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Super Mario Run Initial Reaction

I downloaded Super Mario Run yesterday and played it a bit.

If your kids are fans of Mario and running games, they’re going to want you to buy Super Mario Run.

About Super Mario Run

A new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand.

In this game, Mario constantly moves forward through the courses while you use a variety of jumps to navigate. Mario will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal. the day it was available.

Cost: Free to download, $9.99 to unlock all levels.
Rated: 4+
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top Three Math Thinking Apps for Older Students

A big thanks to Lanette over at KinderTown for reaching out to me and providing this guest post. The KinderTown app provides great reviews of other educational apps to parents can make informed decisions about the apps they purchase for their kids.

Want to encourage your older student to engage with Math outside of school and assigned homework?  Try these math thinking apps for enrichment or summer learning!

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Math Mathews Makes Multiplication an Adventure [App Review] – The Wired Homeschool

Getting your kids to practice multiplication tables can sometimes be a chore. Finding a way to make it fun and exciting can sometimes be difficult. With Math Mathews your kids will not only practice their multiplication facts but also have fun playing an excellent game.

Description

Join the crew of Captain Mathews and dive into epic adventures! Will you be brave enough to break the curse which turned Captain Mathews into an octopus?

Features :
– Three mini-games created with speech therapists and based on three differents methods to practice math
– Monitoring tools for parents to track progress
– Up to 7 different player accounts can be created
– Safe environment : no ads, no web, no in-app purchase… Only the game !
– Original music (by 4TrakZ)

Review

math-mathews-screen2Yarr! Ready for an adventures on the high seas? Join Captain Mathews on his quest to find the necklace of Sylla and reverse the curse that turned him into an octopus. Along the way, players will have to solve various multiplication problems in order to progress through each mini game.

As player progress through the game they can collect badges and coins that demonstrate their mastery of multiplication, however, each mini game must be completed without mistakes to get a portion of the necklace of Sylla which will return Captain Mathews to his human form. Make a mistake and players will have to repeat the level.

After each mini-game there is a bonus round. In the bonus round, players have the opportunity earn extra treasure and gold. In the bonus round, if you make too many mistakes you won’t be able to complete the round.

Each level of the game feature different multiplication problems. The first level, the Island of Takoga, players must find the result of a multiplication problem. For example, 6X7=?

math-mathews-screenThe second level, the Island of Kariba, players must identify one of the multipliers in the problem. For example, 6X?=42

The secret temple on the Island of Hiriga is the third and final level and here player must identify the two multipliers to get the result. For example, ?X?=42, so multiple answers are correct.

Parents can track the progress of their child in the captain’s notebook. There are also hints to finding addition bonus and badges.

What I Liked

The game-play, graphics, and story all fit together nicely and it presents the concepts of multiplication very well. Kids don’t need to have super hand-eye coordination to play this game and my son who doesn’t really like to do his math worksheets really likes the game.

What Could Be Improved

It would be nice for parents to configure the game to focus on specific times tables. This would help reinforce trouble areas. There is a practice section but being able to tune the game for a child’s weak areas would be very helpful.

Final Thoughts

It’s great to finally get a game that holds my child’s interest and combines that with great learning. In the past, most games that hold my 10-yr old’s interest have been too easy. This game hit the entertainment and education sweet spot, it’s a treasure buried in the App Store.

iTunesMath Mathews is rated 4+ and costs $1.99. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Math Mathews is also available for Android

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iOS 7 New Features, AppCertain Review, and More – WHS 85 – The Wired Homeschool

This week I focus primarily on iOS features. You’ll hear tips for speeding up your device, a review of AppCertain, and some features coming to iOS 7 that will interest homeschoolers and parents concerned about Internet safety.

Parental Controls Added to Safari in iOS 7 – Due out in the fall of this year, iOS 7 will feature long-awaited parental controls for their Safari browser. It remains to be seen what kind of controls will be implemented but I’m sure there will be leaks over the next few months from developers about the new feature.

Best Tips to Speed Up Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod – Is your iPad, iPhone, or iPod running a little sluggish? Here’s a few things you can do to improve the performance of your device.

App Certain – Get notifications emailed to you every time an app is installed on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Create an AppCertain account, easily install a security profile on the device you’d like to monitor, and we’ll email you simple and enlightening reports of every app that gets downloaded.

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Downstate LEAH Convention Report and Skip Math App Review – WHS 84 – The Wired Homeschool

Convention Report

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to speak at the Downstate LEAH convention. I was so blessed by the staff and attendees while there and also realized that my speaking skills could use some improvement! I was nervous at time and sometimes felt unprepared.

I wasn’t just speaking, I got the opportunity to attend one other workshop (it was supposed to be two listen to the podcast to hear that story) addressing the Common Core and how it affects homeschoolers in NY. While we shouldn’t be worried about the standards imposed by Common Core there are some other issues that we raised that I think homeschoolers will want to consider.

App Review – Skip Math: Skip Counting Games

Description

skip-math-screenSkip Math is a “Doodle Jump” style game in which a boy or girl character jumps from platform to platform trying not to fall. Unlike “Doodle Jump,” however, children playing Skip Math must land on the platform that correlates to the correct number. For example, when counting by fours you must land on 4, then 8, then 12, etc. The movement, music, hopping character and they actually hear the counting as they jump all contribute to the entertainment value of the game, and means your child will be learning while having fun.

Skip counting is a fundamental skill in the development of fluency in calculation, number sense and establishing a solid foundation for learning multiplication and division. Skip counting requires and in turn develops fluency in mental computation.

Features:
– Players can take a picture of their own faces to put on the character they choose.
– They can pick their “level” (you can skip-count by numbers 2-11) so the game becomes more challenging as your child improves.
– A tracker lets the player how far he went at the end of each game, so he can try to improve his score in the next round.
– Audio: As each number is number selected, it is said aloud so players hear the counting as they jump.
– The game can also be played in multi-player Bluetooth mode (Game Center Required).

Review

Skip Math is the first math game by Justin Holladay at MathFileFolderGames.com aimed at elementary school students. Until now, Justin’s apps have been for middle school students (something I’m grateful for) but I think he’ll be successful with this app for the younger crowd.

In Skip Math, players must guide their character up the screen while landing on the correct number in the sequence (2,4,6,8…). Landing on the correct number gets you farther up the screen while landing on the wrong number causes you character to break through the platform and fall. Every time you land a number it’s said aloud.

Players guide their character by tilting their device which moves the character left or right. You can even jump from one side of the screen to the other. Speaking of the character, your kids can take a picture of themselves and place it on the character giving a little personal flair to the game.

What I Liked
If you have competitive kids in your house Skip Math will keep them busy for a long time, even if they’ve mastered skip-counting. Earning a higher score can sometimes be a great motivating factor for children and that’s sure to help keep their attention with this game. Being able to pick a difficulty level rather than having to play through levels is nice too. If your child is struggling with skip-counting by seven, just select level 7 and you’re off! No having to play through any previous levels.

What Could Be Improved
There are a couple of things I would add to this game that relates mostly to game-play. First, it would be nice to be able to adjust the sensitivity of the controls. At times I felt like it was just too sensitive and I felt out of control. The other option that would be nice is to be able to change whether or not the character jumps from one side of the screen to the other. This would also help when it comes to keeping a little more control over the character.

Final Thoughts
Skip Math gives parents a way to reinforce math skills during a child’s free time. This is a great app for kids to play in the car while on a trip on while sitting in a waiting room somewhere. It fills those times when you thing to yourself, “I could be homechooling now.” With Skip Math you can be sure that your kids will not only have fun but also improve their math skills.

 Skip Math is rated 4+ and costs 99¢. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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