See a review of the Numeracy Basics app and lots of educational technical advice at Colour My Learning.
The resource and IWB resources are identical although screen resolutions may create some superficial differences. Older computers may also impact on the performance. The IWB resources may need you to use full screen on your browser.
Numeracy basics is an app for the iPad all of the following resources are included in the single app. It has been designed to make it easy for teachers, teaching assistants and parents to use traditional teaching methods using an iPad. It has also been designed so that each resource in the app has a freely available identical version available online for use with an IWB. This can allow teachers to demonstrate concepts to the whole class using the IWB and then assist individuals using the app on an iPad without distracting the whole class. This also allows you to test whether it suits your purpose before you buy the app.
The reason Numeracy Basics has been produced is that schools often use things like movable clocks, 100 squares,number tracks, magnetic numbers and multiplication tables with children. This is particularly the case in small group and one to one activities.
The Numeracy Basics app provides these in an interactive and conveniently packaged format. Whereas paper and card resources get marked and look tatty these should always look clear and clean. The usual methods of using the paper resources by marking numbers, or moving clock hands are easy to replicate in this app.
An important point to realise with this app is that it is designed to support teaching in the way that physical clock faces and number squares etc are used. It is not designed for children to go off and learn with it independently. Neither does the app include any rigid direction of activities. Teachers can use it to work through numeracy questions and model methods of answering the questions. Children can then use it to work out answers using the app and the guidance of their teacher. This makes the app more flexible to each teacher’s needs as the app can be used to work with whatever work they find it suitable for.
The 6 resources included in this pack are described here:
The grid of 100 numbers can be set to run from 1 to 100 or from 0 to 99. Each number can be highlighted in one of 3 colours or totally obscured from view. Each number can also be set to ‘jiggle’ for when you really want to make a number stand out. All buttons can easily be changed to a different colour or made to stop jiggling.
The new version of this app allows you to light up multiple squares easily by swiping over them rather than tapping each individually.
Use this to support teaching adding and subtraction.
Free downloadable guide and worksheets for use with this resource available here on the blog.
Similar in use to the 10 square this 12 X 12 multiplication grid allows its numbers to marked out. In addition this resource allows rows and columns to be marked in one click to show highlight an entire times table.
The new version of this app allows you to light up multiple sqaures easily by swiping over them rather than tapping each individually.
Simulates a set of magnetic numbers and maths signs for clearly laying out and demonstrating mathematical problems. With this resource you’ll never be a number short again!
This resource displays two 1 to 100 number tracks. The top one can be blanked out if needed either in its entirety or just certain numbers. The bottom track allows you to set numbers bouncing to mark their position. Either track an be hidden.
The tracks can be scrolled to the left or right using the bar at the bottomn.
Both tracks can be set to show groups of 5 and also distinguish between odd and even numbers.
A guide to adding and subtracting in 10s can be toggled on or off.
This resource displays each times table in turn with the answers obscured. The answers are revealed by tapping the cover.
Up to 12 x 12 can be shown.
In the new version each times table can be shown in order or jumbled up. Also all of the covers can be removed or applied in one go.
Useful for practising multiplication facts.
Rotate the outer red bevel to change the time or give it a spin to select a random time. Using the button marked 5 the clock can be toggled between self correcting to the nearest 5 minutes or not. The face can also be set to be divided into “to” and “past’. The 5 minute intervals can also be toggled on or off.
The resource is priced at the lowest possible point (except for free) on the app store. Placing advertisements on a resource aimed at children is not something I am happy to do and on an app advertisements aren’t so easily separated from child targeted content as it is on this site. For more details on the technical and practical reasons for why I have chosen this release method for these resources please see this article on the support site for this one here.