June 2, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Temiskaming Shores, Canada - Canadian-based Interactive Elementary, developers of highly innovative and engaging educational applications for the Apple iPad, today unveiled its introductory application, Middle School Math 1.0. Heralded by the company as the App Store's most comprehensive math application for twelve to fourteen year olds, Middle School Math is quickly gaining recognition from reviewers and educational stakeholders as demonstrative of the potential for tablet-based learning in the elementary school classroom.
Highlighting the collection of math activities is Data Magnet, a tool that allows students to create their own surveys, collect data by interviewing their peers, and then present their findings with pie charts and bar graphs.
Company president Dave Brown explains the rationale behind the start-up's first contribution to the App Store. "Obviously we see a big future for Apple's tablet in education. But this is just the beginning. When we started considering the iPad as a device for learning mathematics, we wanted to focus on broadening the scope of what was currently available to the consumer."
Brown, who is also an accredited Ontario teacher specializing in mathematics education, began devising modules that were not only optimal for the iPad's screen size but also took full advantage of the tablet's long list of features.
"We asked ourselves what does the iPad make possible for mathematics education. In the end, I believe we have really put together something special here. This app could alter the way people think about how tablet technology can be integrated into the modern classroom. That's pretty exciting."
Poking Cavemen, which will also serve as the single unlocked module in the free version of Middle School Math, challenges students to order fractions, integers, and decimal numbers by jabbing at frantic cavemen. In Pinpoint Plotter, students are prompted to plot a series of points on a Cartesian grid. The points connect to form various animals.
"We felt it was crucial to include activities spanning across the various branches of mathematics," explains Brown.
The Algebra Vault introduces students to solving equations. To unlock the vault, students must solve for variables in one and two-step problems. Rounding out the base application is Place Value, in which students read numbers written in words before dragging digits to their appropriate position on a place value chart.
Brown acknowledges that although the app was designed for the classroom, it's also a great fit for the home environment.
"Certainly we're looking to support the attainment of some big mathematical ideas with Middle School Math, but ultimately we want to create apps that enhance student engagement. When children are engaged, wherever they are, that's when the learning happens."
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 16.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Middle School Math 1.0 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Launched in 2010, Interactive Elementary develops educational applications for the Apple iPad. Its products fulfill the need for engaging, cutting-edge software in today's iPad-equipped classrooms and homes. The creative team behind Interactive Elementary strives to build applications that enhance the learning experiences of children around the world, empowering them by providing hands-on, technology-driven resources. Copyright (C) 2011 Interactive Elementary. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.