Spencer Riley, the reviewer of this app, is a Secondary History and Mathematics Teacher, Computer Science Developer and Entrepreneur at TeacherLed. He uses tablets and apps in the classroom and amongst his students he is known as the “iPad Man”!
GazziliMath is an app designed to introduce and develop counting and arithmetic skills to pre-schoolers. Starting with counting forward and then backward, the activities progress though to basic addition, subtraction and finding halves. The progression is well judged and each activity builds appropriately on the previous one. Together the activities are tightly focused on a specific point of a child’s mathematical learning and so will fit in well with other forms of teaching the child is likely to be receiving at this time. To begin with the activities are locked so that the child cannot approach them out of order. This is a fantastic app and has been awarded EAS Recommended Status with a 5 star rating.
Correct answers are rewarded by an animation that often leads to the transition to the next question. Incorrect answers receive a “hmm, try that again” from the voice over. There are no limits to trying again so the correct answer could be achieved by just tapping through all of the selections. As the app is aimed at pre-schoolers this is not a criticism, there is no best way to approach dealing with wrong answers for this age group. While a child may discover that they can stumble upon the correct answer, the alternative method would be to end the activity after an incorrect answer. This would be disheartening and deprive the child of the chance to rethink the same question. This aspect, though, underlines why apps for this age group are at their best when used with some sort of adult guidance to maximise their teaching potential.
The activities are beautifully presented and well designed to teach and test the aspects of learning that they focus on. The graphics include a nice mix of animations to provide interest and to demonstrate and feedback on the answers given. Feedback on why an answer is correct provides good reinforcement of learning so even if the answer was provided at random it will often show just why it was correct. The child will not find themselves for long without the chance to interact. Some interactions are just for fun, like shaking the device to inflate balloons, which give an unexpected reward for progress. Other interactions are nicely varied with tapping, dragging and drawing lines the most common.
Special mention must go to the lovely Gazzili Fun Page on this app. Each section that the child completes places another section of an animal band on the page. Each can be toggled on and off. When toggled on their instruments play and they become animated. Each instrument forms a layer of a jolly tune. This forms a very entertaining and interactive rewrard that will spur children on to complete each section to see how the next instrument adds to the tune.
GazziliMath is a superb app that does exactly what it sets out to do. It does this in a stimulating and fun way and it is an excellent value-for-money app that supports a child’s learning as they begin to develop their counting skills.
From the Developer
--GazziliMath is here!! The GazziliWorld approach to fusing learning and fun for Preschoolers takes on ‘Numerals’, ‘Counting’, and ‘Subtraction’, and more!
--Complete each page to unlock the next…and watch the GazziliFunPage come to life!
--GazziliMath is a great choice for children who are just starting to understand how numbers and math play a role in their lives. It helps to explain challenging concepts in an age appropriate, fun way.
--Watch GazziliMath teach Preschoolers basic, foundation for life math concepts in a fun, kid-friendly way!
--GazziliMath’s ‘dual-curriculum’ approach introduces children not only to important subject matter, but to technology they’ll be using as part of their education for years to come!
--GazziliMath for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch — optimized for Retina Display — is brought to you with iOS 6 functionality like Air-Play Mirroring and Twitter!
A child activates the first activity on the Home Screen, and they are taken away on a fun, exciting, math-learning journey.
Colors & Artwork. Music & Sounds. Friendly, hands-on activities. GazziliMath is a multi-sensory learning experience.
Early childhood educational experts from New York City’s The Dalton School helped develop GazziliMath to ensure its educational value.
--6 engaging, exciting math-based activities that help build the foundation for understanding basic math concepts that touch our lives every day!
--Successful completion of each concept/activity means seeing a portion of the ‘GazziliFunPage’ come to life!
--Children interact with the App to build a deep understanding of math-related concepts!
--‘Hearing Impaired Mode’ included, adding all written words to the screen as they are spoken by the narrator and characters!
--Delightful interactive animations, music, sound-effects, and surprise features.
--Improvement of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as children gain proficiency with tablet hardware.