Name: Math Doodles
Fee or Free: 2.99
Rating: 5 stars
I LOVE THIS APP! It is rare that I give an app 5 stars but this one so deserves it. Here is why - First, it looks as if it is hand drawn which not only empowers students to think they can mimic the operations but gives the app a refreshing look and feel. Second, it is easy to intuitively figure out what to do. The user does not need sheets of instructions. Third, the app scales and gives the user PLENTY to do for the price. So many apps I have reviewed get dinged because once I learn what they are telling me the fun is over. This app gives me 23 different systems to add and subtract within to get to the answer. With many of these ( Chinese, Braille, Spanish, Binary Code) I really have to use my head to translate the codes to the numbers and then add or subtract which makes this fun and challenging. A bonus - I am now learning numbers in Chinese. In fact, there are so many cool things to do with is app that I cannot list them all. Fourthly, you can tell that the developer is passionate about the subject matter. He truly wants everyone to love math as he does. The passion for the topic comes out in the playfulness of the design and yet the seriousness of the play. If your students hate math, give them this and their eyes will be opened to the engaging world of maths. Congratulations to Carsten Studios!
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