"Beep! is so simple to use and yet it is so very challenging. It is fantastic value for money and a superb introduction to ICT in the early years. What sets it apart from other software is its energy and vitality. All six of the activities are lively and engaging. The children love the images, the sounds and the animation."
Rebecca Eyres, Reception Class Teacher, Broad Chalke Primary School, Wiltshire
"I have a class of 9 kids - 4 PMLD (physical and motor learning difficulty) kids and 4 severely autistic and 1 with autism and Down’s syndrome. We have been using Pretty Things over the past term and I’m really impressed - it is holding attention and really engaging the kids, all of whom have great difficulty with communication, concentration and physical skills - the ease of using it plus the instant results and noises is great."
Laura Cryer Norfolk Park Community Primary School, Sheffield
"The children have really enjoyed generating musical effects and experimenting with Noisy Things. The software is also accessible for my children with special needs, who can generate sounds and rhythms by simply clicking on the screen."
Jonathan Fyne, Foundation Stage Teacher, Kew Woods Primary, Southport.
"Mini Musical Monsters relies entirely on pictures; children can be left to explore until their heart’s content. I like the idea of using this on an interactive whiteboard at child height and just letting a group of children explore, interact and have fun!"
Laurence Keel, Primary Head Teacher, Nursery Equipment magazine.
Our Y2 children appraised the software for our youngest users as part of a unit and this is what they said:
"It is so good I can't stop playing it" - By Zanzibar
I did a tornado on the computer and that is awesome" - By Luc
"I think it is good because if you made a mistake it didn't matter because art is never wrong" - By Hannah.
We are massive fans of the software produced by Q&D Multimedia and have recommended it to other schools in the region and our parents."
Jenny Black Foundation Teacher, Tanglin Trust, Singapore
"The children love playing the mini games and waiting to see which game will appear next. The Dog and Cat Letters and Sounds series provides a great way of practicing letter recognition, blending and segmenting in a fun way. With eighteen different games it is able to captivate and hold the attention of the children."
Mrs Rigby, Year 1 teacher, Kew Woods Primary, Southport
"Pretty Things is a fantastic bit of software that has been embraced by our youngest children at Tanglin Trust School. The mix of colours, sounds and effects allows them to experiment with texture, play with colour and create presentations to show to their friends. The simple buttons and movement between activities has allowed the children to use the software independently. The children currently choose Pretty Things over other software to 'play' with and it has helped promote further independent use of ICT in our Foundation Stage classrooms."
"Number Run is such a popular program. The youngest and least able children loved the graphics and, with support, could access the games. The most able were challenged to listen properly and it provided learning experiences for every child."
Sue Horsfall, Banks Road Infant and Nursery School, Nottingham
"We are very impressed with Beep! Beep! as we can use it develop ICT, Maths, Literacy and Creative skills. This is a very visually stimulating resource for the children and also one of the few software packages in which children do not need to constantly ask an adult what to do. This makes it a very powerful package for use in the classroom as it encourages independence in the children.
Jonathan Fyne, Foundation Stage teacher and I.C.T. Resources Co-ordinator, Kew Woods Primary School, Southport.