Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®

Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®

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Ages 3+
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All the fun of Hot Dots®, now available for younger children! Part learning companion, part magic wand, the Hot Dots Jr. Pen talks, laughs, lights up and even buzzes with excitement as children explore. Designed for little hands, this electronic pen cheers for correct answers and gently redirects children when they answer incorrectly, allowing for independent discovery.
  • Engages your youngest learners with easy–to–use technology—simply press the pen down on the cards to answer and receive feedback

  • Allows independent, self–paced reinforcement and review of key early learning topics

  • Provides opportunity for students to prepare for school, or catch up where they need support

  • Activity Card Sets (available separately) include 36 colorfully illustrated double–sided cards providing 72 early learning activities plus an answer key all stored in a handled carrying case

  • Ace unit requires 2 AAA batteries (not included) and measures 6"L

  • Grades PreK+
  • Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Product 2010
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    Product Instructions

    Download our Product Instructions and Activity Guide:

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    Hot Dots® Jr. Pen (266k file)

    Aligned to:
  • SL.K.2. Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

  • SL.K.3. Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

  • SL.1.2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

  • SL.1.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

  • SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

  • SL.2.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
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    Educational InsightsHot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®
     
    3.2

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (12)

    66%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Lasting fun (9)
    • Easy to assemble (8)
    • High quality (7)
    • Colorful (5)

    Cons

    • Poor design (6)

    Best Uses

    • Home (19)
    • Travel (15)
    • Young children (10)
    • Outside (5)
    • School (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent (28), Educator (10), Education oriented (8), Thrifty (6), Grandparent (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22), Yes (15)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Cute idea, but a bit pricey

    Hot dots are a great product because of the audible feedback. I love the new younger version with hot dots jr. I think people will find them appealing, but the price point is...Read complete review

    Hot dots are a great product because of the audible feedback. I love the new younger version with hot dots jr. I think people will find them appealing, but the price point is a bit higher and may be a turn off.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Ace does not work on big kids cards

    Ace DOES NOT work on the "Big Kid" cards. I have tried at three to confirm this. It would be nice if the manufacturer would state this plainly somewhere.

    Ace DOES NOT work on the "Big Kid" cards. I have tried at three to confirm this. It would be nice if the manufacturer would state this plainly somewhere.

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    5.0

    Have several

    By Mom of 3

    from Alberta, Canada

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Colorful
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Variety

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • School
    • Young Children

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

    WE love the idea behind using these, we had some older products, a set of card and the kids broke the "pen" that came with that. WE have 3-4 of these kicking around now and it's nice to have some extras as the cards are useless without them. It's really nice to be able to set them up with the work and then let them work through it on their own or while you are doing your stuff. They can practice it as much as they want. Unlike workbooks they aren't "used up" and my next child, and next child can use it too.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Fun and educational

    By Elena Z.

    from Mount Laurel, NJ

    About Me Parent

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy Storage
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

      My 4.5yo daughter really enjoys this pen. She likes hearing all the sounds (luckily mostly the good sounds). It doesn't seem like she's had any problems with it. I like that there are quite a few different card sets that go along with it. I feel like we'll get some good mileage out of it.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Cute

      By Pediatric ot

      from Torrance

      About Me Educator

      Pros

      • Colorful
      • Easy Storage
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Delicate

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

      Gave this to my friends child to use, he liked it, but the pen doesn't seem sturdy, but so far it has lasted
      Not sure if I would use it in therapy

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      good pen for hot dots jr. sets

      By aahaft

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Parent

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

      We received this Hot Dots pen for use with the Hot Dots Jr. Patterns and Sequencing set. My sons were attracted to the shape of the pen and it made them more likely to use the review cards without prompting. When the pen is placed on the black circles next to the possible answers on the flash cards it will give feedback on whether the answer is correct or incorrect. With dog whimpering or enthusiastic "Way to go!" I found my kids trying out all answers on each card just to see the pens response. There seems to be 5-6 possible correct and 5-6 incorrect responses from the pen including sayings, sounds and vibration. Although a bit top heavy the pen is easy to hold. It can not be used as a regular pen, only as a response pen for Hot Dot sets. It works with the grade k+ sets as well as the jr. sets although I have been told it may not work with Hot Dot sets for older children. The price point may be a bit steep but when choosing a Hot Dots pen this is a very fun choice.

      I received this item for review but all opinions are my own.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Ace is cute and fun!

      By Pam

      from Cedar Falls Iowa

      About Me Educator

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Colorful
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

        My 4 yr old son loved the cute Ace hot dots jr pen. He enjoys the lights and sayings.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Ace is a great dog

        By Ashley

        from Indiana

        About Me Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Colorful
        • Easy Storage
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Variety
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Older Children
          • Young Children

          Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

          We have a few "ace" dogs from our hot dots kits. I love that you can change the volume, or from talking to noises. My 2 year old can easily use him as well as my 6 year old!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Does Ace the dog need to be cleaned routinely to work proper

          By Pre-k young

          from Slaughter, Louisiana

          About Me Educator

          Pros

          • Colorful
          • Easy Storage
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • School
            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

            We purchased the Hot Dots Jr. Phonics and math sets a couple of years ago for our Pre-k class to use and they have loved it! The only problem now is that one of the Ace dogs isn't working properly. We have changed batteries to see if that would help, but no success. Is there any other suggestions as to what we can do to get him working properly again?

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Pens dont work

            By Steve

            from Counil bufs, Ia

            About Me Parent

            Pros

            • Good idea

            Cons

            • Junk

            Best Uses

            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

            Bought my kids the hot dots Jr and "ace" says everything is correct. As you can see these aren't cheap and they don't work. I've cleaned the tip and changed the batteries. Still doesn't work.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Product adaption for autistic children

            By Lori

            from Osceola, In.

            About Me Educator

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

            I purchased this product and the learning cards for my client who has autistic tendencies and has had removal of half of his brain. We attend a facility where applied behavior analysis is used. Although I love the product and he is motivated by the lights, vibration and voice, he self stimulates by applying Ace to every dot. My suggestion would be that there is only a verbal response when a correct answer is given and no verbal response for a wrong answer. I would also like to see cards with less trials on each card. Autistic children do better with one task presented at a time.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            1.0

            Great product but pen stopped working after a month

            By Catherine

            from Wilmington, DE

            About Me Parent

            Pros

              Cons

              • Broken
              • Difficult to Use

              Best Uses

              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

              My 3 year old son loves using the Hot Dots Jr., but the dog pen stopped working. It only says no and incorrect on all of the answers, including the right ones. A little frustrating for our little learner.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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