Math Pack Flash Cards

Common Sense Media says

Easy-to-navigate quizzes improve speed; mostly pre-algebra.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The main menu lays out all content by category and sometimes grade, making navigation easy. Understanding success numbers takes a bit of research. Players may have to read the fine print to realize help is accessed through operator and symbolic icons. Quiz displays are no-frills yet effective.

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Consumerism

The free Android version of the app has banner ads throughout the quizzes.

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Privacy & safety

Results are published anonymously without asking permission. A user forum shows individual results as well as recent results for all users including a statistical analysis histogram by category, data interval, or skill level. Players can post and read users comments and suggestions with an identifier that looks like an IP address. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Math Pack Flash Cards is actually a series of well-organized quizzes ranging from simple one-digit addition to eighth-grade probability. Pluses are a simple menu and layout, great data reports, and multiple-choice or type-in answer modes. A short but sweet guide for parents is tucked into About with useful how-to hints. Downsides are relatively weak and hidden explanations of concepts, single user data tracking, and relatively basic, dry design.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • probability
  • ratio
  • statistics
  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • fractions
  • graphing
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Five-second timed quizzes provide a challenge for some but stress for others. Basic design is appealing but could be jazzed up a bit to increase the fun factor. Perhaps some more exciting challenges would draw kids in more.

Learning Approach

Kids are gently encouraged to work faster, though flexible bonus time would be a great feature. Kids can choose between multiple-choice or type-in modes. Some directed and responsive encouragement could improve learning outcomes. 

Support

Simple layout and comprehensive main menu make navigation easy. The "game over" page gives extensive data, including a link to a bell curve histogram viewable by math concept, level, individual user, or all three.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • probability
  • ratio
  • statistics
  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • fractions
  • graphing
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • academic development
  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Kids can learn to increase their efficiency in basic operations, pre-algebra, algebra, four-quadrant graphing, and probability. The "game over" page allows kids to analyze performance with an efficiency (speed) score as well as a percentile based on other users. A user forum (really just a global scoring report) presents a level of data most kids won't want, but it's nice for parents. Questions are not always absolutely clear and "help" is not fully developed. Overall, Math Pack Flash Cards offers good learning potential despite a few rough edges.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Kids choose from 25 math concepts including operations, decimals, four-quadrant graphing, algebra, and probability. Ten-question quizzes, four for each concept, offer four choices each; type-in mode offers a number pad, a clear button, and an enter button. Even though the five-second bonus timer is small, it adds a bit of stress. After playing kids can see their total number of correct and incorrect answers, their score in percentage, total bonus points, an efficiency score based on speed, percentile rank, and a link to efficiency stats for all users.

Is it any good?

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Math Pack Flash Cards is a great way for kids to increase speed and efficiency in basics as well as advanced middle school concepts. The built-in time bonus and superb data reporting, including efficiency displayed on main menu, really give kids and parents a great view at how they're doing and how efficiently they work. Fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders will benefit from the four operations and next 12 categories; the final seven categories are for middle school. The guide to parents gives some good, though not entirely polished, tips.

The "help" explanations accessed through operator and concept icon buttons are not super useful, except maybe the coordinate graphing section, but take a look anyway. Kids should really know the concepts -- and an efficient solution algorithm -- before taking the quizzes. Though the main menu has a pleasing simple layout, A to D rows are a bit confusing at first and some numbers in parentheses remain cryptic.

Families can talk about...

  • Direct your kids to take Level A quizzes in concepts they already know first.

  • Allow kids to use paper and pencil, but for higher grades, also emphasize mental math.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free-$.99
Pricing structure:Paid, Free
Release date:September 26, 2012
Category:Education
Size:0.24 MB
Publisher:Tititaa
Version:2.8.4
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.5 and up; iOS 4.3 or later

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