Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Whole Lot of Crap out There

I'm trying to find some good math animations, tutoring programs, activities, etc. So far the Droid Market is leaving much to be desired. I found:

A grapher that is less sophisticated than the graphing calculators the students already have

A statistics quick reference that is just pages from a textbook

An app that is nothing but a formula quick reference sheet

A math "game": if you get a bunch of math problems right, you unlock a game that has nothing to do with math

A series of tutoring lessons that are all audio, no visual at all

A tutoring app that will walk you through solutions steps but has no real explanation of those steps

Among the crap, I did find one promising app for statistics: DroidSurvey is designed to do market research. It allows you to set up a survey, and then walk around with your tablet and have people answer the survey right there on the tablet. Unfortunately, it doesn't calculate any statistics--you have to download the data to your computer and use a statistics program to do that.

So, disappointed with the available apps. As much as I hate Apple, I'm wondering if I should have gone with the iPad.