- improvements for iOS 9 and iOS 10 users
- minor text and bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
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Lots of Potential
This app has so much potential and is really exciting in a lot of ways. The virtual manipulatives are really good and visualize fractions in an elegant and unique way. There are major flaws thought that I hope are fixed in the future.
For one thing, the major example used in the lessons is a teacher t hat uses chalk. There is no way kids are going to relate to this. In most parts of the world, white boards are now used instead of chalk and kids may not even have heard of chalk. As a teacher I know that if kids do not understand the basic situation of an example, they're not likely to understand the concept. Even if they did know about teachers using chalk, the idea of the teacher putting scraps together to make wholes is preposterous and any kid is going to be lost at that point.
Another couple things that need to be fixed to make this app meet its potential: t
1. There are no questions right now.
2. The example manipulatives during the lessen should require the user to answer correctly (possibly with assistance) before moving on.
3. The number line manipulative should be at least partially labeled, and fractions are represented usually with a dot on a number line, not an arrow.
I liked a lot of this app and this is intended as constructive criticism; I look forward to updates and I intend to use this app with my fifth graders.
Must have for common core.
I am reading the other reviews and since I plan to review all the apps I use from this publisher I will comment on them also. I too wish the app had a broader range of fractions, but for learning the concept itself IMO and for me it is best to start small. If they made a more advanced app I would likely purchase it. I would not use the advanced app i.e. larger number fractions to teach the lesson itself. Next one person said they wished it saved progress. I understand and see where they are coming from but since it is only 10 questions I have yet to have a student complain about starting over... 4th graders are so flexible. I think not having that feature was overshadowed by the fun fact they got to use the iPad. Also on the lesson you can move back and forth between each page so you can easily pick up where you left off. Students are smart and unlike me they will likely remember exactly where we left off before I do. I hope this helps. It's just how I use it. I do like the suggestions though because I teach multiple levels now it would be great for my older students to have those features. This would be too remedial for my older students. It was great for 4th grade.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.