Appy Chat & Giveaway

Developer:Top Shelf Learning

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Why did you decide to develop this app?
We feel strongly about the need for a solid foundation in mathematics, including developing automatic recall of the types of information used in everyday life. Mathtopia+ builds automatic recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Both adults and children find Mathtopia+ plus a fun and addictive way to engage in the repetitious practice needed to make recall of math facts automatic and painless. Fractions+ uses the Mathtopia+ game engine to build automatic processing of everyday fractions, such as halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, and tenths and their common simplifications. It relates every day fractions to both the metric and imperial measurement systems. Fractions+ comes with lessons to enable self-study of the concepts.
When did you first release this app?
Its first worldwide release is Friday April 5.
What is your favourite feature?
There are so many.  As a teacher and parent, I like the star level system because it lets me know at a glance whether automaticity has been achieved for a level (three stars).  As a game player, I like the tile-matching puzzle game.  As a parent of a child who has a visual processing challenge, I like that it builds and reinforces scanning and tracking skills in the matching portion of the game.
What skills were you hoping to help the end user to develop? 
The program builds math knowledge, visual processing skills, mathematical reasoning, logical reasoning, and motor skills (the two-finger swap builds cross-body motor coordination).
What age range would this app most suit?
The content is targeted to the typical eight year old. However it would be suitable for a range of ages. Advanced children can self-teach and children who progress slower can move at their own pace with supporting lessons to reinforce concepts.
What else are you working on?
We have a Roman Numerals app that will be released soon that also uses the Mathtopia+ game engine.
What do you consider when designing an app?
We pay close attention to the educational value of the content, to building a developmentally appropriate app that facilitates individually paced learning and differentiated learning, to current brain research about how children and adults learn, to current research on motivation, and to game industry research on how to maintain interest over time. Children learn through play, so we bring what we know about game design to what we know about how children learn.


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Built on the award winning, addictive game engine used in Mathtopia+. Master everyday fractions.

Fractions+ develops recognition of everyday fractions: halves, fourths, thirds, fifths, sixths, eighths and tenths, and their equivalents.

Make matches and solve a tile-matching puzzle to advance. Earn stars and trophies as you get faster at recognizing equivalencies.

The puzzle game play is similar to popular jewel swapping games but with multi-touch swap, enabling more complicated and challenging matching for addicts of tile-matching puzzlers. Reduce stress while training the brain.

Lessons teach each concept and can be reviewed, skipped or repeated.

Fractions+ achievements are life-long skills.

If you enjoy the Fractions+ game, you’ll also enjoy Mathtopia+ (or Mathtopia the free version with in app purchases).


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Category: Numeracy
Updated: April 5, 2012
Version: 1.6
Language: English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Swedish
Requirements:  Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


Website:  Top Shelf Learning
Facebook Page:  Mathtopia
App: Fraction+
Cost: 99c



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