How I Use It
I would use this tool first and foremost with pre-service teachers as part of my math methods courses and also for professional development with in-service teachers. It's a great tool for modeling how they might integrate it into their math lesson plans in which they TEACH first and supplement their instruction second. Teachers are looking for a repetoire of iPad tools that will both motivate their students and also keep them on task. Some are still using paper handouts, but desire to move up to technology use. As iPad continue to flood many school districts, this app would be well received. Although the support for this product was rated "3", that score is somewhat deceptive because there is no built in support nor could a phone number or email contact address be located; however, the app is so simplistically designed that it doesn't appear that support is necessary. Would love the opportunity to use a mobile iPad lab and this tool in a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade classroom to demonstrate how well it would work following my instruction. Considering running a summer program for teachers and students - this tool would definitely be part of my repetoire.
Math Fact Master is a very good app for Math drill and practice. Teachers MUST delivery instruction to students FIRST and thereafter introduce the app for practice. Thought it was excellent as all 4 operations can be selectively assigned per each student's ability. Flashcard mode and Challenge mode are available so exceptional learning needs students through gifted and talented students can participate and be fully engaged. Extremely user-friendly with very low learning curve for teacher setup. Each child's profile (name) can be entered and it appears the number of student profiles is unlimited. Progress reports track missed problems which can be pre-set to repeat so students can move closer to master. Challenge mode has a timer which will be very appealing to competitive students. Worth much more than the 99 cents developers are charging. Aesthetics of Math Fact Master is quite appealing. The designers used blue, green, and gray to offer users a calm and appealing learning environment. Students will want to practice their math with this tool. PARTICULARLY liked the fact that Progress Reports for each child can be emailed to the teacher (or a parent/guardian) to track student progress. Tested sending emails to my account. Each was received with no problem - easily printable.