Agnitus - Personal Learning Program is best suited for individual play. Teachers can set up accounts for every student, but they should probably play on their own, either in the classroom or at home. Unfortunately, the app doesn't report which skills kids focus on, so teachers should be aware that play will entail a look at all skills covered in the program. Nevertheless, teachers get detailed progress reports, which can help point their classroom instruction in the right direction. While not ideal, Agnitus could be used as an assessment tool or comprehension check. Teachers, take note: Set clear time limits, as play continues indefinitely.Continue reading Show less
With Agnitus – Personal Learning System, kids cycle through a collection of (mostly) math and literacy games that address basic foundational skills such as counting, tracing letters, patterns, and letter recognition. Kids can choose where to start, but then games are presented at random on a continuous cycle (at least until kids click themselves out). As kids progress, the material gets more challenging to meet kids at just the right level.
Rewards-wise, kids collect stars by playing games, though the purpose of the stars is a bit unclear. Grown-ups can see very detailed progress reports, which describe what kids are playing, points out strengths and weaknesses, and provides general information about the curriculum and individual games. However, kids don't get the same reports, or much feedback on progress. Teachers who contact the developer can use Agnitus for free in their classroom.
Agnitus - Personal Learning Program has lots of well-designed games that provide great practice and opportunites for skill building. The app's biggest strength is the way the games' level of challenge grows with each student, so they're continuously challenged at their level. There's also nice in-game support for kids who are having trouble choosing the right answer. Detailed progress reports provide teachers valuable information about how and what their students are learning.
However, there are also a few games that either are poorly explained or present information without enough context. For example, the purpose of a counting game with different types of food might be confusing to some kids. Also, when a letter-tracing game announces that "L is the shape your left hand makes," more explanation could help kids connect this concept with other knowledge. The app's overall functioning and design leaves some to be desired; games jump from one topic to another, there are "posters" for unrelated games during transitions, and the audio directions sound unnatural.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Key Standards Supported
Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
Reading Foundational Skills
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.
Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
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