Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Numbler





Numbler is one of several apps created by BrainingCamp. I came across Numbler over a year ago and it immediately reminded me of Scrabble. Numbler is currently $0.99, but there is a Numbler Free edition if you want to check it out first.

To start, you must create a new game. You can play offline against the "computer" or another person. If you play against the "computer", you can select the difficulty. You can also play online using the Game Center.  Check with your school/district policy before letting students play online games within this app.


 The object of Numbler is to create number sentences using the numbers and operations provided. Once you have created your number sentence and clicked on "play", player 2 will have a turn. The number sentences do not have to be 1+1=2, they can be something like 5+4=13-2 .. You just need to have the titles to create it.


This is a great addition to your math app folder for students who understand the four basic operations. Just like with Scrabble, the players have to think about what number sentence they plan to create.

Do you have this app on your iPad? If so, share your thoughts!

You can find my Graphite Field Note about Numbler here.

Quick Math


Quick Math is one of several math apps by Shiny Things. Quick Math is currently $1.99, but I have seen it free before!  This app is geared toward students learning simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Shiny Things does have an app for younger and older students.

Quick Math is rather simple and reminds of a flash cards. Students can create an account, but the teacher doesn't get any reports from these accounts.

Next the student selects the operation and the level.

Students will see math problems appear on the screen. In order to answer, the student has to write the answer using their finger. I like this instead of having them select from four choices.

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 I like this app, because it gives students a way to practice their math facts on an individual basis because the app gives you feedback. With flash cards, you really need a second person in order to get that feedback.

You can also read my thoughts of this app on Common Sense Graphite here.

What are your thoughts? Have you used any of the Shiny Things apps in your classroom?