Friday, May 26, 2017

FREE MATH LESSON - “Ice Cream Party - Multiply by 7's - free app for your classroom computer”

by Spelling and Technology
2nd - 4th Grade

Computer app for students to learn the 7s times tables with an ice cream party theme. This is a computer App, NOT a phone/table app. You download the files to your computer and use the app from your PC. This does NOT work on Macs, sorry.

This is a free full app to teach the sevens multiplication tables.

Why use this app?
We looked at various apps on the market and did not find what we needed so we decided to create our own. Here were our requirements:

The app had to run on a PC since we did not want to pass our phones around and we do not have tablets.

We did not want to install anything since our computers are blocked at school.

The app had to include a license for a class of 30, most apps are for use by one person only.

Our app had to somehow teach the times tables, not just quiz students to see if they had learned it.

We wanted some kind of personalization feature so our students would see their names throughout the app.

We wanted corrective feedback (not just a buzzer sound) and some sort of motivational "prize."

No advertising - many free apps/web sites have huge amounts of advertising.

Finally, we did not want any in-app purchases that hindered the use of the complete app.

So we created the app we want for the classroom:

*An app that ran on our classroom computers
*Students type in their name and see it throughout the game.
*Just download and run, no installation files, you can put the app on all the classroom computers.
*An app with a low price ($2.99) that includes unlimited use in one classroom.
* Instant corrective feedback
*Motivational prize at the end with a minimum score required or the exercises have to be redone.
*An app with three levels: The first level shows the times tables being studied one at a time in sequential order. The second level mixes up the times tables and has the harder numbers appear twice. The third level is the application level where students use the times table they learned to solve problems in story form. 
*There are no ads anywhere in the app nor any in-app purchases! 
* Each app has a different theme for variety.
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We hope this app proves to be useful to you with your students. Your purchase license allows you to put this app on all computers within your classroom. If other teachers would like to use this app in their classroom please refer them to our product page on TpT. 

We also have a computer lab/site license file available for this app on TeachersPayTeachers for only $14.99 for unlimited uses in a computer lab or a school site.

Unzipping a zip file:
To open a zipped file on a PC, drag the .zip download to the folder of your choice (Desktop is good for you to practice or Documents).

Right-click the file called and choose "Extract All" Now you will have a new yellow folder with the same name and the files you need inside. Double-click the yellow folder and you will see the following files:

These three files are PDFs you can print out for your students. I usually have students complete/practice using these sheets before they are allowed on the app.

Double-click the "Launch_Game.exe" file to start the game, no installing or anything else needed, just run it!

What I do is put the app in the Documents folder then create a shortcut to the game on the Desktop.

To make a shortcut:
Right-click on the Launch_Game.exe file. Click on "Create Shortcut." You will see an icon with an arrow in the bottom left edge. Drag that shortcut to your desktop. Whenever a student double-clicks this icon the game will start up.

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