A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
After downloading the free trial version of MATHSPACE, users must enter an email address to get started. Then select a country, curriculum focus, and syllabus. The dashboard displays a weekly goal for points, which kids earn by completing topics. Topics are displayed across the bottom of the screen, and a Start button links to recommended topics. Alternatively, kids can choose their own topic by clicking on it at the dashboard. A list of subtopics appears, and kids can fast-track, preview, or select a subtopic to explore. Some include investigations, and all subtopics include a lesson, a scorecard for viewing progress, and a preview of the topic. If kids choose the "Let's Go" button, they go straight to the practice problems. They either choose the answer or enter it using the handwriting tool, depending on the question type. Support videos, hints, and feedback are available in lessons and practice problems. Kids can reach on-demand feedback by clicking on an icon and typing a question. Response time is quoted as less than two hours.
Is it any good?
These math lessons and practice problems are a great way for kids to build comprehension in a range of topics, but the handwriting tool is a bit glitchy, and the subscription is an investment. Kids get content support in a variety of formats, and access to on-demand feedback makes it a personalized learning experience. The fast track is useful for kids who know the content but want practice; however, it's still a relatively slow-paced option. It would be nice to see some quick drill-style options for building fluency, and a keyboard option could partially solve the handwriting tool glitches. Overall, if your kid responds well and consistently needs extra math help, Mathspace might be a solid choice.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the best way for kids to use Mathspace to support their math curriculum. Work together to choose topics and subtopics, and encourage kids to reach their weekly points goals.
Check kids' scorecards regularly and talk about content areas in which kids need more practice. Which types of math are trickiest for you? Why?
Discuss the on-demand feedback option and how to use it appropriately. Is it OK to use it? When? How often?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: algebra, arithmetic, division, equations, fractions, functions, geometry, graphing, measurement, probability, ratio
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, thinking critically
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try
- Subscription price: $100/year
- Release date: August 3, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 19.30 MB
- Publisher: Mathspace Pty Ltd
- Version: 2.6.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later, Android 4.4 and up
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