Measurement HD

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Cheerful app introduces concepts but needs better feedback.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about time, weight, length, and volume with Measurement HD. Touch-and-drag features of the games allow kids to set an analog clock to a given hour; compare weights, lengths, and volumes of different objects; and spell out the months of the year. Kid-friendly visual and audio instructions and clues help guide kids. The games are beginner-level and do not have options to increase the difficulty. More constructive feedback and more depth to the activities would give Measurement HD a boost. 

Ease of Play

The app is mostly intuitive. Voice instructions help guide the learning process, and touch buttons are large and well-designed for little fingers. Kids can only enter five characters for their names, so this may frustrate kids with longer names.

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On the home page, there's a link to buy more apps. Also, on the settings page, kids can easily touch "share with friend," which opens your mail and generates an email about the app. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Measurement HD is an education app that introduces measurement concepts to young learners. It features cute and colorful characters and fun animations. There are five games, and each covers a specific topic related to measurement. Kids earn stickers as they complete each one. 

 

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What's it about?

At MEASUREMENT HD's home screen, kids have three options. They can choose to view their award stickers, change app settings, or play the measurement games. The app settings are pretty simple and optional: establish your name, turn the sound on or off, and share with a friend, which automatically opens your email account and generates a prewritten email about the app. The heart of the app is in the games section, which includes five choices for play: Crazy Clock (time), Scale Tale (weight), Fill Me Up (volume), Long & Short (length), and Action Month (names of months). The weight, length, and volume games involve comparisons of two objects, so kids have to choose which is, for example, heavier, lighter, or longer.

Is it any good?

The characters and animations in Measurement HD make learning about measurement fun for younger kids. Sticker rewards, sound effects, and encouraging audio praise add to the enjoyment. Kids will love using their fingers to change the time on a clock. It's fun to spell out the months of the year and to watch the animations after each month is spelled correctly, but the activity is not aligned to a particular learning goal. The comparison of two objects based on weight, length, and volume is great way to introduce measurement in the early childhood years.    

When kids complete the games, scores are given as a percentage, which is not particularly meaningful. It would be more helpful if kids could see which questions they got wrong. Also, feedback for incorrect answers is not clear or constructive. A welcome change would be more specific feedback so kids can get a deeper understanding of concepts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Practice measurement skills using real objects. For example, find two objects and ask which is longer or heavier.

  • Use time-related words in context to help kids deepen their understanding of this challenging concept. Instead of, "It's bedtime!," you could say, "It's 8 p.m., and that's bedtime!"

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: measurement
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, thinking critically
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: March 28, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 42.60 MB
  • Publisher: Emantras Inc
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later

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