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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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Ace Kids Math Games

Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 9.53.43 PMThis app gives young children a chance to practice counting, adding, and subtracting.  They are able to visually count the items that appear along with a simple equation.  After tapping one of three answer choices, they receive feedback on their answer.  Each correct answer moves the child one step closer to completing that particular level.  Each level completed earns a prize.

Here are the rules as found in the ‘Setup’ star:

  1. Solve the math question
  2. Touch the correct star answer
  3. Complete levels to unlock secret prizes

The ‘Setup’ star also allows you to turn on/off the background music and sound effects.  You also have options to start on the level completed (rather than the first level).  You can also turn on/off the skills of counting, addition, and subtraction.  Turning on the Advanced option enables the equations to become more challenging.

The ‘Prizes’ star houses the prizes that were earned by completing each level.  Children can touch the prize toys to play with them.  They can also play the game on the page to unlock even more secret prizes.

A free version of this app also exists.


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Arithmemouse Addition Subtraction Game

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 3.04.54 PMIn general, I am not a fan of learning apps that are disguised as arcade 3-D type games.  This app requires students to navigate around meteors and asteroids in order to solve addition or subtraction problems.

I still chose to review this app because the developers included several details that make it more appropriate for use in an educational setting.  First, there isn’t a consequence for an incorrect answer; students simply have the chance to answer the problem again.  Also, it is not actually necessary to navigate the objects that are flying through space.  Finally, the app encourages mental math – even for more complex problems.  It is not possible to stop progress – only speed up or slow down.  Therefore, the use of scratch paper is discouraged.

After selecting from one of three characters, students have to also select the operation (addition or subtraction) and a level (beginning, medium, advanced, or tutorial).  Once the game begins, they must tilt the device forward to speed up or back to slow down.  They will also need to tilt it left or right to steer.  Although it is not necessary, they can tap the screen to fire at the space objects.  As they navigate through ‘space’, they randomly encounter math problems along with a selection of answer choices.

This app is best for kinesthetic learners and for those that prefer arcade-style games.

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Adding Apples

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 12.21.39 PMYoung students will enjoy counting and adding simple problems with this app.  Students begin by selecting two numbers (1 – 9) to add (along with tapping the plus then equal signs). After selecting the numbers, apples appear on the screen along with three answer choices.  Students can then either compute the mental math or tap the apples to count them.  The apples first appear as red and green/yellow.  They turn to a weird purple color once students tap them (or once the equals sign is tapped).  Students then have to select an answer from one of the three choices.

Students earn coins and apples for correct answers.  The app also tracks progress for more than one student: Correct answers, Incorrect answers, and Accuracy.  The Settings tab allows for simple customization options such as turning off/on background music, selecting the highest numbers (up to 9), and checking and locking the correct answers.

I’d recommend this app if it were free.  I think only young students would appreciate adding the apples.  But there are more apps out there that do much more.

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Math Drills

Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 12.10.53 PMThis math app allows students to practice basic facts in all four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Three modes are available: Review, Practice (timed problems), and Test  (timed problems).  For each mode, the user can choose a single operation, a combination of addition and subtraction, a combination of multiplication and division, or ‘mixed’ (all four operations).

This app would make an excellent addition to mobile devices in a traditional education setting because data can be stored for up to 50 students!  I’m impressed with the amount of information produced and reports created for each registered student.  This feature alone is well worth the cost of the app.  However, try out the free ‘Lite’ version to preview it.

I also strongly recommend this app because of the opportunities for customization found under ‘Settings’:

  • Problem Counts – Allows you to set the amount of problems presented in each of the three modes.  The app is defaulted to have 10 problems in the Review and Practice modes and 100 in the Test mode.
  • Answers – Choose what answer type students should select.  Options are Numbers (Given 5 + 4, have to input 9), Operators (Given 5   4 = 9, have to input +), or Comparators (Given 5 + 4    9, have to input =).
  • Appearance – Customize the Theme, Arrangement (of equations), Keypad, and Colors.
  • Reviews and assistants – Adjust how much assistance is given to students as they are working within the various modes
  • Sounds – Adjust settings for the Keypad, Congratulations (feedback), Pit stop (pauses), Traffic light, Mistakes, and Alerts

This app is packed with features that make it an excellent choice for use when practice of basic facts is appropriate!

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