Motion Math HD

Age Scale: 7-14

Device: iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Quick Line:  No, Really!  Fractions Can Be Fun!

What Educators Need to Know:

Fractions can be tough.  Many of us, including adults, can function on paper, but fractions are rarely intuitive.  This game attempts to make fractions concrete and automatic.  Created by the Stanford School of Education, the goal of the game is to help the star reach its far away galaxy.  A number line is present at the bottom of the screen.  The player must tilt the device to allow the star to bounce on the correct fraction shown.  If it says, ½, you bounce right in the middle.  If it says, 8/10, you make it bounce closer to the end.  There are three levels:  easy, medium, and hard.  Once you show proficiency at a level, the game changes to indicate a pie chart and later a percent.  The number line also changes and requires users to decide if a fraction is more than, less than, or equal to a target fraction. I chose the easy level, and the game was deceptively difficult.  I suggest all learners start at the Easy level to learn how to play the game.  Mixed numbers and improper fractions are featured as the game progresses.  Add this game to your fraction unit.  Would a highly prestigious university lead you in the wrong direction?  I think not!

Price: $2.99 (iPad version)

Motion Math - Motion Math

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