App of the Week: Bedtime Math

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Cost: Free

Updated: January 23, 2017

Version: 3.2

Size: 95.5 MB

Language:  English (or Spanish)

Rated: Age 4+

Bedtime Math would appeal to kids, parents and educators that love fun facts and are interested in doing some mental math in the meantime.  For example, today’s Bedtime Math question begins with a picture of a Platypus and some weird and wacky facts about the animal.  Did you know: The platypus is so weird-looking that when English scientists first found it in Australia, they had to bring a few back to England because no one believed any animal could look like that?  That is a very cool fact that many, say, 3rd graders could work into a conversation easily.

Once a student or a family has read the interesting introduction to the day’s math problem, users can pick from a variety of leveled math questions: Wee Ones, Little Kids, Big Kids and the Sky’s the Limit.  Today’s Little Kids problem was “a platypus eats 1/2 its own weight every night! If it weighs 4 pounds, how much does it eat?”  Okay there is a problem with the measurement use of the imperial system but that could be another conversation with your child or student.  It is evident that the development of the app’s content is done mainly in the United States.

Explore the app and the website to find a very fun way to engage students in real world math problems and funky facts.  Recommended for students up to grade 6.

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Apps of the Week – Worthwhile Mental Math Apps

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  • Math Duel App
  • Version 2.1
  • $3.49
  • Ages 9-11
  • 9.0MB

Okay, don’t get all new math on me.  Sometimes a good dose of mental math is not a bad thing.  It is the foundation on which to build the other math skills.

Math Duel is just plain fun.  Your ipad appears in split screen to accommodate two players facing each other.  And the duel begins.  At any level you want… from pretty basic to pretty tough.  Test multiplication, addition, division and subtraction skills.  Time it! Make it competitive and we have ourselves a math duel.

Challenge yourself with these three mental math apps, all by the same company.  Again, there are many levels to challenge various students in all types of equations.  Each set of questions is timed and a student can move progressively into more difficult territory.  Once students have developed confidence with their own mental math skills, they continue to progress with more complex equations.  And they can figure out the tip at a restaurant for everyone else or separate the bills and add the tip.