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Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory: Place Value (v1.0) [text]

App description: This app is an educational math game for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. Players learn about place value and practice math facts as they count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide to fill and ship cookie orders.

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chocolate-chip-cookie-factory/id548563789?mt=8

iDevices used for the reviews: iPad1 - iPad2 - iPad3

Total reviews: 10

Developer: David N.

Kerry E.

What I liked I really appreciate how this app can help a child with mathematics in many different ways.  I know it says age six and up, but my five and a half year old daughter had fun with it, also.  I would think that ages five and up could use it with parental supervision.  This is a wonderful app for learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Improvements I wish that the explanation for how the app works was more extensive.  I felt like you really have to muddle around trying to figure out how to do each stage.  For example, counting was supposed to be the easiest one, yet the app froze several times while trying to do it, and it was confusing.   Even when we were tapping on the cookies, the count never went up.

General review This is a wonderful app for helping your child understand numbers higher than 20, which my kindergartner needs. I love the options for tens, hundreds, thousands and many more.  This app could be used with five-year-olds as well, as long as you're doing it with them. I plan on using it with my daughter to help her with math.  The app is confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's great.

Christie E.

What I liked I loved this app! Cookie Factory allows 4 different players. You are able to see how each student is doing. The app is a great review of ones, tens, and hundreds. It uses circles (individual cookie) as ones, sticks (a package of cookies) for tens, and a square (box of cookies) as hundreds! When you move into subtraction it allows you to break appart or borrow from bigger bundles to complete the problem. When you are dividing, you move the cookies into individual houses, dividing the number equally.

Improvements There are only a couple things I could see as an improvment. The first is to allow more players. Using this as a Special Education teacher, I have more than 4 students I'd like to have use it. The levels seem to move forward fast, I could see them not moving forward quite so quickly. In the division section, I'd love for the students to be able to actully see the answer of how many cookies went into each house before it dissapears and moves on to the next problem.

General review I love this app and I'm excited to use this with my students this year. I used it with the students I tutored over the summer and they really enjoyed it. It is a great review tool working on ones, tens, and hundreds. It is a great visual model of how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Courtney D.

What I liked This is genius! I love the place holder concept with the cookies, stacks, cartons, etc. The variation of math concepts that can be focused on within this app is great for encouraging learning. I like that there are multiple levels available that increase in difficulty with each math concept. I appreciate that there are rules/game play instructions available to help the user understand how to be successful!

Improvements This might seem strange, but it took me a while to discover the manage players section, so if there was a way to label those in the introduction, that would be helpful. Also, is there a reason why there is no record of rounds completed? It is showing the results at the completion of the level. It would be nice for educators to be able to track users ability level at the accuracy level. That is my only request! I thought this app was great!

General review This is a terrific app for working on math concepts from counting to division! The ability to track data and work on concepts at varying levels allows for reinforcement of users at all stages and of all ages! Like mentioned, there is data tracking capabilities, but I wish there was a way to record more specific data rather than whether a level was completed.

Erin B.

What I liked I love that this app really turns learning into a game. It's inviting and interesting. I also like that it starts at counting and goes all the way to division. A large age range could enjoy this app. I like that it is timed but there is enough time to work out the problem without worrying. Also, I like that there are multiple users and it tracks the usage. I think this app has great educational value especially as a practice tool.

Improvements It took me a little while to figure out how to play the game. I think a more prominent order form would help. I'd also like to see how much each cookie/package/box is worth while playing the game. And I'd like to know how many levels I have until the shipment is complete.
I think it would also be nice to have a challenge level that is more timed.

General review This app is great for anyone who needs or wants to practice counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division! A large age range could enjoy this app! It is engaging and fun and really focuses on the math. You can have multiple users and it will keep track of your score.

Regina R.

What I liked I immediately liked that this app has an easily accessible "how to play" button. It is right there in the game at the bottom right hand corner. I like that there can be more than one player. A log, which can be cleared, of previous totals is a nice feature. I also like that the app has several mathematical types such as subtraction, addition, division, etc.

Improvements I would like to see the graphics be more colorful and vibrant. Make the world of mathematic look fun! I would also like to see a reward system within the game so it will draw the children back. Also it would be nice to have it written down somewhere in the app what the value of different containers are.

General review I think this app has a very good idea behind it but I don't know that it would hold my children's attention. I think my 6 year old would enjoy it more if there was a reward system in the game. I think she would also enjoy a more colorful display. I think that my 10 year old would enjoy playing it if he was competing against a friend. I think it would also be more interesting for him if it mixed all the mathematical factors together.

Michelle W.

What I liked Nice graphics and clean design. Great for Kids learning to count on up. The introduction section gave a nice summary of the game. I think the three different conveyer belts with cookies was a great tool for counting. Kids could amount by ones or tens easily. I really like the fact that there are no in app purchases or ads.

Improvements I think the how to play section should be a menu item instead of in the game where the game is being played. Also, when the game is being played I think for kids playing the game they might not always look at the order or count or get confused. I found it hard to know what the count was. I think it would be helpful to have a number pop up after you hit the cookie (s).

General review Great app for kids learning how to count. Nice graphics and instructions on how to play. The story at the beginning has good tips on how to play. It's nice that there is a multi player mode. The sales records area gives a nice summary of the results for the game(s) played.

Caitlin O.

What I liked I liked the overall capabilities of this app. It is a great activity for students to practice their place value skills and the use of cookies will really peak their interest. I like that you are able to add up to 4 players and see each individual players high scores. I also like that directions are included on the opening screen along with having the ability to read directions for each individual activity.

Improvements I would like to see the font enlarged so that students with visual impairments can read it the directions easily. It would be nice to know the values of each individual piece (cookies, box, pallet, etc) as sometimes I found it confusing. I would also like the ability to slow down the cookies when they are on the conveyor belt for students who may not be able to click as fast. It would be great to also have a section where you build numbers by putting cookies in the ones place, stacks in the 10's place, etc like a student would do with base 10 blocks.

General review Although this app is not as flashy as other apps, it is a great resource to practice place value skills. Children use cookies, stacks of cookies, pallets, etc to build numbers, add, subtraction, multiplying and dividing. You are able to add multiple players and see some of their data. Directions are included on how to play individual games.

Tony B.

What I liked Game play mechanics were fun, tapping of each item was seamless, having each level have less and less time adds to excitement and desire to improve. Illustrations were nice. Great idea to have a completely self-contained app (no social, data collection, upgrades, etc.) so that parents don't have to worry. It is good to see your personal best scores for each level as well as other players using the same device.

Improvements Lots of white blank screen space - could use more design to take advantage of iPad size and quality. When game is complete, make clear in text that you can must hit back, or provide 'Next Level' or 'Replay' buttons. Provide positive feedback for good performances. Background music slider should be an actual Xcode slider element. On main tab bar - maintain navigation items for Play Game and Sales Records instead of replacing tab bar content - maybe use split view controller for Sales Records submenu options. Subtracting gameplay seems to teach Counting more than Subtracting.

General review This app has good game play mechanics and makes it fun to improve how quickly you can Add/Subtract/Multiply/Divide. However, there are some small design issues that could be improved and there is a limited content scope. Overall the fun game play and self-contained nature of the app should make for a good learning tool for parents to give to their kids.

Krista C.

What I liked I like the cookie factory theme. Love multiple player profiles. Could more be added for a classroom setting? I liked how the place values are represented and being able to rearrange values by opening packages. Sales records are helpful feedback for parents/ teachers. I can really see the educational value.

Improvements In some formats the difference between 10,000 and 100,000 is confusing- maybe use different colors or label? Love to see more of a reinforcing element when each total for the order is reached- Maybe a happy customer or total # (from that order) flash on the screen and an X or sad customer when the number exceeds the order. Otherwise one could mindlessly press cookies to reach totals. In division especially it seems you can't get a incorrect answer which I think is fine for lower levels but on harder levels you should be able to fail or experiment (be able to remove cookies from one order)

General review Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory is a fun and educational way to work with place values while practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. With multiple levels this game is easy to customize to the child and offers lots of room for growth. I would like to see place value labels and more clear reinforcement of answers added in future versions and then this would be a 5 star app!

Bethany P.

What I liked This application was fun to play. It made sense to have a semi trailer for a million cookies. I liked that there was a difference between the easiest levels and hardest levels. I liked the division level because it showed the cookies being divided between the houses or businesses. I believe this would help my students better grasp this concept.

Improvements I would love to see some kind of markings on the packaging of the cookies so that I would be able to remember the place value. This is especially true on the higher levels. It would be nice if the whole problem and the answer flashed on the screen when the problem is completed. It would be nice to hear a sound when the wrong answer is chosen.

General review The cookie factory and cookies in various types of containers and packaging was clever. The program is fun. Sometimes I would forget the place values on the higher levels, since they weren't marked ( thousands, ten thousands, etc). For subtraction I found it hard to relate what I was doing to an actual subtraction problem. For division, the items were divided up among houses which made sense. I believe this would be helpful for my students.