ZyroMath City Count by Zyrobotics LLC – Review & Giveaway

ZyroMath City Count by Zyrobotics LLC – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

customizable, easy to use math app includes functions for special needs kids and provides a motivating learning experience

What we’d love to see…

hints if you get the same answer wrong over and over again,

Summary

Fast paced math app that encourages children to learn in a drill and challenge mode. Love the special features for special needs kids including switch accessibility and the ability to turn down sounds and graphics.

Our Rating

zyrocityZyroMath City Count is an interactive counting game designed for late preschool and early elementary school aged children as well as those with special needs.  The app features an integrated switch-accessible runner game which has Zyro running through the city collecting stars and power ups for solving math problems.  The app teaches you how to count to 100 by ones and tens, improves hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills and has the ability to turn down the graphics and music which can be overwhelming to kids with sensory challenges.  There are three modes (beginner, advanced and expert)  which can be chosen based on the level of math or motor skills as well as a customizable learning mode which will help you find the right settings based on your child’s skill level.

One of my favorite things about the app was that it encouraged children to learn through a variety of different rewards and motivators.  By coordinating fine motor skills (touching, jumping) and providing “prizes” kids were motivated to learn and demonstrate their skills.  My son liked the “drill” mode to practice his skills and then switched to challenge mode to answer questions and earn points.  I also really liked seeing how my son did with the app using the parent dashboard.  I was able to see if he consistently struggled in one area versus another.  I also liked that the app could be used as part of an IEP for demonstrating mastery for special needs children or kids who might be having trouble focusing on one specific type of math skill and to demonstrate common core skill mastery.  For example, if your child has trouble with a specific number in counting like (5, 9, etc) then you can pick a mode which will help them focus in on core skills and move forward within the app.  I also liked that the drills were fairly short so they held kids attention while they ran and captured the numbers.  I also liked the multi-player capability and the reporting to I could see the areas that my son was working on as well as struggling with.

In terms of enhancements, my son got “stuck” in the store because he didn’t have enough earned stars to buy a prize and we were unable to exit it without closing out of the app even though we kept clicking back.   If you get a question wrong in the challenge mode, even if you get it wrong multiple times there is no “hint”  I’d like to see a hint or some sort of annotation about this so I could work with my child to make sure he got the right answer in the future.

Fun math app that encourages children to work hard on both math and fine motor skills with motivators while they learn.  There are no external links or in app purchases.  My son loved working on his math drills in the fact paced learning environment and I loved that he was having so much fun he didn’t want to stop! I loved that I could turn down the graphics and the sound if he got overwhelmed with them while he still enjoyed the app.



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ZyroMath City Count
ZyroMath City Count
by Zyrobotics LLC

Category: Education, Family, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, 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
Size: 218.55 MB

$1.99USD

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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.

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ZyroMath City Count ZyroMath City Count by Zyrobotics LLC

Price: $1.99 USD

Platinum winner of the Best App for Children and Toddlers from Best Mobile App Awards. From the makers of the award-winning OctoPlus comes another fun, interactive, math game for young children and children.


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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.
 Up to 100 by Marbotic – Review

Up to 100 by Marbotic – Review



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What we love…

fun game that engages children to learn about numbers using a traditional app as well as the added wooden numbers portion

What we’d love to see…

hints for the rooster level problems if they are answered wrong repeated times;  introduction to wooden numbers for the parent

Summary

This app helped my son be able to demonstrate the one and ten position of numbers in the span of less than a week.   It is best suited to preschool to early elementary school age.

Our Rating

 

Up to 100Up to 100 by Marbotic is an iPad only app that takes tablet based learning to a different level by allowing you to use wooden numbers to press on the screen for learning.  The app is aimed at preschool age and slightly older and helps your number learn number sequencing (find the missing number), understanding two digit numbers (the ten and the one place); recognizing a number written out in either cursive or print, understand the pronunciation of numbers and the ability to manipulate quantities of numbers.  The app has narration available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.

We tested the app using both the traditional style with moving the numbers and touching them as well as with the tactile wooden numbers and hands down we enjoyed using the wooden numbers more.    In the understanding the ten and one places – there are three levels (chick, hen and rooster) each has progressively more difficult.  The chick allows you to experiment by dragging or touching numbers to the screen and visually displaying them.  The hen displays a number and then you have to either use the number strip or the wooden numbers to tap on it as well as saying the number.  The rooster shows the number of dots to represent each of the numbers in the ten and one spots and then you have to fill in the information correctly.  It was similar in the numbers section with the chick section allowing you to manipulate the numbers, rooster showing a series of numbers with one missing that you had to fill in and the rooster showing a spelled out word.

I liked that the app used simple concepts such as a ten box and a one box with dots to show the progression of numbers as well as having three different levels of difficulty.  This meant we could experiment with concepts prior to having to demonstrate them.  The app was easy to play and provided instructions as you played,   The parent area allowed you to change the settings for your children including the showing of the number bar, beads in color versus black and white, numbers in letters and the toggling of the numbers slide.  For the most part we left the numbers slide on even when using the wooden toy because it helped my son to sequence his numbers.  I also really liked that I could choose the range of numbers allowing us to focus in on specific ranges of numbers.

In terms of improvements, I did find that if I didn’t position the “6” or the “9” properly with the wooden toy they would be misread by the iPad – I’m sure this was due to the positioning of the rubber dots on the back of the wooden numbers.  Also in the rooster level of the ten and one places if you got the number wrong multiple times, it would just fly away the number rather than giving a hint or eliminating the number of items available.  I’d also like to see a few instructions included in the box with the wooden numbers as when I opened it – it was simply a box of numbers.  Even an overview of – how hard to press as well as the suggestion of how to use them with your child would have been very helpful.

The app has a parents corner which requires the solving of a math problem in order to enter.  There are no in-app purchases or advertisements in the full version of the app.

We really enjoyed practicing our math skills with this app especially when using the wooden toy.  Although it’s not required to use the app, it helped my son make the connection between physical numbers and numbers on the iPad and helped him become more engaged.  I think it also improved his understanding of the one and ten spot of numbers as we were able to replicate the experience off our iPad – something we couldn’t really do without using our fingers to count before.  This app is best suited to preschool through early elementary school age and the three levels means it will grow with your child.

RRP of the wooden toy is 34,99 € plus shipping which varies by country.  The wooden toy can also be used in 10 fingers + and More or Less : Learn addition and subtraction.


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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.  In addition the wooden toy was provided for review purposes and further testing of the app.

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.
 News: Up to 100 – Helps Children Discover The Numbers From 0 To 100

News: Up to 100 – Helps Children Discover The Numbers From 0 To 100



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Up to 100, The New Educational App By Marbotic Helps Children Discover The Numbers And Quantities From 0 To 100
Created by Marbotic and featured on the App Store in more than 8 European countries, Up to 100 helps children learn numbers and discover the composition of numbers by completing challenges. Available now for iPad and Google tablets.

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Created by Marbotic and featured on the App Store in more than 8 European countries, Up to 100 helps children learn numbers and discover the composition of numbers by completing challenges. Available now for iPad and Google tablets.

Inspired by the Montessori method and developed with schoolteachers, Up to 100 is a playful way to learn the concept of quantity with tens and units and acquire visual and auditory recognition of numbers.

Children can play in two different activities with numbers from 0 to 100:

  • understand the ten- and one- places
  • find a number in a series of digits
  • recognize numbers written out
  • recognize the pronunciation of numbers
  • manipulate quantities with a set of beads

In each activity, there are three modes available (free, challenge 1, challenge 2) that enable children to play in different level of difficulties.

This app is designed for children from 4 to 7 years old and is already available in 9 languages! Older children can learn to recognize numbers in a foreign language.

About Marbotic
Marbotic – based in Bordeaux, France – is the result of a double passion for pedagogy and technology. The company creates and develops educational apps for children inspired by Montessori pedagogy. It focuses on guiding children towards autonomy. This education claims that the child’s natural curiosity is strong enough to guide him or her to develop knowledge and sensitivity. Moreover, the company believes that mixing digital interfaces and traditional toys leads to powerful learning experiences. Marbotic created the first wooden smart toy, 10 digits, that interact with tablets.

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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.
 Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Review & Giveaway

Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro by Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Comprehensive app, simple interface, highly customizable.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to set the amount of time for answering questions and playing mini games.

Summary

An excellent and comprehensive learning app that was made specifically for those on the autism spectrum, and is perfect for visual and kinesthetic learners.

Our Rating

Camp Discovery is a large and comprehensive collection of learning games specifically designed for those in the Autism spectrum. It is based on a proven curriculum developed over 25 years by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

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The app currently has 21 learning games with 29 more coming soon. The games are divided into five areas or, as my son likes to call it, camp sites: Camp Discovery, Pebble Cove, Pointy Peaks, Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge. Each camp site holds ten games. The games in Camp Discovery are numbers, letters, colors, shapes, body parts, emotions, objects, actions, locations and community helpers. In Pebble Cove, the games include Plurals, WH-Discrimination, What Goes With, Features, Gender, Functions, Quantitative Comparisons, Counting and Quantities and Prepositions. There is currently only one game (Categories) available in Pointy Peaks but it will soon have Sound Discrimination, Money, Describe, Daily Activities, Attributes, Telling Time, Opposites, Negation and Sight Words. Ten more learning games each are planned for Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge.

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Gameplay is very simple. First, choose a game/topic. Then, choose the learning method (matching, sorting or receptive identification). A preference assessment is then conducted by showing children six choices of reinforcements for correct responses. They can choose any or all of the reinforcers and as often as they wish to determine the frequency. After the preference assessment, the learning game begins.

Camp Discovery uses evidence-based teaching strategies such as reinforcement, errorless learning and appropriate prompting to help every child succeed. Children are first presented with the individual target picture cards. An audio explains what each picture card stands for and prompts the child to click on it. After several successful repetitions, the child is then presented with two picture cards and is asked to choose the correct card. The level of difficulty gradually increases as more answer cards are presented. A mini game is presented as a reward for completing a game and the child can play for a total of one minute. There are four mini games to choose from: balloon pop, fireworks, shapes and flappy bird.

The app has a settings menu that is meant to be accessed only by the parent or teacher. In order to get into the settings menu, a multiplication question must be answered. In the settings menu are several options to customize the game. Lessons can be tailored by selecting specific targets to teach. The number of rounds required before playing a mini game and before re-administering the preference assessment can both be set from 1 to 10. Finally, the amount of time the preference assessment is administered can be set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 seconds. You can also mute the music in you wish.

There is a player menu on the top left of the screen that is also accessible by answering a multiplication question. Parents and teachers can set up multiple player accounts and view student progress, like how many targets have been mastered for each lesson. Each player also has a code or game token. This token is used to restore a player’s profile should it be deleted by accident or to restore it in another device.

This app appealed to my son who has autism and who is a visual, oral and kinesthetic learner. I find it to be an excellent tool for teaching him but there are a couple of things I would like to see in future updates. First, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time a child is given to pick their answer. Some children may need just a little extra time to think of the correct answer. Second, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time given for playing the mini games as each child may have less or more attention span than another.

Overall, I find this app very intuitive. It is an invaluable resource for teaching children, whether or not they are in the Autism spectrum. There is a free lite version of this app with two playable games and I recommend checking it out. I found this to be a very worthy investment and you may too.

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Category: Education, Educational, Family, 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
Size: 308.13 MB

$FREE

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