Understanding Math – Addition and Subtraction is the latest Mathematics app from appp media and is the second in their Understanding Math series, based on Jerome Bruner’s Three Modes of Representation learning theory. This app explores the concepts of addition and subtraction using different symbolic, visual and active representations. As well as answering set problems, the app gives children tools to help solve their own addition and subtraction problems.
Each activity has been linked to the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.
Happi 123 – a Maths game for Kids by Happi Papi is an App designed to help children learn the basic Mathematical concepts of counting, addition, subtraction, number sequence and number patterns. I say learn rather than practice, as this App has some supportive features that can help a child learn about the concepts (as opposed to a drill and practice App that can help with speed and recall after a concept has already been learned.) Continue reading
Arithmetic Invaders is a collection of arcade-style apps that can help children practice various Mathematics strategies. These drill and practice games have a kind of retro-Space Invaders feel. As I’ve mentioned before, this kind of activity is not going to help a child learn their facts, but they can definitely help the child to learn to recall their facts quickly, which is an important skill when progressing to higher Mathematics.
Unlike other similarly themed apps (e.g. MathBlaster HyperBlast), one does not need a lot of gaming skill to play Arithmetic Invaders. The controls are very simple so the child can concentrate more on the real task: defending the Solar System. Sorry. I mean practising their Mathematics skills. Children need to calculate the sums shown on the alien spacecraft and then shooting the one that matches the number on their laser gun. They move the gun by tapping the right or left buttons. As they progress through the levels, children collect space pilot insignia as a reward. You can set the length of the game to 2, 3 or 5 minutes. Content covered at each level is clearly stated, although you can’t pick levels at random but must unlock each in sequence. Unlocked levels can be revisited. Continue reading
Top It is a two-player addition game by McGraw-Hill that adds pairs of numerals from 0 to 9 and looks at concepts of greater than, less than and equal. Players take turns dealing two cards each and then adding the values of each card together. They get points for correct answers and then also for identifying if values are greater, less than, or equal to each other. McGraw-Hill also has a second version of Top It for subtraction available on the iTunes store (Link below.) Continue reading