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Money Up! - Learn to use the Next Dollar Up method

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Pricey currency education is solid but sells itself short.

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Being able to customize so many aspects makes this a boon for currency practice, but the lack of learning support, overall engagement, and its price tag take away from its appeal. Money Up! - Learn to use the Next Dollar Up method has a lot going for it. Profiles allow you to track the progress of a whole classroom full of kids and even share/print the results. As kids progress, adults can increase the types of bills (there are no coins in the U.S. currency) and the total amount they can work with. The reward for successfully completing a level isn't all that motivating, however. Tapping a balloon and sliding a basket to catch coins is neither exciting nor innovative. It would be great to have a shopping game or something that supports the overall learning goals. In terms of reinforcement, the character says, "Brilliant!" and "Well done!" over and over, but there are no audio prompts for incorrect answers. Kids only have one shot to get the answer right, which is also frustrating. Once they see it's wrong, it would be helpful to get a chance to fix the mistake. Overall, there are a lot of positive elements, but it may not be a great fit for all kids -- or wallets.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: counting, money
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: May 19, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: pkclSoft
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 21, 2017

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