What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Soulver for iPad is a powerful math app that may be more powerful than most kids, even teens, need unless they are taking accounting courses in high school or traveling and need to perform quick money exchange rates. The most unique aspects of this tool are that it allows words to be used alongside numbers to help solve complex word problems, users can send problems via email, and it pulls the exchange rates of various currencies from around the world on an hourly basis.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
Engagement depends heavily upon what level of math your teen is currently studying and how interested in accounting or money-related math he or she is. This tool may be confusing or fascinating, helpful or overly so.
Soulver helps teens solve story problems related to percentages, currency exchange, statistics, variables, and more. The app saves calculations for later reference, and they can be emailed.
The excellent tutorial explains all available functions. Still, kids must have a good handle on next-step math problems, such as percentages and alegbra, or this app may still be confusing.
What's it about?
Using the keypad and the tabs on the left side of the screen (which act as a sort of menu for different types of problems), users enter the words, numbers, and operations related to the problem they want to solve. SOULVER FOR IPAD presents the solution simultaneously on the right side of the same screen. Users add new lines to continue calculations and previous calculations will remain on the screen along with a running total on the bottom for all lines.
Is it any good?
Soulver for iPad is unquestionably a good productivity and business tool. The question remains: Is it worth the price for most kid or teen math students? Depending upon what level of math your kid is currently studying or how interested your teen is in accounting- or money-related math, this tool will either be confusing or fascinating, helpful or overly so.
Families can talk about...
Review with your kids the difference between using tools, such as calculators, to assist in problem solving vs. using them to think for you.
Talk about different daily tasks for which an app like this may be helpful (balancing a checking account, for example).