Parents' Guide to

Calcbot 2

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Calculator and measurement converter; consider pro version.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Utilities
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In general, a calculator is a great tool to help kids with new concepts, especially as a way to check their work and build confidence -- but it's best used with supervision and with all of the features. Colorful, organized buttons make using the calculator in Calcbot 2 simple. Since conversions from one unit of measurement to another can be challenging to remember, it might be worth it to pay for the pro version since it offers easier access to conversions with varying numbers. While this is a great strategy for those who just need to know the answer, younger kids will need to learn the basics first. On the calculator, having a way to see a favorite or frequently used calculation is an excellent strategy for users who have difficult remembering which numbers they input into the calculator. For kids with dyscalculia, a disorder that impacts their ability to learn new math concepts, the app can be used as a learning tool to build confidence in solving problems and in measurement conversions. As with any app that can provide answers, parents will want to monitor use so that kids aren't using it as a shortcut and bypassing steps in between.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, calculus, counting, division, equations, estimation, fractions, functions, geometry, measurement, money, multiplication, numbers, probability, ratio, sequences, statistics, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, collecting data, making conclusions, problem solving, Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (in-app purchases of $1.99 for pro version and $.99 for theme packs)
  • Release date: June 15, 2010
  • Category: Utilities
  • Topics: High School, Middle School
  • Publisher: Tapbots
  • Version: 2.3.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11 or later
  • Last updated: March 7, 2018

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