How I Use It
I used this app with a first grade class. The children became immediately engaged and the majority of the children stayed engaged. When headphone and volume issues were taken care of, the class could stay on task between 20-30 minutes. The majority of the class could work through the app without any assistance. They liked watching the stars in the upper left corner to see their progress. They used the question button without prompting; they knew exactly what it would do! I thought the dashboard was very helpful and informative. I could see which students I needed to stop by and observe and or help. The information gained from the dashboard also helped me formulate small group lessons and center activities. Whenever my students see the mobile iPad lab in the room, they ask if it's a Native Numbers day!
I have been very happy using this app in my class. Every type of learner is able to use the app, they stay focused because they are working at a level at which they can perform. If they have difficulty, the app gives visual hints, so the child can once again become successful. If they are moving through a skill with ease, the app moves to progressively harder skills within that skill set, until that set is over and they move to the next concept level. Since the children can watch the stars in the upper left hand corner, they have an idea of where they are at within each given level. I believe the data I am gaining from this app is a better assessment of their number sense knowledge than what I can get from traditional class assessment methods. I've also had a very positive response from parents. They say their children come home saying how much their child enjoyed the app. They also like seeing their child's progress on the dashboard, it's an easy way to see and understand the progress made.