19 February 2013

Just-in-time app creation for classroom use

Randy Hengst teaches in the Education Department at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. I'll let him explain:

"All our students who are majoring in elementary education have iPads. They help develop ideas for new apps or ideas for ways to update existing apps. They work with kindergarten students using our apps as part of their experience in schools while taking our methods courses. The cool thing about LiveCode is how quickly I can make an app for them to use… sometimes it's literally within days of when they share their ideas."

Here's just three of the apps.

Add Sub K-2

Practice Addition facts through 10 and Subtraction facts up to 20 minus 10. Adjust the addends separately for your problems in the a+b=c form. Make separate selections for the minuend and subtrahend when solving a-b=c problems.

You may also select to use three addends in the form of a+b+c=x+y or a+b+c=x. A subtraction option for a-b=x-y is also provided. 

10 Frame Fill

Provides children practice with recognizing additive "10 Families" (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer.

Line 'em Up

Designed to promote kindergarteners' mastery of number order. This app replicates a simple classroom activity in which children place number tiles, 1-100, in order from least to greatest.

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