Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Splash Math

Cost: Free

Pros: This app has many different levels for different grades. It also has the different math concepts that each grade will be learning. The students earn points to put critters in their aquarium.

Cons: The free app only gives you a couple to preview and you can only do 20 per day.  The full app is 9.99

Application: I could have students who need extra help or just have a little bit of free time to play on this app because it is also a game.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Read Me Stories

Read Me Stories

Cost: Free

Pros: This app contains 8 different free books. Students can read the book on their own or have it read to them through the character's voices. There is also a feature that highlights one word at a time to help readers be able to stay on track. Throughout the story, there are many different interactive "buttons" for students to touch to continue reading and feel involved in the experience. 

Cons: After reading the first book in a supposed series of five books, the app then tells the reader that they have to buy the next 4 books for $2. I checked to see if the next 7 series were the same and they were. Although the initial app is free, the total cost if one were to buy all the books would come to $14, which is too expensive for the quality of this app

How I Would Use It In The Classroom: This app, if all the books were bought on it, could be used by the student to help their reading fluency because the student can read each story as many times as they want.  It would be a great app to use in students' free time at home as well. 

Math Zombies

Math Zombies

Cost: free

Pros: Entertaining and educational for students who would like to practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  There are 4 different levels: level one consisting of addition, level two subtraction, level three multiplication, mad level four division.  Within each level, there are sub levels the player must pass with varying difficulty and speeds.

Cons: Some users commented on the app crashing, but overall, customer reviews were positive and many were satisfied with students using the app.

Related Apps: I have not used any apps that are similar to this one but it reminds me of a better version of times tables from back when I was in elementary school.

How I'd Use It In Education: I should have my students use this app for practicing their math facts. This game would be especially handy for the students who have difficulty remembering their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts because it allows the player to repeat levels and acts more like a game than a chore for students.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Stack the states lite

Cost: free

Pros: It is a fun engaging game for students to learn the state facts. It is a great way for the students to connect information and state names with the shape of the state.

Cons: it repeats the same questions over in the free version so it is suggested to get the one that costs .99 cents

Application: I would use this app for students to play games when they have free time. I would also include this game into my geography lessons.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Math Zombies

Name: Math Zombies
Cost: Free
Pros:  The game is addictive and can be very fun for students trying to learn math facts under pressure.  The app does have addition, subtraction, division and Multiplication.  It's very easy to change the difficulty as well for the equations.  
Cons:  The main con I see to it is that it could become to exhilarating for younger students.  The game makes you work under pressure because the zombies are coming at you, and then the boss battles, you have to go even faster to win.  This could overwhelm students who are just looking for a little bit of fun while learning.
How I would use this in education:  I would personally use it for time when they would be able to do their own thing after a test.  I would also really like to use this as a class activity.  For instance, put it up on a smart board and play as a class; Have them call out the answers quickly.    

Math to the Rescue Lite

Cost: Free
Pros: It allows for students to do both addition and subtraction.  While using this app it also allows for students to see how numbers look on a number line. Will attract the attention of students because it takes place in the ocean as a rescue team saving crew members of a boat that is on fire and sinking.
Cons: There is only one level to play so it can be a little repetitious for students
Application: This would be used as a compliment to a lesson.  Students could work on their basic math skills once they are finished with their assignment or during free time.  

Middle School Algebra App

Cost: FREE Pros: This app is a free, fun, interactive way for students to grasp key alegebraic concepts in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. After students take the tests and quizzes they have the option to send to scores to their teacher's email. This is a great way to review and practice what they learn in class but also be engaged and have fun while learning. This website is also a great way to download the games to the classroom/home computer for extra practice: It has many different versions that allows middle school aged students to understand algebra in a fun and creative way. The games are also aligned to the common core state standards which is very relevent to us as future teachers in this new generation. Students also have the option to compete with their friends which keeps them challenged and engaged. Cons: The letters and words tend to be a small size. How I would use it in education: As a future educator, I would use this in and outside of the classroom. After I would introduce a new algebraic topic, I could have them practice these games in their free time or add their scores into the grade policy for that class. I could incorporate this app into my lesson plans for all of my math activities to create an interactive, fun, learning environment. Similar apps I have tried: I have never tried an app like this one.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Math Sprints
Name: Math Sprint
Cost: Free
Pros: This app is a great way for students to practice their math skills individually. Students are able to keep track of their achievements and set new goals as the year progresses. This app covers multiple different math concepts, such as, addition, subtraction, time, measurement, and many more. After finishing a timed math sprint, the students are given in their skill level for that math concept my measuring the accuracy, time, and score. A medal is also given as rewards. The students are able to work at an individual pace and email or the share their scores.
Cons: A few of the math concepts that are practiced, such as measurement, may be hard for students to understand because finding the exact measurement with the given ruler may be difficult and take up more time.
How I would use this in education: I can see me using this app I the classroom in multiple ways. This would be a great review day activity as the students finish each chapter. I eleven that this app would also be great to serve as an effective activity to do during "free time" in the classroom. The students can all be on their own pace and the app will keep track of the improvement in each math activity that is practiced.

Sky Walk

Cost: $2.99

Pros: There are many positive aspects to this app. Not only is it immensely interactive but it also give minute by minute information regarding the phases of the moon, temperatures, star placement, and satellite rotation. 

Cons: The app often needs some sort of GPS for up to date information but it always provides the standard placement of constellations. 

Similar Apps: Skywalk is similar to this app but this is the most highly developed app regarding information on stars and other astronomical information. 

How I would use it in the classroom: There are so many ways I would use this in the classroom but the most obvious use would be in the science subject area. This app works during the daytime so students can locate stars even during school hours. I would have students put together a monthly journal where they would record their solar observations of well know constellations. Using black construction paper each day students would graph/document the positions of the stars with silver sharpies. They would be able to have decorative record of the stars and learn about the rotation of the earth based on star movement. This is just one example of how this app could really engage students and foster a love for the sciences. 

Sky Numbers

Sky Numbers - Math meets Fun

Cost: $1.99

Pros: Fun and educational, tests and improves one's math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Improves one's speed and reflexes as the numbers drop faster and faster. Exercises your brain, allows you to compare your scores with others around the world. Challenging, yet fun. Suitable for kids.

Cons: Costs money. One customer review said it didn't work and was impossible to receive support from the company.

Related Apps: I have not used any similar apps to this one, although it did remind me of the Number Goal Game from the article we read for class. In both cases, students are using reasoning to come up with math computations.

How I'd use it in Education: I would allow my students to use this app in my classroom whenever there is free time. I might use it to open a lesson, to get students engaged and ready to learn. Furthermore, I would suggest an app like this for students to use at home when they have downtime.