Trickomatics is a DVD set that promises to help kids who struggle with core math concepts in a fun and entertaining way that offers an alternative to the traditional educational system. The animated videos follow the adventures of four young kids, as they use mathematical concepts to help them along the way. All of the concepts are presented in a practical context, but the series’ strongest point is its use of mental shortcuts that help kids understand math and make calculations more efficiently.
Nickelodeon Launches Team Umizoomi Math Kits
Team Umizoomi has become a very popular Nickelodeon cartoon because not only do kids enjoy watching it, but parents love it too because it teaches kids math skills. As a matter of fact, the show has become so popular that it is now one of the top five preschool shows on TV, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Dora the Explorer. Now Nickelodeon plans on releasing special Team Umizoomi Math Kits for kids to work on at home. The kits help prepare kids for kindergarten, by teaching them about numbers, counting, patterns, shapes, measuring, positioning, sorting, classification and reasoning.
TI-Nspire CX Handheld Calculator Sports a Color Display Plus 3D Graphing
Texas Instrument’s new TI-Nspire CX Handheld calculator is not like most boring scientific calculators. This one features a 16-bit, 320 x 240 pixel color high-resolution display along with a new 3D graphing capability and software that helps students create color interactive lessons and lab reports. With this display students and teachers can see full-color images and animations.
MathShark Isn’t Just a Calculator
MathSark is a lot more than just a calculator, it works as an electronic flash card system and educational toy. The device comes with quizzes that feature eight different skill levels in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and percentages. The idea is to get kids to learn math even if they don’t like math, by including quizzes in the form of video games with f;ashing lights and sounds. And kids can of course also use the MathShark as a regular calculator. MathShark retails for $40.38.
PBS KIDS GO! CyberChase Lets Kids Take Control of a Web Series
When I was younger PBS is all I watched. PBS has decided to not only bring the fun and education to the small screen but your computer screen as well. PBS KIDS GO! is a website filled with educational cartoons by Cyberchase. “Cyberchase has created educational web games using Panache’s ad insertion software, originally designed for use in online popup ads. Cyberchase, (along with PBS KIDS), is appropriating this interactive advertising technology in designing games that appear as interactive layers over Buzz & Delete short form web videos.” Overall, the site is a lot of fun and lets you be very interactive with the show you are watching as it…