Ability to design your own Math Fact drills that target your child’s current learning goals. Interactive student tools that help them to visualize the math equations.
What we’d love to see…
Math Facts including ‘0’. Color and redo buttons directly accessible in the Students’ section.
A Math Facts practice app that is fully adaptable to the needs of students of different abilities at different stages of Math Facts learning.
A mastery of Math Facts enable our kids to solve complex Math problems easily and quickly. More importantly, a fast recall of Math Facts give them the tools for handling daily life skills like telling time and counting money. If you are looking for an app for learning and memorizing Math Facts, you need to check out Math Facts To 100 by FuzzyBees.
This app teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication and division Math Facts. It is fully customizable to match what your child is working on and it is equipped with supportive learning tools that teaches your child how to solve math problems independently. These help facilitate understanding and reduce frustrations when completing math drills that are necessary in achieving Math Facts fluency.
Read on for the app’s various powerful features.
Fully Customizable Settings
The strength of this app is the flexible settings which allow you to design your own Math Facts drills. You can break down the steps to mastering Math Facts into manageable levels based on your child’s learning needs/goals and set up the app accordingly. Not only can you choose which Math Facts to learn and set how many equations to solve at each session, you can also tailor the types of equations to be solved and the kind of support to offer to your child.
Additional customizable details that further adapt the app to what your chid is familiar with are grouped under the Display section of the Settings page. These include skip counting by the multiplier or multiplicand, vertical or horizontal equation format, and the phone or calculator number pad layout. You also have the option to mute the sounds for various actions e.g. incorrect answers given.
There is no timer here but the time taken for completion of each session is recorded. A maximum of 4 different settings for different learning goals or different child can be prepared and saved at any one time.
Visual Learning Tools
The app is equipped with 3 types of interactive student tools that you can use to demonstrate to your child how to solve a math problem. Different child learns differently and presenting them with different approaches to solving the same problem allows you to discover the one that helps your child understand the concept best. This also encourages your child to seek out a different method of solving a problem when one strategy does not work.
The 3 learning tools provided in the app are the Hundred Board, Multiplication Board and a White Board. Students are free to choose the visual tool or combination of tools that they want to work with for each question. A color tool (consisting of 9 colors) is available for highlighting key numbers during the problem solving process.
The 100 Board is equipped with visual help (which you can opt out in the Settings) that highlight the steps to solving Math problems more effectively. For example, instead of counting up or down for addition and subtraction equations, students learn to get the same answer more quickly by adding or subtracting in tens (vertically) and in ones (horizontally).
If they tap and hold on any number on the board, they can also see what it means to add and subtract a quantity from this number.
For multiplication, the 100 Board will show students how to use skip counting to arrive at the answers. The visual help show the sequence of multiples (times tables) which students have to memorize.
The Multiplication Board (x2 to x10), on the other hand, helps students to multiply and divide easily within 100. Just tap the factors along the left most column and the top most row and the intersected number will give the answer.
The third tool, the White Board acts as a free space for students to do their math working. This is my youngest’s favorite as he is more comfortable with using counters which he draws on the board using the color tool. For him, the act of sharing a large number of counters equally helps him to better understand the concept of division.
Creating Math Drills
Before starting to use the app, you will need to find the Settings section that is hidden from the Students’ section. Pull down the equation box to reveal the Settings, color tool and redo buttons. The Teaching Tips and Reports sections are also accessible from the Settings section. You can learn about the various app features and how to use them in the Teaching Tips.
In the default setting, the app generates 50 random basic Math Fact equations of mixed operations in one session. Besides solving for answers to the equations, problems asking for the 1st or 2nd operand are also included (e.g. ? x 12 = 36). This is a great Math Facts workout for advanced students to improve their mental math. To modify the types of problems in this ‘Generate’ mode, you can adjust the parameters like the maximum values of the operands and results as well as the math operators tested.
To prepare drills focused on specific group(s) of Math Facts in the ‘List’ mode, you load the in-app basic facts and choose/add the one(s) to work on. Single or mixed operators, sequential or random equations, one or many problems, the choice is yours. If your child has math facts homework from school, you can even input these equations into the app. This way, your child can make use of the app’s visual tools to help him/her complete the homework.
At a glance, the reports show you the date and time, percentage of correct answers, number of equations attempted, time taken and whether visual help was used for each completed session. Tap on each session and you will see the list of equations that were answered incorrectly on the first try, so that you can have your child work on them again.
Math Facts to 100 is a dynamic app for learning the basic Math Facts visually and progressively. It is designed to meet the needs of children of different abilities and students at different stages of Math Facts fluency through instructional scaffolding. Highly recommended.
*** From the developer of the award winning Count To 100 ***
Math Facts To 100 is an app that generates math facts equations and provides visualization for the equations using the hundred board.
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My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids by Knbmedia is a kids app that encourages the use of observation to find a variety of animals in the house, park, garden, and garage. The app first prompts you to find the animal, and then you scroll with your finger to locate it. The app tells you what to look for such as a goldfish, then shows a picture of the item. Once you tap on the item it pops up a card which shows a larger version of the item in a card format and allows you to hear the items name in a variety of ways: English, French, Spanish, to record your own voice. When you find the animal an image pops up on the card and the head or in some cases the body moves. In the version of the app I tested, I tested both My Pets and My Pets 2.
What we love…
fun animal themed game that encourages kids to use perception and finding skills to find the animal within the app
What we’d love to see…
animals that are a bit more of a match in the app to the item pictured
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids is a fantastic early learning game which encourages kids to find an animal using visual perception, then hear the name and follow up games are included like an animal album, jigsaw puzzle and additional modes.
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids keeps track of animals that you find, and after you find all of them, they are placed in a booklet which is called a card. After finding all of them, you can print a booklet to show all of the animals which can be sent via email, direct printing via Wi-Fi and file sharing. For the email option, it does pop up an email, but you can’t go beyond that. For the direct printing a printer icon shows up. The app allows for multiple modes perfect for younger and older kids, as well as letting you pick your specified language for spoken instructions and animal names. That is protected by a parental gate.
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids includes 48 animals total. Gameplay is multi-lingual and you can find the animals on your device, take their photo, create a jigsaw puzzle, take a quiz or watch a video. Animals range from cats and dogs to birds, hamsters and rabbits. In the My Pets 2 world, animals include a hedgehog, turtle, koi carp, horse, spider. After finding all the animals, you can take a photo of the animals in the house (using an integrated camera – nothing is saved in the camera roll) and once you take 12 photos a surprise awaits. There is also a game that tells you it’s almost nighttime and you have to find the animals using a night light – at first they are in a specific area then you have to scroll in the dark to find the animal.
As a parent, I liked that My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids encouraged kids to find an item and then let them listen to what it was called. My younger son didn’t turn the wheel to hear the animal name pronounced in many ways, but my older son did. I also liked that kids were guided a bit if they went the wrong way and didn’t get frustrated at trying to find an item. I also liked that My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids was an app kids could play multiple times without repetition and there were new activities they could earn like the printable album, the ability to take photos of the animals or a jigsaw puzzle. A visual reminder at the top showed a camera filling in as progress toward the next milestone activity. For example, when you take a photo it gives you a fact about the animal and then saves it to the game. The jigsaw puzzle has you “shake” your device after taking a photo which means that you can get a puzzle that’s either 4/6/12/20 pieces and the longer you shake it the more pieces. I also liked the multi-user setting as well as the ability to set the difficulty which ranged from easy, to difficult with varying levels of cues that were provided.
In terms of enhancements for My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids, sometimes the animals didn’t always look like the item that was on the screen telling you to look for it. One example is the Maine Coon Cat which was pictured as an animated white cat, when you tapped on the cat a more accurate striped cat was shown. My younger son didn’t always like the head movement of the animals when they were found – I’m not sure why because he couldn’t tell me why he didn’t like it at first but once he used the app a bit he got more used to it.
My Pets: Cat & Dog for Kids is a fantastic early learning game which encourages kids to find an animal using visual perception, then hear the name and follow up games are included like an animal album, jigsaw puzzle and additional modes. The app is free with IAP for My Pets World 2. There are additional worlds listed as well with the note” “coming soon”. The app includes appropriate parental gates and no advertising.
easy to use multi-device password manager that allows synching with a touch. No more forgotten passwords
What we’d love to see…
easier way to set up the app or program for the first time
Easy to use multi-device password manager means less password resets, easier ability to keep track of accounts and logins
eWallet – Password Manager by Iium Software is a multi-platform password manager which includes: iOS, Android, Mac, PC and Blackberry and allows you to remember passwords for websites, computer logins, work passwords and more. This easy to use app or software allows you to keep your passwords safe either via Touch ID on your device or a password and sync them across platforms. The app and software use 256-bit AES encryption to protect your information and ensure your passwords are safe. This is a much better solution than writing passwords down on a scrap of paper, storing them in a document on your computer, storing them in the notes section of your device or having to constantly reset them. You can easily back up across multiple devices including iCloud and Dropbox. If you do have multiple devices, you need to purchase the app or software for each such as iOS, PC/Mac.
Below are a few tips from Ilium Software on creating passwords. You can read the full blog here. Most Americans use pen and paper or memory as their primary method of keeping track of their online passwords according to a study by Pew Research. In addition, many personal data breaches can be traced back to a simple password, use of an unfamiliar Wi-Fi network (free Wi-Fi) or using the same password on multiple sites.
Below are a few tips from Ilium software on passwords
Create strong passwords or passphrases (at least 12 characters with a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and punctuation — it should not be something easy to guess or unaltered from a dictionary.
Use a different password for each account (easy with eWallet’s built-in password generator)
Use multi-factor authentication with accounts that support it (and eWallet can store extra factor info too)
Between online logins, and other sources I have so many passwords I am trying to keep track of. Before I started using eWallet, I would have complex passwords, but they may not have been complex enough — or I would have to reset them every time I wanted to access an online statement, use a site I may have used infrequently or worse have to call for a password reset. In the six months I have been using eWallet, I’m happy to say my calls to the help desk for various services have declined, my passwords are more secure (you can even generate strong passwords in the app or program) and I’m saving time by not having to reset things so frequently.
I loved that I no longer had to reset my passwords so frequently, I can simply pull out my iPhone/iPad or use my computer to access my logins without having to try to remember what my last password was. Unlike many, I do not rely on written lists of passwords for financial data to ensure the safety of them. Now, instead of fumbling for things like my insurance card when I go to the doctor, finding a password to make a purchase or logging into a favorite website I have the password at hand and can be ready to go in moments. I even started using eWallet to keep track of wireless passwords, online account logins for medical records, and loved how easy it was to access everything. I also liked that it was a one time fee versus subscription based.
In terms of improvement, I wish there were an easier way to input passwords. There is an import function on the desktop version, but that’s only for the first time you use it – after that, if you haven’t entered it then you need to copy/paste. I found using a computer was easier because I could copy/paste from various websites to ensure the URL was correct or that I was entering the data correctly. One thing I did was create a .csv file of my frequently used websites and imported it to eWallet on my PC and then used a synch to get it on my iPhone. It does take quite a bit of time to get the app set up when you first start using it – but once the initial setup is done it’s simple, easy to use and quick. It works well both on the small screen of my iPhone as well as on my larger tablet.
Overall eWallet has made my password life a lot easier. I’m no longer searching around for my passwords, I have them with a swipe of my finger on my device or a quick password on my desktop. This has made my life easier and keeping up with my accounts faster!
NOTE: A copy of eWallet for iOS and eWallet for my computer were provided. No other compensation was received.
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Great variety of high interest puzzle themes introducing lots of basic and advanced vocabulary.
What we’d love to see…
A choice of lower or upper case for display of vocabulary words.
A unique puzzle and mini-game app that is engaging and meaningful with enormous amount of content for building a rich vocabulary.
PUZZINGO Kids Puzzles (Pro) is more than just a puzzle app. It is an extensive vocabulary app where the subjects are presented through different types of toddler and preschool puzzles. And these are not the average puzzles that you find in other puzzle apps. The puzzles in Puzzingo are both engaging and meaningful while the gameplay is ingenious. I’m totally impressed.
The vocabulary words are grouped according to themes or categories which helps children develop skills in sorting and classifying objects. Besides learning the name and sound of each object, they also learn what goes together. You can help your child to gain more knowledge and develop analytical skills by highlighting the similarities or relationship between the different objects.
Each themed pack of puzzles consists of 7 groups of puzzles focusing on 7 different topics within the theme e.g. the core concepts pack includes puzzles on shapes, colors, numbers, counting, emotions, alphabet and weather. Currently there is a total of 22 puzzle packs included in the app covering core concepts, food, professions, holidays, animals, space, life of toys, bugs, pets, dinosaurs, pirates, princesses & fairies, sports, music, fairy tales, super heroes, cars, trains, airplanes, trucks and candy kingdom. What is important to note is that there is a wide variety of high interest themes for younger children to choose from.
From an educator’s perspective, I like that the words introduced in each group help to build a rich vocabulary. Learners can see the print (in upper case) and hear the associated word read aloud when they touch each object puzzle, which in turn helps with labelling and word recognition. It is a great app for use in speech therapy. Besides learning the US English language, learners can also learn the vocabulary in Spanish, UK English, Chinese and Japanese.
While I’m impressed with the enormous amount of content that kids can potentially learn from the app, what I find refreshing is the format of the app’s gameplay – how it extends the play from one puzzle game to another meaningfully.
Each pack of puzzles consist of 2 types of puzzles, 1-piece puzzles and layered puzzles. Each 1-piece puzzles are easy to complete but each of these puzzle piece brings players to a more challenging layered puzzle. The layered puzzles show the many parts and layers that make up the object shown on the 1-piece puzzle piece. Players learn the names of these parts as they build the object puzzle piece-by-piece. In some cases, the parts could be items that are associated with the theme. For example, the soccer puzzle game introduces terms like goalie, goal, photographer, camera, signs, cone, players, injured player, medics, forward, midfielder, defender, soccer ball, jersey, cleats and shin guards.
Regardless the total number of puzzle pieces that kids have to put in place in order to complete a puzzle game, the app presents only 2 pieces at any one time so that kids won’t get overwhelmed. Another toddler-friendly support comes in the form of prompts that show kids where to place the puzzle piece when they placed the piece incorrectly repeatedly.
Once a puzzle game is completed, players are rewarded with an interactive mini-game that helps them to explore further on the theme. Kids can fly an airplane, conduct a band, dress up a character, score a goal, feed a dinosaur, drive a vehicle, play with the toys and many more activities. The games are varied and deliver so much fun with their cute animations and sound effects that they may just overshadow the puzzles in terms of popularity with kids. Repeat play is guaranteed.
If you have a preschooler at home, you definitely need to get Puzzingo. The free version Puzzingo Puzzles offers 7 sets of puzzles and mini-games and a free daily puzzle from one of the themed puzzle packs that is available for purchase. You can purchase individual puzzle packs or an All-Access Pass. This Pass allows your child to play with more than 150 puzzles and enjoy new content and games through regular updates. The latest update for the 2017 Holidays offers the Trucks Puzzles pack and Toys Puzzles pack which are perfect gifts for the holiday season!
With Puzzingo, completing a puzzle becomes meaningful and purposeful. Preschoolers are exposed to lots of vocabulary words from a wide range of topics while reaping the benefits of completing puzzles like spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, matching and fine-motor skills. With so much content in a single app, I’m positive that your preschoolers will have many favorite puzzles to keep them busy learning and playing.
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