Tabtor Releases Math Learning App on Google Play

Tabtor Releases Math Learning App on Google Play

Jan 27, 2015

Tabtor is building upon its success on iOS by releasing the Android version of it’s well-regarded mathematics learning/tutoring application.

The app is backed by a subscription service, and the whole system is specifically aimed at kids in the K-6 bracket; a student gets unlimited worksheets and regular feedback from a dedicated tutor.

Per the Google Play page, features include:

– Tabtor membership gives you access to unlimited digital worksheets for one low monthly price for one student (subject to fair usage and assessment of submitted worksheets). Multiple plans available.
– Every worksheet is accompanied with a video tutorial to assist in the moments of frustration
– With your membership, a tutor is assigned for each student
– Student starts with a diagnostic test
– Student gets instant grading on every question
– Tutors provide personalized feedback, daily or as-needed, based on the worksheets submitted by the students and accordingly assign worksheets
– You get weekly updates on the performance of your children
– In addition, you get a biweekly session with the Tutor to review the performance of your children and for your child to talk with the Tutor
– Curriculum is aligned with CCSS (Common Core). Grades covered: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. 7th and 8th grade content will be released soon.

Tabtor CTO Balraj Suneja is pleased with the Android release. “We’re pleased to offer Tabtor’s groundbreaking learning program on the Android platform,” he says. “Students who use it have not only shown dramatic improvements on tests, but in many cases, they’ve been able to truly excel in a subject they previously struggled with, building the skills they’ll need for college and their professional careers beyond school.”

As noted, the app is free with a Tabtor subscription; it is available on the Play Store. Releases Education App for Android Releases Education App for Android

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cAPPoeira App Hits Google Play

cAPPoeira App Hits Google Play

Oct 31, 2013

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If you’ve never heard of Capoeira before, it’s a dance-like martial art, focusing on kicks and movement. Its moves are quite difficult to remember, and it’s all too easy to get them all wrong, which is why it’s great to see an app that can provide help with that. cAPPoeira features training videos, lists capoeira groups around the world, and all the useful links for everyone, experienced or not. It can be downloaded from here: cAPPoeira on Google Play.

The Fun Way to Learn Algebra Review

The Fun Way to Learn Algebra Review

Oct 10, 2013

First of all, it ain’t like I hate math. On the contrary, I love it. It brings order to the world, and there is something so calming about the fact that physically, one plus one always inevitably equals two. Not much theory here, just hard, cold FACTS. If I know the formula, and apply the precepts in the right order, I’ll be right every time.

But there is something horrifically painful about the math problems my children regale me with… something that induces panic. First of all, the terms used are all wrong to someone who sparred with numbers using Commonwealth English as the means of discourse. And there is something inherently discomfiting about being asked about stuff you have not done in decades by a kid who may or may not believe mom or dad still know the answer to everything in the fun1world.

So, thank heavens for Henry Borenson and The Fun Way to Learn Algebra Maybe I can keep the cape on a bit longer.

This app purports to help kids visualize algebra using game pieces to bring life to problems. It is split into lessons, and a sample lesson has a walkthrough to help figure out 5x + 2 = 2x + 14. To facilitate the learning process, blue tokens are used for the unknowns, and numbered pieces represent the integers. A scale is used to visually keep both sides equal. And that, in a nutshell, is the goal of the game: the players have to keep both sides equal with legal moves. So, in the scenario above, if a kid removes two units (subtracts 2) from the left side, he/she must do it on the right side to be within the parameters of the game.

Each lesson had a video intro, some practice questions and exercises.

In real life testing, both my 7-yr-old and 10 yr-old were able to play with it, and enjoy it. For the older, it was quite easy, but the game component was appreciated. The younger didn’t get the precepts, but was well on the way to figuring out how balance works in the game.

Due to the age of the targeted demographic, the game could probably use some sizzle, but all in all, I’m appreciative of this application and what it does.

Learnist Hits One Million Users, and Releases Android App

Learnist Hits One Million Users, and Releases Android App

Oct 8, 2013

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Learnist, a website and community aimed at bettering people’s knowledge about various topics, just celebrated one million users with announcement that it’s going mobile with an Android app. The Learnist app is pretty straightforward and delivers everything Learnist has to offer, on the mobile screens. Learnist’s Android app can be downloaded from here: Learnist on Google Play.

Spelling Monster Review

Spelling Monster Review

Jun 25, 2013

Spelling Monster is a gift from heaven to parents with kids in the early school years. it incorporates several learning tools and exercises into the gameplay, which is wrapped in the pleasing veneer of an Android game.

The main menu breaks the game into an adjustable word list and a bunch of mini games. The word list allows for the addition of just about any words, which is great for accounting for, say, vocabulary or multiple kids of different abilities using the app. The game list had five different games: Letter Pop, Missing Letter, Letter Catch, Word Traffic and Word Jumble.

The mini games are simple but innovative. In the first game I got to look at, Word Traffic, I liked the creativity. Words are presented, and several letters appear in the different lanes. The object of this game is to guide a car through the matching letters, in order, while avoiding the wrong ones. So, for instance, if the given word is spelling1“BEAUTIFUL,” one needs to avoid all the red herring letters and random cars, and use touch controls to hop from lane to lane appropriately. Three stars denote three lives, and mistakes end the run.

Another offering, Letter Pop is also interesting. As with the others, it gives a quick text tutorial at the beginning, and then goes direct to the action, which is seemingly underwater. In this, there is a given word, and the job is to match that given word with the options that appear in bubbles rising from the bottom to the top of the playing area.

The graphics were simple but effective, with nice coloring adorning the fun artwork. When there were animations, they worked without stuttering, and the music was the basic sin-songy fare that tends to accompany games of this nature.

The cool thing about this game is its built-in expandable nature. As noted, the word list can be expanded, and the developer also says more games will be added, and in the time I tested it, the developer did live up to that promise, which is very laudable. With a free version, there is even more to like.

Toot Toot ABC Review

Toot Toot ABC Review

Feb 9, 2012

Toot Toot ABC is a cute game by Australian based company Game Labs that introduces preschoolers (ages 1-4) to their ABCs and 123s. Children play one of three darling trains who live in an colorful, interactive World. Kids encounter various animals while learning their alphabet and numbers. With three adventures to choose from there is always something for the little ones to explore.

Kids can pick from the ABC adventure, 123 adventure or take a break and race against other trains. During the ABC adventure, kids match animals with their corresponding letter. In the 123 adventure, kids count animals by dragging them in the train cars. What makes Toot Toot ABC extra unique is the use of exotic – or at least Australian – animals; I have officially learned of the numbat’s existence.

One of my favorite aspects of Toot Toot ABC (besides its Australian animal theme) is the brightly colored, interactive World the trains live in. See the red apples on the tree? Click one to have a little snack. Want to show your train some love? Tap his bell and he makes noise. Need a break? Take some time to pop balloons floating around the screen. Children like to explore their surroundings as a way of learning and Toot Toot ABC takes that into considerations when designing their educational World.

Toot Toot ABC also helps children develop fine motor skills. For example, in the 123 adventure, the child needs to be able to click an animal, hold the screen, and drag the animal to the train car for it to be counted. The controls for Toot Toot ABC are responsive and accurate enough for young children to control but not so responsive there is no challenge.

As a new mother I am looking for fun, new age, technological tools to help my daughter learn as she grows and reaches new cognitive and physical developmental milestones. She may not be ready for Toot Toot ABC yet, but it is definitely a game I will keep in mind when the time comes. This cute, colorful, educational game is too darling to pass up for $2.07. I really hope Game Labs continues to develop other educational games for various developmental levels.

PowerVocab Review

PowerVocab Review

Jul 12, 2011

Everyone wants to get smarter, but the best way to make people think you’re brainy is by using long words. It helps if those long words aren’t made up as well, and if you actually know what they mean. We can all slip antidisestablishmentarianism into the conversation, but it’s another thing entirely to do so correctly.

That’s where PowerVocab comes in. Not so much for the antidisestablishmentarianism conundrum, but for other, much more useful words. It’s a game that tests the breadth, width and depth of your vocabulary, throwing words and explanations at you, then giving you points for correct answers.

It’s a neat little system, and one that works quite well, especially because at the end of each round, you’re given the option to review your answers. Get any wrong and you can go back and find out what the word actually means, which in turn means you’ve learnt a new word. Congratulations, you’re a bit smarter than you were before.

The number of words you can learn appears to be pretty large, although in the early rounds repetition is pretty frequent. The app’s not that great looking either, with clunky menus and a distinctly mid-nineties design style. Those are minor flaws though, in what is a fun and helpful little application.

Learning is fun, that’s the message behind PowerVocab, and it’s a message that I wholeheartedly support. Any game or app that sets out to expand a person’s knowledge and horizons should be championed, doubly so when they do it as well as PowerVocab.

It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who want to brush up their speaking and writing skills, it’s a really great download. It won’t make you a genius, but with a bit of practice, it might make people believe you’re a genius.

Maths Of The Dead Review

Maths Of The Dead Review

May 30, 2011

Zombies are everywhere nowadays, chomping their way through your friends, neighbors, pets and loved ones. You’ve killed them with shotguns, bombs, typing, and physics, but now it’s time to really stick it to the undead – now it’s time to kill them with math.

Maths Of The Dead is a quirky little title that casts you in the role of a super intelligent monkey. You’re placed behind a keyboard and zombies of various different shapes and sizes are shambling towards you, intent on feasting on your succulent monkey flesh. Each of the zombies has a simple equation above their head; type in the right answer and the zombie falls down re-dead.

It’s a simple premise, borrowed slightly from Sega’s re-imagining of their House of The Dead series of games as a typing tool. The zombies here are cutesy and non-threatening and the monkey is delightfully deranged. The music is frivolous, the sound effects hilarious and the whole package just screams “fun”.

The typing interface is a little unwieldy, and sometimes you can find yourself accidentally typing in huge strings of numbers when you keep getting things wrong, but other than that, there are no huge problems with the game itself. The difficulty could do with a bit of tweaking, and a few more sums could do to be thrown into the mix, but these are minor complaints; this is a loveable bundle of simian versus zombie fun, and who can’t enjoy that?

Maths Of The Dead is one of those rare games that actually makes learning fun. Zombies may be omnipresent nowadays, but it’s nice to see someone trying something a little different with them, even if that something different is just a riff on another game. It’s hard not to play Maths of The Dead with a smile on your face, even when things get tough – it’s a well built, hugely enjoyable little title that proves you don’t need flashy graphics and sky high production values to make a good game.