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Agnitus - Personal Learning Program

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Fun, effective math, language games; distracting design.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn lots of math and reading skills and get a sprinkling of other knowledge. From counting, spelling, and shapes to self-care skills like tooth brushing and getting dressed, there's a lot here. Most games have solid learning content and address important early math and reading skills. However, usability issues and a few confusing games might get in the way at times. Better navigation and the ability for kids to see their own progress would be a nice touch. Although many individual games in Agnitus can help kids improve their math and literacy skills, kids' overall experience leaves a bit to be desired.

Ease of Play

The overall design is sometimes confusing, and navigation isn't always intuitive. For example, some game descriptions mysteriously disappear after a few seconds. However, once kids are in a game cycle, they should be able to continue playing to their heart's content.

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The app is ad-free; parents must pay each month to continue their kids' subscriptions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Agnitus – Personal Learning Program is a collection of math and literacy games that increase in difficulty as kids progress. In addition to teaching academic skills, a few games address other topics, from tooth brushing to career choices. Once kids are in the game cycle, they can play indefinitely, without stopping, so parents may want to set and enforce time limits.

Agnitus is available through a monthly subscription; kids can access all available games, and parents get detailed progress reports (including weekly emails). For parents, there also are numerous opportunities to post information about your kids' progress on Facebook (though parents can always choose not to). There is a free version that allows limited access, and parents and kids can try out the full version with a seven-day free trial.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byTomArndt November 28, 2013

My kid's favorite app - Hands Down!

I'm surprised at the average 3 star learning review. I've seen first hand with both my kids the impact this program has had - the "intuitive... Continue reading
Adult Written byMichelle G. October 6, 2017

Brilliant Educational Program

Am surprised at the low rating.. have been using this app wih my daughter since she was about 18 months old.. it is a regular part of our home learning as she r... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids practice math and language skills like counting, tracing letters, patterns, and letter recognition, among others. Kids can choose where to start, but the games are presented at random and continue indefinitely, until kids click themselves out. As they progress, the material gets more difficult. Kids can collect stars by playing games, although the larger purpose of the stars is unclear. Parents can see very detailed progress reports, which describe what their kids are playing and suggest areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Is it any good?

AGNITUS- PERSONAL LEARNING PROGRAM has lots of well-designed games that provide great practice and opportunities for skill building. The app's biggest strength is the way the challenge level grows, so each student is continuously challenged at his or her level. There's also nice in-game support for kids having trouble choosing the right answer. Detailed progress reports give parents valuable information about what their kids are learning.

However, there are also a few games that are either poorly explained or that present information witout 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 functionality and design leaves something to be desired; games jump from one topic to another, there are "posters" for unrelated games during transitions, and the audio directions sound unnatural.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help your kids keep track of progress by showing them the reports.

  • Play along with your kids -- help them bridge what they're learning to off-screen experiences.

  • With so many games, it's easy to lose track of time. Talk about setting screen time limits.

App details

  • Devices: Mac, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
    Math: addition, counting, numbers, patterns, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, memorization, prediction, problem solving
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid
  • Subscription price: $6.99/month
  • Release date: October 24, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Size: 247.00 MB
  • Publisher: Agnitus
  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later;

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