Math Pack Flash Cards
What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- working efficiently
- academic development
- achieving goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.