TotTutor Documentation

TotTutor
TotTutor

Introduction

TotTutor is an educational program for the PalmPilot that is designed for 1-on-1 interactive learning between a parent and child (or an older child and a younger child). TotTutor has 5 different lessons (shapes, sizes, letters, numbers, and directions), all of which can also be used to teach the basic colors on color devices. In each lesson various scenarios are presented. For younger babies, the teacher can simply describe what is presented. For older infants, the teacher can ask questions about what is displayed, requiring the child to point or to answer verbally.

TotTutor has several advantages over flash cards, which could be used to present some of the same material:

Table of Contents

TotTutor Basics

Info Screen
TotTutor Info

TotTutor is designed for infants from about 6 months to 5 years old. There are 5 lessons covering shapes, sizes, letters, numbers, and directions. Each lesson presents an endless series of scenarios (use the "New Lesson" menu option to start a different lesson). TotTutor has several options that can be set by choosing the Preferences menu item (or tapping on the Prefs button on the New Lesson screen).

Lessons

Lessons Screen
Lessons

Each TotTutor lesson teaches one or more basic concepts:

All of the above lessons can also be used to teach the basic colors on color devices.

Directions Lesson

Directions Screen
Directions

The Directions lesson is designed to teach the concepts of left, right, up, down, top, bottom, and middle. It is also good for teaching shape recognition (picking one shape out of three). Each scenario presented contains three different shapes aligned horizontally or vertically. You can ask your child questions such as:

Directions Options
Directions Options

There is only one settable option for the Directions lesson. You can specify the Positions of the shapes.

Letters Lesson

Letters Screen
Letters

The Letters lesson is designed to teach the English alphabet. Each scenario displays an upper or lower case letter. You can ask your child questions such as:

Letters Options
Letters Options

There are two settable options for the Letters lesson:

In Alphabetical mode, the down arrow hardware button goes to the next letter, while the up arrow goes to the previous letter.

Numbers Lesson

Numbers Screen
Numbers

The Numbers lesson is designed to teach numbers. Each scenario simply displays a number. You can ask your child questions such as:

Numbers Options
Numbers Options

There are three settable options for the Numbers lesson:

In Numerical mode, the down arrow hardware button goes to the next higher number, while the up arrow goes to the next lower number.

Shapes Lesson

Shapes Screen
Shapes

The Shapes lesson is designed to teach the basic shapes. Each scenario displays a shape and, optionally, a label describing the shape. You can ask your child questions such as:

Shapes Options
Shapes Options

There are two settable options for the Shapes lesson:

Sizes Lesson

Sizes Screen
Sizes

The Sizes lesson is designed to teach the concepts of small and big, wide and thin, and tall and short. Each scenario presented contains a smaller shape and a larger shape. You can ask your child questions such as:

Sizes Options
Sizes Options

There are two settable options for the Sizes lesson: You can specify the Positions of the shapes.

Menu Options

Options Menu
Options Menu

TotTutor has only 1 menu (tap on the menu silk-screen icon just above the Datebook hardware button), an Options menu with the following choices:

Preferences

Preferences Screen
Preferences

You can bring up the Preferences screen by using the Preferences... menu option, the "/R" Graffiti shortcut, or the Prefs button on the New Lesson screen.

The Preferences options are:

Pricing

TotTutor is $4 shareware. All future upgrades are free! Simple economics will dictate how many upgrades there will be, so please register and spread the word...

Paying for TotTutor

See the Purchasing.html document or tap on the Help button on TotTutor's Registration screen for details on how obtain a registration code.

Registering Once You Have Paid

Once you have your registration code, go back into TotTutor and use the Registration menu option to bring up the Registration screen. Enter the code and click on the OK button. You should get a confirmation window indicating that you're all set. Thanks!

Other Documentation

In the "Apps" folder, the file TotTutorDoc.prc is a Doc-formatted version of this file. This file can be installed on your PalmPilot for reference if you have any Doc reader installed. You can download the free PalmReader (http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/browse.htm).

In the "Docs" folder the following files can also be found:

Credits

Many thanks to:

Updates and Contact Information

TotTutor Version 1.1.3, March 16, 2006
TotTutor is Copyright (C)2002-2006 by Robert Jen.

The latest version of TotTutor and other PalmPilot and Macintosh software can be found at http://www.rjen.com (specifically http://www.rjen.com/Pilot/TotTutor.html). Questions, comments, and any other email can be sent to the author Robert Jen at rjen@rjen.com. Your feedback is much appreciated.