Invitd – Invitations by Text Message by Thomas Carlton – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

simple, elegant app that makes event planning a breeze

What we’d love to see…

ability for guests to have a “note” when they respond

Summary

Easy to use app that allows you to send invites either via text massage or email to make party planning easier and keep track of your attendees

Our Rating

Invitd – Invitations by text message is an app designed for iOS that allows you to skip the traditional mail and send out invites via text from your iOS device.  This app allows you to create personalized invitations either by theme or by uploading your own photo (in Pro version) and with a couple of clicks of the keys on your device you have instant invitations perfect for those last moment playdates, birthday parties, holiday parties and the like.  To use the app, you create a login and then create the event, choose a theme or upload your own photo, fill in the event address any notes and in the pro version you can even include a link which is perfect for wish lists or party details.  From there you can add contacts either directly from your device or by typing them in and then you can send the invite either via text message, email or wait and send them all at the same time.  It takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish to create an invite as long as you have the contact information all in your device.  Once the person opens the invite you can see if they opened it, responded and how many are attending all from a few quick clicks on your device.  The best part, if a invite isn’t answered is that it’s easy to see and you can either resend the invite again or give the person a call to see if they are attending.  You can also send out invites from your iPad as long as you have an email address set up – and the best part is that you can use it across multiple devices to check the invite list no matter what device you have.

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I loved how quick and easy it was to create invitations on the fly and send them out – plus I had the RSVP’s including the number of people, all at a quick glance of my iPhone rather than having to keep track of a manual list and worrying if the invite was lost in the mail.  The simplicity along with the ease of use meant that I was pulling out my iPhone and setting up playdates with my son’s friends at school,   I also liked that it pulled directly from my contacts in my iPhone and when setting up a larger party I was sure to set up the contacts in advance to make it easier for me to invite them rather than having to enter them at the time of creating the invite.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the ability for a person responding to the invite to include a note other than just saying “yes” or “no” and the number attending.  This spot could include questions, dietary restrictions or even a quick note to the person organizing the event.

The app does contain external links including social media, but this app is meant for parents not for younger children in general. If you pay the $1.99 fee for IAP and upgrade to pro, it removes the advertising, allows you to upload your own event photos as well as include a link to the event. It’s great because you can try it and see if you like it before paying for the upgraded version. Trust me – you will love it!

The ease of use combined with the fact that a basic version is free and the in-app purchase is only $1.99 mean that you get quite a bit of functionality as well as the ability to keep track of events without lists to worry about.  This app is worth downloading and trying out – trust me you will find it becomes one of those must have apps on your device!  This app is the perfect addition to make your life easier and keep track of all of your important events!


Invitd Text Invitations & RSVP
Invitd Text Invitations & RSVP
by Invitd

Category: Lifestyle, Productivity
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: 33.33 MB

$FREE

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Electric Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction by Lighthouse Learning – Review



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A firm understanding of place value enables students to add and subtract large numbers easily. Whether or not your child needs work on place value, he will gain a deeper understanding of place value and its relationship to addition and subtraction from Lighthouse Learning’s latest app, Electric Sums. This is an excellent app for practicing place value and learning how to use it to manipulate numbers to facilitate the most effective strategies for addition and subtraction.

What we love…

Step-by-step skill-building approach built into the puzzles.

What we’d love to see…

More introductory levels involving 2-digit numbers.

Summary

Working through a series of specially-designed mathematical puzzles, students can really gain a deeper understanding of place value and learn how to use it to easily solve addition and subtraction within 1000 (without regrouping). Skill building is incremental and there are lots of practice opportunity in a game-like environment.

Our Rating

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I really like how this app breaks down the whole process of adding or subtracting with place value and allow students to focus on only one instruction at a time. There are 2 learning pathways in this app. In the first pathway, students learn the full partitioning strategy used in school where the numbers are separated into hundreds, tens and ones for addition purposes. In the second pathway, students learn and practice a more advanced strategy of adding or subtracting with partial separation of numbers using the number line. 3 animated tutorials walk students through these 2 different methods of adding and subtracting.

Students master the skills through completing a series of mathematical puzzles where different place values are missing. Here, students are not asked to work out the final answers to the mathematical problems, instead they look at the place values that solve the puzzles. This approach encourages students to analyse how place value is connected to the addition and subtraction process.

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There are altogether 35 addition puzzles in the first learning pathway. Each puzzle is designed like an electric circuit connecting the different components of an addition problem. When the missing place values are correctly filled it, the resulting electric current will power up whatever electric appliance that is connected in the circuit. There is a variety of skill-building puzzles to get students to practice how to split 3-digit numbers into place values (123 = 100 + 20 + 3) and add the values separately before combining them to get the sum.

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By using place value as a tool, the app is able to teach both addition and subtraction at the same time. In the second learning pathway, students will learn and practice adding and subtracting in small steps using place value, from the largest to the smallest, on a number line. Once again, students are not required to find the answers to the addition/subtraction problems. Instead, their task is to demonstrate the series of steps needed to reach the final answers, which involves counting up or down the number line. With a total of 35 puzzles, students get plenty of practice to master mental calculations using place value.

I like everything about this app. It is visually stunning and polished in execution. The bonus story about gadget fanatic Digit and his robot Bobo provides fun breaks. The animated instructions are clear, hints are easily available when needed and offers of assistance are timely. The puzzles are cleverly designed to build mastery of skills, one at a time and they also allow students to visualize and understand the various relationships in the problem solving process. The learning support is superb and the app feels more like a sophisticated game rather than an instructional app.

Like all the other Lighthouse Learning apps, Electric Sums is a brilliant app that develops active learners. Highly recommended.

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Electric Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) – Lighthouse Learning
Free lite version –

Electric Sums - Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) Electric Sums - Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning
Category: Education, Games, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 25.09 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.



Mr. Bear Kids Games in the Forest by Banana Apps Kids -Review



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What we love…

Cute paper cut-out style illustrations, realistic sound effects

What we’d love to see…

increasing difficulty level as the player masters tasks to give it more replay value

Summary

A cute animal themed app that will appeal most to toddlers, all the tasks are very simple so older children may master it quickly.

Our Rating

Mr. Bear kids games in the forest - Puzzle for tots, toddlers and preschoolers freeMr. Bear kids games in the forest is the latest children’s app from Dutch app developer Banana Apps Kids. It is available as a free download with 3 mini-games unlocked, more games can be unlocked via IAP, currently you get 4 additional games for $1.99 or 18 additional games (the full app) unlocked for $3.99. No language is required to use the app, it has music and sound effects which can be switched off in settings, but no spoken or written language. It does contain social media links and one time in-app purchases but these are behind a parental gate (accessed by pressing and holding for several seconds).

The game has no instructions but is pretty intuitive to navigate. Mr. Bear is waking up and heading to the forest to cheer up his friends who are feeling sad. The child can swipe sideways to see all the forest friends. Tapping on them accesses their mini-game, padlocks mark games that have not been unlocked.

Games in the free version

3 games are included for free: Feed the rabbit, put the eggs in the nest and help the deer cross the river

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The rabbit is sad because he is hungry and he opens his mouth to encourage the child to feed him. There are 4 carrots growing nearby and if the child drags them to his mouth he will swallow them and make chewing noises. Once he has eaten all 4 carrots he is happy and will dance and laugh.

Bird

The mama bird is sad because her eggs have fallen out of the nest, the child needs to drag all 3 eggs to the nest where they will hatch and make her happy.

Deer

The fawn wants to cross the river to visit Mr. Bear but the bridge is broken, the child must put the 2 pieces of the bridge in place to repair it so he can cross.

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Additional games in the full version

For $1.99 you unlock the 1st 4 games listed, for S3.99 you unlock them all.

Hedgehog- fix his kite by re-attaching the tail

Beaver- Help him pile up logs to make a dam

Deer – choose the right headgear from 2 hats and a set of antlers

Butterfly- has lost her spots, help redecorate her wings

Duck- put her ducklings in the water so they can swim to mum.

Bat- wants to go to sleep, put him hanging from the cave roof

Goose is hungry feed him bread

Bee- the beehive has fallen down, hang it back in the tree

Flowers- water the flowers and watch them grow

Snail has lost his home, pick the right one from 3 choices

Treehouse- put the 3 pieces of the treehouse together

Frog is hungry, feed him 2 flies

Owl- has lost an eye, put it back

Squirrel- has lost his acorn, return it to him

Fox- dig a hole so fox can rescue her cub from the den

Boat- help Mr. Bear sail his toy sailboat

Camper- a camper needs help putting in 3 tent pegs

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In all of the games the animal or person is sad, and by helping them the child makes them happy again. The illustrations are colorful with a cute paper cut-out feel, and realistic sound effects add to the atmosphere. All the games are very simple, typically dragging and dropping 1-3 objects into the correct spot. The app works on fine motor skills of dragging and dropping, simple puzzle completion, selecting the right object from 3 choices and introduces the idea that helping someone can change their emotional state from sad to happy. Because the games are very simple it will appeal most to toddlers and young pre-school aged children. Toddlers may enjoy replaying it, but older children will probably master it pretty quickly, it would be nice to see more difficulty levels added to give the app more replay value. It is worth downloading the free app to see if your toddler enjoys it. All the games are very short, so I would recommend trying the free games with your child and then deciding for yourself if your child enjoys it enough to justify the $3.99 price tag for 18 more mini-games of similar length.

To download the free version please follow this link: bit.ly/1th23un

Mr. Bear fun forrest kids game Mr. Bear fun forrest kids game by Jogo Jogo

Price: $FREE

Welcome to Mr. Bear's forest adventure!


Join Mr. Bear on a happy journey through the forest. All Mr. Bear's friends seem a little sad, complete fun tasks for his friends to help them out of.

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.

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).



Treasure Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction by Lighthouse Learning – Review



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What we love…

Visually attractive with lots of different challenging puzzles and strong learning support.

What we’d love to see…

Multiple player profiles.

Summary

A one-of-a-kind addition and subtraction app that gets students thinking and not just practicing.

Our Rating

I have always been impressed with the unique approaches taken by Lighthouse Learning apps in getting students engaged in learning various mathematical concepts. Their latest app, Treasure Sums is no different. More than just an app for practicing addition and subtraction (covering fact fluency, place value, regrouping, number strategies and number pairs), it helps build the more important critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Like their other apps (Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication, Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics, Fruity Fractions, Shape Arts: Geometry Creations and Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge), Treasure Sums is visually stunning and professionally made. It may not be action packed like other Math game apps in the App Store but it will guarantee lots of brain activity for kids that play it.

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Treasure Sums starts with a story of treasure hunting and it unfolds as players solve different types of mathematical puzzles. The story adds more color to the app but it forms just a small part of the 85-puzzle app, providing some well-deserved breaks for players who complete each of the 3 sections – Shape Sums, Number Paths and Coin Challenge.

 

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Shape Sums contains a total of 30 mathematical puzzles in increasing levels of difficulties and 2 bonus challenges upon completion of the 30 puzzles. Here, players have to complete the puzzles so that the numbers in each shape add up to the number at the top. This section helps players become aware and master the various number pairs which make 10 and 20.

 

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Number Paths ups the difficulty level by including subtraction and larger numbers (up to 50). Numbers in the puzzles in this section are placed horizontally for addition and vertically for subtraction. Here, students get even more practice in adding and subtracting by using place value and regrouping. There is a total of 25 puzzles plus 2 bonus challenges.

 

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Puzzles in Coin Challenge involves addition and subtraction of whole numbers within 1000. Students place the coins so that each math problem is correct. There are 23 sets of puzzles (up to 3 puzzles in each set) and 3 bonus challenges.

Accompanying each puzzle are 2 buttons – information and light bulb. The information button highlights the math facts and strategies to use to solve the puzzle while the bulb lights up when students have difficulty in answering or when it detects a mistake. Tapping it gives students a hint on the next best move.

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I really enjoyed solving the different puzzles and tried to outdo my older son in terms of speed. Moving any number affects the sum/difference in the other calculations in the puzzle, so players have to constantly check all of them which means kids get lots of practice in addition (both horizontally and vertically) and subtraction within 1000 as well as strategies for verifying answers quickly.

 

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Treasure Sums is not an app for children who are just learning the concept of addition and subtraction, it is for children who need more addition and subtraction practice and to learn how to apply the appropriate facts and strategies that they have learnt to solve mathematical problems. There are many ways to solve each puzzle but which is the most efficient method? Getting your children to explain how they solve each puzzle and comparing the different ways will help build their awareness of more effective approaches.

As students advance to higher level mathematics, solely understanding and memorizing various mathematical facts and strategies is not enough. Students need to know how to apply the appropriate concepts, theories, tools, methods and approaches to solve unfamiliar mathematical problems. They need higher order thinking skills and you can start your children early by exposing them to a variety of mathematical problems in different settings like the puzzles in Treasure Sums. I highly recommend this app for developing critical thinking skills in elementary mathematics.

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Treasure Sums – Lumio Addition & Subtraction (Full Version) – Lighthouse Learning
Free lite version –

Treasure Sums - Lumio addition and subtraction math games for the Common Core classroom (Full Version) Treasure Sums - Lumio addition and subtraction math games for the Common Core classroom (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning
Category: Education, Puzzle, Games
Requirements: Compatible with 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 43.03 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.

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