Tiggly joins the Teachley platform

Tiggly games now sync with Teachley

Tiggly makes interactive, educational iPad apps that your students will love! We are thrilled to announce that 4 of Tiggly’s apps now sync with Teachley Connect*. When you download any of the 4 free Tiggly apps below on an iPad that also has the Teachley Connect* app, the games will automatically sync with your Teachley class list for personalized gameplay. Download the apps and start playing today!

How to download: Download these FREE apps on the App Store: Addventure Number lineChef Addition, Chef SubtractionCardtoons.

 

Tiggly Addventure: Number Line

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For grades PreK-K, join Tiggly to play a number line adventure! This app helps your students get familiar with the number line, learn about number relations, and count in more than 10 languages. Learn about the number line, number relations, and counting in different languages including Spanish and Mandarin. Download here.

 

Tiggly Chef Addition

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For grades PreK-1, this math game helps your students learn addition and represent addition problems with drawings, verbal explanation, and math equations, all while helping Chef prepare his signature Spicy Hula Monkey Cake and over 40 other outrageous dishes. Learn about: early addition, representing addition problems with drawings, verbal explanations, and math equations, composing numbers less than or equal to 10 in more than one way, and understanding the meaning of plus (+) and equal signs (=). Created by Tiggly, a Teachley partner. Download here.

 

Tiggly Chef Subtraction

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For grades PreK-1, learn subtraction math concepts while experimenting in Chef’s super-duper secret kitchen laboratory to create the most silly and flavorful creations the world has ever witnessed! Learn about: mental subtraction, conceptually understanding subtraction as “taking away,” decomposing numbers less than or equal to 20 in more than one way, understanding the meaning of minus symbol (-) and equal sign (=), and representing subtraction problems with drawings, verbal explanation, and math equations. Created by Tiggly, a Teachley partner. Download here.

 

Tiggly Cardtoons

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For grades PreK-K, count, drag, match, and enjoy as the seemingly simple buttons you create come alive becoming part of a wildly imaginative cornucopia of storytelling. Tiggly Cardtoons will help your students learn basic math ideas such as one-to-one matching, counting, and equal sets while stretching their imagination and sense of wonderment. Features 25 imaginative stories focused on numbers, unique illustrations with textures taken from the real world, and guided counting gestures important for developing counting skills. Created by Tiggly, a Teachley partner. Download here.

 


Please note: Tiggly also makes physical manipulatives that seamlessly interact with the apps and are available for purchase separately. These manipulatives are not required to play the apps. The apps work by finger touch as well.

Teachley customers are eligible for a 10% special promotion on Tiggly connected manipulatives with the code TigglyTeachley. To claim your discount, email educators@tiggly.com.

 

*Teachley Connect requires a premium Teachley subscription. Sign up to pilot today!

Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes Winners

 

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Congratulations to the winners of our Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes!

 

Basic Account winners:

Erin Berthold

Cara Bartlett

Tammy Evarts

Julie Bormett

Amber Hoerner

 

Pilot School winners:

Cathie Herbers

Maurren Driscoll

Merle Goess

 

Premium Account winners:

Jami Zimmerman

Mrs. Owens

Crystal Malloy

Pam Gray

 

Introducing App Settings

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At Teachley, we’re making using iPads in the classroom even easier and more efficient for you and your students. Teachley’s App Settings enables teachers to customize our apps right from the Teachley dashboard to meet each student’s needs.

 

Here are just some examples of ways you can customize the apps:

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Turn off the Speed Round in Addimals EDU Subtractimals EDU

 

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Select specific multiplication factors in Fact Flyer EDU

 

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Assign a pop-up quiz in Fractions Boost EDU

 

To see how App Settings work, watch this short video: bit.ly/2nDMrb5

 

App Settings work with the EDU versions of Teachley’s math apps (and select third party apps) and is available now for premium Teachley subscribers. Simply log into your teacher dashboard at www.teachley.com or in the Teachley Connect app. Not a Teachley subscriber? Sign up for a free pilot here.

 

 

 

Goodbye Pizza Pies (Hello Number Lines)

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Students in the U.S. have an enormous deficit in their understanding of fractions. For instance, half of the eighth graders in this country are not able to correctly order 3 fractions, even though this is a 4th grade standard. Let that sink in for a moment. This is content they should have learned four years earlier. Even worse, only 24% of eighth graders were able to figure out that the sum of  ⅞ and 12/13 is close to 2. What’s the take home lesson from all of this? The strategies we have traditionally used to teach fractions do not work. We need to take a different approach.

How have fractions been taught?

Just think back to your childhood. You’re in your 3rd grade classroom and you are starting a new unit called fractions. What are the images that come to mind? Pieces of a pie? Pizza?

But guess what? Leading researchers and mathematics experts, including Dr. Nancy Jordan from the University of Delaware and Dr. Hung-Hsi Wu from Berkeley strongly recommend against the pie model. They have recommended using the number line as a better way to teach fractions because it offers a more extendible understanding of fractions. The length model also lends itself to more real world applications (construction, architecture, sewing, manufacturing).

The pie model tends to reinforce the common misconception that a fraction is usually less than one. In reality, a fraction can be almost any point on a number line: 6/1, 24 ½ , 0/2, -¾ etc. Another enduring problem with the pie metaphor is that it makes fractions seem fundamentally different from other numbers. If students’ mental images of a fraction are wedge-shaped, what does it then mean to add, subtract, multiply and divide that wedge by other wedges? What is ½ of a pie divided by ¼? There are very few practical applications of fractions operations that involve circular shapes.

It’s much more useful to think about fractions on a number line. Take the tricky concept of dividing by a fraction. Using the measurement model of division with whole numbers, you can think about 16  ÷  4 as how many 4s you can fit in the length 16. Using that same model of division with fractions, ½ ÷ ¼ , you can think of how many ¼-length pieces fit inside ½. You can probably even think of a circumstance in real life when you’d need to divide by a fraction. If you have a ½ foot wood board and you need to divide it evenly into ¼ foot pieces, how many pieces could you make?

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To address the deficit in fractions knowledge, we applied for and received grants from the National Science Foundation to develop a suite of fractions apps that focus on the number line model. We recently released our first fractions app, Fractions Boost EDU. To pilot it for free,  click here.   

 

Read our blog post about Teachley: Fractions Boost EDU here. )

Introducing Fractions Boost!

Are your students confused by fractions?

If so, you are not alone. Fractions is one of the most difficult math topics for elementary students, yet couldn’t be more important. Research shows that developing a strong understanding of fractions is the foundation for future math success. For this reason, the National Science Foundation recently awarded Teachley a grant to develop a series of fractions games. We are extremely excited to announce the beta launch of our first game, Teachley: Fractions Boost EDU, now available for Teachley premium subscribers. Not a premium user? Sign up to pilot here.

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To download for FREE on your iPad, go to bit.ly/TeachleyApps.

Or, if using Apple’s VPP, bit.ly/BoostVPP

 

 

 

Teachley: Fractions Boost EDU is the school version of an exciting 3D racing game that helps 3rd-5th grade students gain conceptual understanding of fractions and represent them on a number line. Students race through a futuristic game world, driving through number line checkpoints and fraction tunnels.

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Students drive through racing checkpoints, estimating where fractions fall on a 0 to 1 number line. If they need help, their dashboard provides a series of supportive hints and scaffolds that help students develop an understanding of the meaning of the numerator and denominator. For example, for the fraction ⅔, students are prompted to “tap 3 times” to split the number bar into 3 equal segments and then “move 2 segments” to find the solution. This engaging game covers all 3rd grade fractions standards, and students learn to compare fractions with the same denominator or the same numerator and determine equivalence.

 

Fractions Boost also motivates students through social engagement. Students design and build tracks to challenge their classmates. In order to a share a track with the class, you must first pass that level yourself.

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Beta launch:
We decided to launch a Beta version of the app for our premium school customers as soon as possible so we could gather more feedback on the game before launching a full commercial version (expected later this spring). We’d love to hear how your students learn from the game, how we can enhance their understanding, and any other suggestions for improvement before we finalize the game design and professional audio recording. Not a premium customer but want to try it out? Sign up here to pilot Fractions Boost and our other math games for free.

 

 

 

 

 

FETC 2017 Teachley Giveaway

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Hello teachers and tech coordinators!!!

 

In honor of this year’s FETC, we’re giving away a month access to Teachley’s EDU apps for FREE!

To get started:

  • Create a Teachley account at: signup.teachley.com using promo code: fetc17
  • Download our EDU apps and the Teachley Connect app at bit.ly/TeachleyApps
  • Login to your account in the Teachley Connect app with your email and password.*
  • Have students start playing any of our EDU apps.
  • Check your teacher dashboard at www.teachley.com or within the Teachley Connect app to see student progress, print their certificates, and access lesson plans and more activities.

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*Please note: It may take up to a day for your account to unlock the apps.

 

Questions? Reach out to us at info@teachley.com