Category Archives: Math

Next – Numbers

Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 8.55.26 PMThis app falls into the ‘Brain Training’ category that’s quickly emerging. It’s quite simple, yet surprisingly addictive. The only objective is to tap the numbers on the screen in ascending order as quickly as possible.

Modes

Blitz = Tap through numbers until the time runs out

Zen = Tap all of the numbers as fast as you can

The app keeps track of personal statistics. It also has the option to connect to Facebook and Twitter.

Catch this app if you can find it when it’s free.

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Hopscotch

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 9.20.02 PMThis app provides even young students with an introduction to coding – or computer programming.  The Hopscotch computer programming language is derived from Scratch by those at MIT.  It provides students with a choice of building blocks in 6 categories.  The blocks control the movement and actions of chosen characters.  Not only do students learn the fundamentals of coding, but they also have the opportunity to hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The Hopscotch website has a link to their ‘Hour of Code’ tutorial and to 7 lessons that can be used in a classroom or small group setting.  The app itself has links to existing projects and a community section where projects can be shared and remixed.

Block Categories

  • Movement: move, rotate, change y by, change x by, set rotation, set position, set speed
  • Drawing: move with trail, set line width, set line color, clear
  • Control Flow: repeat/end, wait
  • Appearance: grow, shrink, set invisibility, change pose, bring to front, send to back
  • Values: set value, change value
  • Calculator: random
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Numbers League

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 1.43.57 PMThis app successfully sneaks a lot of learning into a game-like format.  The app is based off a card game with the same name.  The ‘game’ takes place in Infinity City.  Each villain that students encounter has a specific weakness in the form of a number.  The heroes  – who form the Numbers League – must work individually or in collaboration to add up to the total of each villain’s weakness.  Instead of  spinning to create a new hero (called ‘Hero Up’), students can occasionally ‘Gear Up’ to spin for powerful ‘Devices’ (such as +10 or x3).

Games

  • Minion – Mini Game: Simple heroes and villains
  • Sidekick – Mini Game: Simple heroes and villains, plus simple devices
  • Hero – Base Game: Basic heroes and villains, plus positive and negative devices
  • Hero Plus – Base Game Plus Variants: Add negative heroes and villains and/or multiplication devices
  • Superhero – Advanced Game: Positive and negative heroes, random villains and multiplication devices

At this price point, I expect for an app to come with plenty of options for customization.  This app certainly delivers!

Customization Options

  • Game Play – Dynamic, Fast, or Simple
  • Audio – Turn off/on Music, Sounds, and Voices
  • Hints – Each can be Free or cost 1 or 2 Points (Or entirely eliminate the option)
  • Timer – 40, 80, or 160 seconds (Or entirely eliminate the option)

This is one of the best math apps I have encountered.  It allows students to have an abundance of fun while gaining valuable mental math strategies.  (Or students can certainly have paper and pencil close by.)  I also appreciate how it is appropriate for a broad level of students.

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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 1.35.50 PMI am a big fan of Brain Pop movies.  This app is geared towards students in grades Kindergarten – third.  Another version is available for older students.  Good ‘ole Moby (the robot) appears in all BrainPOP Jr. movies with his dear friend Annie.

This app does allow all students to watch one ‘free’ movie each week.  However, students with access to a subscription can log in to access part of or the entire collection of BrainPOP Jr. movies!  Bonus features (such as quizzes and activities) are included for each movie.

There are two different mobile-device based subscriptions.

  • Explorer – $1.99/month.  Provides access to the free ‘Movie of the Week’ and its bonus features plus 3 related movies (per week) and their bonus features
  • Full Access – $5.99/month.  Provides unlimited access to all movies and their bonus features

Note: Login credentials for the web-based BrainPOP sites also work on mobile devices via the BrainPOP apps.

Subjects and Categories

Science – animals, plants, habitats, conservation, land, matter, forces, energy, weather, space, science skills

Health – be well, be safe, relationships, be responsible, bodies, teeth, food, drugs

Reading & Writing – authors, reading skills, story elements, comprehension, phonics, word, sentence, communication, writing

Social Studies – American history, ancient history, biographies, holidays, communities, Native Americans, government, economics, citizenship, geography

Math – number sense, addition and subtraction, measurement, geometry, time, money, data and probability, fractions, multiplication and division

Arts & Technology – art, music, technology

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Easy Portfolio

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 4.10.51 PMDigital portfolios are still a fairly new concept in K – 12 education.  But apps like this make it easy to bring this new technology into classrooms at all grade levels.

After creating a new portfolio, it takes just a couple of taps to add records.  The records can be in the form of videos, images, audio files, notes, URLs, and documents.  The app easily retrieves records from DropBox or from the iPad itself.

Individual records or even the entire portfolio can be exported via DropBox or Google Drive.  The app links to tutorial videos and blog posts that help navigate the process of creating and maintaining portfolios.

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Hands-On Equations 1

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 8.13.43 AM‘Hands-On Equations’ is actually an off-line program that simplifies the process of learning and mastering algebraic concepts.  It is both visual and kinesthetic in nature.

The iPad version presents six lessons.  Each consists of a video introduction followed by two practice problems and ten exercises.  The practice problems and exercises remain locked until students complete each preceding one.  Feedback (correct/incorrect) is given after each problem.  Students are required to redo incorrect problems.

Although I do not have experience with the off-line program, I am impressed with the iPad version.  Use it to introduce algebra to mid-elementary students or to practice algebra with older students.

You can also try the free Lite version before committing to the full version.  It allows students full access to the first 3 lessons!

Level 2 and Level 3 of the paid version are also available.

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Neo Maths +

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 9.12.28 PMWhile this app is initially free, take note that in-app purchases (ranging from 99 cents to $99.99 – that’s not a typo) unlock higher levels and the final test.  But the free version allows students to practice addition facts up to 50 + 1.  Unfortunately, all of the levels are +1.

The reason why I decided to post a review of this app is because of the option to ‘turn on’ computation.  While on, students are presented problems such as _____ + 1 = 45.  This causes even advanced students to think about the problem in a different way.  You can ‘turn on’ a maximum of two of the following options: computation, vertical, horizontal, random, and normal.  I also appreciate how the app reviews incorrect answers at the end of each round.

Levels Included in the Free Version

  • A1 = 1 – 10 + 1
  • A2 = 1 – 20 + 1
  • A3 = 11 – 30 + 1
  • A4 = 21 – 50 + 1
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Math vs. Zombies

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 12.06.29 PMI highly recommend math apps that cover all four major operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  This app does just that.

Students can select from one of four zombie-themed ‘worlds’:

  • The Addition of Evil
  • The Subtraction of Hope
  • The Undead Multiply
  • Divided We Fall

Each world has 6 levels that are unlocked as each previous level is mastered.  In addition, users can select Easy, Medium, or Hard from the Settings gear.  The mastered levels can also be reset there.

To play, students must answer the math problems appearing above each zombie’s head.  The animated and detailed zombies are walking towards the student on the screen.  The object is to input the correct answer before the zombie reaches the bottom of the screen.  More than one zombie can appear at the same time!  The digits 0 – 9 appear at the bottom of the screen.  Students simply tap the digits to input each answer.  A correct answer ‘saves’ each zombie and that is how points are earned in this app.

Even though the app has a zombie theme, the content does not come across as frightening in any way.  This apps makes a great choice for students looking to practice those basic arithmetic skills.

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Math.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 10.24.41 AMThis app reminds me of Khan Academy, but it only contains lessons from four mathematics courses – Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.  Also, it is a lot more costly than Khan Academy – more on that below.

Students can either search for a lesson or choose one from the listed courses.  Each course contains between 9 – 13 chapters (read chapter titles below).  Each chapter has at least a dozen lessons/concepts.  Each lesson/concept provides an extensive opportunity to view examples, practice, be challenged, complete a self-test, and have access to worksheets and notes.  Many of the examples link to video clips that explain each concept.

Although this app is free to obtain, only the first five lessons completed are complimentary.  After that, courses can be purchased in-app for $9.99 each or all of them for a total of $39.99.  Proceed cautiously; the price of this app can quickly become steep.  Khan Academy may be a better fit for your situation.

Also, please note that a wifi connection (or 3G) is required to access the bulk of each lesson’s content.

Pre-Algebra Chapters

  1. Whole Numbers
  2. Integers
  3. Fractions
  4. Decimals
  5. Algebraic Thinking
  6. Ratio, Proportion, & Percent
  7. Geometry
  8. Measurement
  9. Probability & Statistics

Algebra 1 Chapters

  1. Simplifying
  2. Equations
  3. Word Problems
  4. Inequalities, Absolute Value, Functions, Graphing
  5. Linear Equations
  6. Systems of Equations
  7. Exponents & Polynomials
  8. Factoring
  9. Rational Expressions & Equations
  10. Radicals
  11. Quadratics
  12. Additional NCTM Concepts

Geometry Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Angle Pairs & Perpendicular Lines
  3. Parallel Lines & Polygons
  4. Triangles
  5. Quadrilaterals
  6. Similarity
  7. Right Triangles
  8. Circles
  9. Area
  10. Volume

Algebra 2 Chapters

  1. Simplifying
  2. Equations
  3. Word Problems
  4. Inequalities, Absolute Value, Functions, Graphing
  5. Linear Equations
  6. Systems of Equations
  7. Exponents & Polynomials
  8. Factoring
  9. Rational Expressions & Equations
  10. Radicals
  11. Quadratics
  12. Imaginary & Complex Numbers
  13. Quadratic Equations & Function

 

 

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Book Creator

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 10.37.18 PMThis app allows users to effortlessly create anything from a simple to complex book.  After choosing from portrait, landscape, or square orientation, the process is unbelievably simple.  Begin by adding text.  You can choose from all fonts installed on the device.  Also change the font’s size and color; make some or all words italicized, bold, or underlined.  Photos (and videos) can be added from the device’s library or directly from the camera, then moved and resized as needed.  Finally, sound can be recorded from within the app or imported from elsewhere on the device.

Completed books can be opened in a variety of apps on the device – such as in iBooks.  But each can also be exported to iTunes or as a PDF (no audio/video capability with this option).

Use the free version to make one book before committing to the paid version.

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