By Scott Rolfe
the former director of technology at The Dove Foundation I have been privileged
to witness the beginning of the Digital Age first hand. I developed Dove’s
website back in 1995 and the changes in technology since that time have truly
been amazing. Over the years, I’ve chased the latest fads and devices until my
wallet was bled dry so I finally decided to stick with what worked and closed my
mind to new methods and products. Then, along came a gentleman named Lewis Hall.
Lewis had developed an iPad app titled
“Elevated Math” and
wanted to know if he could submit it to us for review. Being a PC guy from way
back I was reluctant to take on this new venture. I had avoided Apple® products
from the beginning. Besides, we didn’t have an iPad in the office so I couldn’t
perform the service – or so I thought. When I explained the dilemma to Mr. Hall
he replied, “No problem, I’ll send you a fully loaded iPad that you can use for
the purpose of reviewing my app.” I agreed and now here I am, writing a review
of his app “Elevated Math” and madly in love with the iPad too (or was that the
iPad 2). So, here we go…
Math” is a cool app that packs 2 years of math instruction into a single
package. That may not sound like much until you realize that there are over 190
lessons that are grouped into five math standards. Numbers and Operations,
Measurements, Geometry, Algebra and Data Analysis. I know this sounds boring,
but Lewis has made me a believer by using cool animations to keep the kids
entertained as they learn.
Also included in the app are a series of
career-oriented live-action videos that answer the frequent question: “Why do we
need to learn this stuff?” These mini-documentaries focus on individuals who are
using math in their jobs and include a jazz musician, a stunt pilot, an
animator, a landscape architect, a chocolatier, and fifteen other. Wow! that’s
over xx hours of video that really inspire young minds to knuckle down and learn
how fun applying math in their daily lives can be.
lesson begins with a cartoon intro followed by the actual lesson. Also included
are guided notes and practice sets followed by a conclusion. Many of the lessons
even include hands-on experiments so the student can test out their new skills.
Every lesson is entertaining, educational and just plain fun. There is also a
glossary of terms with their definitions.
“Elevated Math” is powerful, exciting and
educational all at the same time. I can truly say we are very pleased to award
our first Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for an iPad app to “Elevated Math” and I
personally want to thank Lewis Hall for opening up a whole new world of
exploration to me.
Editor’s Note: Since Mr. Hall has been
kind enough to let us keep the iPad used for the review of “Elevated Math”, we
now have the ability to review other iPad apps as well. We are currently
re-designing our website and will create a space for these reviews. If you want
your iPad app reviewed by The Dove Foundation, please send an email to
and we'll let you know how to proceed.
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