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Using a gaming platform to improve math fluency is not a new concept. What’s new is the way Mathtopia has refined this approach. One improvement is the addition of strategy during game play. The child can increase his score by moving tiles around and using special tiles (hammers and shuffles) to clear the board. Also, there is a move called multi-touch dragging in which the child uses multiple fingers to choose correct answers. A second improvement is the method of giving feedback: correct answers disappear, but incorrect answers are locked until the child goes back and selects the right answer.
I was curious about the ability of this app to meet the needs of students for whom learning math is a challenge. I found that, in fact, they were able to understand the directions with demonstration, and they became more independent the longer they played. Locking the tile after a wrong answer proved to be a good way to help them recognize that they had made an incorrect choice.
Mathtopia is clearly a math app first and a game app second. That is an important distinction for me because it speaks to the fidelity with which it was designed. After usin Mathtopia, parents and teachers will know exactly where their child/student is functioning and where they need to boost their skills. For all of these reasons, it has been named the latest Top Pick on Fun Educational Apps and it has also been awarded Editor's Choice Award for design by Children's Technology Review for 2013
2 Versions of Mathtopia available: Universal App
Julie P. - I am a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. I am happy to see more developers producing quality content for older kids.
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