A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Math Bingo is exactly what its name implies: a combination of math and bingo. It allows kids to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The app does not offer instructions or constructive feedback -- it's mainly a way to practice. There is no iffy content at all, and the challenge level is appropriate for a wide range of school-age children from kindergartners to middle-schoolers.
What's it about?
In Math Bingo, kids complete math equations by tapping to mark the correct answers on a 5x5 bingo card. There are two primary goals for Math Bingo: to answer the questions correctly and to mark five answers in a line for a "bingo" as quickly as possible. The equations appear at the top of the screen, and visual feedback for each attempt is at the bottom. A simple bell or buzzer indicates whether the answer is correct. The app supports up to 30 players, and the best times for each game are posted to the leaderboard.
Is it any good?
MATH BINGO can be a good way to get kids to practice their arithmetic. Multiple difficulties levels for each game type can challenge kids from kindergarten to middle school. Quickest times get posted on the local leaderboard -- a good carrot-on-a-stick for siblings or friends to keep playing and improve their performance. And younger kids will appreciate that achieving a high score comes with a reward: a "bingo bug" that crawls around on the screen and can be played with by dragging it or tilting the iPad.
However, the app only offers practice. There's no instruction and no constructive feedback to help deepend understanding of math concepts. Still, Math Bingo offers kids another option for practicing arithmetic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Observe your child playing Math Bingo and note any areas where he or she might be struggling; mention this to your child's teacher.
When you see your child struggling with a math problem, help him or her create a visual representation of the problem. For example, for 3x5, make five groups of three pennies to represent the equation.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, multiplication
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, strategy
- Price: $.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: July 15, 2010
- Category: Educational Games
- Publisher: ABCya.com
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
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