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The fear of losing simple arithmetic capabilities over time is something that I’ve experienced. Many of us begin to lose the ability to quickly and correctly process relatively simple math problems after we graduate from school and get into the groove of regular jobs, some of which don’t actually require much math — or if they do, there’s always a calculator at the ready.

Quick Math+ is a game, yes, but it also tries to sharpen those skills to a fine point with time tracking functionality and various modes that focus on memory retention as well as the ability to process multiplication, division, subtraction, and addition problems. (more…)

Calculators on computers tend to follow one of two paths. Some are simply digital recreations of the physical object. Their number pad is made of pixels instead of plastic, and they generally are poorly made to handle anything more than a simple arithmetic operation.

The second line of calculation app can be seen in spreadsheets, which rely on the keyboard much more heavily and are also capable of significantly more advanced operations. The iPad hasn’t seen many great, pure calculation apps. Tydlig — funny name, yes — tries to prove that math can be as intuitive as Apple’s iPad. (more…)

If an iPad is Apple’s post-PC platform of choice, it will have to be capable of completing tasks of every type. Certain activities, such as photo and video manipulation, are well-suited to the iPad’s fluid UI and direct interaction methods.

Other areas are something of a different story. For example, there is still no outstanding way to manipulate, organize, and share numerical data. The simplistic extreme of this is something like Calcbot, which makes it easy to do rather trivial mathematical operations, and then copy those to the clipboard to share via iOS’ built-in copy/paste functionality.

Calca is a step beyond this, but not quite a dedicated spreadsheet program: it leaves out most of the organization features. Instead, Calca focuses on the manipulation and sharing of data. (more…)

Cards on the table, I don’t practice my math skills as much as I should. After years of expensive education, I’ve sort of given up and figure I’ve probably forgotten all of those classes. Can I do multiplication anymore? What is division even? Addtraction is a thing, right?

That’s why I decided to give Sakura Quick Math a go. It’s a great app for brushing up my basic math skills as an adult, and it can even help kids who are still trying to get things figured out. I’ll see if it can set me straight and whether I can get back on track. (more…)

There’s no doubt that I’m a big fan of puzzle games, but with roughly a bajillion puzzle games for iOS (that’s my estimate, but I think it’s a pretty reliable figure), it gets tougher and tougher for developers to reinvent the wheel. Pasting on gimmicky themes to an old standby can revive your interest, but it’s not going to hold your attention for long.

A game has to be truly different if it’s going to be special, and that’s what KooZac is. Similar to Tetris, in that you’re clearing blocks as they fall from a mystical, unseen block-dropper, you also have to make matches as you go, because just fitting the blocks together isn’t going to be enough. Is KooZac another gimmicky puzzle or does it have enough originality to hold the interest of even the most jaded puzzle gamer? (more…)

Since being released in 2009, Wolfram Alpha has become very popular over the years. Based on the computational platform Mathematica, written by British scientist Stephen Wolfram in 1988, WolframAlpha is capable of interpreting and answering basic questions such as, “How old was FDR in 1942?” and “What is the distance between the north pole and the south pole?”

A service like this is already accessible to iPad users via the website, however, the app provides a much simpler and more convinient approach to solving all your problems. With the price drop putting it from $50 to $2, do we have a bargain on our hands? (more…)

Not long after the release of the first iPad, I remember reading about a local school district that had big plans for it. They intended to get every student in grades 3-12 their own iPad, and to have carts of them accessible for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. At the time, I didn’t own an iPad, so I was a bit shocked by the scope of their plan. However, I bought an iPad 2 soon after its release, and it only took me about a week to understand why many schools didn’t waste any time implementing these amazing devices into their educational plans.

For a lot of reasons the iPad is the perfect computer for young kids today. It is super intuitive, easy to handle, and fun to play with. When I was in grade school (this is going to date me), the only “computer” I wanted to play with was Atari. There are plenty of games on the iPad reminiscent of Atari that are solely for entertainment purposes, but there are also a myriad of apps out there that can really engage kids and help them learn. The really good ones, like Math Monsters, help to make learning fun. Math Monsters literally gets creative with numbers, and in the end it’s a fantastic game that helps kids hone their math skills. If you’ve got kids anywhere from Pre-K to 4th grade who want to have fun learning math, read on…