TouchCounts lets children use their fingers, eyes and ears to learn to count, add and subtract. By tapping and swiping and by using specially-designed gestures for adding and subtracting, children create and manipulate their own numbers, developing a stronger number sense as they explore the mathematical foundations of ordinality, cardinality, and arithmetic.
As children begin to learn how to count with their fingers, TouchCounts is the perfect environment to solidify that learning and help them generalize beyond their fingers, “going past ten” into the endless world of larger values. TouchCounts allows children to focus on both ordered and operational views of numbers, inviting them to develop their number sense by creating and exploring coordinated number sequences tactilely, visually, symbolically and verbally. In addition, learners can explore how numeric quantities can be composed from–and decomposed into–other, smaller quantities.
Neither a repetitive drill-and-practice worksheet nor an rigid "level-driven" game, TouchCounts is a mathematics exploration environment designed to allow students to discover, pose and examine their own questions and understandings. Sample activities on the TouchCounts website show parents and teachers how TouchCounts can support learners' conceptual understanding of:
- number naming
- counting and skip-counting
- ordinality and cardinality
- even and odd numbers
- less-than, greater-than and equal-to relationships
- addition, subtraction, and the foundations of division and multiplication.
Based on contemporary research understandings of how children learn mathematics, and developed by the Tangible Mathematics Learning Project in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, TouchCounts is intended for use in school, pre-school and at home; and with small groups, with 1:1 pairings of a learner and a parent or teacher, or individually.
* The Operations World now supports equipartioning (introduction to division). Drag apart any number with multiple fingers to split it into multiple equal-sized parts.
* Settings now supports Image Capture and White Background, for better documentation and research purposes
* TouchCounts can now speak German (available in Settings)
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Great app, it's easy to use and fun!
A delight to rediscover
I had forgotten this little gem of a program, and only recently rediscovered it on my system. Sometimes we forget the genius in simplicity. Children can learn simple and sophisticated mathematical concepts through experimentation and generalization, both guided and exploratory. A far better approach to “the basics” than returning to the good old days of worksheets and speed tests.
An excellent app for teaching and reinforcing early mathematics concepts. I especially love the operations portion that allows children to see numbers within numbers. Great for parents, too. Wish I had it when my children were little!
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- Nathalie Sinclair
- 40 MB
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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- © 2014-2019 Tangible Mathematics Project
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.