Designed for students in Kindergarten – 2nd grades, Addimal Adventure 2.0 teaches effective math strategies and scaffolds learning to promote conceptual understanding and fact fluency. “Of all of the instructional apps that I have seen for developing fact fluency, I believe that Addimals has the most potential… and aligns well with best practice for instruction,” says David Woodward, Elementary Math Specialist, Boulder Valley School District, CO. “I am convinced that Addimals could be a valuable supplement to any math program,” says Woodward.
Teachers can now create classroom accounts with individual student profiles. Students’ progress is saved as children play so they can pick up right where they left off from any iPad in the classroom. “We know that most schools don’t have 1:1 iPad programs. Most use shared iPads carts or have just a few iPads in their classroom,” says Dana Pagar, co-founder of Teachley. “Teachers who don’t have their own full set of iPads need the same opportunities to individualize instruction.”
In addition to tracking and adapting to individual students, Addimal Adventure 2.0 also introduces interactive mini-lessons that adapt based on children’s performance, reteaching concepts for struggling learners and introducing new concepts for advancing learners. The app now includes more adaptive gameplay: a new memory tool helps speed up the game play for more advanced students and the speed round slows down for students who need extra time.
While most addition apps focus on drill with digital worksheets and flashcards, Addimal Adventure 2.0 aligns with Common Core State Standards that emphasize teaching different strategies to solve problems. “The way the blocks break apart to show counting on has been a great reinforcement for my students. This app has motivated my students to learn multiple ways to add numbers quickly,” says Apple Distinguished Educator Mauri Dufour, 2nd grade teacher, Auburn, ME.
Addimal Adventure also takes advantage of the new zoom and crop features of iOS7. Teachers can take fun pictures of their students and classrooms to make it easier for kids to recognize their profiles.
Teachley: Addimal Adventure 2.0 is available in Apple’s App Store for free during this promotional period worldwide. Visit www.teachley.com for more information, including videos and screenshots of the app. Teachers can also sign up to participate in Teachley’s pilot data program on the website.
Teachley: Addimal Adventure was developed by Teachley, an edtech company founded in 2011 by former teachers with PhDs in Cognition and Learning. Teachley was one of 6 companies out of hundreds of applicants to receive two prestigious Small Business Innovation Research grants, totalling $1.05M from the U.S. Department of Education. Teachley was also recently the runner up in NBC’s Education Nation Innovation Challenge 2013. Addimal Adventure received the Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review, a leading review database on children’s interactive media. Teachley’s next app, focused on multiplication, is currently in development.
Stay tuned for a tutorial of how to use Addimal Adventure’s new features…
Thank you to Carol Stanger, our first guest blogger, for sharing this story. Check out Carol’s work with Attainment Company on literacy tools for students with special needs. If you have a story to share about using Addimals in your class, please let us know!
And, if all that wasn’t enough, there was also time built in to meet with a variety of successful mentors in education, business, and edtech. Thank you to all for sharing your insight!
It was an incredible week and we’re lucky to have been given the opportunity to take part. Education Nation offered a platform for people to come together from all across the country to discuss a wide range of issues impacting education. This year’s theme was “What Does it Take for Students to Succeed?”. Although the answer to this question is quite complex, some things are for sure, it will take continued dialogue, research, and dedicated individuals who are determined to help ALL our kids succeed.
A big thank you goes out to NBC for hosting the Education Nation Innovation Challenge and the Robin Hood Foundation for sponsoring the event. Also thanks to David Havens and NewSchools Venture Fund for originally selecting Teachley as one of many potential companies for the competition. We learned a lot and look forward to watching next year.
Typical Development – Solving 3 + 4
Poor math performers
Taking intellectual risks can mean asking questions, looking at a problem in a new way, or challenging the ideas of others (think Albert Einstein). Taking these risks means you aren’t afraid to go against the rules or make a mistake, a critical set of skills for thinking and learning. Some researchers argue that differences in gender performance in math are due to the different ways that girls and boys are socialized to either follow the rules or take intellectual risks (i.e. Villalobos, 2009).
Since intellectual risk-taking is so important to learning, how do we foster these skills in both boys AND girls?
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