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DoodleMaths

Accelerate your maths

Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

Designed by maths teachers, DoodleMaths adapts to meet you child's current ability and knowledge - just like a teacher would.  It facilitates frequent practise and provides help and support to learners who are subscribed to the service.

Teacher Review

The DoodleMaths service is one with which many parents and teachers will be familiar and children will have used.  The service has recently received a fresh update and, if you aren't already using it, you could be impressed by what it offers.  
 
The app's mantra is "little and often".  Children are prompted to complete a short selection of tasks each day.  These cover various topics and, following a short assessment task, are chosen to keep your child's knowledge fresh and to address weaknesses.  
 
Parents and teachers can both be linked with each child's account allowing them to monitor and influence the progression through the app's challenges.  Either a downloadable app or a web-based service is used to do so.  In these, you can allocate extra exercises to children that concentrate on a specific maths topic.  This mixes the best of both worlds: the constant tailoring to the individual's ability made by the app and a teacher's professional knowledge.
 
The questions themselves are clear and well designed.  The method of answering them is both natural and pleasingly variable too.  Items are sorted into groups, pairs are matched, numbers keyed in and markers dragged into position.  It is good to see this app is not just limited to multiple-choice questions - as so many others are.
 
Each question has some useful options for getting extra support.  A hint gives a short prompt to help children to start off their thinking.  A fuller explanation can also be brought up.  In both cases, these are in written and spoken form so that a child's literacy ability need not hold back their numeracy progression.  Two final options let children send a short message to their teachers and parents asking for help.  These appear pre-populated with the exact question so that children do not risk explaining themselves poorly and thus receiving a less useful reply.
 
The use of synthesised speech in the app rather than a recorded narration has advantages and disadvantages.  On the plus side, it reduces the amount of storage that the app would otherwise take up on each device.  It is also more flexible meaning the app can provide more narrated questions, hints, and explanations.  
 
On the downside, it has a slightly robotic quality, although much less so than many other implementations of speech synthesis.  Finally, it can occasionally be somewhat too literal.  The question "£5 - 63p - £_" is spoken as "five pounds minus sixty-three p = pound symbol".  For some children this will be no more than an easily ignored quirk, for those looking for any distraction from the work at hand, this sort of thing can be an issue.  
 
DoodleMaths feels like a very comprehensive service and one that is not going to add extra burdens to teachers.  If anything, it should save time as it makes the setting of self-marking homework tasks easy.  It also logs and provides the evidence that teachers need to demonstrate progress.  There are indications that the available features are likely to grow as a 'times tables' option within the teachers' dashboard is currently marked as coming soon.  A few simple games are also included at the moment.
 
A variety of subscription options are available to suit who is choosing to use the DoodleMaths service.  A limited free option is available that gives a good overview of it.  Premium accounts, paid monthly, yearly or even for a lifetime's access, open up the full potential of DoodleMaths.  As the contents cover the primary school curriculum and key stage 3, you should think carefully about which option offers the best value to you.  DoodleMaths can be accessed across all of the major platforms so you do not have to worry about matching your hardware to the service.
 
DoodleMaths is not an app that children will use for hours at a time and it is not designed to be.  What it is, is an excellent way to keep maths knowledge secure in a way that is painless for children, parents, and teachers.  You may finder cheaper maths apps, but they will not be of the high standard that DoodleMaths achieves.
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Developer Description

DoodleMaths builds the maths confidence of your 4-14 year old with a work programme tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. Using Proxima™, the same award-winning technology that powers DoodleEnglish, progression in primary maths is guaranteed.

With every question answered, Proxima™ learns more about each student’s understanding, building a work programme to improve their ability and confidence. Fully curriculum-aligned for KS1, KS2 and KS3 students, the programme is the perfect homework partner for catching-up or getting ahead in maths.

You can track progress and help motivate every step of the way through the Parent Dashboard – our online analytics and tracking hub.

DoodleMaths – rapidly accelerate progress in maths.

PLEASE NOTE
You will need a subscription in order to get access to the premium version of DoodleMaths (unlimited use of the app; full access to work programmes; online parent dashboards; strength and weakness analysis; email reports; etc.). Your subscription will also allow you full access to DoodleTables – find out more at www.doodlemaths.com/doodletables.

There are three types of subscription available:
One-month subscription per student – £5.99
Annual subscription for per student – £55.99
Lifetime subscription for per student – £169.99

The one-month subscription will be automatically renewed unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current payment period. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.

Your iTunes account will be automatically charged at the same price for renewal within the 24 hour period prior to the end of the current payment period unless you change your subscription preferences in your iTunes account settings.

When a subscription is cancelled, access to DoodleMaths work programmes and features will expire at the end of the current payment period.

Lifetime subscriptions apply to the named student only. Lifetime subscriptions are not transferable between users.

Our privacy policy can be found here: www.doodlemaths.com/privacy-policy/
Our terms and conditions are here: www.doodlemaths.com/terms-and-conditions/

For more information about the improvements students make in our studies with schools, or if you are a teacher, visit our website.

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