iLiveMath Entomology includes the study of insects plus arachnids (spiders). New in 4.x this app supports the ability to plug the iPad into a VGA adapter to display the word problem and photograph to a classroom for group collaboration. The teacher will still control the app via the iPad controls and is given an answer key.
Levels 1, 2, and 3 cover a series of word problems which introduce ~100 photographs and ~40 videos. The natural language engine will generate random word problem and answer combinations constructed into a random series. We've estimated ~1 million combinations using factorials, therefore "there is no guessing." Depending upon the level students will require a knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and basic geometry. Questions and answers can be mailed and blogged for record keeping by tapping the silver button showing the question counter.
Note: The above demonstration video shows the iPad to VGA adapter and code that has been added to this app to enable projection of the word problem and photograph for classroom instruction and collaboration. Adapter can be purchased in the Apple store under iPad accessories.
Excerpt from Press Release
"With a child in elementary school who is doing math word problems, we find the iLiveMath series an enriching way to supplement our math homework. Not only are we improving our math skills, but the stunning photographs open up entire subjects for discussion. Using iLiveMath Entomology, we were so fascinated with photographs of bees, bugs and spiders that we ended up trying to count the insects in our own garden." - Lorraine Akemann, Moms With Apps
"I wanted to share iLiveMath with my students at school, but did not want to give them access to my iPad. My school has a Promethean Board so after collaborating with iHomeEducator we can now share the teaching content with all my kids using the projector! I teach several units wrapped around the theme of a continent. At this time we are studying Asia and have iLiveMath Animals of Asia as well as Entomology." - Lisa White, 2nd Grade Teacher, LaSalle II World Language Academy, Chicago, IL
"We are always trying to find ways to get our students to use higher thinking skills to solve everyday problems in order to give them ownership to real life applications. We first purchased iLiveMath Ford Cars and really liked how it blends Math applications with history... We contacted iHomeEducator who worked with us to enhance their apps so that we can display the photograph and the word problems using our existing SMART board projectors. Now an entire classroom can benefit from the content and teachers are provided an answer key. My students love the iLiveMath Entomology app too. I would also like to say that iLiveMath apps provide a huge amount of content enriched vocabulary which has in turn extended a simple math lesson into several cross-curricular lessons. We have the entire iLiveMath series and look forward to more from iHomeEducator." - Richard Stevens, Principal, Kitzmiller Elementary, Kitzmiller, MD
Using the Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter the teacher can control the app as well as display the word problem and photograph on an external projector. The adapter does not mirror the app display but instead pushes the photo and word problem content to the external screen while the answer and formula is given to the teacher within a pop-up view on the device. At the end of the session the teacher can email the test problems and answers for future classroom grading and record keeping. Test results can also be posted to a public or private blog. The Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter is supported by the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (4th generation). All iLiveMath apps ported to 4.0 will support this new adapter.
The Universal App runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Example screenshots are shown below. Notice that buttons are automatically relocated to maximize the visibility of the picture when running this app on the iPad.
Universal App release advantages:
✪ Runs on iPad as well as iPhone/iPod Touch
✪ Layout for the iPad fully utilizes the larger screen, new button layout, new picker popup, and new view transitions.
✪ Landscape and Portrait Mode is supported for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch.
Above is the screenshot of the app using an iPod Touch or iPhone
Above is the screenshot of the app using an iPad.
Youtube videos have been linked into this app as an incentive to learning using multi-media. Videos are played randomly and the student will not be able to wander into other Youtube content - only the video links in our app. Each of these links have been reviewed by our team. Most of the videos we use are noted under our Youtube Channel Favorites.
(1) Review dynamically and randomly generated word problems
(2) Share your question and answer summaries on our community blog.
(3) Email the questions and answers to your educator for review
(4) Tweet questions to followers and friends.
(5) Explore related educational wiki links in a kid safe browser.
(6) Watch fun educational videos after you've correctly answered a certain number of questions. This can be set by the educator at a threshold of 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20 correct answers before the video feature is enabled. Levels:
➢ Level 1: Basic Addition and Subtraction with an introduction to Entomology
➢ Level 2: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division using Entomology
➢ Level 3: All the above but with 3 to 4 digit math and geometry based questions using Entomology
iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later (tested on iOS4)
Compiled on Operating System 3.2
Reference Media: Screenshot Photos on Facebook
Read more about our latest tests on our blog
A natural language engine is built into the app and randomly composes different nouns, verbs, and quantities to create questions and answers that are matched to the photograph and also to the sounds. This engages the students and helps each question seem familiar yet new to reinforce concepts.