One arithmetic app fulfills the needs of many learners
What's It Like?
Todo (pronounced with a long "o" in both syllables) means "all" in Spanish -- and this app is designed with learning differences in mind, including kids with deficits in auditory and visual processing, language delay, or underdeveloped fine motor skills. Todo K-2 Math Practice is not just for kids with special needs, though -- it's for all learners.
Kids work through six different mini-games aligned with CCSS for grades K-2. Kids can choose to practice in timed sessions of 6, 8, or 10 minutes or play free choice, choosing their practice games. They can learn 1:1 correspondence and practice correctly writing numerals by tracing. They can see, using visual manipulatives, how addition and subtraction work. They can build fluency practicing math facts. Activities are aligned with Common Core State Standards for math in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Verbal and visual support, as well as fine-motor options for dragging and dropping or writing in answers, meet the needs of different learning abilities. Kids get solid math practice with no distractions or barriers to learning.
Is It Good for Learning?
The developers of Todo K-2 Math Practice have taken special care to create a math tool that is safe for kids, inclusive of different learning abilities and aligned to math educational standards and best practices. The games offer straightforward math practice and would be ideal for kids to use to complete a few minutes of daily math practice. The drag-and-drop or write-in-your-answer options can be tricky at first. Kids have to touch and hold the number to drag it into place, and some traced numbers, if written messily, are not correctly recognized. Kids can't create individual accounts, and there's no teacher dashboard to keep track of kids' progress, so it'd be best to use this for independent, non-assessed practice. All in all, there's no gimmick here, just solid math practice with encouraging, supportive feedback for all kids.
How Can Teachers Use It?
Todo can be used 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 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.