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Math exercises for classroom and home

Algebra Start

The app is simple in its layout but looks professional and uncluttered. Students can either use this in a classroom environment or individually at home. The opening screen provides excellent detail on how to best use the app, we particularly like the colour coding of the levels of difficulty for each set of questions. This is followed with a basic introduction into Algebraic terms and theories. Once again this is clear and concise.

Each set of questions increase with difficulty. There is an Example button that shows the user how the question should be answered with clear explanations. The question allows you to input an answer with instant feedback from the app. If the answer is correct the user is rewarded and the score logged for that section. If the user fails to answer the question then there is a reminder of how the question should be approached and you can try again.

We really like the sequence of questions

The instant feedback for each question is great especially the prompts and occasional funny comment ‘mind your p’s and q’s’.

The progression of the equations is excellent from basic to moderate to expert; this feature can help the student enter at the right level.

Overall this app delivers a difficult topic in a concise and simple manner. This app compliments all the other Maths Apps in the series and used in conjunction will greater enhance the users understanding of mathematical topics. Good job! 

- See more at: The Educational App Store

Integers

This integers app is one of a series of mathematics apps branded “XR Math” available on iTunes.  It sets out to provide practice questions on a wide variety of integer topics, starting with the very basics (example question: “What comes next? 4,3,2,1,?”).   The app is very clearly laid out, meaning that students should easily be able to access the material themselves with minimal teacher input. 

Upon opening the app for the first time, an annotated screen is shown, explaining exactly how to navigate through the app and including nice details such as colour coded questions – ideal for allowing students to differentiate material for themselves depending on ability and confidence levels.  After this very clear introduction, students can begin to answer questions on the various integer topics available.  Each subtopic contains a brief explanation and a set of questions which are randomly generated each time, meaning that it stands up to repeated use should a student require further consolidation.  Once the required number of questions are completed, the student can progress on to new subtopics.  The progression throughout the app is well designed such that students are not faced with a huge leap forward at any point, but a gradual increase in complexity of the questions will keep them challenged.

The graphic design within the app is nothing earth-shattering, but it looks clean and professional enough, and also has a few nice features that add to the user experience.  The feedback between questions is particularly good, with students given gentle (and relevant) reminders if they've made a mistake and then the opportunity to try again.  If they get answers right, they get congratulated, sometimes in a new language – this doesn't help towards the learning objectives of the app, but is an interesting feature to help maintain student engagement.  The app could benefit from a few sound effects to enhance the experience further.

Overall, this app provides a quality set of questions that would really help with practising and assessing how much a learner had understood of the given topic.  Its ease of use and clear layout are real bonuses and I could see it being very useful when used in conjunction with other apps in the same series – giving students a familiar interface with which to consolidate their skills.  It's not the prettiest app, but it delivers integers topic content very well.

- See more at: The Educational App Store

Area

Good use of colour to show the student which level they are indicating. If you leave the app you don’t go back to where you were this has been done on purpose to re-enforce previous learning. The instruction and problems sections are very well laid out with a good use of text size and type. It is good to see that a background colour other white has been used. The student can decide which section they want to complete as the navigation allows them to go anywhere within the app at anytime. They can skip the sections they may know to the bits they may need practice on. They are tutorial sections followed immediately by problem sections that the student completes. The sections covered by this app includes;

Area, Perimeter, Triangle, Parallelogram, Trapezium, Compound Area, Circumference, Circle Area, Sector, Area units, Volume, Prisms and Volume units.

Overall a very neat and concise app that is not cluttered with needless graphics or pop ups that can distract the learner from the task in hand. Put together with other apps in the series and it becomes part of a collection of very useful learning tools.

- See more at: The Educational App Store

Educational App Store Review

Educational App Store Review

Educational App Store Review

Solve Linear

Educational App Store Review

The app is basic in its layout and although the graphics are simplistic it does make the app very clear to use without too much supervision. The app starts with an on screen tutorial on how to best use the app and its interfaces. We believe that this is essential otherwise at first glance the app looks complicated. The instructions can be returned to at any stage.

The app also introduces the importance of checking answers, a valuable lesson for all Maths students especially when in exams. Once again this can be returned to at any stage.

Each set of questions increase with difficulty. There is an Example button that shows the user how the question should be answered with clear explanations. The question allows you to input an answer with instant feedback from the app. If the answer is correct the user is rewarded and the score logged for that section. If the user fails to answer the question then there is a reminder of how the question should be approached and you can try again.

We love the instant feedback of the questions and in the early levels it’s easy to follow..

The progression of the equations is sound and enables the student to gain confidence as they work through. The app would benefit from some sound and although the graphics are lacking it does look quite serious and professional.

Overall this app delivers the difficult topic of Linear Equations well. This app certainly compliments the other apps in the series and used in conjunction will result in a sound understanding of Mathematical topics that most students struggle to understand. These apps in the XR Maths series can be seen at the bottom of the menu.

- See more at: The Educational App Store