Addimal Adventure by Teachley – Review
Addimal Adventure is a story-based math app designed solely for learning, practising and memorizing addition within 20. It tells the story of the evil Professor Possum’s plan to destroy the world and how Captain Memo and the Addimals are all set to train your child, the hero, to stop the Professor. The training for your child consist of a Tool round and a Speed round.
In the Tool round, the hero learns 4 addition strategies to solve single-digit addition. Each strategy is paired with an Addimal character – Count All, Count On, Doubles and Tens who will guide the hero to solve addition problems step by step. The app begins with a quick tutorial on how to use the number line to count on and submit answers. Besides the number line, kids also learn how to use virtual manipulative to help them understand the mathematical thinking of the addition strategies which enables them to transfer their knowledge from the concrete to the abstract.
When learning in the Tool round, the student sees the addition problem represented visually with blocks and he is presented with a choice of 2 or more addition strategies to solve the problem. Depending on what he chooses, the app automatically arranges the blocks and prepares the appropriate tool to use with the blocks before the respective Addimal starts teaching.
The Count All and Count On strategies are always available in the Tool round but the derived fact strategies, Doubles and Tens are only available when appropriate depending on the nature of the addition sentence presented, level of play chosen and how the student is doing. The student is free to choose or even change the tool he wants to use at any time and there is no time limit which allows students to explore and think.
The Speed round is where the student tries to win back the golden blocks from the evil Professor to restore El Sumado (a city that was destroyed by the Professor) by solving addition problems quickly. The student is given 2 chances to answer each addition question. If he answers correctly within 3 seconds, he earns the golden block and the addition problem is marked as memorized (golden block) in the Reporting chart. If he fails, an Addimal will appear to give hints on the appropriate strategy to use and the student gets a second chance to answer. If he gets it right this time, the addition problem is marked as correct (green block in the report). A red block marks those that need work. This progress report even gives details like how many attempts were made to solve each addition problem in the Tool/Speed round and how many of these were correctly answered.
While kids are excitedly solving problems in the Speed round, they learn to use the appropriate strategies quickly and eventually memorize the addition facts. More than that, kids are also exposed to addition problems with zero as addends and the quick use of fingers to count on from the larger number in this round.
A good quality educational app is always customizable and Addimal Adventure allows a combination of different modes and levels to suit your child/student’s needs. Options:-
a) Background music – on or off
b) Single user (with progress tracking) or shared users (game restarts 5 minutes after exiting from app). I’ve been told that we can soon track the progress of multiple users in the next app update.
c) Mode – Normal (sets of 7 addition problems in Tool round and 10 problems in the Speed round), Tool round only or Speed round only
d) Level – Easy (addition within 10), Medium (addition within 15), Hard (addition within 20) and Normal (student progresses through the levels from easy to hard)
There are little details in how the Tool and Speed rounds are executed which I really appreciate e.g. the differentiated colors of the addends, the ability to touch/move the blocks, the different types of number line used (one for sliding in the Tool round which facilitates counting on and another number line for quick tapping in the Speed round), the repetition of the addition facts after each addition problem is answered (regardless it was correct or not) and the enthusiastic Addimals who are always on hand to guide and to encourage. From counting all, counting on, using derived addition facts to memorizing these facts, your child may take more than a few months or even years to master these skills, so this app has a long service life.
Addimal Adventure has great animations and fun characters which will appeal to kids. It is very polished and well implemented too. It is an addition specialist app that is not only useful for kids but also great for parents who are not familiar with the use of visual models to do addition. I own many math apps but I haven’t seen one that explicitly teaches kids to effectively use addition strategies to add faster and to add bigger numbers easily. Not until Addimal Adventure. So look no further, download the lite version and try it for yourself today!
Teachley: Addimal Adventure Lite
Category: Education, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPad WiFi, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPadFourthGen
Size: 100.05 MB
Teachley: Addimal Adventure – Teachley
Teachley: Addimal Adventure
Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad WiFi, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G
Size: 121.51 MB
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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