How I Use It
I have used this app with grades PK-2nd. In classrooms with 1 to 1, all students can be on the app at once; but for classes with fewer number of iPads, I've had small groups anywhere from one to four students. It is extremely intuitive, though some of the math vocabulary might need clarification with some students. I've found that once I've offered on the spot intervention, students pick up the vocabulary immediately. It is all vocabulary they need, but sometimes miss out on because we are not intentional about including it in early childhood. Sometimes teachers complain they can't hear anything; if this happens, check the settings within the iPad. This app is perfect for RtI in early childhood. Content stops short of place value (10), but does include concepts of addition by joining.
I found out about this app while attending a workshop for early number sense. I'd been searching for good programs and resources for two years. Our scope and sequence, as well as curriculum, seemed to move too quickly and not deeply enough. I recognized the research base of the app because I had been reading this literature for a few years. The app is adaptive and based on artificial intelligence (so it levels up and down based on student response.). The program gets the students to proficiency and then to fluency. This is the way we should be teaching math, in the same way we teach reading. Rather than assume students comprehend what they can decode, in reading, we insist they explain or describe what they have read. We also track speed and accuracy. Native Numbers is similar, except rather than "explaining" verbally, the last set of tasks requires students tp bring together all the previously learned material, put together in varied ways. Where we fail is teaching students procedures for math, but they don't have the understanding behind those procedures. .
I like the teacher dashboard and have used it many times in parent conferences and when providing work samples for diagnosticians. It allows me to see a student's learning. I do wish I could see the exact problem that was given, but then missed. I also would like to see a way to print the graphs found on the dashboard. Other than that...I'd love to see this app expanded to numbers greater than 9; as well as including addition and subtraction problems. This app is only available for iPAD, so audiences with Android base can not use the app. This is a GREAT app...Don't let the price lead you astray...it is worth every cent.