KidgitZ – It adds up to fun!, by TapDream Arts, is the second in a series of mental math challenges for kids of all ages. Addictive, it is! Students were so engaged that they never even heard the bell ring and the next period was lunch and recess! Several students came looking for me and my iPad to continue playing during extra help. Their responses were all similar, with mentions of how hard it was to stop playing this AWESOME game!
“I started out thinking what makes a game great,” says David Mauro, the game’s creator and founder of TapDream Arts. “I wanted something that was a “brain-builder” and fun, but I also wanted it to have a lot of range as a game. The idea was to create a game that was challenging but not impossible and offered a number of different game elements to keep it interesting.” Kidgitz, just out May 27th, does all that and more! As many children are released from school and summer vacation begins, this is the perfect app to maintain math skills. Research shows that students lose 4%, or one month of learning over the summer. According to The National Summer Learning Association, students lose two months of their mathematical knowledge base in the summer months. It seems the developers at Kidgitz are right on target with this comment from Mauro. “Portable technology like the iPad and iPhone make keeping ahead of summer brain drain easy. And there’s no need to worry about scheduling holidays around classes—kids can take their learning with them.”
KidgitZ is a math/game puzzle that stimulates mental math. David Mauro, with 30 years of software development under his belt and a mind for math, has created a winning app! To play you add tiles to match the number equal to the sum of the chosen number. The simple directions state add up to this number… The player then chooses a number between 4 and 12. You can start slow and the game will progress to the different levels as you master each new level. What is not initially realized is that you may use more than two tiles to get the sum. A few students realized this on their first round and very quickly were able to hit the mastery mark and move up to more difficult levels. Then the race is on, as you try to find the addends to equal the initial number faster than the tiles fall! It didn’t take long for them to moan over the greater challenge; you could see determination and complete concentration on their faces. What we love is that the game allows you to choose the level you want to play and the type of tiles you want to use. The speed of the falling tiles is adjustable too. These adjustments make for a wide range of players, allowing children of all ages to find their comfort zone. Within the settings you will find these and other options to keep the game fresh and challenging. Kidgitz may look simple, the gameplay and user interface is user- friendly, but the challenge is all yours!
For older students and adults, try DigitZ for an even greater challenge.