So often I feel we overlook robust, well-written, reliable apps for ones that have more pizazz. As we move further in to this iPad initiative I am realizing more and more that there are really only a few apps I truly depend on: Keynote, Google Drive, Pages, Subtext, eBackPack, iFiles, Evernote, DocAs and Numbers.
At school I was not a lover of math. I preferred to sing, dance and write stories. There was one part of math, however, that captured my attention: spreadsheets. Perhaps it was their ability to compute for me that got me going but I have enjoyed having my math affair with =sum(g5-g8) etc. That is why I love Numbers.
Now to others, I accept, this app might be kind of boring. It's not super pretty to look at; it's not colorful; it doesn't make noise. It's quiet. And quiet apps are not as appealing to some.
They are, however, extremely appealing to a fourth grade class at Forest Trail Elementary. Chris Lofgren and his students have consistently embraced Numbers for the very reasons some don't: Its simplicity. His classroom have used it as a way to chart 'noticings' while reading. Simple, yet a great way to organize thinking. They have also been using it to chart moon and tide phases as part of their science investigations.
Mr. Lofgren created a template for students and over a 5 week period they note down the high tides and the moon phases. They then look for correlations between the two and plan to display their understanding of a science concept through iBook Author; inserting their Numbers spreadsheet as evidence of their learning. Want to know more? Simply download Numbers on your iPad or Mac and get to work. Have fun!