Normally, playing Flappy Birds or 2048 during class might get you in trouble with the teacher. But thanks to Hooda Math, educational versions of both games are now available for free on the popular math games website.
Michael Edlavitch, the CEO of Hooda Math, will officially launch the games in New Orleans at the 2014 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting and Exposition. From April 9-12, Edlavitch will be at the company’s exhibitor booth, 1601, to show teachers the best way to use Hooda Math’s games in the classroom.
“We want to show kids that you can practice your math skills and have fun at the same time,” said Edlavitch. “We’re always creating new, engaging games, and with the immense popularity of Flappy Birds and 2048, they were a natural fit.”
Hooda Math’s version of Flappy Birds is called Flappy Factors. Just like in the original game, students maneuver a bird through a maze of pipes. To add a math twist, each pipe is labeled with an integer, and students must fly through the correct factors of a given multiple to avoid running into the pipes with incorrect answers. As the student progresses, the multiples become higher and higher.
Once a student has “flown” to the multiple 14 or higher, Hooda Math automatically generates a report that can be emailed directly to a teacher or parent tracking the student’s progress.
The site’s version of 2048 is essentially identical to the original. Students slide numbered tiles around the game board, adding matching tiles together in hopes of reaching the elusive 2048 tile.
“Many people don’t realize it, but these viral games actually involve quite a bit of math,” said Edlavitch. “We release new games on our site every week, so whatever the next hot game may be, look for a ‘math-friendly’ version of it on Hooda Math!”
Both games are optimized for mobile devices and can be accessed from any device, be it desktop, smart phone or tablet.
For more information about Hooda Math, visit www.hoodamath.com.
About Hooda Math
HoodaMath.com is a free online math games site. Founded by a middle school math teacher, Hooda Math offers more than 500 free math games that are played online by more than 3 million students a month. With more than 50 HTML5 games, students can now access HoodaMath.com on any tablet browser or mobile device.