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March 18, 2013
SAS Math Stretch Comes Available for iPad, Makes Learning Math Fun
By Daniel Brecht, Contributing Writer
SAS (News - Alert) Institute Inc., a Business Analytics software and services provider that has solutions for about every industry, has come out with a SAS Math Stretch app for the iPad to enhance the learning process of younger children.
This SAS app provides a suite of activities designed to teach K-5 children how to think about numbers; it presents math concepts in a clear, concise and engaging manner.
Children engage in fun and entertaining math activities for developing a higher-order thinking of numbers at varying difficulties. Activities target counting, such as how to add and subtract using number grids or number blocks; and learning how to sort, arrange, compare, convert and identify number relations and equations.
The app takes a learner-centered approach, providing technology-rich instruction via an iPad (requires iOS 5.1 or later) to have elementary children engage in math skills and take an interest in learning the fundamentals of mathematics.
SAS Institute makes this possible by using instructional strategies that are proven effective, even while on the go.
In addition to these math activities, SAS Math Stretch features also practice sessions and quiz modes. This means that not only can a student learn a variety of math skills from the several engaging activities, but the learner can see how well s/he has grasped the material from the available quizzes.
Scott McQuiggan, Director, SAS Mobile Education, believes the app makes learning math fun.
“[It] promotes the concept of numeracy [and] the ability to reason,” he said, and at the end of the day, it builds the foundation for math competency and future math learning.
It is bound to improve basic math skills, if not increase the students’ learning skills and help build their confidence in math while solving simple (basic to intermediate) numerical concepts that could expand their knowledge – and possibly make them apply the subject in the future after school.
Those interested in what the SAS Math Stretch has to offer can find it available at Apple’s iTunes, free to download.
Otherwise, at the SAS Institute site, there is more teaching and learning education material for students that parents and teachers alike may find worth exploring.
Edited by Braden Becker
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