Operation Math

Age Scale: 5-12

Device:  iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Quick Line:  Mission Quite Possible

What Educators Need to Know:

Spinlight Studio, creators of AlphaTots and TallyTots, have done it again!  Operation Math is a slick, entertaining math game that combines James Bond-style missions and computation skills.  Depending on the needs of their learners, teachers can tier instruction by selecting addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and a number of combinations of each.  After completing five levels, where the problem difficulty and their frequency increase, users receive a new uniform and/or watch.  Collect all of the uniforms and you win!  I’ll be honest; I don’t know what you win because I haven’t had anyone win yet.  Even though each mission is limited to a minute, this game takes TIME.    We also have not figured out how to erase all player data (records and missions).  It says we have the ability to delete, but I have not found that to be true.  This could be a problem if you are sharing devices within a school.  Overall, this is a great game that certainly beats traditional flash cards and drill and practice worksheets!

Price: $2.99 (a bargain, if you ask me!)

Operation Math™ Pocket - Spinlight Studio

Flashcards +

Age Scale:  9-18

Device:  iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Bottom Line:   Much more fun than index cards!

What Educators Need to Know:

Memorizing words and definitions is inevitable.  Try as I might to use higher level thinking skills, sometimes you must start at the beginning and build a foundation before doing so.  Flashcards+ can help you do this.  Students can create custom decks by adding a deck, assigning a name, and typing words and concepts.    Then  they can practice their cards with a  simple swipe.  Students can also eliminate mastered words by placing a checkmark next to them.  Since many teens have their devices on hand 24/7, it is nice to know that they will also have their study tools handy also!  Flashcards+ is linked to the website Quizlet.com which boasts thousands of already created flashcards on a number of topics.  Need to study terms for the state standardized test?  Check there first.  Chances are, someone has already created a deck that you can add to your device!  I even found a deck of key terms for Chapter One in our SS textbook.  Score!

Price:  FREE

Flashcards+ - Connor Zwick