MathBoard

Common Sense Media says

Useful practice tool customizable for range of levels.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Younger kids will need a parent or teacher to help them establish appropriate number ranges, quiz sizes, and time limits. Most older kids should be able to set up and use this app on their own. The game includes intuitive elements, such as setting up a quiz based only on questions that a player answered incorrectly in previous quizzes.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The name of the developer and a "More from Palasoftware" link appear on the main intro screen. Otherwise, there are no in-app ads or purchases.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Mostly private, although results of quizzes can be emailed.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that MathBoard is a practice tool that infuses the sometimes tedious and impersonal process of practicing basic mathematical operations with fun by adding lots of customizable options, individual quiz generation, and the ability to save results for each student using this app. The encouraging "ding!" that alerts a student that he or she answered the question right is counterbalanced by a rather annoying and startling "buzz!" on wrong answers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • division
  • functions
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • algebra

Skills

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • academic development
  • effort

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The chalkboard-style interface may not strike kids as flashy, but they may find the ability to write numbers or draw marks to represent counting with different chalk colors fun and helpful for completing the problems.

Learning Approach

Through repeated practice, kids can get some depth, and the app is responsive, letting kids know when they've gotten an answer wrong or right.

Support

Math tables on the app can be helpful to kids when completing homework. A solid user manual can be downloaded for free, but only on iTunes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • division
  • functions
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • algebra

Skills

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • academic development
  • effort

Kids can learn and practice basic math operations, customizable for grades K-6. Younger kids will need help establishing appropriate number ranges, quiz size, and time limit settings. Math reference tables provide an added resource, though. If the chalkboard-style screen were designed with more pizzazz, it might better capture kids' attention. Options to customize according to kids' current math level are impressive and will help them master math skills progressively. MathBoard is a solid practice tool for kids who don't need fancy visuals.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

After a teacher or parent helps set up the game by setting the customizable options according to a kid's current math level, individualized quizzes are generated. The encouraging "ding!" that alerts a student that he or she answered the question correctly is counterbalanced by a rather annoying and startling "buzz!" for wrong answers. Kids also have access to quick reference tables for basic math functions on this app. There's the ability to save results for each student, and quiz results can be emailed to teachers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MATHBOARD is a highly useful math practice tool, especially for families with kids of varying age ranges, because it can be customized for different kids' math levels from the earliest grades all the way through mastery of basic facts. True, the chalkboard style screen could probably have been designed with a little more color and design pizzazz to capture younger kids' attention. But, overall, the many customizations built within this game will add up to math success for kids who use it to their advantage.

Families can talk about...

  • Help kids set up the appropriate number parameters and other customizable settings for their age and skill level.

  • If this app uncovers a particular area within basic math that your kid is struggling with, mention that to his or her teacher to get some extra help with that skill.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 30, 2011
Category:Education
Size:4.60 MB
Publisher:PalaSoftware, Inc.
Version:1.6.10
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 3.2 and up

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Educator Written byAbi Sharma January 21, 2014
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Math Board is highly customizable

This app is highly customizable - you can setup the operations, number range, and quiz type. It's great for practicing mental math skills and completing math drills. This isn't really a game, more of a math practice tool without having to come up with questions on your own.

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