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Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen

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Product Description

Perfect for independent study or centers, the Hot Dots pen works with dozens of Hot Dots card sets, providing instantaneous visual and audio feedback. Simply press the pen to choose an answer on any Hot Dots or Hot Dots Jr. card for an immediate response-cool, kid-friendly phrases for correct answers and gentle redirection for incorrect responses. Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).

Additional Info

848160

DF24A34A

086002023704

2370-TRU

3 AAA batteries are required (not included)

0.2 pounds

8.2 x 4.0 x 2.0

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Average Customer Rating:

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Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen
 
4.0

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (14)
  • Interactive (14)
  • Engaging (9)
  • Lots of fun (9)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Young children (7)
  • Entertainment (6)
  • Children (5)
  • Indoor (5)
  • Older children (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Education oriented (7), Parent (5), Educator (3), Parent of two or more children (3), Working parent (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12), Yes (8)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Amped up, indeed!

In Rockin' Math, you start jammin' as a Garage Band, then work your way up to a Recording Studio, attend a Release Party, shop at Glitz Mall, perform in benefit concerts,...Read complete review

In Rockin' Math, you start jammin' as a Garage Band, then work your way up to a Recording Studio, attend a Release Party, shop at Glitz Mall, perform in benefit concerts, and finally work your way up to the International Music Awards to win the game. Each venue is a different category of questions and all questions relate to the life of an up and coming rock star - a living math game for kids who love rock music! But don't worry - your dad is your bands official tour bus driver and the message is positive.

The box is the board game and the questions are on giant guitar pics that ride in the stretch limo. The pieces and board are sturdy and well made. I was concerned about the fact that the box is the game (I have several game boxes that are taped together), but the box is more sturdy than a typical board game. The cards come wrapped in cellophane so they will need a sandwich sized plastic baggie to store them in once they are opened so they don't get mixed up.

Your child answers three questions to move on to the next venue - so at least 15 math questions per game, unless you get a private pass to move ahead or there is a setback and you have to move back a space.

The game is designed for ages 8+ or grades 3+, and targeted at grades 3-4. I played the game with my third grader and the questions were a challenge, but doable. I also had my 1st grader tag along for fun (both were super excited to play!) and the game is playable with a first grader with some help. I used each question as a teaching opportunity and then let her answer the question.

Rockin' Math teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication, percentages, fractions, and more, but in a fun and engaging way!

My 8 1/2 year old gives the game 2 thumbs up. His review: "It's cool. I give it 4 1/2 stars [out of 5]. I like math a lot. But, it wasn't just classic math, it was fun math. It makes math a game and that is fun."

I received this game from Educational Insights for free in exchange for a review on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Most of my pens work

My students love using the hot dot pens but unfortunately it is a gamble on if yours will work or not. 7 out of my 8 pens work just fine but one has always...Read complete review

My students love using the hot dot pens but unfortunately it is a gamble on if yours will work or not. 7 out of my 8 pens work just fine but one has always detected all answers as wrong. I will have to go to the store and replace it because the students really love them...just frustrating.

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1.0

Broken Pen

By Kerry

from Connecticut

About Me Educator

Pros

  • Educational
  • Entertaining
  • Fun
  • Interactive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Children

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

    These were great at first until one broke after minimal use in my classroom. I replaced the batteries and tried different cards, but all answers are registering as correct.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    Great idea if only the pen would work!

    By Mom of 3 great boys

    from Louisville, Ky

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Educational
    • Entertaining
    • Fun

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Children
    • Family

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

    We received a set of the books and a Hot dots pen as a gift. The pen worked for a few uses and then would no longer work when the correct answer was selected on any of the pages in all of the books. I purchased a second pen and the same thing happened. It worked for a few days and then stopped acknowledging the correct answers just like the other pen. Frustrated! I would love to give it another try but not willing to put more money into this product.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Kids love this!

    By Jen

    from Florida

    About Me Educator, Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Play
    • Educational

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

      Great tool to help kids learn.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Love this !

      By Angel Eyes

      from Ft Worth Tx

      About Me Parent

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Educational
      • Fun
      • Interactive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

        This will prepare my child for kindergarten

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Hot Dots Pen

        By texasteacher1

        from Irving, Texas

        About Me Educator

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Play
        • Educational
        • Fun
        • Interactive
        • Thought Provoking

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

        Provides instant reinforcement and encouragement through engaging sounds and visual cues (light turns green for right or red for wrong). It has adjustable volume, and a mix of sound and verbal responses.
        Occasionally the pen will give a false reading, mostly because the pen was not centered on the black answer dot. Because of this quirky response, it's best that children use the Hot Dots materials with a teacher or parent who can catch these occasional false readings.
        About the cards, since they are relevant to your purchase of the pen:
        Notes on the reading comp cards:
        For older kids: These can definitely be done solo. Some of the reading passages appeared in last year's annual achievement test. One caveat is that the cards offer a full range of grade levels in 1 pack (e.g. 2.0-6.0). So, they may have limited applicability to say an average sixth grader reader. 3rd grade would be ideal. However, there is a key card in the front that lists the story name and grade level (e.g. 2.1 or say 5.7) - plus they are arranged by grade level in the box. The questions are very appropriate, standard multiple choice type questions (what's the main idea...).
        For younger kids: An adult or older reading buddy is needed to facilitate. The pre-reading phonics cards contain letter identification (match the upper case with its lower case letter), color and word identification (shows you a red apple and asks you to find the word "red"), number recognition (count the animals, number is shown below (e.g. 1 giraffe), identify the corresponding word - e.g. one, two...), and rhyming (picture of mouse on left, choices are pictures of a house, rake, car). The instructions are at the top of the cards. After a few rounds, I think the letter identification could be done solo. There are several different card packs, including consonants as well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Hot Dots

        By First Grade Teacher

        from Deptford, NJ

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

        I use the hot dot pens in my classroom. These provide a fun activity for students to work on after they have finished their center work.

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        5.0

        love this product

        By kumarie

        from west palm beach

        About Me Working Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Interactive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

            This pen is fun and engaging.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Work great with Hot Dots Sets

            By Debbie S.

            from WI

            About Me Grandparent, Parent Of Two Or More Children

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Entertainment
              • Older Children
              • Special Needs
              • Travel
              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

              We love the Hot Dots Pen, it's perfect to use with the Hot Dots sets. They really make learning fun!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Pen non-functional upon first use

              By Grandma

              from Greendale, WI

              About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Interactive

              Cons

              • Broken Upon First Use
              • Flimsy
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Indoor

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

              The pen was part of a Hot Dots gift to my granddaughter. Her brother, age 6, picked up the pen and tried to write on a piece of paper. The felt piece on the tip must have elongated from his pressure on the paper. The pen called every answer "wrong" on the worksheets. So, we could never use the Hot Dots gift. My daughter may try to buy a new pen, but I think the gift will end up in the garbage due to the cost of a second pen.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Puppets

              By Dan

              from Summit, NJ

              About Me Collector

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lots of Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Entertainment

                Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen:

                These puppets were the best thing I've ever purchased in my entire life.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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