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Make Math a Game with iMathGenius for iPad

Growing up, I was a pretty good math student. And while my oldest daughter is holding her own, my youngest, the artist, doesn't really get why math is so important. Since she loves playing with apps on the iPad, I thought a math app could be just the thing.

I bought iMathGenius ($2.99), hoping she wouldn't object simply in principle; fortunately she gave it a good try. And guess what? She liked it!

The game is very robust, with quizzes tailored for just about any age, so both my kids can use it. And you can grow with the app, or try quizzes beyond your comfort level, all the way up to college prep!

The best part is that iMathGenius feels like a game, and not just a math lesson. For example, as the student progresses, parts of an image are revealed. The more correct answers, the more you can see of the image. And the images themselves are of famous (and somewhat obscure) mathematicians, so it's a bit of a history lesson as well!

If more teachers embraced such technology, maybe students would look forward to class time. Fortunately, iMathGenius offers a lot of flexibility so teachers can customize the app for their students.

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.