Agnitus! What Parents Really Think!!

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Agnitus was a Gold Winner for the 2014 NAPPA (National Parenting Publication Awards)

NAPPA gave Agnitus their detailed interview feedback from the parents who tested Agnitus and found out what parents really thought about both of the pros and cons of subscribing to the Agnitus Learning Program.

NAPPA FEEDBACK SUMMARY FOR: 

Agnitus- Personal Learning Program 

How effective is Agnitus? How well does Agnitus meet the needs for which it was developed? Does it fulfill the claims it made? 

Parent Tester 1: Very effective app that fulfills the claims that it makes.

Parent Tester 2: It was exactly as it claimed to be.

Parent Tester 3: The Agnitus app is amazing. The educational games were disguised in such a way that they are nothing but pure fun. The skill and performance report for parents is more helpful than most information that comes home from preschool on the cognitive achievement level of my son. The product really fills a much-needed category in Ipad apps for something that is both educational and fun for a toddler. Going past the typical ABCs and 123s this app also introduced shapes, types of fruit and animals; providing a huge base of information a child can learn or practice while using the Ipad.

Is Agnitus pleasing to the eye? 

Parent Tester 1: Yes, kids loved it.

Parent Tester 2: Very cute graphics. Well-made.

Parent Tester 3: The app/website are both colorful and well laid out for user friendliness.
I love that the app can be preloaded with games for my son’s specific age; really
reducing the chance for him to just push buttons and end up in a game that is well above
his understanding.
How innovative is this app? 

Parent Tester 1: This app is innovative because as a teacher and parent, the evaluation and progress reports are extremely helpful. As a teacher I feel that such a program would be beneficial: great use of technology for children and teacher, helps with evaluation but more importantly, practice of skills and also evidence of performance without a child feeling nervous or self-conscious when being tested or practicing. With much of the testing with common core being computerized, it is a great way for kids to get use to such a format of evaluation. The fact that all activities for each child are being tracked is awesome.

Parent Tester 2: It’s the future. This is what education will be for our kids and it’s very innovative.

Parent Tester 3: While there are a ton of apps out there for kids, this is the first one I have seen that is also for parents, by providing some type of feedback on the games that the child plays. The educational content is really mixed in with fun, and it is easy to see why children might love to play these games so much.

Are the Agnitus graphics aesthetically pleasing? 

Parent Tester 1: Yes.

Parent Tester 2: YES my kids were both interested in them. 

Parent Tester 3: This program and website were amazing, the well thought out
curriculum really engages the child and the parent skill reports help to let parents know how their students is performing. I would not only buy this app for my own son, but also recommend it to any other parent out there.

YES my kids were both interested in them.
Is Agnitus practical?

Parent Tester 1: Yes, this app was very practical. It had many different areas such as professions, health and self-well being, and showed cause and effect. I liked the fact that the app did not just focus on academic subject areas. I felt good that computer time was “good” computer time. I did not have to worry about what they would be experiencing at any second if I were in another room for a bit.

Parent Tester 2: Very practical.

Is this app easy to use?

Parent Tester 1: Very easy to use. Four year old was able to navigate through without much help, and my 7 year old had no problems at all.

Parent Tester 2: It took a minute to get used to and to “unlock” and download levels. But we got the hang of it.

Parent Tester 3: This app is/was extremely easy to use. As a parent the skill reports are broken down by activity and then again by cognitive function. Progress is rated and an age level is attached to performance. This is super helpful for parents who really want to challenge their children outside of what they receive at preschool or elementary school.

The layout of the website/ app are very user friendly.

Is this app worth the price?

Parent Tester 1: Yes, I think it is definitely worth the price. Curious to know what pricing is for classroom /school?

Parent Tester 2: It seemed pricey for just an addition to the cheaper and free apps
available. The usefulness of tracking our kids progress might be worth it if they are being Home schooled, or need attention to a certain concentration of study.

Parent Tester 3: The product is totally worth the 6.99 price. This is easily one of the best apps I have seen for educational games.

Which features did you like best about this app?

Parent Tester 1: As an educator, I liked the evaluation and reporting section, which tracked the children. I really love it. The children liked it because the app gave them different areas to explore. Just by tapping the corner icon, they were able to pick and choose from a variety of activities. They loved learning how to care for themselves. For example: hot water burns, they were able to squeegee the steam of the shower doors. It just didn’t give math facts or looking for errors in sentences it was real to the kids and they enjoyed it. My nephew who is four couldn’t stop exploring. Again, the best part for me was at the end of the day I could see what skills were mastered and where he may need some work.

Parent Tester 2: The positive reinforcement my child received. The “toys” she collected and the playtime it gave her to catch a break from the mental exercises.

Parent Tester 3: The games themselves are innovative, colorful, educational and fun. My son and I had a lot of fun playing with colors and types of fruit. He loved the cartoon nature of the characters and I loved how educational the games were.

What did you like least about this app? 

Parent Tester 1: I really felt it was a great app. I will need a bit more time exploring to discover its shortcomings, but I doubt there are any.

Parent Tester 2: It’s expensive and I didn’t find the tracking system to be easy to use or useful for a parent like me. Perhaps it will matter more to other parents- I certainly don’t have the time for that.

Parent Tester 3: As of yet there isn’t anything I didn’t like about the app. It was easy to use and fun.

How would you improve this app? 

Parent Tester 2: Maybe keep the “results” portion internal. I would rather receive 1
weekly summary email about my kid’s work than have to look at the whole thing the way it set up- for me it’s a bit daunting. I wish It were simplified- And it’s be nice to spread out the payments or just charge a minimal “house-hold membership” and offer exclusive access by joining.

Additional Comments: 

Parent Tester 1: Agnitus became a household word! The kids and I loved it!

Parent Tester 2: It’s the wave of the future. My kid felt like she was playing even though she knew she was learning. It won’t replace her favorite games — but it doesn’t claim to do that. It is another level of self-teaching, self-correcting and self-motivating education for our kids.

Parent Tester 3: This program and website were amazing, the well thought out
curriculum really engages the child and the parent skill reports help to let parents know how their students is performing. I would not only buy this app for my own son, but also recommend it to any other parent out there.

 

Win Agnitus Tuition Free for the Year Sweepstakes!

Last month we announced Agnitus 1:1, a program designed to help teachers by bringing Agnitus into the classroom for free.

 

We decided to do something to say thank you to another segment of our users – you. The users who follow us on our social media channels. Today we’re running two contests – one on Facebook and one on Twitter – with the top 3 winners of each channel will receive a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. That’s right. Access to Agnitus for a complete year at no cost.

 

Entering is easy:

 

Twitter

Follow @Agnitus on Twitter and send a tweet completing one of the following sentences anytime between now and 5 pm PT everyday until October 3rd to be entered into a random drawing to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. Three winners will be selected randomly.

 

My child loves @Agnitus because

My child would love @Agnitus because

@Agnitus has helped my child…

Facebook

Make sure you ‘Like’ the Agnitus Facebook page and between now and 5pm PT, leave a message on our wall telling us why your child loves, or would love, to use Agnitus to be entered into a random drawing to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. Three winners will be selected randomly.

Now for the fine print…

 

Contest Terms & Conditions

 

Official Rules

No purchase necessary to win.

  1. Eligibility: Contest is open only to residents of the United States. Participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the contest. Employees of Agnitus, including their respective affiliates, and subsidiaries, and immediate family members of employees are not eligible.

  2. How to enter: Entrants must either

    • have a Twitter account and be a follower of Agnitus, located at https://twitter.com/Agnitus. Both new followers and existing followers of Agnitus are eligible for this contest. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can follow the directions at www.twitter.com to sign up for an account.

    • have a Facebook account and ‘Like’ the Agnitus page, located at https://www.facebook.com/agnitus. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can follow the directions at www.facebook.com to sign up for an account.

  3. Prizes: The Agnitus app will be given to six winners, three on Twitter and three on Facebook, tuition-free for a full year. In the event that the prize becomes unavailable, Agnitus reserves the right to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value. No alternative prize, cash equivalent, or other substitution is permitted except by Agnitus in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are non-transferable. All federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Winner is also responsible for internet access fees and service charges.

  4. Agreement to Terms and Conditions: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official Terms and Conditions and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.

  5. Promotion period: The promotion will be run on September 19, from 9:00am – 5pm PT through 5 PM PST on Oct 3rd.

  6. Selection of winners – 3 users will be picked at random from both Facebook and Twitter:

    • Contest #1: Tweet to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free

      • Entrants must first follow Agnitus on Twitter

      • On September 12, 2013, between 9am – 5pm PT, entrants must send a tweet finishing one of the following tweets, “My child loves @Agnitus because” or “My child would love @Agnitus because”

      • One winner will be selected randomly.

    • Contest #2: Post on Facebook to win a full year of Agnitus tuition-free

      • Entrants must ‘Like’ the Agnitus Facebook page

      • On September 12, 2013, between 9am – 5pm PT, entrants must leave a post on the Agnitus Facebook page stating why their child loves, or would love, to use Agnitus.

      • One winner will be selected randomly.

  7. Odds of winning a prize are based on the number of eligible entries received. Winners notification: Winners of the Twitter contest will be notified by a public tweet from Agnitus and a Direct Message on Twitter from Agnitus, at which time a code will be given so the winner can receive the prize. Winners of the Facebook contest will be notified by a public Facebook posting and a private message from an Agnitus representative. Winners will have 10 days from notification to accept the prize via responding directly back to the Agnitus team with your Agnitus email info. All taxes on prizes, including income taxes, and any incidental expenses associated with collection of a prize are the responsibility of the winners.

  8. Prizes: Winners of the contest will receive a code to redeem a full year of Agnitus tuition-free. Prizes are non-transferable. All federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Winner is also responsible for Internet access fees and service charges.

  9. Publicity release: Acceptance of a prize constitutes the winner’s agreement that Agnitus may use the Twitter and Facebook content of each entrant for promotional purposes in any and all media, without further payment or consideration of any kind. This includes posting the winner’s Twitter account name on the Agnitus website and on the Agnitus Twitter account.

  10. The Facebook contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participating and entering in this contest is a complete release of Facebook by each entrant.

  11. By entering the prize giveaway, entrants assume all liability for any damages caused or claimed to be caused by participation or by any prize and release and hold harmless Agnitus, all affiliates and subsidiaries of such entities, their employees, agents and representatives from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the promotion or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death or property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. By entering the prize giveaway, entrants and winners consent to the use of their names, addresses, likeness and any statements they make in connection with this prize giveaway or about Agnitus without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Winners may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release that must be received by Agnitus within 15 days of the time it is sent by email or regular mail to the winner. Failure to respond to the prize notification or to return the affidavit and liability/publicity release on time will result in the loss of the prize and an alternative winner will be selected in accordance with the procedures set forth in these rules. Agnitus reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel this prize giveaway at any time, for any reason including but not limited to computer virus, bug, worms, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or other technical problem, security, or other problems or activities. In the event of cancellation, Agnitus reserves the right to award the prize in a random drawing from all entries received prior to the time of cancellation. The winner also agrees to allow Agnitus to utilize his or her responses, winner name and winner location for Agnitus marketing materials and website.

  12. Conducting the Contest and selection of winners are at the sole discretion of Agnitus, and decisions of Agnitus are final and binding. Agents and  representatives of Agnitus, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising,  promotion and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors are not  responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Agnitus that  may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) telephone,  electronic, hardware, or software program, network, internet, or  computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties of any kind; (iii) any  printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the  Contest; (iv) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer  transmissions in connection with or as a result of the prize, or acceptance,  possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Contest.

  13. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability  of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants and Agnitus in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California,  without giving effect to any choice of law rules or provisions (whether  of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), that would cause  the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction other than the  State of California.

  14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, AGNITUS WILL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LAW, FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, RELIANCE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS  INTERRUPTION, AND/OR LOSS OF INFORMATION OR DATA. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU RESIDE IN SUCH A JURISDICTION, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS SHALL APPLY TO YOU TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

  15. Prize receipt: Winners will obtain their prize via the iTunes store with a code provided to them by Agnitus. If a Winner’s signature is required on any releases or tax documentation, their prize will be mailed after receipt of such documentation by Agnitus.

  16. Sponsor: This promotion is sponsored by Agnitus, with headquarter offices at 120 Hawthorne Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Tuition-Free for Teachers – Agnitus 1:1

Agnitus 1:1
Bringing the Future into Classrooms Today

“Mom, can I play on your phone?”

Getting a smart phone or tablet away from a child these days is nearly impossible. Why not use a child’s fascination with these devices as a way to help them learn? It’s kind of like sneaking education into your iPhone or iPad… That’s exactly what we’ve been doing here at Agnitus for the past 2 years, and today we’re taking it to the next level.

Today Agnitus is introducing Agnitus 1:1 – a program to support individual teachers’ efforts to educate our leaders of tomorrow by bringing technology to our teachers one classroom at a time. As part of this program, it is our goal to have any teacher who has access to iPads in their classrooms to work with Agnitus COMPLETELY AT NO COST, a normally $180/year per student tuition fee, for the entire academic year 2013-2014. Agnitus was developed as a way to provide a strong foundation to prepare children for school. As our technology evolved, it became clear that we could further support and reinforce the education taking place in the classroom by providing tools for students to use while at home. Now, with Agnitus 1:1, we are taking things a step further by fully integrating the education taking place at school with the learning a child does outside of the classroom.

Children naturally gravitate towards technologies like the iPad and iPhone. When they are interacting with these technologies they often don’t even realize they’re learning. Naturally, teachers are looking for ways to capitalize on this interest and bring technology into their classroom. Agnitus 1:1 is the answer. The technology enables teachers to provide each child with the holy grail of a personalized 1:1 learning experience.

Additionally, research has shown that students who have parents engaged in their education experience tend to be more successful than students whose parents are less involved. With Agnitus’ technology the bridge has been built that will bring parents and teachers together to advance each child’s learning experience. The benefits teachers gain by using Agnitus in their classrooms include:

  • Access to real-time report cards that can be shared with parents
  • Ability to add an unlimited number of students to a single account
  • Fast and easy process to add new student accounts
  • Ability to sync individual student data across multiple devices
  • Daily progress monitoring of student achievement
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) tool for struggling students
  • The program responds to the individual student’s learning level and pace for a customized 1:1 experience
  • Teacher’s Controls allow teachers to guide students to activities that focus on specific skills

Agnitus has an easy sign up and qualification process for teachers who want to use the program in their classrooms. SIGN UP HERE: www.agnitus.com/teachers Fill in your name and school information, and you will receive instructions on how to get Agnitus started in your classroom. Additionally – there is a pre-written email that teachers can send to their student’s parents, letting them know that they will be using Agnitus in the classroom and how the parents can use it to complement classroom learning… and receive a discount from you!

At this time, Agnitus is not available for homeschooling teachers/parents. It is designed to support teachers in the classroom with 5 or more students. Any account with 4 children or less or inactivity is subject to review and may be disabled from the free teacher mode at our review team’s discretion. Not familiar with Agnitus? Read more about us: Agnitus is an adaptive learning program with over a million users targeted towards the education of students 2-6 years old. Agnitus’ Learning Program fits into a comprehensive curriculum designed by education experts to prepare each child to master age-appropriate skills recommended by the U.S. Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The advantage to our curriculum-based approach is that each activity adjusts to individual child’s abilities and needs. As a child masters a skill, Agnitus naturally transitions them to the next set of academic skill-building activities within the curriculum.

10 months forward, 1 month back

The Reality of Summer Learning Loss and What You Can Do to Stop It

For most adults, summertime brings back childhood memories of family vacations, swimming in the neighborhood pool, or chasing the ice cream truck down the street. It’s great to reminisce about all the fun things you did over the summer as a kid, but have you ever tried to think about what you forgot? According to a study conducted by the RAND Corporation in 2011, students lose approximately one month of math and reading knowledge during summer vacation. Luckily, there are many options for parents who want to create a bridge from June to September that doesn’t involve worksheets and vocabulary lists. A child’s brain needs stimulation in order to grow and it’s important to show your child that learning is something that takes place everywhere – not just in the classroom.

Summer learning loss is a topic that has been well researched and documented over the last several decades yet school districts have been slow to adjust the traditional calendar to address the needs of students. A two month break from school forces teachers to spend valuable time re-establishing classroom procedures, administering diagnostic tests, and reviewing academic material that students have forgotten. Research has also shown that the growing population of English language learners falls even further behind their classmates when they return to school the following year. In spite of this information, only 10% of public schools follow a year round schedule that shortens summer break and spreads out vacations over the course of the year. So what can you do to make sure that your child continues moving forward instead of becoming another victim of the “summer slide?” Finding productive activities for children during the summer months isn’t as challenging as it might first appear.

Opportunities for learning are all around us. Follow a recipe to bake a cake and use measuring cups to teach your child about fractions and quantities. Plant a garden in your backyard and turn it into a lesson about nature, weather, and the life cycle of vegetables. Set up an art studio in your living room and watch as your child learns about colors through painting. Most communities are full of affordable (or free!) stimulating resources that parents can take advantage of. Go on a trip to the zoo and take turns reading signs and identifying animals. Visit your local library often and let your child pick out a book to read to you. Spend an afternoon at a park, museum, or aquarium and simply allow your child to explore. Later that evening, ask him to write a story or draw a picture about what he saw.

To meet the needs of parents who want to ensure that their children continue learning year round, many summer camps are moving away from capture the flag, basket weaving, and sing-alongs. This new brand of academic summer camps focus on hands on learning experiences in a specific subject area and also offer the opportunity for children to interact with peers in their age group. Do you have a future marine biologist at home? Scientist? Artist? Computer whiz? Musician? No matter what your child’s passion is, there are camps out there that will pique his or her interest while developing critical thinking skills, building academic confidence, and encouraging creativity that will carry over into the classroom next fall. Make sure to do your research because different camps will have different educational philosophies. Additionally, some camps will provide feedback to parents about what campers do on a daily basis.

Another way to stimulate the mind of your child during the summertime is through the use of technology. Fortunately for parents, technology is more accessible and affordable than ever, making it possible for children to learn at home through interactive educational apps. Some games have become so advanced that they respond to your child’s performance by increasing difficulty as certain skills are mastered. One app in particular, Agnitus, stands out from the rest because it provides detailed report cards to parents that show their child’s progress in specific areas. Parents who want to keep their children learning over the summer would be wise to use learning apps to introduce academic concepts through visually stimulating and engaging games.

 By Matt Freid