App Review
FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD

Powerful multisensory tool teaches self-direction and follow-through

  • The interface is appealing, clean, and simple.

  • 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.

  • Kids take an active role in the experience, evaluating their own behavior and scoring their progress.

  • Develop schedules using text, pictures, audio clips, and videos.

Quick Take
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.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
The interface is appealing, clean and simple. 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? 5
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 scoring their progress.
Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4
The interface for creating or editing schedules is intuitive, simple, and straightforward, and there are excellent training and help resources on the developer's website.
Our Review
What's It Like?

FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD is an excellent 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; anxiety or attention issues; language, hearing, or processing difficulties; or who may be learning English as a second language. 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 option to have variable timing on steps in the schedule. "Choice boards" let kids indicate a preference from the choices, such as a reward for tasks completed.

Is It Good For Learning?

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.

How Can Teachers Use It?

This would 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 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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