The Future of Centers in the Math Classroom
Math Games join the 21st Century, with innovative Mobile iOS apps! Check out our new innovative, fun, method of teaching and practicing mathematics. Our original math games makes use of the latest, youth friendly technology, to better engage students in learning mathematics.
Many teachers view iPhones, and iPods as something to be kept out of the classroom, because they distract students, however, these are powerful tools which if used properly can greatly enhance educational experience by teaching in the language of today’s students.
Modern students spend 40 hours a week or more on their mobile devices and phones, making them an important platform of communication to this generation. Our iOS apps help open these lines of communication with the 21st century students. For teachers and parents the iOS games complete the feedback loop by producing progress reports to allow easy assessment of learning and progress.
Aimed at upper elementary and middle school students the iOS apps focus on key areas of learning. We focus on a number of key areas of mathematics including: Order of operations (PEMDAS, BEDMAS), fractions, ordered fractions, and ordered pairs. They are designed to replace drill style exercises, with fun games, which involve students in the learning of mathematics.
My goal is to replace the current drill and kill tools that teachers currently use with interactive games and activities that will help students practice math in an engaging highly involved way.
A Perfect 21st Century Math Center
Where Student Work is Reported to You
Using the Math Game Apps in the Classroom
- Math Centers – These app games are ideal for a math center activity. Have the children read the instructions themselves if possible as this is a great reading comprehension activity.
- Whole Class Game/Display on Smart Board – Project the math games on a smartboard and they can be used as a whole class game. The class can sit in a circle on the floor around the smartboard and play in teams. The class can be broken into 2 or 4 teams to play.
- Homework - These apps are ideal for homework. It is a fun alternative to regular homework and parents can be involved in playing the math games with their children. This is really popular with the kids and the parents.
- Fast Finisher – These apps are perfect activities for those children who finish their work early. These apps are perfect replacement for file folder games they are quick and easy to setup.
- Peer Tutoring - These math games are great activities for students to use to help each other. Pair a weaker student with a stronger student so students can 'tutor' others.
Being a teacher my favorite feature of these math games is the feedback loop with the student and teacher/parent. As a teacher or parent it is sometimes really hard to see if there is any actual learning taking place by playing a game, hence the default for many teachers is to not play games.
My math apps have a built in progress report that can be sent to the teacher helping the them to quickly see if their student is struggling or not being challenged enough (I like to call this formative assessment).
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We would love to receive feedback from you to help us in creating and evolving these games into the best learning environment for your students or children.
My Math Apps:
5 Dice: Order of Operations Game
4 Dice: Fraction Games
4 Dice: Fraction Games is a math app for middle school and upper elementary students. The goal of the game is to present fractions in a way that is both conducive to learning and fun. Read More Here
Ordered Fractions: Comparing & Ordering Fractions
Ordered Fractions game begins by pressing the button that rolls the dice. Students then insert these numbers into the boxes on the board, which creates the fractions. Students then position the fractions in ascending order by comparing fractions. Read more here
Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game
Grid Lines is a Battleship-style math app used to teach students the coordinate plane. Students will get practice plotting points on a coordinate plane by playing a game similar to Battleship. Read more here
Apps Coming Soon:
Skip Math: Skip Counting Games
Release Date: June 2013
Skip Math is a simple math game that helps practices skip counting. Skip Math is a a Doodle Jump style math game in which a girl or boy who jump from platform to platform counting by a certain number. Read more here
Jack and the Beanstalk: a Mathematical Adventure
Release Date: June 2013
Some of my goals in developing math apps:
To Make Math Fun and Interesting
Through the use of technology math can show to the student that it can be interesting and fun.
Math Games and Assessment
This area is one of my passions, and I think one of the least explored and emphasized area in education. One of my biggest goals with these math apps is to create and figure out a way to implement formative assessment strategies into math games so teachers can have a better understanding of how their students are doing.
- To go along with this thought I want to provide data for teachers that is easy to manipulate and very useful.
- Check out more about my thoughts on Math Games and Assessment.
The Flipped Classroom
To encourage the philosophy of the flipped classroom where lectures are done at home through the use of technology and "homework" and practice is done at school. I believe that by using educational apps it can help facilitate this philosophy.
What do teachers really want in an "Educational App"?
Let me know what you think (so I can add to my list/goals).