**Title: Mighty Maths Carnival Countdown**

**Publisher:** Edmark Iona Software Ltd.

**Age Group: **5-8 years

**Curriculum Areas: **Maths Language Development Visual Art Music PE Science
Social Studies

**Year of Publication:** 1997

**Minimum Specifications to run the software:** Windows 3.1,Windows 95 or
later Hard disk with

up to 5mb free 8MB memory (ram) Super VGA graphics, 640x480, 256 or more colours
Double

speed (2x) or faster CD ROM drive Windows compatible sound card Optional Windows
compatible

printer For Macintosh Users System 7.0.1 or higher 68040,68030 (25 MHz or faster)
or Power PC

8 MB memory (Ram), 4100k unused 13" or larger monitor, 256 or more colours Double
speed (2x)

or faster CD ROM drive Optional Printer.

**Summary: **

Mighty Maths Number Heroes is a maths programme which can be used from 2nd Class
up to 6th in

the Primary School. It could also be used in First Year Maths in secondary school.
I used the programme

with a 6th class where many of the children need Remedial Help. The children
worked for the most part

in pairs and the programme was used to reinforce concepts already learned in
class. I introduced it to a pair

of children at a time and towards the end of the lesson the children used the
explore option to make up their

own problems. They also tried different topics which, had not been covered in
class, for example Statistics

and Probability. The package was used successfully by non-national children
who had little knowledge of the

English language. I demonstrated to the children what was required and then
I set them to work with a partner

who helped them when necessary. The higher levels of the different topics were
quite challenging for the all

children. The use of headphones definitely recommended

**Overview:**

The maths topics covered are Number sense and Relationships Number Systems and
Number Theory

Concepts of whole number operations Whole number computation Estimation Geometry
and Spatial

Sense Measurement Statistics and Probability Fractions and Decimals Patterns,
Relationships and Functions

Pre Algebra. All the above topics are graded from the simple to the more complex.
The Grow slides move

on automatically as the child achieves success so they are challenged only when
they are ready. Special

needs students are catered for because they can repeat and review difficult
areas The above topics

incorporate · Maths as problem solving. The children are enabled to take a maths
problem from the abstract

to the concrete by using the manipulatives ( the small icons moved by the children)on
the screen. The children

can also pose their own problems and use the manipulatives to sort out the solution.
· Maths as communication

As the children work they discuss with their partner what they are doing and
why. They can also write a report

about what they did to solve the problem. · Maths as reasoning The children
have to use conjecture, logical

thinking, analysis and they draw conclusions to solve the problems. · Mathematical
connections The children

can apply the graph reading skills to science for example. The work sheets provided
allow integration in the

following areas Visual Arts Music PE Science Social Studies Language Arts. Strengths
` · Časy Accessibility

· Multiple levels of difficulty · Good graphics · Instant Feedback` · Easy for
the teacher to check on what level

a child finished. `Weaknesses · The instructions would need to be repeated automatically
without having to click

on the helper icon to have a repetition. · The teacher would need to ensure
that the pupils would have some

understanding of maths language.

**Content:**

The content is excellent and very comprehensive. It was very up-to-date. The
content goals in the Teacher's notes

are very well laid out. It is a piece of software that could be used anywhere
in the world. The language and style

of the software were most appropriate for the target age group i.e. 8 to 12
yr. The programme has multiple levels

of difficulty and challenge and it automatically moves on when the child has
achieved success. The teacher can

also pre-set the level of difficulty at which the child can start, so if a child
needs to be challenged the facility is

there to do so.

**Design and Navigation: **

Before the child begins a task an explanation is given and if the child is unsure
he/she can click on the help icon

to get further guidance. If the child encounters difficulty after starting the
activity the help icon will automatically

give a hint or a demonstration of what is required to solve the problem. Special
needs students used this piece

of software with ease because the level of difficulty goes from the simple to
the complex and only moves on a

level when the child has achieved success. The positive reinforcement is great
because the children are complemented

on their achievements and encouraged to try again if they don't succeed. The
interface is very easy to use and

there is no reading of the documentation by the students required. It is easy
to get from one section to another and

it is easy for the teacher to check on the level at which the child finished.
A bookmark is on the list of topics.

**Installation and Use:**

For Windows 95 or later Installation starts automatically if Autoplay is enabled
if not the instructions are easy to

follow. It takes only a couple of minutes to launch into the programme. The
programme responds quickly enough

to input from the child.

**Supporting Documentation:**

The documentation comes in a ring folder which makes it easily accessible to
photocopy and is clearly separated

into elements that deal with running the software, and those that deal with
classroom practice. There is sufficient

information in the package to enable the user to know what the software does,
and how it behaves without having

to run the package. The teacher notes and pupil activities are very relevant
to the target age group of 8-12 yrs.

The worksheets are excellent and allowed the pupils scope to conduct their own
experiments as in the penny toss,

where the children test for probability. The activity presented in the work
sheets is very varied and enjoyable

and could be adapted by any teacher for a particular class. The children from
sixth class enjoyed using this

programme.

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