Wednesday 2 January 2013

Native Numbers By Native Brain, Inc. - Review

  • $10.49
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 12 November 2012
  • Version: 1.02
  • Size: 35.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Native Brain, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5


In my opinion Native Numbers is one of the best apps on the market that addresses teaching young learners the critical maths skills that will make them great mathematicians. This app goes beyond the practice level of learning and has been designed as a curriculum to teach the critical concepts of Number Sense.  Native Numbers works on the following maths concepts:

1.   Number Representations: Identify the numbers 1-9 as 
continuous quantities (rods), discrete quantities (sets of animals), and symbols (numerals)
2.   Number Relations: Answer questions about number relationships using a variety of visual representations and vocabulary (greater/less, bigger/smaller, heavier/lighter, etc.)
3.   Ordering: Arrange numbers in order from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest
4.   Counting: Use numbers to put a set of objects in order (ordinal numbers) and to determine how many objects are in a set (cardinal numbers)
5.   Demonstrate Mastery: Apply concepts from previous activities to novel, untrained examples 
These five areas represent the five levels within Native Numbers. Users work their way through each of the levels in a sequenced fashion. Initially only the rods activities in the Number Representation level is unlocked and users must successfully move through each set of activities to unlock other activities and move toward mastery of  all the skills presented in the app.

In the app market $9.99 is a rather high price for a children’s app. This app is well worth the money. It is well laid out and does a phenomenal job of delivering maths curriculum to its users.
What I Like About This App

·         In order to unlock each level you need to have mastered the skill being taught on the previous level.
·         Modelling takes place at the beginning of each new level.
·         I loved what appeared to be a built in levelling system in the app. When the user gets too many incorrect answers, the app appeared to drop the learning down to previously mastered concepts to rebuild the skill.

What I Would Like To See Added In Future Updates

·         I do not think anything needs to be added to the app. I would like Native Brain to continue to build apps like Native Numbers as this are phenomenal learning tools.

Is This App Appropriate For Students with Special Needs?

Wow! Native Numbers would be a great addition to any special needs student’s iPad. It would be a great way to support maths concepts being taught in school. The design of the app is perfect for students with special needs in that it requires you to master one concept before you are allowed to move on to the next concept. The wide variety of activities that are available as you work through the app will help to hold the student’s attention as well as carry over of skills.

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