Mathopolis: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division, by TicTapTech - This is a fun and fabulous way for children to learn math facts. What child doesn't like firefighters? In this app, math facts are easy to learn in the play or training mode. The game can be customized in a great way, in each operation of math. A child can work on just one operation, up to all four of them. They can also work on just certain facts within an operation, which is great to be able to zero in on trouble spots.
Math facts are covered 0-12 which makes this app appeal to a wider range of children. The younger ones can be training for fires on addition, as the older ones are fighting fires for the division. Very handy feature: You can keep track of an infinite number of different “firefighters” on the game at a time. The developers wanted to be sure that a teacher could use it for an entire class. Note that if you look at the profiles screen you only see 5 spaces, but once more than 5 are added that screen will scroll. Nice!
If a problem is missed, the window breaks and boards are put up. The timer can be turned on to provide the challenge, or off to avoid frustration. There are also easy, medium, and hard levels. The sound can be turned off, but the sound of windows breaking and fire burning is part of the appeal. There are different places in town to save, such as the Sports Store, Post Office, and Library. This is an app that adults could play with children and provide challenges at many different levels. When the level is completed, missed problems can be viewed, and can be played again. Mathopolis will provide many hours of play and replay as children have fun saving the town. As an added bonus there is now a free lite version to play and try.
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Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad.