Good Morning Don,
We have a couple of classrooms in our elementary building (Aurora, IL) that are using Rocket Math via the app on iPads. If their iPads are wiped clean, will they lose their Rocket Math data or is that data stored within their account somewhere else?
Dr. Don answers,
Good question! Yes, the data is stored within the app on their iPads, so if you delete the current Rocket Math apps [
Rocket Math Addition and
Rocket Math Multiplication] you'll delete the student information and they will have to start over at Set A. Same thing if you have to uninstall and re-install them for some reason.
You can do this without upsetting the students
if you warn them ahead of time. Especially good to do it over Christmas break so that students are aware they will have to start fresh in January. With the app students make pretty fast progress, soit would actually be
beneficial for them to run through the sequence again
and get all that extra practice.
We "break ground" this month on a web-based version of Rocket Math where we will keep the data in an account somewhere so this won't happen. It will of course play through a browser and require an internet connection to do that, but we are working on it. When it is ready this spring we will announce it here in
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I was wondering if you're going to have Rocket Math go through 144 ever. If not, I was wondering if you could give me the rationale as to why you don't. Thank you and have a great day!
Dr. Don writes, Hello Valerie,
That is a good question and thank you for asking. I am going to send you a free one year Universal subscription to Rocket Math, because I can guess that you don't have one, and because I can tell you're obviously a devoted Rocket Math user.
Rocket Math licenses (the way we
used to do business) provided only 1s-9s in the four operations. Now we have subscriptions instead. While the basic subscription only provides access to the 1s-9s of the four operations, I have much more in the Universal subscription. The extra drawers that are part of the Universal subscription include Multiplication 10s, 11s, and 12s (including 12 x 12 = 144) and Division 10s, 11s, and 12s. These programs are meant to be done after the 1s-9s are learned, and include a hefty dose of review of the 1s-9s facts along with the new facts. You can see an example of Set J above.
We have included a new category of whole school subscriptions, ones that provide
all teachers with
UNIVERSAL subscriptions. There is lots more in a universal subscription than you might think, and more all the time. Get everyone access to ALL the programs at Rocket Math.
Same three sizes as the Whole School Basic Subscriptions.
THIS WEEK: Making and using the Rocket Math Answer Keys
Three minutes on how to print (on colored paper) and collate (in A-Z packets) and have students use the Answer Keys for Rocket Math. This step is essential to the successful implementation of Rocket Math. Without these answer keys students cannot practice in pairs!
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