This week for Tried it Tuesday with Fourth Grade Flipper and Techie Tuesday Link Up with Technology Tailgate I'm going to share an INCREDIBLE ipad app that I've tried using in class.
It's called Math Quiz!
There are two different versions. One for 1-3 and one for 4-6.
I love that there is a version for older kids because so many of the cool apps out there aren't challenging enough for 10-11 year old kids.
Here are some screen shots to show you how it works.
There's a fun cheesy game show host (but if he gets annoying you can just turn the volume off)
You choose how many teams you want (teams can be individuals, pairs or small groups)
Then you choose which four categories you want to compete in.
The 4-6 app has points ranging from 100 - 250
The 1-3 app has points ranging from 10-25
The kids choose what point level question they want to attempt and from what category. Sometimes there are nice surprises as well...
The question comes up, the kids choose which team is going to answer it and they go for it.
If the first team gets it wrong then another team gets to answer. (This only happens if there is more than one answer left to choose from)
Example of a question from the 4-6 game
Example of a question from the 1-3 game
There is also an option for kids to work out the answers in the "work space" area.
And... best of all this app is FREE!!!
There are a few other cool things... you can have the game show host telling the kids the instructions (or you can turn him off if you're sick of his voice)
You can have the game read out the questions as they come up which is great for the kids who like to hear the question and not just read it (or you can turn this feature off)
To make the game more challenging you can set a timer on the questions.
I have used this with individual kids, small groups and as a whole class- I split them into four teams and made sure there was a range of abilities in each group, projected the game onto the whiteboard and away we went.
The only condition I had was that everyone in the group had to be able to explain how they got the answer (which resulted in the more able mathematicians teaching and helping others in their group)
If you've got ipads (or even just one) in your class go and grab it!