Multiplication Genius

Common Sense Media says

No-frills times table app tests gently without distractions.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app features simple menus and controls.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app is supported by banner ads; there is no option to pay to remove ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The app doesn't require users to enter any personal information, but there's no privacy policy in the app or on the developer's website to explain what, if any, information is collected automatically.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Multiplication Genius is an effective but no-frills multiplication practice and test app. Kids can select any combination of factors from 2 to 12 in practice mode but are tested on all in test mode. Questions have a 20-second timer, but the time pressure is pretty gentle. High scores are kept but all other data is lost upon exit. If your kid needs to practice multiplication memorization with no distractions and relatively low stress, this will do the job. Banner ads are nearly always present but relatively unobtrusive.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • motivation
  • self-assessment

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Simple graphics, cute audio, and gentle feedback all work, but high scores are not enough to draw kids in. The design feels unpolished.

Learning Approach

Kids are empowered to focus on specific factors. A more responsive interface that leveled up could keep kids playing.

Support

Providing more data on kids' progress would give Multiplication Genius a boost. It is a good app for easily distracted kids, although the banner ads can detract from the experience.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • motivation
  • self-assessment

Kids can learn to multiply more quickly and accurately using factors from 2 to 12. They can also learn to focus on specific factors or a combination of factors that are difficult for them. Multiplication Genius is a free, no-frills multiplication test app that works for kids who need a quiet, gentle environment.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

On the main menu, kids can choose to review times tables (in a list format), to practice, or to play a game. In practice mode, kids choose any combination of factors (for instance, they can test themselves just on 2s) then proceed to play. Game mode presents kids with random expressions and four multiple-choice answers. The score displays at the bottom of the screen, where kids can also what question they're on and how much time they have left (they start with 20 seconds).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Multiplication Genius sets out to accomplish a simple task and achieves it. Kids can practice with a basic level of control and get low-key feedback in a plain environment. Answers given within two seconds get a "Perfect!," those within six get a "Good!," and those within seven to 20 get a "So So." Incorrect answers or failure to answer elicit a cute audio "uh-oh," and the correct answer flashes. If the app included division, and possibly addition and subtraction, it would provide a bit more useful depth. Levels or a reward system would provide a bit more closure and motivation as well.

Families can talk about...

  • Help kids see how multiplication works in real life. For example, ask how many muffins in are in a 3 x 4 pan, or how eggs are in a 2 x 12 carton?

  • Allow kids to check out math websites like Cyberchase and StudyJams!

App details

Device:Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 30, 2012
Category:Education
Size:2.40 MB
Publisher:divmob
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.6 and up

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