Panther Math Paper

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Helpful app gives all kids tools to complete math problems.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn that they can be successful at solving math problems even if they struggle with writing with pencil and paper, organizing their work, or using a keyboard. Panther Math Paper removes those barriers and lets kids work on math problems in any way that works for them. Integrated access features include adjustable "hold" times, accessible controls, a predictive cursor, carry functions that work with all four basic operations, baseline navigation (all input from the bottom toolbars), and accessible file management and settings. Kids who haven't been able to work out problems with pencil and paper will be empowered by Panther Math Paper's versatile tools. 

Ease of Play

Interface is very intuitive, for solving basic math problems right through algebra and geometry. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Panther Math Paper is an app that lets kids with varying abilities complete math problems independently. Developed using principles of universal design (an inclusive movement that promotes accessibility in design), it's not a calculator or worksheet but a tool to do whatever math is desired or assigned. The "paper" is divided with grid lines to help kids with organization. They enter numbers, operation signs, sum lines, and the like, just as they would on paper, but they can do so in a variety of ways that can work for kids with autism, motor, or organizational issues. The app is designed to work for all elementary and secondary math problems from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division through algebra and geometry.

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What's it about?

Kids with a wide range of challenges, including motor disabilities, will use Panther Math Paper for the same reason their peers use paper and pencil: to solve and complete math problems. However, they're not limited by their ability to write, organize, or process in a certain way. The app's tools make it possible for kids of all abilities to do computations, from addition to algebra. The screen shows a keypad and grid and offers multiple ways to enter numbers and mathematical symbols so kids can "write out" math problems step by step. Work can be printed or emailed for correction and feedback.

Is it any good?

PANTHER MATH PAPER is an excellent alternative to paper and pencil that provides kids with various disabilities a way to independently do all levels of math work required from K–12. With careful attention to universal design principles (the main principle being that something works for everyone), using it is especially intuitive for kids with physical, cognitive, social, and other disabilities. Beyond being excited to visually work out math problems, kids will appreciate the customizable screens and the ability to share work and get a general sense of empowerment.

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  • Explore all the various input methods to be comfortable with them before working with your child. Listen to your kid and ask lots of questions to be sure they find the best way to use the app. 

  • Explore Panther Math Paper with your child and complete basic exercises together.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, division, equations, fractions, functions, grouping, multiplication, ratio, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, defining problems, logic, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
  • Price: $19.99
  • Release date: August 20, 2012
  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 22.10 MB
  • Publisher: Panther Technology
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later

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