Pop Tables – Pop & Rock Times Table Songs & Game by demografix pty ltd – Review



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What we love…

ease of use, catchy songs

What we’d love to see…

lesson mode, visualization of numbers as they are sung, option for numerical and random order

Summary

Pop Tables helps children memorize the times tables through catchy songs and repetition.

Our Rating

Pop Tables - Pop & Rock Times Table Songs & GameAre you familiar with the popular educational tv series from the 70s called Schoolhouse Rock? If you are, then you know that it uses music, song, and repetition to help children and memorize information on different subjects. This is the same concept that Demografix uses in their new app Pop Tables.

Pop Tables teaches and helps children memorize the times table from 2 to 12. Each multiplication table comes with its own unique song, sung by either a male or female singer. The songs are all short and to the point, using only the numbers on the multiplication table as lyrics.

The game is really quite simple to play. As soon as app is opened, it shows a screen with twelve red balloons. Each balloon is labeled with a number from 2 to 12, which of course represents the times table. When you click on a balloon, the song for that number begins to play. As the song plays, balloons with different numbers float up the screen. The object is to identify and click on all the numbers that are multiples of the number chosen. The song plays a total of four times. The song plays with music and lyrics on the first, second, and fourth times. On the third time it only plays an instrumental version of the song. After the song plays a fourth time, the game is over. The highest score is saved and is displayed on the top right I’d the screen.

Scoring is based on how quickly the player clicks on a correct multiple. The screen is divided into top, middle, and bottom parts. Since the balloons float up, the bottom portion of the screen gives the highest score (3), the top portion gives the lowest score (1). Every incorrect multiple chosen lowers the score by the same number of points that would have been received had the correct multiple been chosen. In other words, you lose only 1 point if you click on an incorrect multiple on the top portion of the screen, but will lose 3 points if you click on an incorrect multiple on the bottom portion of the screen.

On the settings menu, you can chose to display numbers in word form. You can also choose the number of pauses allowed in the game (0-10). Pauses are 3 seconds long and give children a little time to think before the game resumes again. Finally, you can choose the speed the balloons float up on the screen.

I like this app because it is very simple and easy to use. The songs for the multiplication tables are, according to my kids, quite catchy and can definitely help with memorization. They also found it was fun trying to beat each other’s highest score.

One thing I feel is lacking in this app is visualization of the numbers as the song is being sung. It’s very hard to listen and learn the number song when different numbers are popping up the screen, often without matching the numbers being mentioned in the song. If a child is just learning their multiplication table, this can be very difficult and they will likely just end up popping the balloons on the screen for fun. It may help to have a separate lesson and game mode. The lesson mode can have the song play while the numbers being sung is shown on the screen. For example if the song says “3 and 3 is 9” then have 3 balloons with the numbers 3, 3, and 9 be displayed on the screen for the children to pop. This way they get both auditory and visual stimulation. I believe the more senses you use while learning, the better you retain things.

I would also like an option to have the balloons go up in numerical order or randomly. I would also an option to set the number of seconds a pause takes. These options will enable the game to be adjusted to children who are just beginning to learn their times table and to children who simply need to recall the times tables faster.

Overall, I think that Pop Tables can be useful for memorizing the multiplications table, specially for an auditory learner. At this time, I think it is more suited for children who are already familiar with the times tables and just need to recall the answers faster. The price of this app is high compared to other apps, and in my opinion, higher than I would be willing to pay for it. However, if you have the funds and if your child enjoys music as a learning tool, then you may want to check this out.

Pop Tables - Pop & Rock Times Table Songs & Game
Pop Tables - Pop & Rock Times Table Songs & Game
by demografix pty ltd

Category: Education, Music
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, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 43.78 MB

$3.99USD

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One Giggly Gorilla by Wasabi Productions – Review and Giveaway



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imageParents often ask what basic concepts should their preschoolers know before entering Kindergarten. We love to check off lists of concepts to learn but it’s so easy to be carried away and overwhelm our young learners with worksheets upon worksheets. That is why I always value storybook apps that are both entertaining and educational as it gets young readers to learn concepts without them realizing it.

What we love…

Meaningful interactions that are fun and educational as well.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to tap individual words to have them read out.

Summary

A giggly-fun animated storybook for preschoolers that cleverly integrates age appropriate thinking skills activities into the plot.

Our Rating

One Giggly Gorilla, the sequel to the highly acclaimed Ten Giggly Gorillas, is both a storybook and a fun educational game app that skilfully incorporates a series of basic preschool concepts and thinking skills activities.

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The story begins with one gorilla hanging at the bottom of a tree and as he climbs further up the tree, he meets more gorillas who are also on the way up to the top of the tree for bananas. But these cheeky gorillas just won’t let the readers have it easy. Preschoolers have to listen carefully to descriptions, comprehend and follow instructions, count, observe, recognize colors, sequence and problem solve in order to advance the story.

Each page presents a unique and fun activity for kids to complete plus a hidden toucan to find. I have no doubt that your preschooler will love to lend a finger to flick the correct gorilla higher up the tree or perhaps tap on the wrong gorilla just to hear what naughty things it will say. There is even a surprise move when all the gorillas have reached the top of the tree.

This is one superb storybook app with beautiful visuals, great 3D animations, realistic forest sound in the background, amusing dialogue, engaging narration and imaginative rhyming text. Furthermore, the words are highlighted in sync with the narration and the length of the story is just right for the target audience.

So, why should you settle for a typical storybook app when you can have one that is entertaining with cute characters and filled with fun interactions that work on concepts and thinking skills appropriate for preschool – like One Giggly Gorilla. Check it out today!

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One Giggly Gorilla One Giggly Gorilla by Wasabi Productions
Category: Books, Education
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 90.16 MB

$2.99USD

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Bitsboard PRO – The Best Educational Learning Games and Flash Cards in 1 App by Innovative Investments Limited – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Fully customizable lessons with lots of different learning modes.

What we’d love to see…

Even more boards on math.

Summary

Bitsboard Pro is the ultimate educational app with top-quality content and outstanding enabling features to meet the learning needs of every child.

Our Rating

How many times have you wished that you can modify a well-developed learning app just that little bit to better match your child’s skills. Or thought of replacing some of the content with your own instead? Have you ever wondered if there is this ONE App that can meet most (if not all) of your child’s educational needs? What about an app that can accommodate the educational goals and learning difficulties of an entire class?

This is a tall order for any app considering children learn at different pace and thrive in different learning environment. And to be able to add our own content in an app seems like an impossible task! But Bitsboard Pro has all our wishes covered. It is the ultimate educational app for children from preschool right up to elementary school level, giving you access to thousands of topics (with many new ones added every month) and the ability to customize the way students learn in the app as well as the app content itself.

Alright, most of us don’t have the time nor inclination to create our own content. We just want an app that has ready-to-download learning materials and Bitsboard has lots of content to offer. After creating a user account, you can browse through Bitsboard’s extensive lessons catalog or search for specific lessons and download (over the internet) the ones that you need. Here, lessons are presented in individual boards, each containing a series of flashcards (bits). Topics include languages, vocabulary, grammar, reading (sight words, word families, phonics, readers), sentence maker, speech, spelling, letter tracing, math facts, math operations, money, time telling, sign language, routines, sequences, emotions and many more! The free version of Bitsboard itself comes with lots of shared resources that you can start with right away.

What I really love in Bitsboard is that you can choose up to 30 fully customizable learning modes or games that help children to learn and retain the information presented in the lessons. You can start with the simpler games and progress to the more complex ones. With so many different ways to learn the same materials, students remain engaged and learn better. Check out Bitsboard’s long list of fun learning games – Flashcards, Explore, True or False, Photo Touch, Photo Hunt, Memory Cards, Pop Quiz, Match Up, Word Builder, Sentence Builder, Spelling Bee, BINGO, Letter Tracing, Sequences, Related items, Word Search, Word Chunks, Crosswords, Unscramble, Say It, Missing Item, Puzzles, Reader, What’s Next, Odd One Out, Sort It, Side by Side, Story Time, Genius, Review Game and Board Creator

For each game, you can modify things like the session length, with or without visual/audio hints, spelling order, display options, number of tiles, matching options and answer mode. Customization is easy but it would be tedious if you have more than 1 user. Luckily, you don’t have to keep adjusting the settings and preferences as these are saved for each user (unlimited users for the Pro version). Likewise, the tracking of detailed progress and lesson plans is stored at the user level. Bitsboard’s learning algorithm also ensures that each game automatically advances according to the individual user’s skills.

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If you are an educator, you will like the ease of creating custom lessons with your own cards (from photo library, dropbox, web search or Bitsboard Catalog of images), audio recording and text (words, phrases, sentences, description). Your students can learn anything you present to them using the Bitsboard learning games. You can also set up your own exclusive class with your own selection of boards for sharing with your students or fellow teachers privately.

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I’m truly impressed with all the meaningful features that have been continually added in Bitsboard in order to support students and educators. There are many more that are not mentioned here. This all-in-one educational app far exceeds all my expectations in terms of content and ability to be customized. I don’t think you’ll find another app that is as versatile and comprehensive as this. Bitsboard Pro is an essential learning app that all families and classes must have!

Bitsboard PRO – The Best Educational Learning Games and Flash Cards in 1 App
Free lite version –

Bitsboard Flashcards PRO Bitsboard Flashcards PRO by Happy Moose Apps
Category: Education, Games, Family, Word
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, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 177.97 MB

$19.99USD

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Jump! A Game of Numbers by Artgig Studio – Review



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What we love…

the problems get harder or easier dynamically for kids so if they struggle on one level it goes back to retest the skill again

What we’d love to see…

ability to sync across devices and a dashboard highlighting areas your child may be having trouble with

Summary

Fun interactive math app perfect for elementary school and up – even as a mom I found myself trying to save the Snortles!

Our Rating

Jump! A Game of Numbers iconJump! A Game of Numbers by Artgig Apps is a universal app for iOS that features math including addition, subtraction and of course fun with Snortles.  This app allows you to practice simple number identification, addition, subtraction, putting numbers together, planning to capture the Snortles and more!

This is a fun yet addicting math game that encourages kids to practice their math skills in a fun yet interactive way.  One of my favorite parts is that it gets harder and easier depending on how your child does with the level.  By dynamically adjusting it makes the app fun and encourages kids to stay engaged.  This app is a great way to practice #commoncore math skills by problem solving in different ways – it adapts to the child or user so you will be challenged, but the challenge isn’t so hard that you will give up.  My son also liked that you could make the path in any direction that you wanted rather than having to follow a liner path – especially when he went to find the Snortles.  I turned off the stompers and fuses for him on the front page so it became for fun and less stressful – sometimes they would be stresful for him, so it wasn’t worth it!  I also liked that you could have unlimited accounts which meant that even I could play!  I liked that I could have my own account and that way my son could do things on his level and didn’t find it too hard when he played!  The illustrations are beautiful as are the graphics.  By having dynamic math problems, kids and adults are engaged and want to play more!   I also liked that it was not your traditional flashcard drill – by using dynamic screens and games kids can’t “game the system” and memorize the questions to get to the end of a level.  My son enjoyed the beach ball party when he successfully completed one of the environments.  There are six different chances to have a party!

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Skills practiced include:

– mental math
– skip counting
– basic addition
– different ways to solve a problem (putting numbers together)
– flexibility
– creative thinking on how to save the Snortles
– “Squishing” of numbers to get to the right one on your path
– dynamic game play so you don’t play the same level over and over again even if you don’t earn enough stars

In terms of enhancements, I’d love to see the ability to sync across devices because there are times I have my iPhone but not my iPad and vice versa.  I’d also like to see a parent screen where I could see specific areas that challenged my son – perhaps he’s getting stuck with a specific skill or number in a sequence so I could help him advance.

 

Another five star winner from Artgig.  They seem to have the “secret sauce” when it comes to creating fun interactive apps that are dynamic and kids want to play over and over again!  Great job Artgig!  There are no in-app purchases or external advertisements contained within the app.


Jump Numbers
Jump Numbers
by Artgig Studio

Category: Education, Strategy, Games
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, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 188.77 MB

$2.99USD

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