements, the games did get hard quickly.  The timer made my son a bit nervous the first few times he played.  I did like that the app adapted and made it harder or easier for him.

There are no in-app purchases, external links or advertising contained within the app.  This app is best for early grade school or perhaps older if kids are nervous before the first day.

This is a beautifully illustrated book and game app which will help kids get over their jitters before the first day of school.  I can’t wait to try it with my older son before he goes back to school in the fall.

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Abigail's Tales: First Day
Abigail's Tales: First Day
by Dabster Entertainment LLC

Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5-iPhone5, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, 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
Size: 294.51 MB

$0.99USD

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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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