CONCEPT: A digital dice game to teach the order or operations in Maths.
DELIVERY: Five Dice is a fairly straightforward concept delivered through a simple interface. You click to roll the virtual dice and receive a target number; this must then be reached by using all of the dice and a range of mathematical operations. This is accomplished by dragging the dice and necessary symbols onto a blank grid. Your equation is then simultaneously built underneath.
One great addition is the ability to switch to a digital whiteboard and pen tool to try out calculations for yourself. You can then return to the main screen to input your final solution.
There are five levels of play ranging from just addition and subtraction to the inclusion of brackets and applying powers to the numbers. Multiplayer is also available and scores are recorded for each player and can be exported via email. This allows the teacher to track progress effectively and is a valuable addition to the app.
LIMITATIONS: Though the app ostensibly has five difficulty levels, the range of challenge within each can be vast. For example on level 2, my first target number was an accessible 5 but the second target was 3276! Being locked into using all five dice will also make the task difficult for weaker mathematicians. I also think that if the equation was totalled for you as you selected each number, it would streamline the process and thus engage learners more readily.
CONCLUSION: Not a bad idea at all but a little limiting in the way it can be applied. 3/5
Introducing students to BODMAS and the order of operations
As an AfL tool
As a mental warm up activity