App Review
Todo Math

One arithmetic app fulfills the needs of many learners

  • Rich curriculum includes 31 missions.

  • Manipulatives help kids solve problems.

  • Instructions are written, but kids can tap the sound icon to hear them read aloud.

  • In Free Choice mode, kids can choose from activities.

  • Exercises get kids thinking mathematically.

Quick Take
Pros: Research-based strategies and modifications for learners with special needs.
Cons: Teacher program is still in development.
Bottom Line: Variety of strategies and accommodations make this classroom-ready for a variety of levels and abilities.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids choose free choice play or work through missions that span a full range of preK through 2nd grade curricula. The missions look like treasure maps, moving kids closer to the treasure as they complete each activity.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Activities use manipulatives to give kids objects to count, add with, and subtract with, which helps kids understand the concepts. The missions advance from numbers through arithmetic, into time and word problems, all the way to multiplication.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Clear verbal and visual instructions guide kids through the activities. Options in the settings adjust for left-handed and dyslexic learners

Our Review
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 Math is not just for kids with special needs, though -- it's for all learners -- and the curriculum spans number through multiplication, so one app can meet the needs of a range of learners for a span of years.

Kids work through 31 missions spanning CCSS for grades  K-2. They can choose which mission to begin with or start at the beginning and progress through them all. In Free Choice, they can choose specifically which game to play. Kids can learn 1:1 correspondence and practice correctly writing numerals by tracing. They can see, using visual manipulatives, how addition, subtraction, and multiplication work. They can build fluency practicing math facts, and they can work on telling time and solving word problems. 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 Math 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.  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 Math 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 Math 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. It's a full math curriculum practice that kids can use for several years. The current program allows up to three users per account for parents, but teachers can apply to be part of the pilot program for classrooms to get free access and help determine specs for the school version.

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