SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dylan Thoreau Leifer-Ives, age 14, a shy Gen Z self-proclaimed gamer, Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast, and fantasy reader, spends his after-school hours swimming, designing games and tutoring kids, teens and adults in math and really wants them to excel. Like many students the world over, when Dylan was first learning math, he laboriously drew arithmetic flashcards on index cards for a given week's computational sets of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. He would drill through the cards over and over again until he had committed them to memory.
While perusing available apps on iTunes, Dylan mentioned to his father, Michael Leifer, (co-founder, ecodads), that he couldn't find a flashcard app that he thought would both fully engage and mentally challenge users to master math.
The two reached out to two members of ecodads.org, Steve Lewis (aka Mathomaticus), a mathematician who had taught 5-12th grade math, and is currently acquiring his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the Ohio State University, and Anthony Bear, who had a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Ohio University and had spent 5 years as a Math Educator in private schools.
Collectively, they created an app called MyMathCards (http://www.mymathcards.com), now available for free on iTunes as iPad and iPhone apps.
Dylan smiles and nonchalantly proclaims, "MyMathCards puts 400 flash cards into the palm of your hand. And this app goes up to computations with 20."
The cards offer a beginning 1-12 set and an advanced calculation set 13-20 for those who already know their 1-12 computations. The cards can be flipped by double tapping them and advanced by swiping to the left. They have practice, random and test levels. Results can be sent via text, email or posted to Facebook, Twitter or on other social channels.
Lewis adds, "This app is aligned with the Common Core Mathematics Standards to help each student obtain mastery in the four basic arithmetic operations. These skills lead to an easier road to enhance and develop their mathematical language." Lewis' white paper on the cards can be found here http://www.ecodads.org/mymathcards/Rationale_For_MyMathCards.pdf.
This app can help students to return to math and science classes prepared for higher order problem-solving rather than being bogged down with basic practicing and drilling.
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