Hello again everyone! Teachers, I hope you’ve been able to relax and enjoy some deserved time off. Just wanted to give a brief update on what’s been happening at Fluency Games so far this summer.
I will presenting on Math Fluency at the Tennessee Mathematics Teacher’s Association Fall Conference (Sept. 26-27) and the North Carolina Council of Math Teacher’s Conference (Oct 30-31); So, come and see me! I’d love to get feedback from teachers who use the games.
Addition Blocks and Multiplication Blocks are now available on the ToonGoggles mobile site, and arrangements have been made to play the games on the CoolMath mobile site, plus FunBrain.Com. Also, I am working with LearnPad to have the games available for their award-winning device.
I was able to attend ISTE as a guest of BrainPOP, and helped them out in their classroom. BrainPOP will some great new additions for the coming school year:
Make-A-Map: Students and teachers will be able to generate Thinking Maps directly within the BrainPOP site. The tool is integrated with the Movie section, and students can access keywords and images by drag-and-drop on to the Make-A-Map canvas. Students can even add links to sections of the movie!
Sortify: Have your kids played Sortify yet? Developed by BrainPOP, this is a great critical-thinking game. The game is available across multiple topics (Nutrition, American Revolution, Multiplication, Angels, etc), where players sort 30 tiles into labeled bins. The game allows for multiple solutions, as tiles can go into different bins. Great for a Unit Preview activity, Mid-unit review, or Post-unit assessment!
Mobile version: High Priority in development, to get their whole site available for mobile devices. They hope to roll out in 6 months or so.
Administrative Dashboard: Allows for easier set-up for teacher and student accounts, planning to be ready for the new school year.
Also got to meet and talk with Steven Isaacs @mr_isaacs!
Addition Blocks v.3/Multiplication Blocks v.2
Profiles: The apps will have up to 6 (“Pro”)/30 (“Educational”) individual profiles and will be able to keep track of a players scores, achievements, and settings.
Progress Reporting: The next generation of the software will feature progress tracking and reporting within the app. I believe there is much power in a child seeing themselves actually getting better! Additionally, progress data will be held on server-based (ie, “cloud”) storage; this will allow for the children’s progress to be recorded across platforms. The progress reporting will be available as a licensed feature, but will provide great feedback for your children.
New game mode: Timed mode! Play from 30 second-turbo mode game up to 10 minutes.
Updated/Improved graphics: The game will be native 2048×1536; however, I have changed the way the graphics are being displayed, so the game will look much better on Android and iPhone devices!
Follow along with the development at #additionblocksver3!
Found a graphics artist to work on the development for this game. Addition Blocks will be my priority over the next few months, so look for the game in about 6 months!
Subtraction Blocks will have similar mechanics to Candy-Crush. The game will not have the falling target block: Instead, players ‘swipe’ two blocks together to find the difference. Swiping to get a zero will destroy both blocks. Levels will have different goals to attain (Clear board, score, moves, etc).
What else would like to see in Addition Blocks and Multiplication Blocks? Leave a comment and let us know! Thanks!