Penguin Jump Multiplication is a great fun game that students can test their multiplication knowledge with. The goal of the games is to navigate your penguin home by jumping on the iceberg that has the correct answer for the question that is put to you. Up to 4 players can play at a time. You can join a public game with players from around the world or you can play with your friends in a private room you can create. When the game is finished you find out your time and the questions you missed along the way. You can even print the trophy you earn at the end. This is a great game to bring up on the IWB.
ZooWhiz is produced by the team at EdAlive. ZooWhiz is a free online learning system that covers Maths, punctuation, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, phonics and reading in a fun and creative way. Teacher’s are able to sign up fro free and then set up accounts for their students to use at school or at home. Students start by choosing their avatar and then can go about completing the more that 17,000 learning activities, either selected by their teacher, parent or themselves. Students earn coins for completed activities that they can spend at the ‘Biodome’ to purchase animals for their Zoo or go to the arcade to play mini games. If you have used any of EdAlive’s products before then the learning activities will be familiar to you. My class has started using this, and they have been highly motivated to use ZooWhiz. ZooWhiz is in public beta at the moment, so not all features are enabled yet. It is very usable in it’s current form and requires a very small amount of time to setup. I really appreciated the fact that ZooWhiz has a print option, to print out username and password cards for your students.
To view a video tour of ZooWhiz please visit this link: http://www.zoowhiz.com/tour
To view samples of the activities please visit: http://www.zoowhiz.com/educational-content/sample-activities
Tutpup is a free website of educational games that enables students to practice their skills against other students around the world. The games are basic question and answer, against a random opponent from around the world. The games focus on Maths (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division), Spelling, Times Tables, and Algebra. Students can earn awards and if they win a lot of games, be included in the Hall of Fame.
There is the ability for Teachers to sign up and create a class. Look for the ‘Teachers Signup’ text at the bottom of the home page. This gives the teacher the ability to check on their students progress and have a class Hall of Fame.
Below is a screen image of an addition game in progress.
Multi Rap HD are 10 separate multiplication iPad apps produced by Rock ‘N Learn. Each one has a music video devoted to a times table and a skip counting video. There are drill and practice questions to further check understanding and a race against the clock game. Each app costs 99c. A fun and accessible way for students to work on their multiplication skills on the iPad.
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Wishball is a new app that explores place value. This app has been converted from a learning object through the Scootle website. It deals with both whole numbers and decimal fractions. Players need to subtract or add numbers to reach a targeted number within 20 turns. This app is free within Australia and is available from the iTunes app store.
To read more about Wishball click on the iTunes app store link below.
Study Ladder is an Australian online Mathematics and Literacy program for R-7. It provides year level resources that instructs students on skills via videos and gives them opportunities to reinforce those skills via online activities, games and printable worksheets.
Teachers are able to setup a class group, giving each student a username and password. Teachers are then able to set specific tasks for the whole class or individual students. Students are rewarded for their efforts via certificates and use of a rewards room (pictured below).
The site also provides resources for Music, Art, Language and Culture, Science, Health Safety and Citizenship. Many of the instructional activities have been designed to be used on your IWBs. There is a Naplan section with printable resources to assist with preparing students for Naplan.
The site is free for teachers, giving students unlimited access during school hours. It gives students limited access to the activities during after school hours. If students want unlimited access at home then there are paid options for parents.
I have used this site for three years now and found it to be very supportive of my curriculum in the classroom. The video explanations in particular, can be very supportive for parents trying to assist their child with homework or explaining a concepts.
It is yet another tool to make learning literacy and mathematics fun and motivates students to succeed.
Download a Notebook file that you can use when you next time do a money unit using your Smartboard. It includes pictures of both sides of all the Australian coins and notes. This clipart is very handy for developing your own Notebook money resources. If you do develop your own Money Notebook files share them by going to our contribute page.