Tuesday, April 22, 2014
REVIEW: Converting Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (best educational Android kids apps)
Bottom Line: If you're looking for an app to assign for homework that covers fractions, decimals and percentages (and the relationships between all three) then this is the app you need. Great for teachers and homeschoolers, Converting Fractions, Decimals and Percentages clearly explains how these math concepts work and then gives children a chance to test their knowledge and have progress reports emailed to their teacher. Flip your math class today by downloading this app onto the class devices.
Price: $1.99 Size: 6.7MB
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Next up, the app follows instruction on the reverse operation: converting decimals to fractions. This conversion is laid out in three steps:
1. multiply the decimal by 100, use the resulting answer as the numerator,
2. use 100 as the denominator and
3. simplify the fraction if possible.
There is a How to Simplify page that provides information regarding simplifying fractions by finding the highest common factor. There is a disclaimer stating that this method only works for decimals containing one and two decimal places.
Next follows the reverse operation: converting percentages to fractions. Again, this is explained as a three step process, with written and voiced instructions. There is also the How to Simplify screen available again. A menu button in the top right of the screen takes the students back to the main menu where they can choose a different conversion or go straight into the Fun Features section of the app.
The Quiz presents number stories with multiple choice answers in three levels of difficulty. Ten questions are timed and results presented at the end which can be emailed. Pairs presents 24 cards with fractions, decimals and percentages that need to be matched up. Also a timed activity (students have 90 seconds to match all pairs) and has a choice of two levels of difficulty. Number line has a time limit of 90 seconds as well and requires students to drag the fractions, decimals and percentages onto the number line in correct order (lower to highest number). Finally, Comparison Test requires students to choose the correct symbol (either <, = or > )to make the statement true. 60 seconds is all that is given and students complete as many statements as they can.
All progress is recorded and can be emailed to the teacher and all learning objectives are clearly stated and can be linked to the Common Core State Standards. Enough profiles could be created for the whole class (I managed to create 40 profiles, and there is an option for a Guest profile) so if there was only one iPad for the class, this app could still be used for everybody. Suitable for children in Year 3 and above, I would recommend using this app as a tool to flip the math lesson so that children learn the concept from the app and then come together as a group to work on using their new knowledge to solve real world problems.
The app overall is well made and well presented, and fairly easy to navigate. Initially I was a little confused as to what "chapter" I was in since the title of the app was so much larger than the title of the math concept being studied. More audio support would be useful, especially for children who are more verbal learners. And lastly, a more graphic explanation of how fractions are converted to decimals would be helpful for more visual learners. Definitely worth downloading and would be a great asset to any elementary class.
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This app actually helped Cas understand decimals and percentages a little better. It didn't help her with tax though. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.