# 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).

*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.#### 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game

**(Cost: FREE!)**

**5 Dice: Order of Operations Game** is a math app intended for upper elementary and middle school students that helps students enjoy practicing their order of operations. *Read More Here*

#### 4 Dice: Fraction Games

**(Cost: $1.99)**

**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*

#### Tangram Chess: Transformation Games

Tangram Chess For Kids, Translations (slides), Rotations (turns) and Reflections (flips). Every game of Tangram Chess has its own story. Some are long-drawn out strategic affairs; others can be quick, but complicated, tactical battles. The winner is the player who can out-think his or her opponent, and make the best plans for attack and defence. *Read more here*

#### Skip Math: Skip Counting Games

**(Cost: $0.99)**

**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

Hi, my name is Jack. I know you have all heard of me before, I'm the guy who climbs an enormous beanstalk to retrieve the princesses amulet. But today I would like to tell you the real story of HOW I was actually able to accomplish such a feat. *Read more here*