Teacher Review for Montessori Counting Board

Excellent for students new to counting or struggling with one to one correspondence/counting on/counting back etc.

Lisa S.
Technology Integration Specialist
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Working with our preschool teachers and intervention program, this app was used to give personalized counting practice to preK and kindergarten kids. Teacher involvement was required to set minimum and maximum items displayed as well as the "play mode" for each child to best address his/her needs. For example, play mode options included counting up, counting down, and dragging to count to emphasize one to one correspondence. You also have control over the minimum and maximum number of items to display. Since the classroom had just a single ipad, this required adjustments for each user when his/her turn came. In a 1 to 1 environment, the teacher could set the student's device ahead of time and make adjustments each week or when the student was ready for a more challenging level. A nice feature is the ability to record your own error and success sounds and even the pronunciation of the numbers themselves in case you have students who respond better to a specific voice or to having their name be part of the feedback.
My Take
As long as a teacher or parent is willing to make sure the settings are correct so that the child is working at the appropriate level, this app could be very valuable. It could be improved by allowing for multiple users where the teacher/parent could add settings ahead of time and the child would just choose their name or icon to get to their settings. As is, it does take some teacher involvement each time the program is started. I also hope that the developer might consider adding to the optional settings a different number than 1 as the starting number, so that teachers could use this to review "counting on from ___" concepts as well.