What parents need to know
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
- academic development
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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?
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.