3 High-Tech Formative Assessments for Fact Fluency Data

3 Fact Fluency Resources

It is the time of year that we are trying to not only get to know our students personally, but to learn more about where they are in our assigned academic areas. To do this, we use an arsenal of varied formative assessments to gather the data we need but a big concern for teachers has always been the laborious task of finding, copying, administering, collecting, grading and reporting that information. We live in exciting times, my dear teachers! We have access to so many digital resources that have the ability to make this task easier and engaging for our students. We are hearing more and more about how we need to have a more personalized learning environment in our classrooms and that require more frequent formative assessments in order to group kids into their personalized leveled groups. In this post, I am focusing on three suggested resources to help you with one curricular area, Math Fact Fluency.

Below are three very valuable resources I have used and LOVED in my own classroom not only to give my kids skill and drill practice but to have them participate in high-tech activities that actually teach them new concepts and gather data at the same time. We can then use this data to track progress and share with support staff, parents and most importantly, the kids! Each of these resources give immediate feedback in some sort of “Gamified” format. As we know, our students take greater ownership in their learning outcomes if they are involved in the goal setting, feedback and tracking of their skills.

Many teachers and parents are so accustomed to paper-pencil timed tests that totally stress children out! The digital resources I have to share, alleviate most of that stress because of the privacy of their stats.

Of the three resources, one is an app and only available using an iPad but the other two are web tools and can be used on either an iPad server app like Chrome or Safari or using a Chromebook/laptop.

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#1. Timed Test Arcade– $1.99 iPad and iPhone versions. There is a free version that only tracks addition facts.

I love this app for so many reason but the biggest reason is that it is a way to fully customize students’ math fact fluency timed test from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division and grade them right away for immediate and private feedback on their score. These scores are saved in the app to track progress and can be emailed to parents.

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Just select or add new student, set up the testing parameters, like operation, digits and time then click “Go!”.

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The app can collect data on multiple students, just remind them to make sure they have logged in as themselves.

#2. Mobymax.com is one of my absolute favorite go-to digital resources for all curricular areas! It is considered an “Adapted Learning Platform” or affectionately known as an ALP. In my opinion, it is a powerhouse for math instruction and data collection. This site has been around for years as “Moby Math” so math is certainly it’s strength. For fact fluency, Mobymax has a tab that gathers great data on the specific facts that students know. It does not have a time test element like the previous app but it does average how long each session took.

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There is a free version of Mobymax to try for as long as you like and for as many kids as you like but the true power is in the data collected as the kids go through each lesson. At the time of this post, a Teacher Pro license is $99 unlimited students and a School Pro Unlimited license is only $1300. Mobymax has more features than I can possibly go into due to the topic of this post but I HIGHLY recommend that you click on the link above and check out all of the other wonderful tools Mobymax has to offer! You will be so happy that you did. My coworkers and parents were so impressed when they saw all it can do and the developers are continually adding more usable features.

#3. Xtramath.org – A free web tool but $4.99 ios app.

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This is a great tool for quick and easy assessments that also track and report fact fluency progress to parents. I used this after recess everyday as the kids took a restroom break so as not to take up any instructional time. Parents really liked having it to use at home as well. The link above has a nice little 1 minute video overview for you.

I hope these resources are as helpful to you as they are to me and become a valued part of your fact fluency arsenal of formative assessments. 🙂

*BTW- If you are interested in a more extensive list of math apps, I have another blog post that breaks my favorite apps down into stages of number sense. Just click on the Math Category to your right.

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My Top 55 “Must Have” Apps & Webtools for a Personalized K-3 Classroom

55 Must Have Apps

After four years of implementing a personalized classroom environment, I am often asked about my favorite apps and web tools to match our Common Core subject areas. This is just like asking a teenager what their favorite song is or asking an 8 year old what their favorite movie is. We are always evolving and changing our “Favorites”. So, I was finally able to narrow down a list in a clickable Google Doc below that includes my top 55 “Must Have” apps and web tools. This is by no means a conclusive list. It took me hours to prioritize my original list of 112. I know, I have issues! 🙂 I cannot help myself, I absolutely love finding and trying out new technology that will make our jobs easier and engage our students. Enjoy!

Here is my View Only link:

55 Top Elementary Tech Resources Used in High-Tech K-3 Classrooms

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Personalized Learning with Mobymax

MobyMax Tutorials

About MobyMax

I am so excited to share with you a web tool that I absolutely love,… MobyMax! MobyMax is a powerful and efficient web-based Adapted Learning Platform (ALP) that has been a vital part of my personalized and blended learning classroom. I am constantly amazed at how they are evolving each year to meet the needs of students, teachers and parents. MobyMax offers the only complete web-based K-8 curriculum covering English language arts, math, and science at a very reasonable cost of $100 per class or $700 per school.  MobyMax identifies skill gaps with find-and-fix technology that targets instruction and they advertise that they help students increase one full grade level in just 40 hours. When a student opens a portal for the first time, Moby automatically gives them a placement test to best personalize their lessons in that subject area, automatically! The Writing Assignments portal (Explained in the video) even gives students an opportunity to write an opinion, informational or narrative writing piece and teachers can use Moby’s installed Common Core aligned rubrics to grade student work according to their grade level. Amazing!

MobyMax can be used on any device that has internet access, iPads, Chromebooks etc.. It has reached the “Wow Factor” at many of my RTI meetings when I display to parents and administrators Moby’s varied progress charts and percentage data that is collected as students progress through the video lessons and formative assessments. Moby’s comprehensive system includes multiple motivation tools, test prep, assessments, messaging, parent portal, progress monitoring and my favorite tool- Clicker for easy formative assessments that you can choose from a bank of pre-made questions, some including diagrams and photos, all Common Core aligned. Scrub the Advanced video time bar below to the 31:00 timestamp for quick access to the “Clicker” section of the video.

MobyMax is used in more than half of all K-8 schools in the United States and has more than 11 million students registered. Watch both videos below and you will see why!

  1. Getting Started in MobyMax Video. (5 min.)

2.  Advanced Moby Tutorial (30 min.)  If you do not have an uninterrupted 30 minutes to spare, I recommend opening the videos’ table of contents page (See image below) to see the timestamps on the video for the topics you are interested in. The Science portal is not included yet since it just came out in August 2015.

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 In the fall of 2015 they are adding 3 new portals for struggling readers, “Early Words”, “Early Reading” and Early Writing”. I am so excited about this! Check it out!!

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Interactive Number Line and Hundred Grid by Classworks

Interactive Math Blog Format

Two Awesome Math Resources That You Just Have to Play With!

A colleague of mine recommended these online interactive math tools, both resources are from Classworks.  One is an interactive number line and the other is a hundreds chart / Grid for math, ESL & special Ed teachers.

 The number line is instant full screen, changes the intervals for you and click the purple +-, & = tab and it makes an equation as you click on the tick marks! I know…awesome!

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1. Number Line Link

     * Here is the Number Line Informational Video Link that explains how to use the interactive number line.

 The hundreds grid also opens to full screen view and allows you to drop colored tiles on top of the numbers, scrolls down to 1000, uses decimals and negative numbers and even prints your screen. 

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2.   Hundreds Grid

    * Here is the Hundreds Grid Informational Video Link that explains how to use the interactive hundreds grid.

Enjoy!

 

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Best Apps for 3 Developmental Stages of Math Fact Fluency (Demo Videos Included)

Great Fact Fluency Apps for 3 Stages of (1)

Research has shown (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) that a student needs to become proficient in their computational fluency to best equip them to learn more complex math concepts. This developmental path includes three distinct stages.

Conceptual Understanding, Memory Strategies and Developing Automaticity.

Would you like some awesome apps to corollate with these three stages? You got it! 🙂 I have narrowed down my best apps for each stage. In the following months, I will share a few powerful webtools that I have used but for now, just my list of iPad apps. Most of them had a demo video review that I also included but a few did not have a demo video. (If you subscribed to my blog, then you were able to download my 78 Math app suggestions PDF that I highly recommend and have used successfully in my classroom.)

 

 3 Predictable Stages of Math Fact Fluency- (Apps Vary in Price based on promotions)

 

1. Conceptual Understanding Using manpulatives to represent to build strong number sense and counting skills with many opportunities to practice. This stage requires a variety of engaging experiences like story problems using math mats.

More or Less   More or Less – $2.99 (This app is brand new to my this summer so it is not in my free pdf mentioned above)

I absolutely love this app! You can certainly tell when a well seasoned educator is involved in the creation of an app. It is very intuitive and the music and characters adorable. Here is the Link for video demo of “More or Less” app by Marbotic

* You can fully differentiate for the needs of your students’ facts in the settings by turning on the number slides to choose the range of the result and the operands using strategies.

* You may also adjust the in three stages of activities that are represented by three chickens, easy being the chick, hen to rooster.

* Students use various learning modalities by hearing the numbers, seeing them in different colors and dragging them in the correct space.

* The beads automatically bind together when combining to make ten for place value concepts.

Other app suggestions:

Domino Ten Frame  Domino Ten Frame $.99

Quick Images  Quick Images $.99 Demo Video

 

Number Frames Number Frames Free  Demo Video

 

Subitizing Subitizing Flashcards $1.99  Demo Video

Jungle Add 1 Touch Math  Jungle Add 1 Touch Math $7.99 Demo Video

* This app is the most expensive of my collection, but truth be told, it is worth the price. I was impressed with the explicit instructions on how to “Touch” each number correctly, in order and placement of each touch! It is arranged in levels to best fit your student’s mathematical needs.

 

2. Memory Strategies– Using strategies, connections and relationships among numbers. Emphasizing accuracy over speed when beginning. This stage is where our students need more intense support. What strategy to use? Can the student explain their thinking in words, pictures or numbers?

Addimals  Teachley Addimals – Free or $1.99   Demo-  Teachley Addimals Demo Video

* This app does a great job of offering a choice of strategy as a student progresses through the activities. Super cute storyline, too!

 

Number Pieces Number Pieces Basic – Free  Demo Video

* I use this app to have students show me their flexible thinking around numbers. It also includes a writable whiteboard background for writing numbers in standard, word, expanded form or using the place value blocks. My kids screenshot their work to save in their Google Drive or Dropbox folder.

 

3.  Developing Automaticity– recall immediately/automaticity

timed test arcade Timed Test Arcade $1.99 – Timed Test Arcade Demo Video

The Lite/free version only tracks and practices addition.

* This app is my heaviest hitting data collector for fact fluency. My kids take a screen shot of their test results and save it to their Google drive or shared Dropbox folder for parents to see at home. It allows the teacher to have a great amount of control over the range and time of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The Lite/free version only tracks and practices addition. Here is a screen shot of the customization of options inside the settings of the home screen.

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Door 24 Plus Door 24 Plus – Free  Demo Starts at time- 1:53

 

Crackers and Goo Crackers & Goo $2.99 Demo Video

 

Number Bond Blasters Number Bond Blasters – Free

 

Know your Math Facts   Know Your Math Facts– Free  Demo

By the way…..

Here is the Google Slide displayed during our Math Stations for the beginning of the year. We are basically focusing on Number sense strategies for my below and on level students.

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