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This 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:
- Solve the math question
- Touch the correct star answer
- 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.
In 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.
This 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!