Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Time Table Lite is a free math educational app for the Ipad. It is great for children to use to practice their multiplication facts. It is very easy to use. There are five icons you need to know, a house which takes you to the home page, an eye so you just see each math problem to review it, a pencil so you can solve the problems and then check to see if you have the right answer, an ear to hear the problems read out loud to you, and then a stop watch to challenge you. This meets a bunch of differnt learns, visual, audio, kinesthetic. It reviews the multiplication facts in a variety of ways to help the students really get the problems instilled in them. It is also great because the voices that are used are children's voices which is helpful as they cheer on the students using the app. The children playing this app do not have to read anything either, the app tells the child what to do on each page out loud. You can also email your scores from the app to people. This could be used in the classroom to give points in the math area. What is not so great about this app is that the free version only goes up to your 4 times table. If you buy the full version for $4.99, you get up to the 12 times table. I would definitely pay the 5 dollars for the full app for my classroom or my young children. It is well worth it and the children will love it. Its challenging but also educational!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Math Ninja is a math app that allows kids to play while they learn math facts. This app lets you set up a profile that lets you pick what level you want to be on and what facts that you need to practice. You can choose easy, medium, or hard. You can also choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This app also deals a little bit with managing money. I do have a precaution when using this app though. Part of this game is to defend your tree house against a giant tomato and his cat and dog robots. So in order to defend it you have to shoot and use weapons. So depending on the maturity level of the class and what the school policy is about this sort of thing it may not be appropriate. This can help students work on their math facts.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
BrainPOP is an app that can be used in many of the subject areas (science, social studies, English, math, arts & music, health, and technology & engineering). The free version of this app allows you to watch approximately three videos under each subject area. The videos are funny and entertaining, thoroughly explaining the topic that is addressed yet doing this in an enjoyable manner. After viewing the video, you have an opportunity to take a quiz on the video (10 questions, multiple choice quiz). This quiz tests you on the main points of the video. Teachers could include this in their classroom as a group viewing of the video and quiz, or break the students up into small groups to view the video and take the quiz. The videos included under the math category are: angles, comparing prices, & interest.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Number line is a free app that could be very beneficial in the mathematics classroom when learning about fractions, decimals, percentage, and their equivalents. The number line game asks students to drag circles containing a fraction, decimal, or percentage onto the number line and place it in the correct numerical order from least to greatest value. For example, the numbers 60%, 0.450, and 2/3 show up. The student would then have to place them on the line from least to greatest value. In this case 0.450, 60%, 2/3 would be correct order. The objective is to move from level to level at a fast pace and rack up points for correct answers. If the answer is wrong points are subtracted and the circle turns red until moved into the correct spot. As you move on the level become more challenging.
This app allows students to be tested on their knowledge of fractions, decimals, percentage, and their equivalents without giving a traditional test or quiz. Through this app students will be engaged and actively challenged while enhancing their mathematical knowledge. During a lesson an educators could incorporate this app to reinforce concepts or even make assessments based on student scores and pace. Overall, this app offers students the chance to test their understand in a fun and engaging way.
Monday, February 14, 2011
I downloaded the app Ace Kids Math Games HD Free Lite and I noticed that it was a very simple program. This app was definitely for younger students but the advertisements that were displayed in the app were Absolut Vodka which I thought was strange and inappropriate considering it was a education app. Other than the poor advertisement, the app is easy to use and the pictures and animations are neat. Math kids only has addition and subtraction functions which was a bit pitiful considering that other apps can do much more than that. It was free, which is not a shock, because it was a very lame app. I think even children will be annoyed at how boring it is.I was app-alled with this app and I would not recommend it to anyone. If you are looking for a very simple addition and subtraction tool, then this is it. The link to this app is http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ace-kids-math-games-hd-free/id367798719?mt=8