Number Bonds by Thinkout
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It’s time to set your child on the path to becoming smarter than you! Number Bonds by Thinkout helps your child understand numbers and enhances learning.
***Recommended by MacWorld (2012-03-27)***
***Reached top-10 of tested apps at Apps-4-Kids***
***Finalist in About.com Readers' Choice Award***
What your child will learn:
- By filling gaps with rods, the child applies intuitive understanding of the concrete such as size and color to better understand the abstract idea of number.
- By increasing the difficulty of placing the rods, your child will grasp the concept of numbers (0-10) and simple addition.
- One of the most difficult yet important processes in learning - for children as well as adults - is the abstraction process – which Number Bonds by Thinkout enhances in your child. Useful for the rest of their life!
(Suitable for children aged 3-7)
Years of research on people with difficulties understanding number is brought into this app for iPhone, iPad and iPod. With intriguing graphics and exciting game play, your child unknowingly learns numbers. And, no reading abilities required, so no need to assist your child while using the app.
In Number Bonds by Thinkout, your child will help a cute space traveler talk with other adorable creatures, learning numbers to take the traveler to the next place. Number Bonds by Thinkout is a new take on the learning process; a challenge to the conventional ideas on teaching; an app designed for the possibilities of digital tools combined with a deep curiosity and passion for learning; the first edutainment app from publisher Thinkout, founded by Rolf Skoglund, formerly Microsoft VP.
Turning disadvantages to your advantage:
- Number Bonds by Thinkout is the result of years of research on how to help children with math difficulties (dyscalculia), directed by Professor Diana Laurillard from the University of London. It’s a combination of pedagogy, technology and neuroscience.
- Children are experts on play and fun, but not keen on sitting still and listening. Number Bonds by Thinkout is using children’s passion for play to invoke curiosity - working with children’s nature instead of against it, but never losing the aim to enhance learning.
- Carefully modeled to enthuse the child, there are easily understandable tasks and attractive graphics.
- During learning moments, all disruptive elements such as animation and sounds are removed, without the child losing interest in the game. That way, the learning curve is optimized.
- The game gives feedback on the learner’s action either to help them improve it, or as a reward, never to punish.
- Advanced adaptive technology sets the speed of the game to suit your child's ability and interest.
- 25% of earnings goes back to research.
A parent’s dream:
- Follow your child’s progress. The five levels in the game, each with increased difficulty, mark a new step towards understanding numbers.
- Easy to track progress, as performance on each level is graded with stars.
- The game comes without tutorial: so possible for a child to start learning right away.
”Thinkout uses a learning model we know works: catch the learner where she or he is curious and thoroughly engaged in the learning moment and provide positive reinforcement from feedback loops.” // Dr. Keith Devlin, Co-founder H-Star Institute at Stanford University and The Math Guy NPR US.
”The possibility of moving the focus from teaching to learning, from bored kids to engaged students and from repetition to understanding lies ahead of us.
Thinkout is my interpretation of this possibility.” // Rolf Skoglund, Founder Thinkout and former Microsoft VP.
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What's New in Version 1.01
* Localization added to App store description
Great teaching app!
NumberBonds is a really fantastic learning game. The strongest feature in the game is the educational value. I'm convinced that a young child with very limited understanding of basic numbers could learn the relationships between numbers 0-10 just by playing this game. Props to the developers!
I'm giving this game 4 stars because I think there's some low-hanging fruit that would really improve the playability if this game. It's unnecessarily slow at times. For instance, when I (or a younger player) put down the wrong answer, and then I quickly self-correct and put the right answer, the next block should drop down quickly (a la Tetris when you hit "down"). In fact, whenever an answer is submitted before the next block drops in, the falling block should speed down. If the developer implements these fixes or makes other changes that address the slow-gameplay issue, I will bump my rating to 5 stars.
Gabriel Adauto, Motion Math
Im an Intervention Specialist working in an SDC classroom. Most of our kids are on the autism spectrum. Frustratingly, as with many educational apps, there is no option to create multiple users. I would gladly pay more for this, as well as more in depth tracking data. Also, the animations are too slow and colors need to pop more.
Similar to Cuisenaire rods
This seems like it has a lot of potential. I only wish there were a way to set the colors in the parent settings to mirror those of the Cuisenaire rods. This would help those of us who use those to reinforce the learning offered by the real life/tactile rods.