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Common Core iPad App Testimonial

AppI have to share a new app that I stumbled upon last week that I LOVE. Now I'm not one to pay for apps, let alone twenty dollars for one. But I have to say that Mentoring Minds Common Core K-12 Math app had everything I was looking for in one place. The app is broken down into three sections: K-12 Math Standards, Strategies, and Vocabulary.

The Standards are color-coded and are broken down for easy navigation. From this menu, I can open up the standards to the specific grade level targets.

I really love the strategies.

They provide other ideas on how to work on the target. From there I have the option to enter notes, precursors, and successors for that target. I love the fact that I don't have to go looking for the information – what skills they should have mastered to do the grade level skill. And if students have mastered the grade level skill, you can push the skill to the next level. I can send the task to classroom teachers with the share button. The app also highlights if there is something they don't need to know at a specific grade level. (Love this!)

The second section – Strategies – has tons of information from accommodations and management to RTI and critical thinking. Each one has a page of ideas that can be easily implemented. Think twenty books in one place! The flip charts are all right there. No more trying to remember where my Depth of Knowledge chart is or where the Bloom’s question stems are.

The last section – Vocabulary – covers all the Common Core math words that students need to know. I wish there were pictures to support the words. But having short and simple definitions makes planning word walls easier.

I was very unsure when I bought this app if it would have everything I was looking for. As you can see, you get tons for the twenty dollars. I have bought the ELA app as well, but I have not played with it. From what I understand, it is set up the same way. I'm cheap when it comes to buying apps, but I love this one just for the simple fact that the strategies – and what comes before and after the target –  are outlined for me. It’s less stuff to find and bring home when I'm planning. This app has been helpful when planning math for one of my tutoring clients. I can't wait to use the app when school starts.

-A. Whiteley at Toad-ally Exceptional Learners