Monday, May 23, 2011

Time, Money, and Fractions On-Track

Price: $9.99
Grade Recommendation: 1st - 2nd
Subject: Mathematics
Specific Skill: Time, Money, and Fractions
Levels: 1
Players: 1
For iPad, iPod, or Both: iPad

This app is made by School Zone, a well-known educational publishing company. While pricey, it provides first and second grade students with an enjoyable way to practice skills related to time, money, and fractions. There are 10 activities to complete for each of these skills. Written and verbal instructions are provided. The app has a self-checking feature.

Here are some examples of included activities:

Money - "Count the coins and type the amount in the boxes. Is there enough money to pay for each item? Touch yes or no."

Time - "Read the hour hand first. Then read the minute hand. Drag the correct time to the box below each clock."

Fractions - "Drag the fraction to the box for each shaded object."

Several non-educational games are also included to give students a break from learning. My students know how to skip these games, however, when they appear.

The app is highly engaging and provides a tactile experience. However, it lacks the ability to change levels. You can't blame the app though; it's clearly marketed for students in grades one and two.

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