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Does Pre-K Make a Difference?

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For decades we have been having discussions about whether PreK should be compulsory for all kids, as usual – the kids who need it most, don’t seem to be getting the services they need to be prepared for kindergarten. (Which BTW is not mandatory in all states). Recently I have had some beliefs of my own given credence by the research done by Annie Murphy Paul. This is one TED talk that you will not want to miss! Continue reading

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The Apple iPie

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Hey Folks!!

Lets hoot for Splash Math :)

We are proud! Apple has just featured us in an article- “How Kristi Meeuwse teaches with iPad” as a part of the Apple and education series.

It’s an accomplishment by itself to be recommended by an educator as a “great kindergarten mathematics app” that allows students to go beyond their grade level. Continue reading

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Splash Math Apps at Franklin Elementary School

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Splash Math has been a big hit in schools. Lot of schools have bought, used, and loved Splash Math apps in their classrooms. We have recently started collecting feedback from schools who are using Splash Math on a daily basis with the students.  And to start it all, here is a guest post by Amber Kowatch, who teaches second grade students in Franklin Elementary School:

I am a second grade teacher using iPads one-to-one with my students. While browsing the app store, I came across Splash Math. After checking it out for a few days on my personal iPad, I knew that this was a must have app for my students. Splash Math has made reinforcing taught concepts a much easier task in my classroom. After I do my lesson and my students have demonstrated some understanding of the concept, I am always sure to build in a few minutes of Splash Math time. My students have so much enjoyed this time of the day that they go home with their iPads each night and continue to practice their math skills. There are many reasons for them to be motivated as they love their iPad, Splash Math provides a fun and engaging opportunity for them to practice math, and the aquarium provides another dimension of motivation as well.

My students were told at the beginning of the year to try and earn at least 100 points each week. They have definitely exceeded all expectations of that. Many students are earning 500-600 points weekly and enjoying every minute of it. Not only are they practicing on their own time, they are keeping me informed of their progress because Splash Math sends me a weekly progress report email to let me know exactly what skills my students have been working on. I see how many problems they have completed, which skills they performed adequately and what skills they still need more practice on. I look forward to my progress reports as it lets me know exactly where my students are and where I need to take them.

Splash Math has been such a fun tool to have in our classroom. I recommend this app highly as it does so much more than just teach math. It gives my students the opportunity to truly love math and want to practice math any chance they can get!

Amber Kowatch
Second Grade Teacher
Franklin Elementary School
Ludington, MI

If you have any experiences to share about Splash Math, mail us at support@splashmath.com

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StudyPad & A4CWSN

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A4CWSN - 3rd app party

Our first app - Splash Math Grade 3 for iPad was launched in late April this year. A month later, we came across  A4CWSN, which is a site committed to helping the families and carers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them. They produce videos that demonstrate how products  designed to educate children and build their life skills, really work from a user perspective. Yearning to have that user-perspective review, we introduced ourselves to Gary James, the force behind A4CWSN. A4CWSN, then was driven mostly by Gary, was growing by leaps and bounds. Glimpses of champion for the cause of children with special needs could be seen in the making.

In June, Gary was gearing up for his 2nd app party when we approached him again. Having seen Gary’s enthusiasm and drive, we had no second thoughts about joining in. During the party, Gary rallied behind the participating apps and got us visibility in the community and beyond. We connected with many parents and teachers and  got plenty of Facebook likes. The App party was a phenomenal success for both developers and A4CWSN.

Since then, we have been closely following Gary and A4CWSN. A4CWSN has grown and Gary is now assisted by some amazing people. We are glad to be in touch with his associates- Deanne Shoyer, Jessica Hampton Lawson and others, who have been very helpful and amazingly approachable. Gary’s close-to-heart iPad4U campaign is a unique way to spread awareness about technology and make a positive impact on many lives. We have been immensely delighted to be of some help to his campaign.

As the third app party hosted by A4CWSNA4CWSN – Canada and A4CWSN – Australia comes around, quite obviously, we are proud participants! The party  is scheduled from September 30 to October 2 and all our paid apps are on discount on these days! Additionally, we will be donating $1 for every app sold to A4CWSN.  You can view and get Splash Math apps from this - link.

Gary and his associates at A4CWSN are bringing about a revolution in the community of children with special needs. We wish them the best in their endeavor. We will continue to support them, after all, nothing can be more gratifying to see than the glee on a child’s face, having his or her ‘aha’ moment after mastering a math problem. A million such faces and the Earth is definitely a brighter and happier place!  God bless!

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