On Wednesday, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the national launch of a new game-based learning experience aimed at preventing the "summer slide."
Summer Slugger's ten math games include--
- Round the Bases (place value and rounding); - Fraction Fastball (adding and subtracting fractions and decimals); - Pick Your Pitch (identifying equivalent quantities); - Factor Fielding (factors and multiples); and - Polygon Pitch (properties of shapes).
Participate free of charge by clicking the white button labeled "I need a code" and selecting one of the 14 MLB clubs that have joined the initial promotion:
Don't see your local team in that pull-down list? Just register with the code "MLBDigital."
Through the same platform hosted by official MLB education partner EVERFI, instructors at schools and community-based organizations across the United States and Canada may track their students' progress at no cost. Download the 1.3M curriculum guide to learn more about trophies, special challenges, and how to pace the games, which also address literacy.
The Game-a-thon, sponsored by MIND Research Institute, appeared here in its inaugural year. For a sample of the Institute's own games, which represent math concepts with language-independent animations, try Spatial-Temporal Math. This fraction game stars a penguin named JiJi:
Earlier this week, the developer behind a semantic math search engine rolled out several new versions of interactive graphing calculator apps. These new downloads from Symbolab include an initial release of an Android app that simultaneously plots multiple functions and instantly shows their properties, among other features:
Over in the iTunes Store, Symbolab's graphing calculator app already had optical character recognition (OCR) to interpret algebra photographed using an iPhone or iPad. This week's update to that iOS app extends that OCR functionality to calculus: