Editorial Review

Todo Math: School Edition

One arithmetic app fulfills the needs of many learners
Graphite Rating 4
  • Begin with a tutorial that demonstrates how to play; a customizable countdown timer keeps track of how long kids have been playing.
  • Curated missions guide kids through different activities organized around a common learning theme.
  • In Free Choice mode, kids can choose from activities.
  • Manipulatives help kids solve problems.
  • Instructions are written, but kids can tap the sound icon to hear them read aloud.
  • Exercises get kids thinking mathematically.
  • Teacher view progress, manage accounts, and set special accessibility features in a web-based dashboard.
Pros
Research-based strategies and modifications for learners with special needs support a wide range of abilities.
Cons
Progress data on the Web-based teacher dashboard isn't always intuitive.
Bottom Line
A variety of strategies and accommodations make this app classroom-ready for a variety of levels and abilities.

Graphite Expert Review

Mieke VanderBorght
Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
Researcher
Graphite Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Kids choose free-choice play or work through missions that look like treasure maps, moving kids closer to the treasure as they complete each activity. Activities are essentially drills, but they're dressed up enough to be fun and appealing.

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, helping 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. Kids earn stars and unlock games as they progress; teachers see individualized progress reports. Options in the settings adjust for left-handed and dyslexic learners.

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What's It Like?

Todo means all in Spanish -- and this app is designed for all kids, including those with learning differences such as deficits in auditory and visual processing, language delay, or underdeveloped fine motor skills. Todo Math: School Edition is also comprehensive in its curriculum, which spans numbers through multiplication.

Kids work through 41 missions covering Common Core State Standards for grades K-2. They can pick and choose missions or start at the beginning and progress through them all. In Free Choice, kids choose specific games and skills to work on. Kids count; trace numbers; use visual manipulatives to see how addition, subtraction, and multiplication work; build fluency practicing math facts; or work on telling time and solving word problems. A few short quizzes assess comprehension and allow kids to collect monster prizes. Verbal and visual support, a special font for kids with dyslexia, as well as fine-motor options for dragging and dropping or writing in answers all meet the needs of different learners.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The developers of Todo Math have taken special care to create a math tool that's safe for kids, inclusive of different learning abilities, and aligned to math educational standards and best practices. The games offer straightforward, solid math practice free from distractions or learning barriers. Games can be ideal for a few minutes of daily math practice, especially with the customizable countdown timer that can help kids track how long they've been playing. With a wide range of topics and a number of customization options, this one app can potentially meet the needs of a range of learners for a span of years. Teachers can easily customize play options for individual kids and track progress. The ability to send kids specific assignments or suggestions for what to work on might be a nice addition. All in all, there's no gimmick here -- just solid math practice with encouraging, supportive feedback for all kids.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can use Todo Math 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. Teachers can add up to 30 students and manage accounts from a Web-based teacher dashboard. Follow kids closely and help suggest where kids should focus their playing time if needed. Supplement the screen learning with lots of hands-on work with 3-D manipulatives, everyday practical problems, and interactive individual and group activities. Teachers can also adjust the language for each student in the settings menu. Choose from English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, or French. 

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