Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

2calculate

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

2calculate

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2Calculate Published by 2Simple Software Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP Available from AAMT Single user $80.00 (member) Site licences available

I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I opened this proram. It is bright, colourful and provides activities for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. While the range of activities is not exhaustive, unlike many CDs of educational games, it is not limited by, or to the activities which are represented. Users are able to create their own learning activities within this program. The activities are presented in a spreadsheet format making many skills transferable.

The CD is structured in such a way that it is easily accessible to teachers and learners with little computer experience as well as to people who are more computer literate. In addition to the visual appeal for young learners it also contains videos linked to the prepared activities which take the users through each process in clear steps enabling them to then use activities confidently. Another feature which appears within the standard toolbox is an "auto speaks" button. This can be used with activities such as creating a constant function and the numbers created are spoken aloud.

The 2 Simple website tells us that the program has been cross-referenced to the UK National Numeracy Strategy and while it certainly does not contain an activity for every area of your mathematics program, it does provide the opportunity to create new activities to match individual needs. …

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