Zero Our Hero is based around six key aspects of place value that I identified in my PhD research. These are: Count, Calculate, Compare/Order, Make/Represent, Name/Record and Rename.
Within each aspect, the App presents a random selection of 10 questions (from a bank of 20 questions) which address that particular content area. Students are required to use the keyboard to enter their response to each question. The App marks their response as either correct or incorrect.
If incorrect, the students are provided with three opportunities to "Try again" before they are moved onto the next question.
Students are encouraged to see incorrect answers an opportunity to "grow their brain".
This is based on the Growth Mindset work of Prof. Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler, where mistakes are seen as learning opportunities.
Students are required to get a minimum of answering 8 out of 10 questions correctly before they are awarded a certificate and can move onto the next aspect of place value.
Once all six aspects are complete, the App will unlock the next Stage of questions. The App has four stages of difficulty for the students to work through. That is over 240 place value questions!
I guarantee that Zero Our Hero is the most comprehensive place value App currently available. I have done extensive research into the place value Apps that are currently available, including conducting an audit into their design and content. From the information I gathered I have found no App currently available which is similar in design or presents a range of quality questions like Zero Our Hero. Furthermore, as the App is based on my PhD findings, the content is completely innovative and original.
No, Stages 1-4 of the App address whole number place value. We hope to release further updates which will address decimal place value in the future.
No, Zero Our Hero has been designed to be child-friendly so there are no annoying advertisements or In-App purchases to worry about.
Zero Our Hero has been designed to not include sounds or music as in my experience as a teacher and parent I have found them to be largely distracting for both the children working on the App and those around them. I am constantly asking my children to "turn the sound down" on Apps so I thought letís just not include sound!
At the moment the App is only available for use on the iPad platform. We hope to make it available on iPhones in the near future.
Currently the App is only available on the Apple Platform from the iTunes Store. We hope to make an Android version available in the near future.
The App was designed by myself, Angela Rogers. It is based on the finding from my PhD thesis, which I completed in 2014. It is also based on my extensive experience in the classroom as a Primary school teacher and my experiences as a parent of 3 children.
No, the App has been designed to be hierarchical in its content. Stage One is the simplest content and each stage becomes progressively more difficult. It is important that students complete all the stages in order to ensure there are no gaps in their place value knowledge. Stage One may be 'easy', however it does not hurt to consolidate your knowledge and increase confidence by completing 'easy' tasks.
Your child/student may not YET be ready for the content presented in Stage One if they are incorrectly answering many questions. They might require further work on simpler content before they tackle the App. Stay positive and remember the 'Growth Mindset' idea that 'mistakes grow your brain'
The international convention is to use a space between periods when recording a number. E.g., sixty thousand = 60 000. However, in some countries (like the USA) commas are used to separate a period in this way: 60,000
In the App both a space and a comma can be used to separate the periods.