Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Useful edu apps - SET

Many schools nowadays are investing in iPads for education; my school doesn't have any but I have my own personal one so thought it might be sensible to blog about any apps I come across that might have some educational value.

The app I'd like to share today is called SET Pro HD which costs £2.99. It's great for encouraging logical thinking and there are several different setups of the game - traditional 1 player puzzles, playing against the computer or playing against another person.

The basic idea is that you are presented with an array of cards (you can also get this in card form) either 3x3 or 3x4 and you have to make sets of 3 cards. Sounds easy - it's not!

The sets have to follow certain rules which make it more complicated. To make a set it either has to have the same number of shapes on each card or have 1,2,3. But you also have to make sure that everything else matches or everything is different. The parameters that count are shape, colour, filling (the ones above are all filled but harder games include striped and unfilled too) and number of shapes.

So for this game the sets are:

I think this would be a great game for upper key stage two children to play in maths. Perhaps they could also take it further and develop their own, more complicated designs and rules along a similar theme.

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