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®
     
    3.1

    (based on 44 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (14)

    65%

    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 (7)

    Best Uses

    • Home (19)
    • Travel (15)
    • Young children (11)
    • Outside (5)
    • School (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent (28), Educator (10), Education oriented (9), Thrifty (6), Grandparent (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23), Yes (16)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Product adaption for autistic children

    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. ...Read complete review

    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.

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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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    1.0

    Defective pen

    By Ginny

    from Naperville IL

    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

    Pros

      Cons

      • Cheaply Made

      Best Uses

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

        Pen stopped working and says all correct answers are wrong. I changed batteries but still doesn't work. It is only a few months old.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Good if you can get it to work

        By Sad Mommy

        from NASHVILLE

        About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Working Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Educational

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

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

        I saw this and thought how engaging! My two year old was excited to get this home. We opened and he did about 20 flash cards without being bored. Overall it's a very educational item...if it works. Day 3 of trying to use "doggy" he started telling my son all his right answers were wrong
        I took the pen away which caused a melt down, but I didn't want you son confused. Changed batteries, did research and nothing. The pen is just defective and at this point I am not willing buy another one just to waste money. Wish they could ensure a better pen then the product would be great

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        3.0

        cute but broke

        By Mstev

        from St. Augustine Fl

        Verified Reviewer

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

        Hi there
        I bought a set a and an extra pen for my pre-k class. They loved them and so did I! Sad to say both pens stopped working within two months of buying them. I was very bummed! I changed the batteries and no luck:( I was told that the children had to be gentle with them which they were. What else can I try?

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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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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