Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. This week we are featuring two apps developed by Stacey Jett, a piano teacher with innovative ideas for presenting educational concepts on the iPhone. She entered the app market with DoReMemory, an app to assist with reading music. She followed up with the math game NameThatNumber for practicing math facts. With two helpful apps at our fingertips, let’s get started!
What are your apps about? DoReMemory (for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) is geared toward beginning music students. The app provides the note names of 12 notes for the treble or bass clef, and you tap the location of that note on the staff (don’t worry, there are tips if you get stuck). When you get 10 or more correct (out of the 12), there is an option to play a game where you move a cute “DooDah” note around the staff to hear the pitch for that note. By moving that DooDah around, you can even make up your own little song. The stand-alone music game DooDah is always free in the App Store.
NameThatNumber is also for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You are given five random numbers (cards) from 1 to 9. Using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, you want to use as many of the first four numbers as possible to get to the fifth number. If you get it right, you get a point for each “card” you use, including the goal number. If you miss getting NameThatNumber free today, you can always try out NameThatNumber Lite for free.
Why are they special? As a piano teacher, I noticed that having a variety of ways to study notes is so useful. Some kids make that connection better when they see the note on the staff and provide the note name. Others might make that connection by drawing the given note on the staff. (And all kids like something a little different and fun with their lessons!) That is what gave me the idea of DoReMemory.
For NameThatNumber, my children often bring home games from school to supplement math education. One of them, a card game, gave me the idea for NameThatNumber. This game does a pretty good job of sharpening up the math skills for adults as well as kids. The numbers are random, so there are no hints. But NameThatNumber keeps your highest 10 scores, so you can really see how you are improving. It’s challenging, and isn’t that what we want for our kids?
What’s in it for me?For App Friday September 24th, both DoReMemory and NameThatNumber will be FREE to download on the iTunes App Store. But act quickly, the apps will revert back to regular pricing by about 8pm US Pacific Time on Friday Sept. 24th.
Related Apps School is in full swing, and there are some great apps to supplement homework sessions. Try the series from Kids Math Fun and iHome Educator for practice with math facts and word problems. There are also fabulous counting apps by MathGirlGames and Arithmaroo. And don’t miss Park Math from Duck Duck Moose for toddler math fun. In fact, just go here for more ideas about Apps for Learning!
App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!