Agnitus Educational Games App Review
By ivysvariety on June 04, 2014
I was able to get my hands on the full version of Agnitus by winning a giveaway and wanted to share my experience with the app and subscription service. I was not compensated in any way to provide my review and information about this app. Agnitus is a fun and educational app that helps your child (age 2 to 7) with preschool and Kindergarten fundamentals. Okay, I know there's tons of tech these days, but this isn't a fluff app that simply keeps your kiddo quiet. While that's a benefit for many of us, your kid will actually be spending time on games to help them developmentally.
There's a parent dashboard. You can access a dashboard either on the iPad or online to add a child's profile, select (or remove) games or skills you do and do not want the kid to access, and view study time, skill ranking, and other progress reports.
Sharing achievements. I haven't used this feature, but when you log into the parent's dashboard on the iPad, you can share your child's latest achievement on Facebook. One of the most recent was that S began to learn about geometry of shapes. I'd love to brag about how smart she is, but I'd be sharing things every few minutes, so I try not to. Maybe it's something I could use as a motivational tool when she's old enough to understand the accolades.
More educational together time! I am not a teacher and I certainly don't have adequate knowledge of building and using a complete preschool curriculum. This app helps me fill in the gaps as well as build on the foundation in areas we already work on. This app is fun whether she plays on her own or with me, and covers many areas of education that she probably should know. And, because I don't have to spend as much time worrying about what to plan, we can just enjoy this app to fill in some time.
I can see this being a useful tool for homeschooling and parents trying to boost educational efforts outside of school in a fun and stress free way. The app includes curriculum for preschool to 3rd grade, so you'll be using this for several years and you can easily take education with you on travel.
Does the kiddo like it?
I can ask her if she wants to play Agnitus, and she'll usually drop what she's doing and ask "Ahhninus?" She really enjoys her Agnitus app time because it's fun ... not pushy education time. She'll even clap and yell "I did it!" for herself when she knows she's done a good job at the activities. There are some activities she's not fond of and won't try them, but I suppose that's to be expected.
What I don't like
The grade report. Staring at the report can make things look really good or really terrible. I'm looking at an F for colors. Now, this kid knows her colors and I know it (plus she knows several of them in Spanish). I also know she doesn't like following directions half the time and doesn't wait for the app to tell her the directions. So, the areas that say she needs extra help (F), I have to remember that I need to help her focus on directions, not just do what she wants, because I know that's typically what happens. So, I don't like that part of the app, but at least it's a good reminder that I need to try to sit by to help her understand that there are "rules" of the game.
The other thing I'm not super fond of is the addition of many more books. I get that they're showing a slider to bring attention to following words in books, but a lot of times, S just wants to have the books read and doesn't want to play the educational games. Since we read a lot of books, I really want her to focus on the other areas in the app.
My "don't likes" are more of an ego issue for me than a real complaint with the app. I know their intent with those portions of the app, and it makes it clear to me that I should pay more attention to the app with her so that she learns the right way to play.
Don't do any of the exercises for the kids unless you have a test profile. The reason I say this is because you will be graded and make it look like your kid is doing better than they are. We have to catch ourselves at times, which is a good reminder that we have to build on our communication skills to help her succeed, rather than doing something for her. Hmmm ... that's the advice we hear about homework isn't it? Agnitus will teach us the right way to help with homework when S finally enters school.
You can get a limited number of games in the free version, but I highly recommend the paid version. Please understand I am including an affiliate link here to direct you to Agnitus. You will receive a free 30 day subscription, but you have 3 paid options:
- 99 cents per month gets you 1 skill and 1 book per day.
- 3.99 per month gives your child all available skills and books.
- 6.99 per month gives you access to everything, including progress reports, global grades, multiple child profiles, teacher controls, and more.
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