Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: ABA – Problem Solving – What does not belong?

ABA - Problem Solving - What does not belong uses various concepts (color, shape, size) in the common two by two grid. Children are prompted to select the picture that does not belong. This app is highly customizable from level of difficulty to which pictures are available. There is even the option to add your own pictures and record voice prompts to further personalize the app. There is a lot of flexibility available in this app and it is totally FREE.

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ABA Problem Solving - What does not belong is basic in concept by highly adaptable to fit the level of the child using it. Instead of being asked, which circle is red, children must analyze and solve what is different about one of the objects displayed. This is one of those apps where I am actually amazed it is free since rarely does a free app offer this level of customization.

Children can begin playing the app with no customization. However, if the child is struggling with a certain area or overwhelmed easily by more complex choices, then the app can be adapted to best fit the child. Customization can be as easy as selecting to only use specific libraries, such as basic shapes, or to select object by object what will be used. Even what phrases are offered as praise for correct answers can be modified or new ones added in your voice.

The simplicity of the app layout helps the child focus on the task at hand without any added distraction. All pictures that come with the app are basic outlines filled in with a single color. The objects are bold and easy to discern. While the pictures are prominent, the background is white and does not compete with the objects displayed.

If a child does better with more life-like images, pictures can be added to current objects. For instance, the car that is already available can be changed from a basic icon image to a picture of the family car. Adding and deleting objects is pretty straight forward. Children could even be asked to practice classification skills to help decide where new objects belong.

This is a great app with vast flexibility. The ability to modify and customize to the children using it opens many doors.

From iTunes:

Touch and Learn is a powerful new gaming platform that allows you to introduce new concepts in a fun and exciting new way. You can use Touch and Learn to teach basic concepts such as new shapes or advanced concepts such as colors or characteristics (e.g. big, bigger, small, smaller, etc.). The possibilities are truly endless and just up to your imagination.

This game comes pre-loaded with hundreds of unique images to provide hours of learning and entertainment. 

What's unique about the Touch and Learn - What does not belong apps?

The "what does not belong apps" do the opposite of the basic Touch and Learn applications. Instead of asking kids to find "the circle" or the "red square" the "what does not belong apps" display 4 images and require the child to identify the one item that is different. The difference could be due to the color, name of the object, type of object or concept being presented. 

This app can be challenging or easy depending on the difficulty that you select and is ideal for ages 2 to 4.

* Add your own voice - now your toddler can learn everything in mommy's or daddy's voice

* Add your own items - take pictures of your child's favorite items to make the game more fun and personal

* Add your own concepts - you can add an unlimited number of new concepts and associate them with any picture or item to add exciting new levels and hours of fun

* Learn by sight, sound, and touch

* Uses real, crisp photographs that are carefully hand picked and selected vs. cartoonish illustrations

* Uses advanced algorithms that automatically makes the teaching of concepts fun and easy to grasp (i.e when teaching the concept of yellow circle, the app will present both a circle that is not yellow and another item that is yellow but is not a circle).

* Fun & engaging voice artist keeps kids engaged

* Dynamic game play adjust difficulty automatically to keep kids both challenged and entertained vs. getting bored. If you select progressive game play then the game starts with easy concepts (e.g. touch the circle) and proceeds to advanced concepts (touch the bigger circle) automatically.

* Wrong answers do not interfere with gameplay, the child can immediately try again and touch the correct answer (most other games are too slow to keep kids interested by slowly repeating the desired question).

* Multi-sensory learning tool - combining audio, voice, and written words

* Don't like some of the existing items... no problem, just delete or turn them off to cover only what you like

* Multi-language support - since you can edit existing items and add new items, you can record everything in your native tongue

Rachel H was singing "One of these things is not like the other" in her head the whole time she was testing this app.

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