Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Math Pop


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Math Pop is an app that allows students to practice their basic facts.  They can select one of the four operations or a mix of the four.  Eight balloons appear on the screen, four with a problem such as 4x3 and four answers that go with the problems.  When the two balloons that "go together" are touched, they disappear.
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  When all the balloons have disappeared the time took to solve the four problems shows on the screen along with an encourage comment: "You rock!." 
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There is also a choice of going on the the next level or practicing the probems from the previous level. The background changes at each level. I have explored to level 20 on the mixed operation problems and there is a level 21. I'm not sure how  many levels there are in the app.
I would want to watch students with this app to see which problems they solve incorrectly and to see how fast they are matching the balloon problem to the balloon solution. I had a couple of fifth grade students try it and had them record the problems they missed in writing. While one student was working on the Balloon Pop app, I was working with the other student.  There is feedback to the student about his/her success rate and time but there isn't a way for the teacher to know how the student did other than having the student do some written recording after each level.

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