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Brain Parade reached a major milestone today with the launch of See.Touch.Learn.™ Pro 2012. This new addition to the product line is an all-inclusive version of the wildly successful and popular app, See.Touch.Learn.
In addition, beginning today educational institutions that participate in the Apple App Store Volume Purchase Program will be able to purchase See.Touch.Learn. Pro 2012 under the terms of that program. This is a HUGE new benefit to schools and districts that up until now have been unable to easily purchase libraries and add-ons in See.Touch.Learn.
Our customers have been asking for pay-one-price option for some time and See.Touch.Learn. Pro 2012 now provides that option with a whopping 40% discount versus purchasing libraries and add-on features individually in the free version.
We plan to develop additional features like student management, enhanced data capture, and lesson sharing – features that are of particular interest to learning professionals.
Those features as well as at least ten new libraries will be provided for no additional cost to buyers of See.Touch.Learn. Pro 2012 in regular periodic updates.
On Sunday, September 11th, 2011 just six months after it was launched, the 100,000th copy of See.Touch.Learn. was downloaded!
Showcased among only eight education programs on retail outlet’s iPads
Stamford, Conn., June 20, 2011 – Apple® Stores in the U.S. are now featuring Brain Parade’s See.Touch.Learn.™ application for children with autism and special needs on its iPads.
The program is among just eight educational apps chosen by Apple for its in-store iPad offerings, and combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the tablet devices.
“We knew this program was a game changer in bettering the lives of autistic and special needs children, and Apple’s decision to feature it on their in-store products is a testament to that,” says Jim McClafferty, Brain Parade’s founder. “Knowing the high premium Apple puts on design, usability and quality, we take great pride in the fact that they have chosen See.Touch.Learn. to be part of their retail stores.
“The application has been downloaded more than 55,000 times since it was launched in March. We’re receiving some terrific feedback on how we’re helping families and educators see measurable improvements in children’s development,” McClafferty adds.
Apple ended the March quarter with 323 stores and greeted one billion retail visitors, according to published reports. In addition to the U.S., Apple has stores around the world in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and Japan. A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that more people now visit Apple’s retail stores in a single quarter than the 60 million who visited Disney Co.’s four biggest theme parks last year, according to data from Apple and the Themed Entertainment Association. McClafferty says “Brain Parade is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce See.Touch.Learn. to those visitors.”
Brain Parade’s See.Touch.Learn. program improves upon traditional picture cards by building a powerful and intuitive user interface on the world’s leading tablet device. Parents and learning professionals can choose from professionally-designed exercises and lessons or they can create their own. The app automatically tracks a student’s performance. See.Touch.Learn.’s “Getting Started” screens walk a user through the various functions of the program, and instructors can customize the audio responses and record voice prompts to instruct the child in each exercise.
The application has been the #1 Free iPad education program in Australia and New Zealand, has reached the Number 4 position in the United States and has appeared in the top ten lists in more than 15 countries. The app enjoys a user rating of 4.6 stars out of a possible 5 stars in Apple’s iTunes®.
See.Touch.Learn. can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes onlinestore. Additional image libraries are available for purchase beginning at just $0.99 – a fraction of the cost of traditional picture cards. Brain Parade also donates one dollar for each copy of its specially designed “Light it up Blue” library to Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
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Improvements made based on customer input make See.Touch.Learn.™ an even more powerful and indispensable tool for parents, educators working with special needs children. ”Customer input is absolutely critical to us,” says Jim McClafferty, Brain Parade’s founder. “We worked very hard early on to establish a feedback loop with parents and educators working with children on the autism spectrum so that we could continue to improve the product to suit their needs. In response to that feedback Brain Parade introduced enhanced audio capabilities to See.Touch.Learn.(TM) in version 1.1. Users can now customize the audio responses and use the iPad to record voice prompts within See.Touch.Learn.(TM) and provide verbal instruction to the child in each exercise. According to McClafferty, “The custom audio features are something that users have been clamoring for. This will make a significant improvement in the lesson effectiveness and can even open the door for non-English speakers to use See.Touch.Learn.(TM)”. Brain Parade has also made a number of usability improvements to See.Touch.Learn.(TM), including the creation of a series of “Getting Started” screens that walk a user through the various functions of the app. Full press release here.
Brain Parade announced today that over 30,000 customers have downloaded See.Touch.Learn. 1.0, its premiere special education app for iPad devices. See.Touch.Learn. combines the effectiveness of a large library of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the iPad. Parents and learning professionals can choose from professionally-designed exercises and lessons or create their own. The app automatically tracks a student’s performance.
See.Touch.Learn.® Pro makes the list of the top 5 apps for Autism Learning by Educational App Store. Top 5 Apps for Autism Learning
The Educational App Store (EAS) recently reviewed See.Touch.Learn. special education app and gave it 5 Stars and the coveted “EAS Recommended” badge. EAS are educational app specialists, who provide hands on reviews of education apps from the perspective of the professional educator. The group also provide personalized services relating to the successful integration of mobile learning in schools, colleges and universities.
The EAS believe that a focus on matching educational apps to the curriculum is key for ensuring that both educators and learners get the most out of their mobile learning experience, which is why they focus on performance, educational value and curriculum alignment when assessing the apps.
Here is what they had to say about our See.Touch.Learn. special education app
“. . . a ‘one-stop’ platform where instructional lessons can be created and shared for those working in special educational needs.”
“Outside of all these excellent features the one that I liked the most is the community tab. Within this you have access to lessons and knowledge of others using the app. This means that you have access to an ever increasing amount of information and resources to allow educators and practitioners the ability to save time and create the best lessons for their students and so help the students to make as much progress as possible.”
“Overall this is very useful tool for those working with special education needs students that has the dual purpose of creating resources and instructional lessons and also allowing the students to then access these lessons.”
For the full review, visit the Educational App Store here.
All Special Ed is a forum where educators, families and therapists connect to share ideas that work. They recently reviewed See.Touch.Learn. and had some great things to say like:
“It offers parents, teachers and therapists the opportunity to teach concepts and topics using a visually appealing interface. ”
“See.Touch.Learn app is a great alternative to traditional flashcards for a fraction of the cost.”
The Washington Post published a list of “awesome” apps for teachers from Scholastic Instructor magazine offering activities for a wide range of subjects. These were chosen through crowdsourcing on Scholastic’s Facebook page for teachers as well as with help from the magazine’s teacher advisers and education bloggers. See.Touch.Learn. was one of only 7 special needs apps highlighted.
Brain Parade founder interviewed on Autism Live Show hosted by Shannon Pernod. The Autism Live Show is an interactive webshow providing support, resources, information, facts, entertainment and inspiration to anyone working with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Brain Parade was also the “Toy of the Hour” as part of Autism Live’s 2014 Festival of Toys.
Click here for the video.
Scholastic Instructor highlighted 7 Awesome Apps for Special Needs and See.Touch.Learn.® Pro was #2.
“See.Touch.Learn. Pro, Is an indispensable, 21st century learning tool that is revolutionizing instruction for children around the world.” Read the full article here.
Technology changes the way school districts buy digital resources. Jim McClafferty, president of Brain Parade, suggests district CIOs ask certain questions of prospective vendors . . .
The iMums are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to informing parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children.
They reviewed See.Touch.Learn.® and said, “We love…Beautiful images; the ability to customize lessons or search community-made lessons; the ability to track user data.”
See.Touch.Learn. Pro is an open-ended application that can be modified to meet a wide range of academic needs for users at all points on the autism spectrum.
Debra Bryant, owner of ABA Consulting Services, LLC, shares her expertise on choosing the best autism apps. A favorite is See.Touch.Learn.® Pro because of its effectiveness, versatility, ease-of-use, and minimal setup required.
Fairfield County Business Journal Editor Bill Fallon spoke with Brain Parade President Jim McClafferty about See.Touch.Learn.
Touch technology has been a tremendous development for the field of special education, giving students a wonderful new learning medium that enables them to experience and engage as never before. Debra Bryant, owner of ABA Consulting Services, LLC, shares advice on the use of touch technology with these learners, calls out See.Touch.Learn. as a key app in her arsenal, and highlights the importance of training, a key differentiator that Brain Parade brings to its customers.
Tech&Learning magazine spoke with Beth Greer, assistive technology specialist at Bancroft School about the use of technology at Bancroft. She had particular praise for Brain Parade saying “The teachers at Bancroft are especially enamored of See.Touch.Learn.Pro. It’s very versatile and has become our go-to app.”
Brain Parade donates $32,000 in software as part of the Autism Speaks iPad giveaway.
Click here to read more and view a slideshow of past recipients.
Fractus Learning chose See.Touch.Learn as one of “5 Different Education Apps to Stimulate Your Child’s Mind.”
It’s easy to see why we made the list. There are thousands of images to choose from in this learning tool for children with special needs.
Discover more here.
Big Deal Media launched its inaugural newsletter for Educators of Special Needs Students – Everyone CAN!
Brain Parade is delighted that they chose to highlight See.Touch.Learn. in their first issue!
Robin Portanova, President of Stamford Education 4 Autism was interviewed by the Journal. Robin has been a long time supporter of and advisor to Brain Parade and she has worked tirelessly to assist the autism community in Stamford, CT.
“I’ve seen this type of online teaching in action, and it’s literally a magnet for autistic students,” says Portanova. “They love learning this way.” The setup also works well for pupils who have attention deficit disorder, she adds. “It’s amazing how long they will sit in front of the computer versus anywhere else,” says Portanova. “It’s a great focus tool.”
Learning & Leading magazine, published by the International Society for Technology in Education, told its readers to: “Try See.Touch.Learn. Pro for Assistive Ed.”
They interviewed long time user Beth Greer from the Bancroft School in New Jersey and she had some great things to say about See.Touch.Learn. Pro.
“See.Touch.Learn. Pro by Brain Parade is standard issue for all teachers and clinicians. This app incorporates instructional methods and practices typically used in special-education classrooms and is a great fit for students with autism, developmental delays, and neurological challenges.”
“There are no limits to the versatility of this app. And there is no more need for paper flashcards—it’s all digital now!”
EdTech Digest calls See.Touch.Learn. a Cool Tool and recognizes our commitment to improving our products with feedback from our customers.
“Jim McClafferty, president of Brain Parade and creator of the iPad app See.Touch.Learn., recognizes that the input of mobile learners is irreplaceable. He first released the visual learning application to address the rising prevalence of autism in the classroom. Since then many updates, including two significant transformations, have been directly influenced through suggestions from its users. In order to create a more collaborative environment, Jim created the Brain Parade Community feature, offering users the invaluable opportunity to share and download lessons with more than 360,000 subscribers worldwide.”
Teachers With Apps calls See.Touch.Learn. Pro. “An indispensable, 21st century learning tool that is revolutionizing instruction for children around the world. “
See the full review here: http://teacherswithapps.com/app_reviews-see-touch-learn-pro/
Brain Parade president Jim McClafferty appeared on Larry Jacobs’ Education Talk Radio along with Kevin Custer from Arc Capital Development to discuss the Impact of Autism on our Schools and our attendance at the Autism Society Conference last week in Pittsburgh.
Click here to listen to the radio broadcast.
“Brain Parade, whose See.Touch.Learn. app was named one of the 10 best mobile apps for education in 2013 by eSchool News, unveiled a school site edition for the app that includes training and support. It’s easy for teachers to create their own lessons using the software, and there’s also an online community where users can upload, download, and share lessons with each other.“
At the ISTE 2013 Conference in San Antonio. Brain Parade President Jim McClafferty was asked to talk about ISTE and See.Touch.Learn. on the Fox News Morning show. Watch the video below.
AppoLearning lists “The best educational iPad apps, handpicked by experts”.
According to Tech Crunch, for each education app category, “five apps are shown, each rated on a scale out of 100. These are meant to represent the five best applications within that particular category, as chosen by an educational expert whose bio appears on the site, detailing their experience. This section also includes an explanation about why these apps and the skills they teach are important, also written by the educator.”
See.Touch.Learn.® Pro is ranked in the Early Childhood Classroom Skills category.
“if you’re willing to spend the time to utilize it fully, it renders a lot of other educational apps unnecessary.”
App Abled calls See.Touch.Learn Pro 2012 “an app for the 21st century educator and student”. Adding that “The sky is the limit when you’re talking about potential uses for See.Touch.Learn Pro. It is an educators dream and should be in every classroom around the world so it can enhance children’s lives.” Read their review here!
Autism Plugged In provides a review of the new See.Touch.Learn.® Pro version 2 update. ”And, let me say it again – this app has loads of potential. There are endless ways in which this program could be used by therapists, parents, or educators.” Check out the full review here!
The Connecticut Technology Council selected 75 companies to participate this year as Tech Companies to Watch, representing an array of technology verticals. Most are recent start-ups, a few are more mature tech companies who have been in business for a few years and have significant revenue.
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is the premier, monthly homeschooling magazine, offering homeschoolers a variety of resources, encouragement, and ways to learn about the latest and greatest educational resources out there. The 2012 Educational App Directory was just released in July and Brain Parade® is proud to be listed.
See. Touch. Learn. is a hugely impressive looking iPad app from Brain Parade, a publisher dedicated to creating solutions for children with autism and other developmental challenges. The app is described as “a picture learning system for the iPad that brings picture cards into the 21st Century” – and is designed specifically for those with autism and other special needs.
A few weeks back we sat down with Hoopla Ha and the folks at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, NJ to capture See.Touch.Learn.® in action. Thanks to Julie Walsh, Beth Greer, and Marjorie Cutler at Bancroft, and to Stephanie O’Brien from Brain Parade. Nick Cheadle at 9South Productions did a great job with the interview and the video.
And a special thanks to the star of the show, Erin!
Check out the Video below (if you are on an iPad or iPhone, click here)
Brain Parade founder and president Jim McClafferty had an opportunity to sit down with Amelie Wilson, News 12 Connecticut Anchor and Education Notebook host to talk about See.Touch.Learn.
Watch the interview here.
. . . once you have downloaded the original app and checked it out I would strongly recommend purchasing the Pro version – having all the libraries available and the ability to add your own custom cards makes it a very powerful learning tool.
Read the full Review Here.
Ron at SmartAppsForKids.comrecently reviewed See.Touch.Learn.™ Pro 2012 and had some great things to say about it. Here’s how the review begins:
“Bottom Line: If you’re willing to invest the time and money, it’s a complete and total game-changer for education on the iPad.”
We don’t think we could have said it better ourselves, so why don’t you follow the link here to read the review yourself.
Brain Parade founder Jim McClafferty had an opportunity to sit down with Ali Warshavsky at itsRelevant.com and talk about what inspired him to start Brain Parade and create See.Touch.Learn.™. View the video interview here.
Ally4Autism reviews See.Touch.Learn.™ Watch the video here at : Ally4Autism.com
8. See.Touch.Learn – See.Touch.Learn is an app that was specifically designed for the parents of children with special needs. With this iPad app, a parent can program lessons, using his or her own voice. For example, the mom of an autistic child can setup a picture of an apple to show on the screen and record her voice saying the words “Click on the apple.” The child will associate a familiar voice with this unfamiliar method of learning and will be more likely to feel comfortable using the program. Of course, that translates to increased learning.
Brain Parade founder Jim McClafferty had an opportunity to speak with Ryan Doran at Westfair Online recently about Brain Parade, Apple, and developing apps for special needs children. The full text of the article can be found online here.
See.Touch.Learn.™ was chosen by Apple as one of just eight educational apps to be featured in U.S. stores, which host more visitors in three months than all four Disney Theme parks do in a full year.
“It’s an amazing amount of eyes to be in front of,” said McClafferty, founder of Brain Parade in Stamford. “I have the vehicle to make some great ideas happen in the education space. It’s not so simple though, you need the expertise to build the app, get it through Apple’s approval process and have people find it.”
Click the link below to check out See.Touch.Learn. for yourself and see what Apple found so compelling.
PadGadget, one of the largest and most respected iPad focused websites for iPad news, apps & reviews, reviewed and Recommended See.Touch.Learn.™. Ironically, our favorite part of the review was the reviewer’s “What I didn’t like” paragraph:
What I didn’t like: I liked everything about See.Touch.Learn. Normally I do not favor in-app purchasing, but for See.Touch.Learn. having the extra libraries available as in-app purchases helps keep the basic app free, and allows users to pay only for the content they need.
SNApps4Kids.com (Special Needs Apps 4 kids) is a community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with children who have special needs. Their therapists used See.Touch.Learn.’s starter library with a number of children ranging in age from 3 to 10. Among these children were those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Global Developmental Delay and Intellectual Disabilities. You can read their writeup on their website by clicking here.
Brain Parade founder Jim McClafferty was interviewed by The Daily Stamford about how he started the company and created See.Touch.Learn.™. Click here for the full article.
Desiree Q. Luong’s article is in alignment with Brain Parade Founder’s belief that the iPad is a game changer when it comes to education for children with special needs. In the article, Desiree refers to a 2-year old boy who is using See.Touch.Learn.™
Wow! The folks at Technology in (SPL) Education really nailed it – “This not an app but a tool that allows you to build so many programs on your own, the possibilities are endless.” They also highlighted a few areas where they felt the product could be improved, and guess what – we’re already working on them! Read this great review of See.Touch.Learn.™
See.Touch.Learn, Apps for educating children with autism or special learning needs – Click here to read the article.
Gary James at A4CWSN.com (Apps 4 Children With Special Needs) recorded a very positive video review of See.Touch.Learn. See and hear what Gary has to say about Brain Parade’s flagship application.
Maggie Gordon with the Stamford Advocate spoke with Brain Parade’s founder Jim McClafferty about the recent purchase of iPads by local non-profit organization, Stamford Education 4 Autism for use in the autism classes in the Stamford public schools. Jim shared his thoughts about why the iPad is an exceptional technology for these kids.