November 23, 2009 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Madison, Wisconsin - Independent software developer Steve Glinberg today is proud to announce KidCalc 1.7, an update to his popular animated math flash cards and learning game for iPhone and iPod touch. Designed specifically to leverage the iPhone's unique capabilities and peerless interface, KidCalc is now five apps in one, including animated counting flash cards, counting games, animated math flash cards, math drills, and an animated calculator.
Created with the help of public and private school teachers, as well as parents homeschooling their children, KidCalc helps teach crucial math skills to children ages 3-8 years. This timely Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa themed version of KidCalc engages children with seasonal icons such including snowmen and candy canes for Christmas, dreidels and menorahs for Hanukkah, and kinaras and African drums for Kwanzaa.
"When I saw my 2 1/2 year old daughter pick up my new iPhone and use it with absolutely no instruction, I realized that the iPhone's touch interface, especially when combined with engaging animations and sounds, held unprecedented potential as a platform on top of which an entirely new class of teaching tools could be built," said Steve Glinberg, KidCalc's developer. "I decided then to build KidCalc, to teach children how to visualize the addition and subtraction of sets of objects. With the addition of counting games and animated flash cards into this new release, KidCalc has become even more fun, engaging and effective at teaching numbers and math than it already was."
KidCalc's puzzle games challenge children to complete a series of math problems. When a puzzle is complete children are rewarded with sounding trumpets and a full view of a picture they worked to reveal - one of 72 brightly colored still life and action photos that KidCalc includes.
KidCalc is now five apps in one, including:
* Counting puzzle
* Addition and subtraction math drills
* Animated calculator
* Animated math flash cards
* Animated counting flash cards
KidCalc's animated flash cards feature counting from 0 to 100 in increments of 1, 2, 3, on up to counting in increments of 25. KidCalc's flash cards are fully configurable, providing children a powerful tool for learning numbers and math at their own pace. Some of KidCalc's other user selectable themes include an outer space theme with planets, martians, UFOs, and moons, as well as a sports theme with basketballs, baseballs, footballs, and hockey pucks.
iPhone / iPod Touch with the 3.0 software update applied
Pricing and Availability:
KidCalc - Animated Math Flash Cards and Learning Games for iPhone and iPod touch is available on sale for $.99 (USD) in the App Store. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin, Steve Glinberg is an independent software developer, iPhone enthusiast, and dad who is passionate about finding simple and effective ways to teach even advanced concepts to young children. All Material and Software (C) 2009 Steve Glinberg / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.