With the nation-wide implementation of Common Core Standards, teachers and parents are looking for ways for students to practice these new skills in different ways. Eweclid fills this need. The app is a comprehensive set of questions, addressing the essential skills students in Kindergarten through Third Grade need to be successful.
The app is very easy to use. Parents or teachers register students so that student progress can be saved. Students choose their grade level (Kindergarten through Third Grade Math) on the play menu. On the next screen, students choose the chapter they are working on. Each chapter has a set number of questions in different formats. As students answer questions correctly, new chapters are unlocked.
Students also earn coins for correctly answering questions. These coins can be spent at the general store on stickers for the student's farms. As chapters are unlocked, so are new characters, buildings, and equipment for the farm. After purchasing items, students create and organize their own scenes.
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Eweclid has a lot to offer as a teaching tool. Teachers will appreciate the activities already aligned to the Common Core Standards. I particularly liked the variety of question formats. Aside from traditional multiple choice questions, there are also basic matching, spelling, comparison, and more advanced ordered multiple choice. For math calculation problems, students have a number line to type their answer in and can use their finger to show their work and write directly on the screen. This is a really neat feature as students try to answer addition and subtraction problems with regrouping. There are also some higher level thinking problems. Students have Combined Choice 4, 6, and 8 Button questions. On these students are given a variety of numbers on buttons. Students must choose the three numbers that complete facts for the given operation. This outside of the box thinking is something that Common Core assessments are moving toward.
The questions are scaffolded from chapter to chapter. There are between 24 and 40 chapters in each grade level. As students are successful, new chapters are unlocked and new skills are revealed. I really like that the Kindergarten and First Grade levels have oral administration buttons. Students can click to have the questions read aloud to them. Most of the Help pages also have buttons for oral administration for students.
I do really like this app and am anxious to see what else it will offer. The website and iTunes link say that the developer is working on new modules to roll out as in-app purchases. They are also working on creating more data collection and parent/teacher portals to access student records. This app has the potential to become a valuable teaching tool.
Overall, Eweclid is a good app for teachers and parents who want to see their student practice a variety of math skills in a scaffolded manner. With a variety of question styles and the reward system, students will be engaged in learning. This tool could easily address the multiple learning styles and levels in any classroom.
Eweclid is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini App - RRP: $2.99
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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