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Review of Numbershark.

I went through all the games for “Adds with ans up to 20.”

                                                     “Adds with ans up to 100”, and the games for multiplication.  In the Addition the favourites seemed to be “Sort,” “Catch Ball,” “Knock Down,” “Match,” “Pick,” “Search,” “Flowers,” “Surround,” (in the Adds with ans up to 20) and “Grid” (for the older children).

“Fit in,” “Calc Rods” and “Maze” were liked by same.

I found same games too hard for Remedial children.  I thought “Treasure” would be easier if you could see all the 100 square.

In “Pattern” and “Sharks” you added the tens first, which I did not like.

“Snap” was too fast, even at Level 1.

“Coin exchange” was difficult, as even the “slow robber” worked too fast!

“Number Line,” “Pairs” and “Find Two” were also difficult.

I thought “Formal” was a very slow way of doing it, and “Conserve was hard on the eyes.

In the Multiplication games I thought “Match,” “Maze”, “Pairs” and “Flowers” were excellent.

“Sun Demo” was great for explaining.  “Pattern” was good for the tables.  “Find 2” was excellent but difficult for Remedial children.

After that group I’d rate “Fit in,” “Sort,” “Catch Ball,” “Conserve,” “Sharks” and “Jump” as good.

The children did not show much interest in “Surround,” “Grid,” “Pick” or “Transform.”  “Knock Down” and “Snap” were too difficult for most.

We found “Calc Rods” and “Formal” a very slow way of doing the sums.

I had never used “NumberShark” before.  Overall, I found it excellent.  All we need is the time to get it done more often.

By Anne O’Shea,

Boher N.S.