Time to look a bit closer to home for the sixth update of Windows 8 Education Apps. There's an array of Australian developers that are working on education apps, and some of them have now hit the store. So here's my small selection of Windows 8 Australian apps for education users from just one developer – and I'll do other developers tomorrow.
Maths apps from Nathan Burgess
Nathan Burgess, who's an IT Director from an Australian school, has developed a group of 'Champ' apps, which are now in the Windows Store Education category. They look like they are designed to appeal to teachers and parents, and he's mixed them up between free apps and paid apps.
Table Champ is a free, fun multiplication game help children learn their times tables. In this exciting game players must race against the clock to complete as many multiplication questions as they can. Points are awarded for correct answers, deducted for incorrect ones and there is even a time bonus for chains of correct answers
Number Champ is a free fun game to help children learn valuable skills in counting, counting on and number recognition. In this exciting game players must race against the clock to find as many numbers on a 100 grid as they can. Points are awarded for correct answers.
Speed Champ is a fast maths game designed to test and improve players addition skills. Players have 60 seconds to solve as many addition problems as possible by selecting numbers in the main grid to add up to the target number.
Players get points for every correct answer and lose points for incorrect answers, and bonus points are awarded for not using 10 in your answer. If you get 5 correct answers in a row, you earn extra time.
Addition Champ is one of Nathan's paid-for apps, a fun addition game to help children learn and practice their addition skills. In this exciting game players can choose from 4 levels of addition, with three levels providing a race against the clock to complete as many addition questions as they can. Points are awarded for correct answers and the score and number of correct answers is shown at the end of the game.
Subtraction Champ is Nathan's other paid-for app, and is described as "a fun and exciting way for children to learn and practice subtraction". The game features 4 levels of difficulty. Level 1 features 10 subtraction questions with the aid of counters. The first number is shown in counters and these can be tapped to take them away. This teaches children the mechanics of subtraction. Level 2 features subtraction questions below 10, Level 3 below 20 and Level 4 below 100.