If so, then my new mommy task is to get our children to believe in math, the power of numbers, basic arithmetic, addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. How? Drill, baby, drill.
Math Drills On The Mac
Among the dozen or two dozen or more (I lose count) education apps on the family Mac is one called Math Drills. Drills? Yep. Like the Marine Corp, math is drill, baby, drill.
Think of all the math drilled into your head when you were young, now imported to the Mac’s screen. That’s Math Drills.
This is no mere flash cards app for the Mac. Math Drills is basic but uses the Mac to enhance the
drilling learning process.
Our kids resemble the likes of a small, old fashioned one-room school house. There’s a pre-schooler, a kindergartener, and an elementary schooler (who thinks she already knows everything– she gets that from her father).
Math Drill gives each child a personalized setting, score, and test history.
The pre-schooler has more trouble with the app than the numbers. The other two girls treat it as a game, and have even figured out basic multiplication.
Beyond the flash card-like basics, Math Drills lets children create solutions to problems using number lines, hints, wooden blocks, and more– including fingers.
We’ve had good success with our two older girls, but Math Drills is sophisticated enough to be a worthy tool for middle school students.
Progress can be tracked by student for accuracy and speed (and it’s all graphed automatically).
Math Drills features the carrot and stick approach, and can generate attractive awards for good progress, and worksheets for those who need a little more work.
Even better, students have multiple ways to answer problems. Use the Mac’s keyboard, assistive devices, click on the screen, and the Mac’s built-in speech recognition.
How cool would it be to have Siri help your children with their math drills? Math Drills is good but suffers from a limit of numbers (9×9 is the top end for multiplication and division). Otherwise, it’s fun to use on a Mac and it’s priced more like an iPhone or iPad app.