This past summer I received an iPad through a math grant in our district. I am a big believer of using technology in all classrooms. One app that I found right away is called Middle School Math 7th Grade. It’s a great app that allows students to review many aspects of math. I had students this summer play it a little. They enjoyed trying to get the monkey to the bottom while solving problems.
So what is this app? Well, there is a monkey at the top of the page. You are to tilt the iPad or iPod to the left or right to get him to roll to the ladder. When he gets to the ladder, he falls to the next level down. Continue to tilt the device to the left or right to get him to the next ladder until he reaches the bottom. (The monkey could be female, I don’t know. I’m just saying he.)
However, as you are moving the monkey, he will freeze and a math problem and 4 possible solutions will appear. In order to move on the player needs to solve the problem. If the answer is correct, then the problem goes away and you continue to move down. If the answer is incorrect, it will highlight the correct answer (giving instant feedback). The monkey does move backward though if incorrect, so it will take a little longer to reach the bottom.
There is a timer in the upper left hand corner that is timing the activity. I have allowed students to use paper and pencil, but most choose not to. If they use the paper, it may take a little longer, but they get the answer correct more often. I think if we can focus on correct answers and not time, more students will choose to use the paper and pencil to help themselves.
When the monkey reaches the bottom all the problems and answers are shown on the screen. This allows the student to go back and look at their answers. I also feel this would be a great screen for the student to show the teacher.
At the end of the class period, you can have the student email their results to you, which is great! It gives you, the teacher, a chance to see how students did and what problems they may have difficulty with.
I took a look at the reports they sent me and I love them! I had students work on adding integers. The information I received makes me look at my lesson plans and figure out when I can get the iPads in my classroom again to have the students redo the level again to find their improvement. Knowing that the creator is sending overall information to me lets me know that he cares about student improvement.
Now, I do have to say that the first four topics are free and the remaining 8 have a cost of $0.99. After getting this email and information from the creator, I can say that the cost is VERY doable. Knowing that I can get feedback with all the student information and not just the email the individual student sends makes it a great app.
There are other apps out there with the monkey moving through obstacles to help students learn and remember information. I encourage you to take a look at this information and help your students learn.Disclaimer: I am not receiving compensation for this post. I am just passing on word of a great app for educators.