My MathBook HD is a new top pick from developer Innolance, Inc. This in-depth, educational app teaches young students numbers, beginning math calculations, and shapes in a very organized and detailed manner. Instead of just being a game, this app actually teaches kids about numbers.
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My MathBook HD is a beautiful teaching app with outstanding graphics and organization. Its format looks similar to a young student's math book. On the left side of the screen, scroll up and down to choose numbers, computation, shapes, or test. On the right side of the screen are the activities for each topic. A pleasing narration gives instruction and reinforcement throughout each section. In some cases she teaches a concept, in others she asks the player to do something. Each section has a couple different activities, varying by topic.
In the Numbers section there are four activities. Learn Numbers has students tap on balloons to learn numbers. On the left, scroll to choose which numbers to work on: 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50. Then tap each balloon to see the number and a set of items representing that number. This section is mostly instructional. Learn to Count has a table with sets of items. Tap each set of items to hear how many are in the set. Choose groups of items from 1-10. Trace Numbers is an outstanding tracing program. Players are given the number 1-9, a video example of how to draw the number, and a space to choose a color and trace your own numbers. Check your work with the review button to see if you traced the number correctly or give it another shot. Lastly, Find the Missing Number provides a path of numbers in sets of ten, from 1-50 with missing numbers. Drag and drop the numbers in the correct order.
In the Computation section there are two activities, addition and subtraction. For both activities, players choose the number they want to work with 1-10, then use the arrow keys to cycle through adding 1-10 to that number. For example, after choosing the number 2, you then cycle through 2+1, 2+2, 2+3 ... 2+10. Each problems is shown with numbers at the top and counters on the bottom. Tap the answer box to reveal the answer for both problems. In the subtraction section, the counters actually disappear, illustrating the subtraction concept.
In the Shapes section there are three activities. Trace Shapes, is another excellent example of a tracing program. Given a picture of the shape, and example of it, a video showing how to draw it, and a blank area to choose a color and trace, the player gets lots of practice drawing circles, rectangles, squares, triangles, stars, or diamonds. Fill Shapes asks the player to color in specific shapes from a given field. The game is set up so that you can only color within shapes to avoid coloring outside the lines and affecting the results. Identify Shapes has students select specific shapes from a tree to drop into a monkey's basket.
The last section, Test, has students choose which section they want to be tested in and gives about 5 different questions/activities to go with each section. Each activity is similar, but not exactly the same as the practice lessons.
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This app is beautifully done. The math book like layout lends itself to the whole feel of the app. Kids are both getting instruction and practicing basic math concepts. The easy selection of activities and movement within the book makes this app something that can be used independently by young learners. Aside from the great layout, the concepts are excellent. The differentiation of activities and various levels of instruction or practice provide different levels of support for students. The activities are engaging and will keep young students actively involved. The concepts, while young, are really well done and perfect for the 4-6 age group. In addition, the tracing programs are some of the best I've seen. I really like that there is a check button to see how well you traced the numbers or shapes. It is a self monitoring activity that students can use to improve their tracing.
Overall, this is a top pick because of it's incredible graphics, easy layout and organization, and depth of skills and instruction covered. It will quickly become a go-to math tool for our son. I'm anxious to tell the Kindergarten teachers at my school about how great this app is. With space to monitor four users in the menu, it's also perfect for families with young children to monitor beginning math skills. I would love to see additional apps for older students in this same format.
MyMathBook HD - Innolance Inc. Is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad App
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady
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