Develops number sense and understanding of what multiplication means. Multi-sensory, no time constraints, can work at their own pace, maths strategies, fun theme
What we’d love to see…
More ability to organize the restaurant accessories
Multiply Pizza Pie is a great introduction to multiplication as it helps develop the players number sense as they physically tap out the plates and toppings. It helps to turn the abstract concept of a multiplication equation into real life by relating them to food orders. A very useful app for students starting to learn multiplication and for students with special needs or who need extra help to really understanding multiplication
Multiplication is an important foundational mathematics skill, and one that many students struggle to master. Developing understanding of multiplication and strategies for multiplication within 100, is part of the Common Core standards for 3rd grade math in the U.S.A. Often students are encouraged to use flash cards to learn their multiplication facts by “drill and kill,” but this doesn’t help them really understand the concepts. Multiply Pizza Pie by Fizz Brain apps is a new Edapp that uses a different approach to teaching multiplication, without rote memorization. Multiply Pizza Pie has a restaurant theme and players practice their multiplication skills whilst serving food to diners in their restaurant. The app allows multiple student profiles and lets the player choose whether to work on x2345, x6789 or on multiples of any individual number from 2-9. The app contains both an animated tutorial and a video tutorial that explain how to use the app. Before they start serving food to their diners, players can select to read the “multiplication strategies.” This gives students skills they can use to work out the more difficult multiples using ones they may already know e.g. using knowledge of 2x to work out questions involving 3x.
The player is working in a restaurant and receives a food order e.g. the diner wants 5 pizzas each with 4 pepperoni on it. The player taps on the pizza 5 times to throw out the required number of pizzas, then taps on each pizza four times to get the right number of toppings. Once they have prepared the food they tap on “ready”. If they have made a mistake with the toppings the incorrect plate(s) are highlighted. Extra plates or toppings can be removed by swiping. Counting out the plates and tapping out the toppings add a tactile element to working out the equation that is similar to using manipulatives in the classroom.
When the order is correct they move to to making the guest check – to do this they have to create a multiplication sentence. The diner is charged $1 per topping so to calculate the check they multiply the number of plates by the number of toppings on each plate. If they do this correctly a check is created and they earn the money they have charged the customer, if it is incorrect they can try again until it is right.
They then serve the completed order in the restaurant by throwing the food to the customer. My son found this hilarious as he discovered he could also bounce the meals off the walls until it arrived at the customer. As the food is served the narrator counts the numbers of toppings served, so if 4 pizzas each with 6 toppings are delivered they would count 6,12,18,24 – further reinforcing multiples of 6.
The restaurant is initially unfurnished and players can use the money they earn from food sales to buy furniture, artwork, decorative features and accessories.
The players start only serving pizza in an Italian restaurant, but as they play they can unlock new toppings, new dishes and new restaurants . When they unlock a new restaurant they automatically start serving in it, and don’t have the option to go back to the previous restaurant. The new restaurant is a blank slate with none of the furnishing from the previous establishment. The restaurants currently in the app are: Italian, Japanese, Mexican, American, Middle Eastern, Chinese, French, Indian, Ethiopian, Polish and Fusion. Once they have unlocked all ten of the restaurants this allows free play mode and they can then choose which restaurant to use.
Having the restaurants to furnish is a fun reward, but I did find a few issues with it. The restaurant scene is quite small so gets crowded with furniture quickly, and there appears to be no way to remove old furniture to replace it with new choices. Because you can earn money quite quickly when practicing higher order multiples, you can run out of things to spend it on as you have no room to display new purchases. However, the money does transfer so you can use it to decorate your new restaurant when you unlock it. I also found that sometimes moving a piece of furniture caused it to duplicate, so you could have 3 identical paintings and 4 identical tables which could be frustrating when you have only a small place to decorate.
The app records which group of multiples the student worked on for a particular date e.g [x2345], [x7], [x6789] and how many problems they did for each set. This can be viewed as a daily, weekly or monthly report, which can be emailed to a teacher or parent. Because the app uses errorless learning there is no indication of “right” or “wrong” answers (the student has to complete it correctly to be able to finish the problem). There is also no indication of whether they got the multiplication sentence correct on the first try or if they needed multiple attempts. The reports are useful to show what the student has been working on, but won’t give any indication or whether or not they have mastery of that multiple.
Multiply Pizza Pie is a great introduction to multiplication as it helps develop the players number sense as they physically tap out the plates and toppings. It helps to turn the abstract concept of a multiplication equation into real life by relating them to food orders. The app uses multiple senses as the student hears the order, feels the numbers as they tap out the toppings and sees the problem as a written sentence, a maths equation and as physical objects. I like the fun cartoon-like illustrations and how all the gameplay ties into the restaurant theme as students see real-life applications for using maths skills. This app would be very useful for students just starting to learn multiplication and for students with special needs or others who need some extra help in really understanding multiplication. My daughter is almost at the end of 3rd grade and has been working on learning multiplication this school year, I wish the app had been available at the start of the school year as I think she would have picked up the concepts more quickly. At this point in time she knows most of her multiplication facts within 100 but just needs more practice to know them 100%. At the stage she is at the gameplay was a little slow for her, but what she found really useful was the strategies for using familiar multiples to work out more difficult ones. After playing the app I have seen her using these strategies to solve problems and even teaching them to her brother, and that alone is more than worth the cost of the app!
fun sports themed math app that encourages drilling by specific types of skills
What we’d love to see…
Dynamic learning – if you are challenged with one type of problem the ability to switch to easier problems
He became more confident with his skills and drills which enabled him to perform better during timed quizzes at school.
Math Climber HD by John Crandall is a universal app for iOS that focuses on core math skills via a question and answer format where you test your math skills as you climb up a 70 foot indoor climbing wall either against yourself or against another climber. You can practice problems at your own pace in the “fitness room” and once you master skills move out to the floor for real climbing. There are 18 different topics to choose from – and the more questions you answer correctly the more coins you can earn. Once you earn coins you can customize the avatar with different items like clothing, hair and glasses. The app also includes a progress report which keeps track of the questions you have answered correctly or incorrectly as well as allowing you to choose which specific topics to focus on.
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication , Division, Place Value, Customary Measurement, Metric Measurement, Greatest Common Factor
Least Common Multiple, Negative Numbers (+ -), Negative Numbers (x /)
Order of Operations, Fractions- Adding, Fractions- Subtracting, Fractions- Multiplying, Fractions- Dividing, Percents and Decimals, Area, Perimeter, Volume and are selected prior to climbing the wall. There are three different levels to choose from as well as the types of problem to focus on.
I love the sports theme of the app. It encourages kids to practice math via a drill style that helps with competitive nature and retention of information rather than just memorizing what they have learned. The progress report is also helpful to see what areas I might need to help my son focus on more. My son enjoyed setting time records as a “racer” rather than doing the problems and going head to head. The progress report lets you see what areas your kids are working on and how fast they are doing it with accuracy. I liked the missed problems so I could see the areas that I needed to help my son focus on.
In terms of enhancements, I do wish the app would dynamically adjust if a person was getting a lot of problems wrong. Currently when you get a wrong answer you “fall” off the wall and have three tries before the level makes you start over. This can be frustrating at times for kids who want to succeed – I went in and just picked one item that I wanted my son to focus on in order to help him be successful. The graphics were fun – but I would have liked to see the motion of the climber as you played head to head within the app. It felt a little artificial with the way the joints moved. I would also like to see the ability to play the app on one device and then on another device using the same player profile rather than having to start over again. He also got a little discouraged if he got one answer wrong – and had to restart the level again – perhaps there is a way to turn off the wrong answers or give a few extras for kids focusing on a specific type of skill.
Math drills made fun. The multiple types of problems (18), variety of climbing walls and progress report made this a fun sports themed math app for my son. He became more confident with his skills and drills which enabled him to perform better during timed quizzes at school.
Math Climber HD
by John Crandall
Price: $0.99 USD
Get your arms and legs ready and start climbing! Select between English or Spanish and test your math skills as you speed climb up a 70ft indoor wall or race against another climber.
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.
Have your kids discovered Minecraft yet ? Mine certainly have- all three of them love it! They started with the pocket (iPad) edition and soon graduated to the computer and XBox versions.
When they first started playing Minecraft I was skeptical about the game’s benefits – the graphics are very basic and it looks like a simplified version of digital Lego. Over time I’ve come to appreciate there is much more to the game than meets the eye, and it is both more complex and more educational than I initially thought. In Creative Mode you can build some truly amazing structures and in this way it resembles a digital version of Lego but with unlimited building blocks. However, unlike Lego where a blue block is always a blue block, in Minecraft you can combine different elements to create new things, which adds a whole other dimension to the game. In Survival Mode there is a lot of strategy involved and multiplayer games encourage co-operation and teamwork. One benefit that I hadn’t anticipated is how it can help kids socially, Minecraft is a common language on the school playground and discussing it can be a great way to get kids interacting with their peers. My twin eight year olds have made many friendships that started from a common love of Minecraft.
I have been impressed with the longevity of the game- my 3 kids have been playing for almost 3 years and still love it. The youngest was 6 when he started playing and the oldest is still playing at age 12. It doesn’t just appeal to boys either, my daughter loves it as much as her brothers. Because the game has a lot of hidden dimensions my kids love reading books, watching YouTube videos and talking to friends about Minecraft to learn new tips, tricks and techniques.
There was a lot of excitement in our household recently when my kids discovered the Connected Camp Summer of Minecraft online camps. The Summer of Minecraft runs for 5 weeks from June 27- August 5, and is designed for kids from age 8 -15. The camps are offered in small groups with a safe, dedicated online server with camp counselors to guide them, so you know they are learning and playing in a safe environment. The campers have access to a custom built multiplayer world and a library of Minecraft resources. Each week long camp includes 10 hours of instruction with experienced counselors. It also includes free membership of their online Minecraft Kid Club so your campers can enjoy Minecraft related activites on their safe secure server year around. Minecraft camp can be enjoyed from your own home, so you don’t have to live in a big city to be able to take part.
There are lots of different camps to choose from catering to a range of interests, skill levels and age ranges. Most of the camps are co-ed but there are also some girls only camps for girls who prefer an all female environment. Each of my 3 kids have different ways of playing Minecraft, different skill levels and interests, and there are camps to suit all of them.
My oldest son is interested in Engineering Camp, where players learn how to use Redstone to build everything from simple block moving machines to robots and even computers. They learn to build circuits, logic gates, and latches to combine, modify, and store signals to do a variety of tasks. His younger brother is all about Survival mode, and wants to take Survival camp. My daughter is more creative, and wants to take Architecture camp where players work together to build a Minecraft city whilst learning about architecture. Teams in Architecture camp develop their own district, and connect it to neighboring districts to form a Minecraft metropolis. Whilst building their city they learn about materials, styles, aesthetics and the use of natural spaces. But you don’t just have to learn about building in Minecraft Camp, there are also 3 levels of Minecraft coding camp on offer. Each of the camp courses is also offered for different age levels, so that campers are working with similar aged kids.
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My kids are really looking forward to taking Minecraft Camp this summer. Even though they have been playing Minecraft for several years I know they will learn new and exciting skills that will bring a new dimension to their game playing, don’t be put off though if your kids are new to Minecraft as there are camps for beginners as well as for seasoned players.
The use of everyday objects to help students connect algebra with real life scenarios which instantly helps them solve the problems.
What we’d love to see…
The word problems expressed in mathematical format and explicit description of the problem-solving process.
This app helps students see the relevance in learning algebra and offers an easy to understand approach to solving algebra problems.
Is your child having a hard time understanding what algebra is? Or is he/she struggling with the basic concepts of solving algebraic equations? Do you yourself know how to teach basic algebra so that your children can have a head start in school?
If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then let me introduce to you Monkey Party Learn Algebra by Language Pilgrim which does a good job in using simple representations to explain the basic algebra concepts and demonstrate the strageties to solving single variable linear equations. By turning the equations into word problems, students understand the concepts better and find the relevance in learning algebra at the same time.
Instead of starting off with abstract mathematical symbols, students are introduced to objects that represent the various parts of an algebra problem in a Monkey Party game – two balancing leaves act as both sides of the equation, the weight of different types of fruits represents the variables, a crate represent an unknown number of a fruit, balloons are used to represent negative numbers and barrels of water represent positive numbers. Clearing the water barrels symbolizes the combination of positive numbers while helicopters are used to demonstrate the process of subtracting an equal number from both sides of the equation.
In the games, students learn the strategies to solve problems while keeping the weight on the two leaves balanced at all times and earn fruits as they complete each game level. Each game level can be repeated but each time the elements are different. A dynamic equation is displayed at the bottom of the leaves to reflect the changes made by Cappy the Monkey or the students themselves. This helps students connect what they see on the balancing leaves to the abstract mathematical symbols.
Students will learn how to collect like terms (4xb+b+b = 6b), add or subtract numbers (without changing the balance) in order to simplify the equations so that only the unknown is on one side of the equation. To solve the equation, they will need to utilize all the 4 mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) on real numbers (including negative numbers).
Lessons are taught in small incremental steps through a series of progressive game levels with new lessons building upon the skills learnt from previous lessons. Equations get increasingly more complicated and students are guided with instructions, leading questions and reiterations to demonstrate and emphasize the problem-solving strategies. The gameplay itself gets more exciting as more items are added on the leaves and they have to be balanced quickly.
Besides the games cum lessons, there are also many opportunities for practicing the skills as well as additional games where students can use the fruits they had collected to make desserts for a Monkey Party. These activities work on fractions and graphs.
This is a rare app teaching algebra basics in an easy to understand approach and I would like to see it improved further with a few modifications. Firstly, each word problem should be accompanied by the corresponding mathematical expression and that the problem-solving process should be explicitly described for easy reference. Additionally, different crates of the same type of fruit should be labelled differently so that students won’t assume that they contain the same number of fruits. Lastly, a more effective placement of the dynamic equations such as just above the leaves instead of at the bottom.
I like how Monkey Part Learn Algebra enables students make real world connections to algebra which instantly helps them solve the questions. Algebra is no longer a difficult math concept but just a puzzle game where students use their mathematical skills to find an unknown value. The problem-solving process becomes meaningful for students rather than a abstract concept. Based on this strength alone, this app is a winner.
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