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EPQ Maths App

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Rachel Whalley

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of EPQ Maths App

EPQ Math App
Problems Encountered
1. I didn't know how to code

2. Learning to code took a lot longer than expected

3. Broken code

4. Developers License

5. Testing
Testing early stages of app
Final Test
Survey Questionnaire
If I did it again..
BY RACHEL WHALLEY
Conclusion
Final result successful
Underestimated skills need
Underestimated amount of work required
Gap in market for this type of product
Need for tool to help 10-12 year olds
What I learnt...
Coding is difficult
New set of skills
Need to fully understand a project before embarking on it
Testing and refining product takes time
Importance of research
Initial Timeline
Maths App
October 2013
Project begins:
researching for initial idea
competition?
how successful?
possibility?
November 2013
Creating:
begin creating bases of app
have fully working app
test functions
research design options
December 2013
Designing:
aesthetics of the app
font, colour, layout etc.

WHY
I love maths

17 million adults in the UK have the maths skills of a year 6 pupil - 49%

1/4 of pupils fail to reach the expected level 4 in maths

Children criticised for being 'over reliant on calculators'

Essential skill in life
WHAT
App to use on smartphones

Incorporate basic math functions: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Targeted at 11/12 year olds, but accessible to all age ranges
HOW
research into the main issues

test what's already out there

learn the skills essential to code

build/create my own app

test against the target audience
January 2014
Testing:
evaluating the app
altering any changes needed
repeat, repeat, repeat.
February 2014
Evaluation:
finish final App
begin write up of evaluation of project
RESEARCH
SURVEY MONKEY
MARKET RESEARCH
Maths Drills
free, upgrade for £1.49
progress bar
number line
adverts for other games
in app purchase option
unappealing
Maths Trainer
free
mixed reviews from 2012
automatically set difficulty to hard, tricky to change
old fashioned
GOVERNMENT ADVICE
"..extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios."
"..consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from KS2 and extend their understanding of the number system; make connections between number relationships."
Statuary requirement:
Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
MEETINGS WITH PROFESSIONALS
IT Technician
"Great idea! Lots of primary schools now using iPads in lessons, and most of the children are well acquainted with them."
Acting Head of Maths
"I see a lot of new year seven pupils initially struggle with the step up from primary school. If successful, the app would allow them to practice key skills at home.."
IT Consultant
"From a professional opinion, I believe it would be best for you and your restraints to create an app rather than a website.."
December
January
March
February
November
October
Gain a better expertise at coding before beginning such a big project
How likely do you believe it is that a student would use this app?
Researching
Developing skills
Creating
Testing
Write up
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