Our school district has a wonderful Math Problem Solving resource which teachers are encouraged to sign out for their schools. It consists of a couple of rolling 8-drawer storage bins filled with various problem-solving activities for students to complete. It is wonderfully organized and self-contained. It also has many different levels for each activity. All students can be successful and challenged at the same time with this engaging resource. It’s wonderful. Our district calls this resource Math Playground.
Last week, we had our Administrator Study Group meeting at a colleagues school. It’s always great to have our meetings in the schools, instead of in a restaurant, because then we get to see what is actually happening in other schools. Before our meeting began, a few of use talked with a teacher about some of the apps their school has on their iPads.
So, before our meeting, in our discussions about apps, one of the teachers told us about a couple of the folders on their school iPads that relate to Problem Solving. There were some that were new to me which I was excited to be introduced to (and vice-versa, I think). These Problem Solving apps are in folders on their iPads, titled, Playground.
I love the name Playground and the connection it made to the Math Playground that our district offers, so I changed the name of our Problem Solving folders to Playground folders.
Here are the apps we have in our Playground folders:
Narrow Ways TinkerBox
:hmm: box UNO Free
iBloxx Cut the Rope
Where’s My Water? RushHrFree
Kunundrum Brain Games 2
ChocFixFree Blue Block 2
Doodle Fit Holes&Balls
TheLineHD Aces Traffic
Finger Block Mancala FS5
Blue Block Paper Toss HD
Yapa Lite Foozle
Unblock Me Cross Fingers
Bananas VS Worm
I am looking forward to hearing what the kids think of these Playground apps: which are their favourites and why.
Do you know of other wonderful Problem Solving apps?
If so, I’d love to hear about them!
Photo by Daniel Y. Go from Flickr (Creative Commons)