Tablets and smartphones are all over the place in our communities. With this popularity comes a great deal of apps to assist in daily living from games to shopping lists and encyclopedias. There are many apps that deal with education in various forms and several of them are entertaining to the point of not “feeling” like a learning device. All subjects can be found in these collections of apps including math.
1. Talking Kids Math and Numbers – In this app, a moving 3D graphic penguin reads out yes or no questions which a child answers with a green check mark for yes or a red “X” for no. Regardless if the question is answered correctly, the penguin’s animations after each are amusing to children of the younger age group. A TV mode will explain equations to the child, although it may seem fast paced for younger audiences to learn. The bottom line is that children learning basic math skills will find the animations of this penguin to be enjoyable to watch.
2. Dragon Math – This simple app of a dragon eating various food products provides the child with three answers for each question. The goal is to answer 10 questions correctly before moving on to the next level and food product. If the answer is correct, the dragon eats. If the answer is incorrect, the dragon spits fire and removes a correctly answered question. There are several options in the paid app version to control what questions will be used during the session.
3. Math Practice Boards – Not only is the student able to answer the questions out of a multiple choice, but this app allows users to work out a problem using the touch interface to allow writing to show the work. Each time a line or number is drawn with the finger, it becomes a random color on the screen. Options for pen styles and question levels provide additional functionality for this basic app. Students can work the problem with their fingers before pressing the button for the correct answer.
4. Math Magic – This addictive game can be fun for those of all ages. It’s a simple game where you are presented with various balls with numbers in them and a requested total. The objective is to add the balls to make the total of the request number. Although the tutorial could have been more elaborate and more descriptive, the game has the ability to suck you in. If you answer a request incorrectly, the game is over and you start from the beginning. The graphics are good and the musical score is par for the app.
5. Jumpin’ Math Jam – It’s a race against a turtle as each correct mathematical answer propels your frog further down the track. Jumpin’ Math Jam is a new take on using flashcards to help a student hone his or her mathematical skills. All four major equations are present as well as a random mode in order to increase the difficulty.
Regardless of the student’s age group, there is an app available that can help them achieve a higher understanding of the subject. Whether they are games that incorporate math into the decisions of a character or an outright computational application, there is a variety of fun methods you can utilize to reinforce a student’s knowledge of math. Use the technology that is available and secure a child’s confidence with learning.