Are you looking for a supplemental education app to improve your child’s math scores or build upon their mathematical knowledge? Then OctoPlus is your app!
Zyrobotics, a leading assistive technology company, has released a math app called OctoPlus, enabling teachers and parents to provide math instruction to young children and children with special needs on an individualized basis. OctoPlus provides kids with fun, interactive math addition problems that are accessible based on a student’s math skill and ability – whether for regular daily practice or to challenge a student beyond their current skill level. The app is also aligned with Common Core Math State Standards in Operations & Algebraic Thinking Math Topics.
I had both Field Trip Girl and Field Trip Boy check out the app and share their opinions with me. First up was Field Trip Girl. I decided to set the app in “drill” mode in order for her work on simple addition problems such as 0+1, 1+1, etc. I selected the “beginner” skill level as well since she is just starting to learn about addition in kindergarten.
What I liked about OctoPlus was that it reinforced Field Trip Girl’s rudimentary math skills within an interactive gaming environment. Field Trip Girl played in an imaginary underwater water world and battled turtles using her math addition skills. Each time she captured a turtle she earned a point that she could later redeem for prizes in the OctoStore. The beginner’s options also helped her gain confidence during each game play. Once Field Trip Girl got the hang of it, she was off!
Another bonus feature is OctoPlus is designed to enhance motor skills in young children. This was especially helpful for Field Trip Girl who has dealt with her own motor skill delays in the past. Furthermore, OctoPlus is designed to improve visual attention, timing, coordination and control. For example, it was rather tricky for Field Trip Girl to shoot the octopus’ ink at just the right time in order to capture a turtle. You have to look several different areas of the screen at the same time to keep up with the constant movement of the game. It was challenging even for me!
Now for Field Trip Boy, I set him up as an “advanced” user. He is in G.A.T.E., so I simply wanted to reinforce what he was already learning in class. If I really wanted to I could use the Parent Zone section of the app to enable his teacher and I to stay connected regarding his progress.
Field Trip Boy played the game for about 15 minutes in the “challenge” mode. He really liked it when fire bombs started to drop on the octopus. It was one more thing to avoid and upped the ante in order for him to beat his previous high score.
OctoPlus is truly a math app for children of all abilities and available on iTunes Download Link for only .99!