Review by Ericka D, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2017
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FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD

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Useful multisensory tool teaches self-direction and follow-through

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  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: Easy-to-use interface with a range of formatting options can meet the needs of different students.

Cons: Some in-app help would be useful.

Bottom Line: This simple but powerful tool engages kids in independently following a schedule.

FTVS HD could be a great tool for teachers, parents, and therapists working with kids with a wide range of abilities. In collaboration with parents, teachers could help students create schedules for daily activities like the morning routine or bedtime. School-based schedules would also help students more easily navigate routines like lunchtime, transitions, or packing up at the end of the day. Kids will be more motivated if you include them in the schedule creating process. They can help choose the pictures and craft the audio messages; in addition, the Choice Boards let them choose possible rewards for completed activities.

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FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD is a tool for creating visual and auditory apps for any child. Its simple, multisensory interface has great potential for use with kids with developmental or learning disabilities or students who may be learning English as a second language.

The app includes first-then boards, visual and audio formats, social stories, video modeling, and Choice Boards. Teachers can develop schedules appropriate for students using text, pictures, audio clips, and videos. The schedules can be presented in five formats, each with a different way for a kid to check items completed and move on to the next. There is an optional timer for either the entire schedule or specific steps. Choice Boards let kids indicate a preference from the choices, such as a reward for tasks completed.

With FTVS HD, Kids can learn and practice independence in self-direction and following through on scheduled activity sequences. The simple interface and choices for presentation format make it easy to learn and apply for most kids. Options for text, pictures, video, and audio allow customization to the learning style and appeal for various kids, including those identified with attention, learning, developmental, and other disabilities. First Then Visual Schedule HD is a simple but powerful tool to engage kids in independently following a schedule, but could use more in-app assistance for students.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The interface is clean and simple, although a bit dated. The combination of text with pictures, audio, and video is engaging and will draw and hold attention.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Kids' attention will be drawn to the sequences presented, and learned behavior may transfer to other life tasks. Kids take an active role in the experience, evaluating their own behavior and marking their progress as they go.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The interface for creating schedules is simple and straightforward, and some students could create their own images. While there is limited support in the app, the developer's website offers assistance.

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Jennifer K. , Other
Newark City Schools
Newark, United States
Great Visual Schedule!!!
This is a great product to keep you kids informed of your schedule each day at school. It is also great for your students who need motivation throughout the day.The App developer's website offers ideas on how to use the app and customize it. It is one of the better scheduler Apps I have used. I had no frustrations at all with setting it up.
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