Running Noah from Useappility -A Fun App for Practicing Multiplication

Running Noah from Useappility -A Fun App for Practicing Multiplication



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What we love…

Makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game

What we’d love to see…

Ability to limit to x10, individual player profiles, different speed levels

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x.

Our Rating

Running Noah Learning the times tables takes a lot of repetition, which children often find boring. They’d rather be playing their favorite video game instead of practicing math facts. Running Noah from Useability is a new app that uses children’s love of video games to give them lots of repetition of their multiplication facts whilst playing a fun game.

Running Noah is an Endless Runner, it has four episodes each with 12 levels. You need to unlock a level to move on to the next level. The four episodes have different themes and work on 1-4 times tables, 5-8 times tables, 9-12 times tables and 1-12 times tables respectively. The first episode (1-4 times tables) is free, there is an IAP (currently $1.99) to unlock the rest.

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Gameplay

The flood has just begun and Noah is on a mission to save all the animals and get them into the Ark. As the storm waters rise the land is divided into a series of islands by raging streams. To rescue the animals Noah must build bridges across the streams and also collect food for the animals on the way.

Beside every stream is a stone tablet with a number on it, and on the right of the screen are three numbers from the current series of times tables the student is working from. Tapping on the right of the screen brings up three  more numbers and the player has to tap one number from reach column to create a multiplication problem whose answer is the number on the tablet. The player has to think quickly as Noah keeps running, if he gets to the stream before they have completed the problem he falls in the water. If they create the correct problem a bridge forms and he runs safely to the next island. If they create an incorrect problem the bridge still forms but it collapses when Noah runs across, and he falls in the water. After solving three  problems correctly Noah reaches the stranded animal and gets him onto the Ark which completes the level.

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As Noah is always running the player has to think quickly to keep him from falling in the water, but collecting food adds another layer of complexity. All the animals on the Ark need feeding and food (corn, fish, pineapples or acorns) is above Noah’s head as he runs. To collect it the player has to double tap to make Noah jump at the right time. If they collect very little food the food meter turns red and Noah runs out of energy. Players can replay levels to collect food they have missed, and improve their score, and they need to complete the multiplication problems correctly each time to complete that level.

Analysis

Although the gameplay is in essence very simple, completing the levels does take quick thinking, fast recall and good reflexes. Even as an adult with good mental arithmetic skills I found I often had to replay levels to get perfect scores as it is tricky to answer the problems fast enough and time the jumps right to collect the food.

For each times table the problems include multipliers up to 12 e.g. the lowest level could include 4 x 12. Although this was how I learned my times tables, I have noticed some schools now only teach up to x 10. I would like to see an option to limit it to x10, if your child is learning that way. I would also like an option to add multiple player profiles, so that families with more than one child working on their multiplication skills can track their individual progress and let them compete against each other.

The app has an online leaderboard in it- but kids can not sign up from within the app (a good thing) a link is provided so that parents can enter it in a browser and sign up for the leaderboard if they wish to do so. Once they have completed all levels if the enter a parents email address they will be sent a certificate of completion.

I think the game is designed to be fast paced so that children will have to repeat levels multiple times to get high scores, so that they get a lot of repetition which is a good thing. However, some children with slower reflexes or slower processing speeds may find it frustrating that although they know the answers to the problem they can’t complete the problems in time to stop Noah falling in the water, or they can’t  co-ordinate their tapping quickly enough to answer the questions and jump for the food. With this in mind I’d like to see an option to have different speeds – maybe an Easy, Regular and Fast speed so that slower children can still use the app and to give different levels of challenge which would encourage even more repetition as skills improve.

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x. The app is free to download an include the first episode (12 levels) for free – this is a good way to test the app and see if it catches your child’s interest. If it does the $1.99 to unlock the rest of the app is good value. It is child friendly with no adverts, social media or external links.

iTunes Link:Running Noah – Useappility

Running Noah Running Noah by Useappility

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“…an app that helps kids improve their multiplication skills” BestAppsforKids.com
“…makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game” theimum.com
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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.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Seterra Geography by Marianne Wartoft AB- Review and Giveaway

Seterra Geography by Marianne Wartoft AB- Review and Giveaway




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What we love…

Huge range of world geography quizzes

What we’d love to see…

Even more quizzes, a way for users to suggest future quizzes

Summary

Seterra Geography is a fun way for quiz lovers to improve their world geography knowledge.

Our Rating

Seterra GeographyDo you know where in the world Surinam is ? Can you identify the flag of Laos or the find Chisinau on a map? You can learn all this and 1,000’s more world geography facts with Seterra Geography,  a new iOS app from Swedish developer Marianne Wartoft. It is based on her online and desktop based map quiz that has been in use for nearly 20 years. Designed for ages 8-adult it contains over 100 quizzes covering a wide range of world geography facts. The app allows users to play offline and it records local high scores so you can challenge family and friends.

The app is divided into  two parts- maps and flags. Each of these parts is sub-divided into seven sections- one for each of the six continents (excluding Antarctica) plus world geography. Both maps and flags have a similar format, within the section you pick which quiz to take and decide if you wish to learn the facts or take the quiz.

Flags

This includes: North, Central & South American flags, U.S. State flags, Eastern & Western European Flags, African Flags, and Asian Flags. In the “Learn” mode you see a selection of flags from your chosen region, tapping on the flags gives the name of the country the flag belongs to. In “Play” mode you see the same set of flags  in a different order, you are given the name of a country and asked to click on the corresponding flag. If you get it incorrect you will see the name of the country whose flag you touched. You can try again but if you keep getting it wrong the correct flag is highlighted.

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Maps

Each section has a variety of quizzes based around maps of the region. They include identifying countries in the region, major cities, country Capital Cities ; plus State Capitals for the U.S.A. and Province Capitals for Canada. Some continents are sub-divided to make learning easier e.g. Africa can be studied as a whole or divided into North and South of the Equator or divided into Northern, Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Africa. Some countries in a region have their own more detailed quizzes, but it wasn’t always clear why certain countries were included but others not e.g. Belgian Provinces and Norwegian Counties are separate quizzes, but Irish Counties were not (Ireland doesn’t have any individual quizzes.)

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For each quiz you can first learn the facts by studying a map and tap on an area to see it labelled. You can then take a quiz  where you need to identify that location on a map. If you get it right the area fills in in white, if you have taken more than one try to get it correct it shows as yellow, after multiple incorrect tries the name is shown and when you tap on it the region turns red. At the end of the quiz you are scored as a % based on number of questions answered correctly on the first attempt and your time to complete the quiz is also shown. For each quiz the top 10 scores (locally on that iPad) are recorded, so you can compete to improve your score, or play head to head against family members or friends.

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As well as learning about geography of different continents you can also learn world geography facts. Quizzes include: continents, large countries, islands, mountain rages, mountains & volcanoes, oceans, seas & lakes, rivers, the 25 largest cities and latitudes & longitudes. There is also a solar system quiz to name the planets.

North American Geography

The app also contains 13 different quizzes on US. geography plus 4 Canadian quizzes. These include quizzes on identifying the 50 States, their abbreviations, Rivers, Cities, The 13 colonies, Canadian cities, Provinces and territories and Provincial Capitals.

Summary

Seterra Geography is a quiz based geography app that lets you learn a wide range of world geography facts and take timed quizzes to test your knowledge of those facts. It is not an app that has lots of interactive features or rewards, so probably will not appeal to young children, but it is a great choice for older children and adults who want to improve their knowledge of geography facts. I would recommend it for ages 10 to adult or for younger children have have a particular interest in geography. It covers a large range of facts from U.S. State flags through world rivers, Chinese Provinces, Norwegian counties and African Capital cities. I can see this app being used in many ways- from students learning specific geography facts for class or exams, for those wishing to brush up on their general knowledge for quizzes, and for adults and kids who enjoy learning and want to improve their world geography knowledge.  It can also make for a fun and challenging geography quiz game at home or in the classroom. I know I certainly learned some new things from playing, and it can be quite addictive trying to improve your scores and perfect your knowledge of a particular topic. I’m proud to say I can now place Djibouti on a map and score a perfect 100% on Eastern African country locations which I certainly couldn’t before! There are still some areas I would like to see more quizzes on- and I’m sure this will vary from user to user. A fun future addition might be to incorporate an option for users to request quizzes they would like to see added in future. The developer could then use this feedback in further expanding the app in future updates. The app contains no adverts, in-app purchases or external links.

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 iTunes Link: Seterra Geography – Marianne Wartoft AB

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 Lars and Friends by Carla Susanto – Review

Lars and Friends by Carla Susanto – Review



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What we love…

Unique illustrations and learning of animal vocabulary.

What we’d love to see…

More interactive pages for the story, origin of featured collective nouns, auto-play reading option and highlighted text with narration.

Summary

A great picture book app for both adults and children to explore the fun and quirky side of the English Language through the introduction of interesting animal group names.

Our Rating

Lars and Friends by Carla Susanto is a delightful story that you can share with your preschoolers and discover together, some of the funny and quirky words for animal congregations. In this app, kids are introduced to 10 interesting animal group names in an artistic interactive storybook. They also get to play with 12 sets of animals puzzles and learn even more animal vocabulary from an interactive glossary.

Lars is a horse who loves to run. When his herd of horses is too tired to run with him, he joins other groups of animals for some exciting adventures. He goes swimming with a school of fish, hopping with a mob of kangaroo, eating apples with a colony of ants, walking with a memory of elephants, taking shelter from the rain with a tower of giraffes, admiring the rainbow with a knot of frogs, dancing with a tribe of monkeys, basking in the moonlight with a parliament of owls and taking a dip with a bevy of swans.

The story is told in short sentences with light animations on every page. Kids will enjoy making the horses run, shaking apples off the tree and feeding them to Lars as well as bringing on the rain and lighting flashes (my youngest’ favorite), among other age-appropriate interactive activities. For more fun activities, kids can continue to play with the bonus sets of animal puzzles which reinforce what they have learnt from the story.

Out of so many animal collective nouns, the author is wise to feature animals that are familiar to preschoolers but the nouns chosen are not necessarily the easiest to explain. While kids can see the relationship in “a tower of giraffes” and adults can perhaps explain “a memory of elephants”, the story does makes kids wonder why a group of fish is called a school. I would love to see this curiosity satisfied with a kid-friendly brief on the origin of each featured collective noun. Knowing how they came about would be interesting for both the kids and the adults.

Lars and Friends is not just about appreciating the beauty of the English Language. It is also a wonderful art project with visually appealing watercolor illustrations in the style of Eric Carle. Kids are captivated by such gentle textured art and the soothing background music (which you can mute if you wish) adds to its quiet charm.

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This is a great app for introducing more animal vocabulary to your kids. They learn the names of the male, female and babies of different animals in school but now they can further expand their vocabulary by learning the names of animal congregations. If you have a child who is fascinated with these fun animal group names, he will surely enjoy the interactive glossary of 58 more animal group names.

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

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