Math Attack Pro
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Math Attack Pro is an effective blackboard-style arithmetic quiz app that emphasizes speed. Lots of options allow kids to customize the experience. Unfortunately, content is limited to the four operators and exponents, and levels of difficulty only ramp up to double digits or multistep expressions. Overall, Math Attack Pro is great for older elementary kids who haven't yet cemented their calculation skills or younger ones who want to get a head start. The app offers the option share and compare scores on Scoreloop or heyZap scoring networks, both with built-in links to social media (heyZap includes button to share location as well). Both networks require users to be 13 or older.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- academic development
- achieving goals
- working efficiently
Engagement, Approach, Support
Old-fashioned blackboard-and-chalk theme is slightly dry but provides good visual contrast. The app offers a variety of game modes such as Practice, Timed, and Survival for kids to choose from.
Simple encouragement, essential skills, clear results, and lots of options for kids to control all contribute to the experience. Basic math concepts are covered without a lot of depth.
The help section explains the games (though not perfectly). The app's accessibility is enhanced by the high-contrast visuals and various options for controlling the experience.
What's it about?
In practice mode, kids indicate number of questions, and choose operators, powers, or "multipart" (two-step expressions with parentheses). Timed mode gives kids 30 seconds per expression; survival mode gives them 30 seconds for all 10; race mode counts up time; and rounds mode ends if more than one answer is incorrect or time runs out. Each question page has one expression with four multiple-choice answers and information about progress, time, and score.
Is it any good?
If your goal is to increase basic calculation speed (and of course accuracy), Math Attack Pro will not disappoint. High-contrast blackboard and chalk graphics work well for older kids but don't leave younger ones behind. Plentiful controls keep kids in the driver's seat. An old-fashioned ding sound indicates correct answers, and the device gently vibrates with incorrect ones. Scoreloop and heyZap scoring networks can be motivators for teens with accounts (and permission to post to social media), but younger kids can content themselves with the basic and advanced stats kept by the app. Kids should start in practice mode, slowly including more operators and increasing the number of questions, then move on to timed or race mode. Survival, three strikes, and rounds should be saved to cement mastery. Kids can save their results, retry, or save to scoring networks at the end of each game. High scores for each game are available from the main menu and unique user names can be entered at the end of any game.
The downsides are a lack of depth of content and perhaps some reference tables or memorization tricks. More math concepts at the upper elementary level would boost overall value.
Families can talk about...
Make sure your kids have basic reference tools like tables and memorization tricks.
Offer rewards for percentage scores or time challenges.