Special Feature: Zuni Elementary Magnet School
Mrs. Torres's 4/5 grade class
Zuni Elementary Magnet School for Communication and Technology
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2010 Year in Review: Educational Apps Year in Review article highlights key enhancements added in the iLiveMath and iLiveGrammar app series for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.
Reviews: We've compiled several reviews and links on how the apps are being used as public school apps, charter school apps, homeschool apps, or general supplemental teaching apps.
Automated Grading: Teachers and Parents use auto-generated email and blogs to keep track of student progress. Examples of recorded grammar app tests and math app tests show how questions are randomly compiled and how the test captures the student's correct, incorrect answers, the final percentage/count scores, and answer key.
Universal Apps: Most all of the educational apps for the iPad also run on the iPhone and iPod Touch as universal apps however we are starting to experiment with dedicated Educational iPad Apps which will allow us to maximize the features and functions of the iPad.
It is my hope that in the coming months, that a team of teachers and I will write a grant with the intent of getting iPads in our school. It is my mission to find appropriate applications that can be implemented to teach, reinforce and guide those struggling learners. I believe I have found it in iHomeEducator. I have to iLove this application and intend to share it with my colleagues.
Andrea Gardner, applicable2u, Massachusetts Elementary Schools
With a child in elementary school who is doing math word problems, we find the iLiveMath series an enriching way to supplement our math homework. Not only are we improving our math skills, but the stunning photographs open up entire subjects for discussion. Using iLiveMath Entomology, we were so fascinated with photographs of bees, bugs and spiders that we ended up trying to count the insects in our own garden."
Lorraine Akemann, Moms With Apps
I wanted to share iLiveMath with my students at school, but did not want to give them access to my iPad. My school has a Promethean Board so after collaborating with iHomeEducator we can now share the teaching content with all my kids using the projector! I teach several units wrapped around the theme of a continent. At this time we are studying Asia and have iLiveMath Animals of Asia as well as Entomology."
Lisa White, 2nd Grade Teacher, LaSalle II World Language Academy, Chicago, IL
We are always trying to find ways to get our students to use higher thinking skills to solve everyday problems in order to give them ownership to real life applications. We first purchased iLiveMath Ford Cars and really liked how it blends Math applications with history... We contacted iHomeEducator who worked with us to enhance their apps so that we can display the photograph and the word problems using our existing SMART board projectors. Now an entire classroom can benefit from the content and teachers are provided an answer key. My students love the iLiveMath Entomology app too. I would also like to say that iLiveMath apps provide a huge amount of content enriched vocabulary which has in turn extended a simple math lesson into several cross-curricular lessons. We have the entire iLiveMath series and look forward to more from iHomeEducator."
Richard Stevens, Principal, Kitzmiller Elementary, Kitzmiller, MD
What do we think of this app? I love the photos, as do the kids. Learning the names for groups of animals is a lot of fun. No multiple choice, which is nice....no multiple choice process of elimination stuff going on here! If I enter "11" the screen pops up telling me "Sorry. Incorrect Answer: 11" so I do know what I input. Hitting okay lets me try again. This time, it tells me "That's Correct. 7 + 3 = 10" I LOVE that the math equation is written out in the answer.
When I first presented iLiveMath™ to my kids I did not know what to expect. As with any math app I am always looking for the one that will catch their attention, encourages them one step further and stimulates the desire to learn. I must admit that the iLiveMath™series of fun educational math apps was a great success. The first one we tried was iLiveMath™ Speed. Since they really enjoyed the word problems we then moved on and downloaded others. Each of the apps can be played again and again, and what I really like is the fact that each time you start with a new set of questions. Kids really have to work on every question. The great pictures kept their interest going.
I don’t know about you, but I really struggled through Pre-Med college physics and had to get friends to help explain basic concepts to me (i.e. see how we are walking at the same pace? That’s speed. Speed = distance X time [miles per hour or mph or km per hour]. Now we are walking faster. Acceleration is the increase in speed. The formula is acceleration = force / mass. Force = mass X gravity.) Yikes! It gets complicated quickly so it is nice to introduce these concepts in a fun way such that it becomes intuitive rather than a memorization of formulas. This app doesn’t actually cover acceleration but by teaching Distance = Rate x Time, it’s an appropriate and intuitive introduction to physics for an elementary school student.
My oldest who says she hates math says that she loves word problems because they are not math but puzzles. Go figure? I don’t care though. If she can do complex, multi-step math word problems then I know the other stuff at school will be fine. At the end of the day, there will be calculators for math facts when she’s an adult, but to figure out which buttons to push, she’ll have to know how to convert words to number sentences which will require logical thinking.
The brilliant photographs, are just as gorgeous as you would expect from iHomeEducators. There are over 30 types of sea creatures featured in this app! The quality sound effects create a sea-like environment that engages even the most distractible child. The word problems are ocean-themed too. Children can work through the problems, and use their imaginations to take them away on an ocean expedition while learning and having fun working through over 100,000 randomly generated math word problem questions.
iLiveMath Trains App of the Week introduces word problem concepts using speed, weight, and goods. The natural language engine also generates questions around the art of stamp collecting, trade, countries, and currency.
The vivid color photos and graphics used for each question are stunning, just as they are with iHomeEducator's other apps. The close, fascinating pictures of rockets blasting off, space shuttles docking and trains, boats and jets in action are sure to engage children. Kids with a fascination with these subjects will be especially captivated.
I love that my children enjoy practicing math skills with the iLiveMath apps. My sons are especially enamored of Speed because of the transportation theme, even my little ones who can’t really do math yet. What boy doesn’t love fast cars, jets, and the space shuttle? My children also like to test Daddy and practice reading aloud each problem to him.
iHomeEducator have already made a number of apps for iPhone and iPod Touch, and their first iPad edition of iLiveMath was heralded as an enormous success. So how does this new release stand alongside its notable cousins?... This [iLiveMath Oceans] is a great app, full of possibilities and beautifully interactive. It is almost ‘education without education’ and should keep your children interested for hours. Actually, it should keep most adults interested as well. I think I may just buy this for myself… I mean, for my son!
A few questions in regards to the latest Apple creation: Could the iPad be a smarter iPhone? Could the iPad make your child smarter? From a parent’s perspective, it sure is worth a try! Just as the No. 2 pencil left its mark on bubble tests, these apps could impact kids’ report cards... iLiveMath Animals of Africa: Stampeding toward an iPad near you, this app combines math with zoology for a hair-raising learning experience (which is currently being enhanced for Apple’s latest and greatest).
Author: Karin Piper
Today the couple’s 11 year old is the organization’s Quality Assurance Engineer, and has the fine job of testing the product and developing new ideas [as Product Manager]. The younger siblings, ages 3 and 5, represent the end-users as testers of the products. It is safe to say these youngsters are learning more than math skills by being involved in the family’s joint business and education venture.
These games are child and adult friendly. I especially loved playing just to look at the gorgeous, colorful photographs. Even better is the ability to learn "on the go" as I usually have my iPod with me when out and about, while waiting at the doctor's office, or anywhere else I happen to be.