Monday, December 23, 2013

Panter Math Paper

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Panther Math Paper (iPad Only, $19.99)




Reviewer Comments
Panther Math Paper allows a user to complete math problems on an iPad, therefore, completing these problems without a pencil! By tapping the features on the menu at the bottom of Panther Math, a user can complete simple to complex math operations. This app is based on Universal Design Principles allowing for independent completion of mathematical operations by users with motoric and/or learning challenges.
Teachers can create math worksheets in this app and save them to specific folders within the app. Students can then access these worksheets and complete the assigned work. Students can use this app to copy and complete mathematical operations found in their text book. This app is not a calculator; it is a digital math paper! Math concepts that can be addressed with this app include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, algebra, money skills, volume, weight, geometry, time, distance and advanced math.
Trialing this app with a student who struggles with the mechanics of writing, it was immediately obvious that the cognitive demand was decreased as this individual did not have to spend time struggling with putting an answer on the paper with pencil. Therefore, this student was able to focus his attentions on the mathematical operations. It was easy for him to choose the correct answer as his finger isolation skills were strong.
This app includes user guide that includes a quick guide, instructions, accessibility options information, grid options, and information about the 5 main keyboards, navigation directions, file management information and a settings section. It was great to see such a strong user guide easily accessible within this feature rich app.
As with other apps by this company, this app is a tool in the toolbox for assistive technology professionals, who seek options for individuals with disabilities. Panther Technology has again proven that it embraces the Universal Designs concepts.
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