It's harvest time! In iLiveMath Farm Fresh we've taken Level 1 back to basic counting for beginners, Level 2 uses the classic folktale of "Stone Soup" to teach addition. And Level 3 introduces agriculture problems.
Note: The above demonstration video shows slight improvement in the gradient behind the word problem for easier readability and visibility to the photo. This feature will be rolled out to the entire iLiveMath series over time.
Level 1: Basic Counting
Color splashed photographs of apples, oranges, strawberries, etc... Each photo was hand color splashed by our family (using the ColorSplash iPad app). They show a pattern of random fruits and vegetables to be counted between 1 and 16. This level can be read to a child like a story book. The child begins to learn colors, patterns, and fruits/vegetables. The child can also "pick an answer" from the picker. The format of the picker is the same as other iLiveMath apps so it can help teach how this app operates as they grow into Level 2.
Level 2: Stone Soup
As a fun twist on the folktale Stone Soup the town's people bring tomatoes, corn, potatoes, etc. and drop them into the stone soup... the folktale started in Easter Europe and has been told many ways however the basic teaching is "teamwork". How does the town work together when they originally could not? The soldiers in this version of the story pull out 3 stones and call the towns folk together to help them cook this soup.
Now with iLiveMath Farm Fresh - Level 2 - the early reader (1st grade) can begin to read and apply addition to determine how many fruits and vegetables are dropped into the soup. Older grades can benefit from the story of teamwork.
Level 3: Agriculture Word Problems (4th to 6th grade)
This level introduces a bushel, peck, flat, pint, liter, etc. Problems will look at the students ability to calculate 4 digit numbers as well as apply multi-step operations to problems. These concepts are best suited for higher 4th to 6th grade due to their multi-step and multiplication/division mastery requirement. Some of these problems may be challenging for 4th graders however let them at least try to answer the problem even if they answer incorrectly. The real goal with this level is to help them to think and solve these mental math puzzles. 5th and 6th graders will require scratch paper or a white board to work these problems unless they are wizards with mental math.
iLiveMath Farm Fresh is a Universal App which runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Note that the app (especially Level 1 counting) runs best on an iPad due to the size of the picture. The child in Level 1 needs to pan across the full picture to see all colored fruits and vegetables.
Youtube videos have been linked into this app as an incentive to learning using multi-media (i.e.: GardenGirlTV and Organic Gardening). Also we have included other videos which teach aquaponics, hydroponics, greenhouses, ag technologies, etc. 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.
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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.
(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 Counting
➢ Level 2: Stone Soup - Addition
➢ Level 3: Agriculture Word Problems (some are multi-step problems including bushel, peck, flat, pint, liter... testing multiplication, division operations)
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.
iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later (tested on iOS4)
Compiled on Operating System 3.2