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Common Core Math Apps - By Mango Learning

Students review Mango Learning Fraction app from Keri Duncan on Vimeo.

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As teachers we are always looking for ways to engage our students in learning so they don't even know they are learning, but rather, think they are just playing games. Mango Learning has done just that with their apps. This review concentrates on the Fractions Intro app, but having taken a cursory review of many of their other apps for Fractions and Decimals, they seem to really have hit the nail on the head.

I used this app with different ages from second grade through fifth grade to see how they liked the app, and if they learned more about fractions with the app. Being the basic Fractions Intro app, it covers the common core for 3rd grade
(CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.1; CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.2; CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.2a; CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.2b) , but we all know that many students need review of the basics before they progress to tougher concepts. Below you will see the review by two fourth graders.

The students cover most of the aspects of the app, but there are a few to just highlight. First, the students are engaged. They are hooked by customizing their avatar, and then the games keep them wanting more. They love being able to gain medals and trophies as they complete various levels. Looking at the trophy case, they can see how many more they need to unlock and keep trying for more.

Second, various learning levels are addressed. A unique feature of this app is that there is a pre-test and a post-test about the subject. This allows the program to see how basic or advanced the problems need to be for the students. The other unique feature is that the students have to master a level before they can progress to the next level. Of course they want to get to new games so they keep trying to increase their proficiency to be able to proceed ahead.

With the standard consumer app, there can be 10 users that scores can be saved. The pre test and post test scores only show when you are logged into that particular user, but the overall scoreboard for the games shows for all users. This keeps them wanting to do more so they can be the leader:-) After reviewing the app, I contacted Mango Learning and even met with their design team in India. They shared with me an educational/enterprise version of the app they also have. In that app, the scores of the students can be accessed via a website, and it will even breakdown the scores of the pre tests and the games to show what the concepts are that the students have mastered or are struggling with. All those results can be exported into an excel spreadsheet that can be used for grouping your students when working in math literacy groups.

This app is definitely worth the price ($2.99). The kids love it and I can track their progress and meet the varying needs of the different learners in the classroom. This isn't a surface app, but definitley meets the needs from pre-test, tutorials, practice games, and post-test. Look them up in the Google Play store or check out their website as well.

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