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So what are our favorite math apps? Our latest addition has all the kids buzzing! It can be played by two people on the iPods and up to four people on the iPad. It's called Math Slide.
It starts as a free version, which allows you to see if you like it. You get to play each of the ten different games twice. After deciding it would be fun for the kids and help them improve basic addition and subtraction facts, I upgraded to the $1.99 version, which allows unlimited games. You have to do that as an "in-app" purchase. The lower numbered games are easier. Here is an example of Game 6 being played by two players.
Students have to compute the problem and be the first player to slide the correct answer tile into the middle of the board. Use all your tiles first and you're the winner! Here is a picture of four of my students playing on my iPad after finishing their math work.
Another math app we love is Smart Cookie Math by Molly at Lucky to be in First. You can read all about her fun app HERE (on her blog). I have many students who have already filled their cookie jars, and we just started using it in February! By the way, Molly is the blogger who gave me advice on how to use my iPods as a listening center. Thanks again, Molly!
We have also been enjoying Bean Flip. Do you know Teacher Tipster? Love his youtube videos. He's a riot. Wish I had been in his class as a firstie. (No offense intended, Miss Murtha.) We also adore Subitize Tree, but it isn't compatible on the iPods, just our iPad.
Here's a math app that I added for my students who really enjoy challenging themselves. It's called Sushi Monster. I didn't think it would be very popular, but as usual, when a few kids show success on a game, the other kids want to do it too. So Sushi Monster is actually one of our most-played math apps.
Other interesting and techy projects I've been working on include using Vocaroo to record my voice reading books, and then printing out a QR code to put on the book cover so my students can use the app i-nigma on the iPods to link to the recording. This has been a huge help during our Read Across Genres unit from TC. It allows ALL levels of readers to access the information. I've also been experimenting with Animoto. I'm going to make a video slide show of all our first grade pictures this year and then give each student an end-of-the-year card with a QR code that links to it. I learned how to do that HERE.
In other news, our caterpillars are HUGE. We've had them for two weeks, and a few are already hanging in their J shape. I'm expecting to find a chrysalis or two or five when I get to school tomorrow morning. Oooh! It's going to be an exiting day!