Welcome to the Cognitive Centre website about the Babakus - a western-style Abacus
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The Babakus can be used by any student from the age of 6 up to adulthood. It is especially
beneficent for students with mathematical difficulties, who have great trouble automatising
simple calculations. You only need to be able to count to 10 to use the Babacus calculator.
You can buy the Babakus in the App Store
The Babakus is the first app that is designed for
students with Dyscalculia
The Babakus is a calculator that combines the best qualities of the western slide ruler with those of the eastern Abacus. It’s part of a method for students with dyscalculia or math disability. You can easily work with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using the Babakus. Although the focus of the method lies on those who find it difficult to deal with numbers and figures, the Babakus is an excellent proficiency training tool for those adept at counting as well. The method is highly scalable to fit each student’s level of skill and understanding.
The Babakus is ranked top 5 iPad apps for Your classroom
The Babakus improves even
students already proficient at
The Babakus consists of slide rulers.
Each slide ruler comes with an attached, transparent cursor with a
blue horizontal line which is used for selecting digits and displaying
The slide rulers are used in conjunction with two counting strips, one
for addition and one for subtraction. The same counting strips are
used for multiplication and division.
The Babakus is of course delivered complete with a comprehensive
methodology, divided into seven levels, or phases. At the highest level,
the student uses a “mental Babakus”, i.e. she performs the
mathematical operations in her mind using an abstract representation
of the Babacus. This level of proficiency is obtainable for any student!
“The Babakus is one of those wonderful apps every school should have
available to students as an alternative method of performing math functions . It
should be required introduction to any student who doesn’t seem to ‘get’ the
traditional method before they give up on themselves.” >
- Tech teacher Jacqui Murray, USA -
“I would recommend trying this app if you have a child or young person
struggling with understanding basic maths concepts. It is a welcome tool in an
area where there are few good interventions.” >
- Dr Jonathan Reed, UK -
Babakus for iPad - a counter for students
Possible Classroom Uses:
Use the Babakus as a whole class
teaching tool, providing children with a different
method for dealing with numbers and completing
different types of operations.
Let children explore the Babakus independently
or in small groups to support their work
within Maths activities.
The Babakus can also be used to support those
children with additional needs >