Understanding Maths – Telling Time	 by appp media – Review

Understanding Maths – Telling Time by appp media – Review



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When I was reviewing Understanding Maths – Telling Time by appp media UG, I wondered what it could offer us that are not already covered in the many time telling apps available in the App Store. Well, my first impression was that it is not kiddish like most others. Cute and fun games can sometimes be distracting and overwhelming while Telling Time’s clean and minimalist look is more befitting of early elementary students. Upon closer look, I realize that it also offers many options for customizing the learning experience that are missing in other apps.

What we love…

The app reads the time in our own voice.

What we’d love to see…

Questions on time in am and pm.

Summary

This is a comprehensive learning app on telling time that is both customizable and functional. Kids will love to hear their own voice telling the time in the app.

Our Rating

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Firstly, the app can be used in 3 languages – US English (default), UK English or Deutsch. If you need to change the language, you should do so before starting to use the app by touching the globe from the main menu. Secondly, you or your children can record your own voice in telling the time by replacing all the audio or just some of the words. If you have a whole class of students using the app, each of them will love to be able to personalize their account with their own voice. Thirdly, you can choose between the formal (17:20 is five twenty p.m.) or popular (twenty after five) way of telling time. Last but most importantly, you can specify what skill each student should be working on.

The first lesson that the app teaches is the vocabulary of time. In making their own recordings, students learn about the words that are used in telling time. Their recordings can be used in an interactive Learning Clock that reads the time shown on the clock as students move the hands of the clock. This helps students get familiarized with the structure of telling the time, either using “to” and “after” (popular way) or with minutes only (formal way). When students move the hands around the clock, they also get to see the corresponding change in the day, from morning to the next day through the night on a 24-hour format.

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The 3 main learning activities in the app teach the skills of setting the analogue and digital clocks and calculating periods of time. The hands of the clock are color-coordinated with the corresponding numbers on the clock to help students make the connection. For example, if you touch the pink minute hand, the numbers in minutes show up in pink. The questions in these activites start out easy then gradually get more difficult, from setting the time to the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour and finally to blocks of 5 minutes. As students switch between the 3 learning activities, the level of difficulty of questions is synchronized across the activities. But you can adjust the level of difficulty for the individual activity as you monitor each child’s progress.

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A unique feature of this app is that students can continue to use the app in their daily routines and teachers can use it in their classrooms outside of the learning activities. The Timer and My Clock are great additions that encourage students to apply the knowledge and skills that they have learnt. The timer can also be used as a countdown tool to demonstrate how long a certain number of minutes feels like. As an added bonus, students can accumulate stars earned in the learning activities to unlock new clock faces for their clock and they can switch them around in the app.

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In summary, Understanding Maths – Telling Time is a comprehensive learning app that will teach students how to tell the time, how to set the time on the analogue and digital clocks and how to do math with periods of time at a pace that suits their ability. But what steals the show is the app’s ability to tell the time in yours or the students’ own voice. With its straightforward approach and minimalist look, it is best suited for classroom learning and practice.

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Understanding Maths – Telling Time

Understanding Math - Telling Time Understanding Math - Telling Time by appp media UG
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 42.78 MB

$2.99USD

 

 

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.
 Bloom by Megalearn – Review

Bloom by Megalearn – Review



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Bloom by Megalearn is a really cool science discovery app that teaches students 3 ways in which seeds are dispersed in nature. It shows how the coconut, dandelion and raspberry are propagated by their seeds and how they grow from seeds in stages. It also shows the elements necessary for the seeds to germinate.

What we love…

The ability to take part in the release of seeds as well as the seed dispersal and growth process.

What we’d love to see…

To include the fourth method of dispersal by explosion/splitting.

Summary

An excellent science app that allows student to discover how plants are propagated by their seeds and the conditions for seeds to grow.

Our Rating

Students start by choosing the coconut, dandelion or raspberry from the main menu. Each plant is presented in its natural environment – the coconut tree on the sandy beach, the dandelion plant in the fields and the raspberry bush in the forest.

Everything from this point onwards is intuitive and students need no explicit instructions on how to help the plants to grow and propagate, or how to create conditions suitable for the seeds to germinate. A slider by the side or at the bottom of the screen allows students to control the speed of change as they observe the growth process and the different seed dispersal mechanisms. My youngest loves all the meaningful interactions and animations as he explores scenes after scenes.

The app wows with the little details that make the experience realistic. For example, how it illustrates seeds flying in the air, how you can control the speed of wind to help the seeds fly further and the sound of water splashing as you move the coconuts further out in the sea are all very cleverly done.

At the end of the discovery journey, students are encouraged to reflect on the process that they have just witnessed. They are asked the name of the fruit/flower and how their seeds are spread. There is no other text in the app besides these multiple choice questions. It would be great if the app could offer the option to display the key words on the respective illustrations.

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There is so much knowledge to be shared here. You can highlight to your children the conditions essential for the seeds to germinate and grow as well as parts of the fruit/flower and their function in spreading their seeds (e.g. the porous coconut husk, the dandelion’s hair-like parachutes of seeds and the bright and attractive appearance of the raspberries) or discuss why the coconut trees are commonly found near the sea, the dandelion flowers grow well in open fields and the raspberry bushes are so delicious, etc.

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The illustrations are beautiful, the music is calming and the main learning points are highlighted. I like how students can take part in the release of seeds as well as the seed dispersal and growth process, and be amazed by the wonders of nature. Science is a very fascinating subject for many students and Bloom by Megalearn captivates students’ attention and spark their curiosity further. I highly recommend this excellent science exploratory app for all children from preschool to early elementary grades.

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Bloom by Megalearn

Bloom by Megalearn Bloom by Megalearn by Megalearn AB
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Simulation
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: 104.59 MB

$4.99USD

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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.
 Namoo-Wonders of Plant Life  by Crayon Box- Review

Namoo-Wonders of Plant Life by Crayon Box- Review


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What we love…

stunning graphics and 3D simulations, very informative and interactive, music

What we’d love to see…

availability of 3D graphics and/or simulation while reading encyclopedia articles, sound and music settings

Summary

an impressive science app that used stunning 3D simulations and engaging texts to teach children about plant life.

Our Rating

5/5 stars !

NAMOO - Wonders of Plant Life“Wow!” Those were the exact words my children used when they first played Crayon Box Ltd.’s new app, Namoo – Wonders of Plant Life. It captures and engages you from the very start with a thought provoking quote, ethereal music, and amazing graphics.

Namoo, in Korean, means tree, and after the beautiful introduction that plays, a three dimensional tree appears in the center of the screen. You can rotate this tree completely and view it from all sides just by the swipe of a finger. The four main parts of the tree that will be studied (flower, leaf, trunk, and roots) pop out to the left and right sides of the tree. When you click on one of these parts, you will be taken to its submenu where you can either choose one of the lessons to study or exit back to the main menu.

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Each lesson includes a beautiful interactive 3D simulation that goes along with the included text. This allows you not only to read about the part or function you are studying, but also see an illustration of it as you manipulate the 3D image with your fingers. You can also see all available labels of a 3D image by clicking on the tag icon at the bottom of the screen. Finally, there is a encyclopedia style article that you can read by clicking on the note icon, also found on the bottom left of the screen. The article expands the lesson even further and is ideal for older children in the upper grades.

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Here is a quick overview of what lessons are included in this app. The flower section teaches children the parts of a flower and their functions. It also shows how a flower of a fruit bearing plant turns into a fruit. The leaf section talks about leaf anatomy and physiology, photosynthesis, and plant cells. The trunk section shows the parts of the stem and how water flows through it. It also gives a brief lesson on what the rings in a tree trunk signify. The root section illustrates how roots absorb water. It also identifies different types of roots.

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My children and I absolutely love Namoo – Wonders of Plant Life. It was an excellent supplement to our botany lesson and helped my children grasp the concepts they learned even further. This app held their interest and made them eager to learn more. I love the 3D images and simulations, and I found it a great tool to encourage my kids to narrate the lesson using their own words.

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For future updates, I think it would be great if the 3D graphics and their accompanying labels could be optionally available to view while reading the encyclopedia article. Having a visual aid while reading is helpful for children who are visual learners like my son. I would also like a settings option to toggle the music on and off.

Namoo – Wonders of Plant Life is a very impressive app that combines stunning 3D animations with very informative and engaging texts. It will get children interested in learning more about plant life in detail and is an excellent supplement to science lessons. I highly recommend it!

iTunes Link: NAMOO – Wonders of Plant Life – CRAYON BOX Inc.


NAMOO - Wonders of Plant Life NAMOO - Wonders of Plant Life by CRAYON BOX Inc.

Price: $3.99 USD

Smart toys can make science exciting! NAMOO is a fun, engaging exploration of the life of plants. Discover how leaves make food, experiment with underground root systems, or play with the parts of a plant.

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 Rhetoric Public Speaking by John Zimmer and Florian Mueck – Review

Rhetoric Public Speaking by John Zimmer and Florian Mueck – Review



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What we love…

Various options for narrative formation.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to choose/skip topics or make your own, option to record speeches for review, a junior version of the app.

Summary

A public speaking board game that presents lots of possibilities in practicing expressive language and narratives. Particularly useful for older children or adult clients in speech therapy.

Our Rating

Rhetoric Public Speaking Game is an app developed by the creators of Rhetoric-The Public Speaking Game (John Zimmer and Florian Mueck). The original board game was released in 2012 and was a huge success. It was made to help those with a desire to increase public speaking skills. The creators have now released an app that reflects the benefits of the board game. The purpose of this review will be to write about how this app can be used by Speech Language Pathologists in therapy.

When I first looked at the app, my impression was that this is for much older players. The description was more about how to prepare for debates and public speaking engagements. As I explored and played through, I realized that there are many ways to adapt it for practicing expressive language and narratives. The app needs to be monitored and set up by an adult, which is actually a good thing, as it encourages interactions between the clinician and the student.

Game play itself is relatively easy. The game can be played by 2 to 8 people at a time. A great feature is that the game supports multiple different languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan; with more languages to come). Default time is set to a minimum of 1 minute, but can be adjusted to 2 minutes. There are 2 styles to the game, competitive or not. In the competitive mode, the other players are the ones that determine the score. In therapy, this can be useful in teaching the kids how to give constructive criticism and even compliments.

Opening the app results in a black home page with no illustrations. 3 options are there: Rules, Play and About. Of course, it is really important to read the rules before even trying to play. If you go straight to play option, you will be lost. The rule section is long and somewhat complicated, as it explains each space on the game board. Right from this page, I knew that I would need to create a cheat sheet to have handy during play.

The game begins with an “audience” waiting to hear speeches. Each speaker has a marker, poised at the “entrance”. The players roll a dice, move to a space on the board, on which they are asked to participate in a speech task according to 4 categories – Topic, Challenge, Question, Reflection. The game continues until a player exits the “stage”.

When your marker lands on Topic, you pick a card that gives you the topic of your speech. Then you need to create your narrative to include one of 6 fields or tasks: Tell a story, Use a quote, Evoke the Senses, Draw an Analogy, Use Humor, Call to Action. Each of these is explained in the rules section (hence, the cheat sheet). If your marker stops at Challenge, you have to respond to that specific challenge (e.g. You are the host of a TV game show. Introduce the other players as the contestants).

When you land on Question, any player can ask you a question about anything and you have to structure your answer based on the result of your spin on the Wheel of Structure. Structures like ‘Good, Better, Best’; ‘Bad, Worse, Worst’; ‘Past, Present, Future’; ‘One, Two, Three’ and ‘Pros and Cons’ help you organize your thoughts and deliver an impressive speech. One last area is Reflection, where you can choose to talk about anything within the time limit.

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Once the game starts, it is pretty intuitive, with the speaker just having to tap a card to bring you to the next “task”. Card selection is random, so you never know what will pop up. Subjects range from appropriate for younger kids, to rather older in nature (speak about something in the room to deliver your own eulogy). It would be nice to be able to customize the cards for the target population. Once you are ready to speak, the timer is revealed and when speech is completed you tap the check mark to end your turn. Play continues with the next speaker.

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As you can see, once you are familiar with the different spaces on the board and the different tasks, the app can actually be a lot of fun. In therapy, I would delay the actual speaking part to help the student create a visual BrainFrame or use components of other narrative programs (SKILLS, SGM) to help organize thoughts and create a narrative. I would also limit the tasks that they can choose from, to make it more appropriate for the clients playing the game. An option that I would change to help with this idea, is to allow the speaker to use a field more than once. Recording the students while speaking would also be a great asset to therapy. The clinician can go back and review the elements of the narrative that were covered or missed.

Getting students to actually use expressive language in a structured activity is a difficult task at the best of times. The chance to incorporate this skill into a board game is an excellent addition to treatment. Students react well to electronics and the somewhat competitive board game nature of Rhetoric. There is also no real “judgements” made about the speech which is great.

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I can also see the validity of working with adult aphasia clients that have been in therapy for a while. They too would probably like the game nature of this app. I would think the stress level of having to create narratives will be lessened by having topics and structures presented to them. If possible, recording the narrative to go back and review would be great as well.

There are a lot of things I like about this app (if used with the right demographics). The different language options is for sure a really big plus. The multiple player setup is great for group sessions. The simple design of the board game makes it easy to play and allows the clients to move ahead towards the finish quickly. There are multiple different options for narrative formation. The non-competitive version of the game allows for excellent client feedback and gives the clinician lots of opportunities for direct teaching of narrative formation.

What I would like to see is the ability to choose the topics for the speeches or even to make your own. Another option is for the developers to make a junior version. That would be awesome!!!! I would like to be able to skip a card if it doesn’t seem appropriate. The developers have mentioned that more languages and specific theme topics are coming soon so then maybe then it will be easier to choose. I would also like to see an option to record the speeches to review later.

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Rhetoric Public Speaking Game

Rhetoric Public Speaking Game Rhetoric Public Speaking Game by John Zimmer
Category: Games, Education, Educational, Board
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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: 85.86 MB

$6.99USD

 

 

Lisa is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been working in an inclusive school system for over 32 years. She works with children that have issues in all areas of speech and language. She loves her work and is always looking for ways to integrate technology.

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