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By Sally Finley - Posted Jan 1, 2015
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Company: CueThink, 31 St. James Ave #920, Boston, MA 02116; 224-338-9328; email: Sheela@cuethink.com

Price: CueThink is a free app for students. A free 60-day trial is available through the CueThink Ambassador Program. Pricing is available at 224-338-9328 for the Teacher Dashboard, which allows the creation and customization of content as well as making recommendations on instruction based on student interactions.

Audience: Grades 4–12

Format: CueThink is an online, web-based program for the iPad.

System Requirements: App requirements: IOS operating system, iPad 2+ running IOS 6 (minimum) iPad 4+ running IOS 7 (recommended). Teacher Dashboard Requirements: Windows: Windows 7, 1.8GHz Processor, 2GB RAM. Supported Browsers—IE 10+, Firefox 20+, Google Chrome 26+, Safari 5.1+. Mac OS: Mac OSX 10.7+, 1.8GHz Processor, 2GB RAM. Supported Browsers: Firefox 20+, Google Chrome 26+, Safari 5.1+.

Description: CueThink is an iPad app that provides guided instruction in math problem-solving skills for middle and high school students.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: CueThink must be downloaded through the App Store on an iPad. Students sign up and choose an avatar. Access requires a username and password. Installation: A

Content/Features: CueThink’s content bank is aligned to Common Core.

CueThink is based on Polya’s Problem Solving Process, which includes understanding the problem, planning a solution, solving it, and reviewing what
you’ve done.

Strategies used for problem solving include draw a picture, make a table, solve an easier problem, work backwards, guess and check, make an organized list, act out or model with manipulatives, write and solve an equation, and look for a pattern.

Tools include Drawing, which includes pen, highlighting, cross out, and image and text insertion. The Edit tool permits the user to undo, redo, select, delete selected, and clear page. Drawings and voice can be recorded. Digital scrap paper lets the user practice their math.

Self-assessment permits users to check their recording and thinklets.


A gallery of thinklets—problems students can work on collaboratively—provides social interaction and the opportunity to observe the thinking process of other students.

Information on assignments includes those current with due dates as well as those completed. Unfinished assignments can be completed at any point. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: CueThink is easy to access and navigate once it is downloaded on the iPad. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is provided online through troubleshooting links that resolve issues related to the app crashing, show login time, unresponsive white boards, cut-off text, and accessibility options. An additional link at the Support Center focuses on registration and tutorials. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: CueThink focuses on the process of learning rather than the product. It relies on how students think and how they learn. CueThink provides a simple-to-use tool for math problem-

solving. By following a structured plan, students solve a variety of problems related to Common Core standards. The program is easy to use and directs students using a step-by-step procedure. They show their thinking as they work on solving the problem. Once they have solved the problem, students can share their results with their teacher, classmates, and the community of CueThink learners.

The program focuses on changing math from being thought of as a subject into making it a conversation. Students learn math not only from their teachers, but from other students as well by sharing their thinking processes and communicating their ideas. My favorite part of the program is its ability to record a student’s voice to explain the thought process. This turns math into a more social function, which would appeal to secondary students. I would definitely recommend this product for every math classroom. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley, Educational Consultant, Coral Springs, Fla; sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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