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Pros: Research-based strategies and modifications for learners with special needs support a wide range of abilities.
Cons: Progress data on the Web-based teacher dashboard isn't always intuitive.
Bottom Line: A variety of strategies and accommodations make this app classroom-ready for a variety of levels and abilities.
Teachers can use Todo Math with a range of students, special-needs or not. It's a great way to differentiate with a single app, since kids working on grade level, below grade level, or above grade level have options (depending on the grade), as do the kids with learning differences for whom the games were created. Use Todo Math to help kids reinforce math concepts taught in class in a fun and interactive way, ideally one-on-one with the teacher or in small groups. Teachers can add up to 30 students and manage accounts from a Web-based teacher dashboard. Follow kids closely and help suggest where kids should focus their playing time if needed. Supplement the screen learning with lots of hands-on work with 3-D manipulatives, everyday practical problems, and interactive individual and group activities. Teachers can also adjust the language for each student in the settings menu. Choose from English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, or French.
Todo means all in Spanish -- and this app is designed for all kids, including those with learning differences such as deficits in auditory and visual processing, language delay, or underdeveloped fine motor skills. Note that this review originally covered Todo Math: School Edition, which had a comprehensive in its curriculum spanning numbers through multiplication. You'll want to investigate how tis review compares to the current product.
Kids work through 41 missions covering Common Core State Standards for grades K-2. They can pick and choose missions or start at the beginning and progress through them all. In Free Choice, kids choose specific games and skills to work on. Kids count; trace numbers; use visual manipulatives to see how addition, subtraction, and multiplication work; build fluency practicing math facts; or work on telling time and solving word problems. A few short quizzes assess comprehension and allow kids to collect monster prizes. Verbal and visual support, a special font for kids with dyslexia, as well as fine-motor options for dragging and dropping or writing in answers all meet the needs of different learners.
The developers of Todo Math have taken special care to create a math tool that's safe for kids, inclusive of different learning abilities, and aligned to math educational standards and best practices. The games offer straightforward, solid math practice free from distractions or learning barriers. Games can be ideal for a few minutes of daily math practice, especially with the customizable countdown timer that can help kids track how long they've been playing. With a wide range of topics and a number of customization options, this one app can potentially meet the needs of a range of learners for a span of years. Teachers can easily customize play options for individual kids and track progress. The ability to send kids specific assignments or suggestions for what to work on might be a nice addition. All in all, there's no gimmick here -- just solid math practice with encouraging, supportive feedback for all kids.