Thursday, May 29, 2014

Number Line

Integrating Math Manipulatives into a classroom can provide a rich experience for kids learning about math concepts and number sense.  One manipulative that is most likely under utilized is the number line.

Clarity Innovations has created a free Number Line App for the iPad.  This app can be used to help students visualize the four major mathematical operations.

Options in the app allow you to change the tic marks for several different common increments, or you can even enter in your own custom numbering.  There is a setting for tic mark spacing, and a setting to cover up the tic mark labels. 

 Once you adjust your settings, you can use the text tool to type in numeric expressions or equations.

Finally there is a jump tool where you can bring in your jumps, as many as you like, both forward and backwards for addition and subtraction.  The jump interval can be manipulated to be as long or short as you wish, with the interval visible or not. 


An annotation tool allows you to add free hand items for additional clarity.

Currently this app is limited to just positive numbers. Several people have posted comments requesting to have the number line extend into negative numbers.  The app also does not provide a way to share your work, so if you want students to create images they would need to take a screen shot of their iPad using Home - ON/OFF sequence.

The Number Line App is a great resource for elementary students learning the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division while also strengthening their number sense.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Math Tappers - A Suite of Free iPad/iPhone Apps

Are you looking for some iPhone or iPad apps that allow students to practice particular math skills that seem to be keeping them behind the pace of a class?  Look into MathTappers Apps and check out the apps they have to offer.

  • Math Tappers Numberline  Students practice placing numbers on a numberline under a variety of options, such as between 0-100, between 0-10, or between -10-10, and with or without tic marks.

  • Math Tappers Fund Sums  Students practice addition facts for sums totaling 5, 6, 7, on up to 20, or 100.  Students can play in a ten frames mode viewing a picture version of the sum or view the numeric representation of each sum.
  • Math Tappers Multiples Students practice multiplication facts for products equaling 5, 6, 7 on up to 15, or 25.  Students can play in apple mode which provides a picture representation of a multiplication array, or view the numeric representation of each product.
  • Math Tappers ClockMaster Students practice converting different representations of a traditional analog clock into a corresponding digital representation or even as text.
  • Math Tappers Estimate Fractions  Students practice their understanding of fraction representation by relating them to the nearest half, and extend their understanding by completing addition and subtraction problems.
  • Math Tappers Equivalents  Students practice learning the equivalent representations between fractions, decimals, and percents using a number line, circle graph, or array model.
  • Math Tappers Carbon Choices  Students track their activity for a week to determine how green their lifestyle is towards the environment as the app calculates the amount of Carbon Dioxide is emitted into the air from their consumptions.

Each MathTapper App is free to use, and without ads. Most of the Apps, all but Clock Master and Carbon Choices, track data for multiple users by allowing each user to complete the App activity under their own name.  Thus, the student and teacher can obtain feedback on progress gained over a time period.

MathTappers Apps are perfect for an iPad or iPod center, or if you only have one device and you let the students share.  If students have devices at home, these would also be perfect apps for kids to practice skills over the summer.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Klikaklu - Picture Matching Treasure Hunts

Are you familiar with Geocaching, where you use GPS to find a hidden treasure by navigating to a location and using some clues if necessary?  Do you remember the scavenger hunts you went on as a kids where you collected a series of objects from around the neighborhood?

Klikaklu is a free app available for iPhone, iPad, and even Android.  This free app allows you to navigate through a modern treasure hunt.  At each stop there is a photo, find the photo, match it with your iDevice, and proceed onto the next stage. If you complete the hunt successfully, a reward may be waiting on the end.

Where do you find these treasure hunts, or better yet, can you make them?  Klikaklu just revised their app so during the first seven days after installation you can create treasure hunts.  After seven days, you'll need to purchase the upgrade for $4.99 to be able to create new or modify existing treasure hunts.

When creating a Klikaklu hunt you will have two options, either linearly where students progress from clue to clue in order, or as a scavenger hunt where they get all the clues up front and can find them in any order.

This would be a great activity to have incoming students at your school, for instance Freshman orientation day, find different locations throughout the school property.

You could use this activity for regular classes where each stop is a question, math, science, or language arts, and they must generate answers along the way.  Klikaklu has this feature built in where you can have students answer multiple choice, true false, short text, or number questions at each clue and upon completion of the hunt.

For creative writers you could put stops where words are visible,  students must bring back the words they found, and when finished write a story using all the words they chose to bring back.

Klikaklu would be very entertaining for those special days throughout your school calendar. 

Who knows, maybe you'll find that pot of gold at the end of your next treasure hunt.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yooukids - Monitor Youtube Playlists for Kids

Yooukids is a nice free iPhone and iPad app allowing you to create playlists of videos to younger children keeping them from surfing Youtube for anything and everything. 

Once the app is installed, the default mode is "kid" mode, where they have access to playlists.

In order to put on additional playlists, you set up a 4 digit PIN, login to your own Youtube account for personal playlists, or search for public playlists.  After you find the playlist, you can either sync the entire set or sync individual videos.

Yooukids would work great in Primary classrooms with iPods or iPads.  A teacher could sync playlists of a variety of books read online, like Storyline Online, and students could watch or listen on their own without the teacher in fear of kids wandering into Youtube cyber space.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Givit - take a video and make it awesome!

So a request from a student for a way to speed up video footage on the iPad quickly led me to this free video app.  Givit Video Editor is a free video editing app that allows you to use multiple clips, add effects, titles, photos, music, and filters.  And there is also NO length restriction!

The effects is what I was drawn to.  There is the ability to slow or speed up the video as well as many other effects.  It's exactly what this student needed for her video.

By signing up with a Givit account, you are also given 5 GB of online storage on their website, with the ability to share publicly or privately.  From your iPhone or iPad you can also save to your photos or post to a social media account.  There is a tie in to social media via the givit account, much like instagram, which will allow others to find the user name and follow the videos.  I have not seen anything inappropriate, with the majority of the videos being sports clips, etc.

Privacy is always a concern and it is the option to make all videos and posts private, or as I did in a practice video, just save to the camera roll and not upload it to the givit account.  Because of the automatic tie in to a social network, this app is best with older students (13+) with permission, or as an app to go to on the teacher device to work on special projects.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Word Clouds by ABCya

Word Clouds is a newly released word cloud creator app for both the iPad and the iPhone.  Very simple to use and currently free, this app would be a great addition to your iPads.  

Type or copy and paste text into the app and create.  Use the tools along the top to change features such as font, word count, randomize, layout, and color.

 There are no ads or watermarks both in the app or on the finish project, which is a saved photo to your camera roll.

Similar apps include:

Phoetic ($0.99) Create Word Clouds on Photos 

WordSalad (Lite or $2.99)  

Cloudart ($0.99) iPad Only 

A few of our other posts on Word Clouds:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chatterpix : Make In-Animate Objects Come To Life

Chatterpix is a very simple to use free iPad or iPhone app where you to take a picture of an object,
Draw on a mouth,

Add a recording, up to 30 seconds max,

Place on some bling, like glasses, hats, or a tie,

Then share the final video.

One nice feature that makes this app appealing with a classroom of students is you can share to your camera roll, or via email, thus no social media accounts necessary.

There are two versions of Chatterpix.  The original version contains bling choices that include a martini glass or a beer mug.  There is a Chatterpix Kids option with slight differences, like no alcoholic drink blings, and only allows sharing into your camera roll.

All your completed Pix are stored in the gallery, which will allow you to go in and edit any previously saved Pix.  This is perfect if you want to create a conversation between two objects. Go into a saved Pix and re-record a new message into another short video clip, saving time from remaking the character all over again.  Then use a video editor to stitch all your video clips into a conversation.

A great creativity app for all students, and adults, as I'm hooked.