April 17, 2017

Mobile App Makes Learning Fractions Easy

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources Oh No Fractions! app helps students practice

One-half or two-thirds. Which is greater? If you’re measuring ingredients to bake a cake, mix a drink, distribute money or divide materials, it’s important to know the answer.

K-12 students need to learn fractions because when they join the workforce, using fractions will be part of the job in most occupations. Just ask any baker, bartender, banker or part assembler.

An excellent way math teachers can supplement units on fractions is to add an educational app to their classroom toolbox to give students extra practice with them. A good app to consider is “Oh No Fractions!” by Curious Hat. The app targets students in upper elementary grades and middle school and works with most digital tablets and smartphones.

How it works

No login is necessary to use the app. When launching it for the first time, tap the “smart cap” icon at the bottom of the start page to set app preferences for sound effects, then tap the “I’m Done” text to return to the start page.

In the center of the page, choose from five operations to practice. Using tap and swipe technology, the app guides students through each self-paced exercise. Each page lets students visually compare, add, subtract, multiply and divide two fractions. There’s also a “Peek” option where students can see a visual solution to each exercise before they enter their answer.

Operations covered in the “Oh No Fractions!” app include:

  • Addition
  • Comparison
  • Division
  • Multiplication
  • Subtraction

Statistics are automatically kept for each successful and unsuccessful attempt to solve fraction problems and can be used to measure student progress. The statistics can be shared with others via email.

Dynamic features

There are numerous dynamic features and functions designed to keep students engaged and the program moving forward. Among the most helpful:

  • Automatic scoring
  • Confirmation sound effects
  • Denominator set tool
  • Operation “cheat sheet” help page
  • Visual bar graphs

The bar graph function lets students compare fractions visually and numerically. It’s especially helpful to visual learners who thrive on charts and multimedia. Meanwhile, kinesthetic learners will enjoy the manipulative activities needed to tap and slide through each exercise.

What’s included

Content in the “Oh No Fractions!” app is all-inclusive. It includes automatically generated templates with math fractions, sound effects and visual bar graphs that will work without an internet connection. However, an internet connection is needed to share saved statistics with others via email.

There are no in-app advertisements, and no registration is needed.

Download details

The “Oh No Fractions!” app from Curious Hat Lab costs 99 cents. It can be downloaded from iTunes and is compatible with iPhones and iPad tablets running iOS version 5.1 or later. It’s also available on Google Play and is compatible with smartphones and digital tablets running the Android operating system 4.0.3 or later.

A free version of the app with limited features called “Oh No Fractions! – Curious Hat Lab” is also available on the iTunes store. It includes a link to upgrade to the full version.

Rob Klindt’s “App Reviews” combine his passion for writing with an ever-growing interest in educational technology. His simple, straightforward approach to reviewing educational apps help educators and parents leverage new tools for students in and out of the classroom.

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