App Spotlight:Symmetry Shuffle (Transformations)

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

As you may know, I recently bought myself an iPad, and as of today I have probably embarked on yet another obsession–math apps. To be honest, I’ve had the iPad for a couple weeks and haven’t really checked out many any apps.  I’ve mostly used it at work as a productivity tool.  So what changed?  Enter a student (doesn’t that always change your world?).  I’m working after school with a sweet gal that suffers from a bit of math anxiety.  We worked together last year, and I always tried to have a game to play each time she came to work with me.  Today was our first session for this year, and as I was planning it dawned on me that I had a wonderful new and engaging tool that could take the place of our games!  My 4th and 5th grade teachers are both working on transformations right now, so I Googled “transformations ipad math apps” and hit on a beauty! Once you try Symmetry Shuffle, you will be hooked.  Check out the awesome video below to see how the game is played.  I love both the math and the artistic look of this app!  Such a bargain for $1.99.  Be sure to check out this developer’s other work.




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