Tiggly Counts is a wonderful iPad math designed for pre schoolers. These physical toys let students interact with their iPad screen in a completely unique way. After opening up one of Tiggly Counts apps, like Tiggly Addventure or Tiggly Cardtoons, kids can use the counting toys to tap their way across the screen. These apps have beautiful animations and fun characters that your children will absolutely love.
With Tiggly Counts kids can combine digital games and physical play. Children will interact with the screen of their iPad in a completely new way as they build their understanding of foundational math concepts. Tiggly Counts comes with five colorful counting toys that were inspired by the classic cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms. Winner of the 2014 Tillywig Brain Child Award, Tiggly Counts is an awesome addition to a preschool classroom, after school program, or at home exploration.
Order Tiggly Counts here and check out this video to see it in action!
The Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives. I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips. Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms. With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.
Pattern Shapes lets students move blocks around the screen and annotate their creations. They can rotate the shapes and change their color and size. This app comes with outlines with shapes or students can work on a blank canvas. The text and annotation tool are perfect for having students demonstrate their understanding and show you their thinking.
This free app is designed for iPads and will soon be available on the web!
I’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard). Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays. They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.
This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities. Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers. Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities. They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.
Learn more by visiting their website or watching this video!
Shapes – 3D Geometry Learning
is a great iOS app that will help students understand geometry. Kids can learn and explore different types of three dimensional solids including prisms, pyramids, Platonic solids and solids of revolution. Users can pick and choose from up to 27 unique shapes and unfold them into different net combinations.
This iPad and iPhone app lets kids explore transparent surfaces and use different colors to interact with each shape. They can highlight the vertices and edges of a prism or color selected elements of a pyramid. Shapes – 3D Geometry Learning is easy to navigate and uses simple gesture control to zoom and rotate shapes in any direction. This app was designed to support the development of children’s spatial imagination and teach them appropriate geometry terminology, giving teachers an opportunity to access a full set of virtual tools within one app.
Visit the Apple App Store to download shapes on your iOS device or check out their website to learn more!
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As a former elementary school teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, I know how powerful iPads can be as learning tools in the hands of students. This mobile device is so much more than a content consumption tool, because students can use an iPad for hands-on learning. They can move items across the screen, write about a topic, and document their learning using audio and visual tools.
No Rubber Bands Required
I want to introduce you to a virtual manipulative app and demonstrate a few different ways that it can be used in an elementary school classroom to address concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards while promoting higher-order thinking skills. Geoboard, by the Math Learning Center is a versatile app that provides a rubber-band free alternative to traditional geoboards. It lets students pick and choose from two different boards and lots of virtual rubber bands to create shapes.
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