myBlee Math

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Wonderfully well-rounded virtual tutor; audio may distract.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice a variety of math concepts, depending on their selected grade level. Concepts include number sense, arithmetic with the four operations, measurement, fractions, decimals, and working with number lines and graphs. Each level within a lesson starts with a short instructional component, and then kids have to answer a series of questions. The question format varies -- for example, some are drag-and-drop and others are fill-in -- which helps prepare kids for formal assessments. Kids earn puzzle pieces for completing levels, which they can use in the prize area to complete jigsaw puzzles. They also earn badges and trophies for their accomplishments. The feedback for incorrect answers is excellent, and the progress-tracking system is solid. With lots of covered concepts and included instruction, myBlee Math is a strong contender in the world of math apps.

Ease of Play

Because there are so many features and options, navigation can be a bit overwhelming at first. But the content is well organized, and video tutorials help users get started.

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A free version allows 10 minutes per week. In-app purchases and subscriptions are required to unlock unlimited monthly use and options for additional languages.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that myBlee Math is a tutoring system designed for kids in grades K through 6. Kids select a grade level when setting up a profile, which customizes lessons based on the selected grade. They are given a brief overview of a concept and then answer a set of questions to test their knowledge. Kids earn puzzle pieces, badges, and trophies for completing levels. A comprehensive tracker allows parents to closely monitor kids' progress and email prizes and encouraging messages to their accounts. English, Spanish, and French are available for $9.99 per language, and kids receive 10 minutes per week for free; additional time requires a subscription or another purchase.

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What's it about?

The first step of MYBLEE MATH requires users to set up an account. You'll need to enter an email address, a username, and a grade level. Then, kids can scroll through the lesson icons and select the one they wish to complete. Each lesson consists of six levels, with brief instruction followed by a set of questions. Kids can repeat lessons, but they have to complete a lesson to move on to the next one. After answering a question using either the pencil tool or a touchscreen feature, kids tap a check mark to find out whether they answered correctly. They receive positive reinforcement for correct answers and a detailed review for incorrect answers. A parent section includes access to progress reports, settings, account information, and a list of suggested lessons.

Is it any good?

A combination of instruction and practice creates a comprehensive learning tool, but the fees for more access and choppy audio are drawbacks. The progress-tracking system and the instant feedback are two of the best features. There are plenty of tutorials available to help parents and kids get started, and all the information and features are well organized and easy to navigate. Kids will be motivated to earn puzzle pieces and awards, and parents will find it a snap to monitor progress and provide suggestions and encouragement. Though the sometimes-choppy, computer-generated audio instruction could be a distraction for some kids, and the subscription fees are relatively high, you can try it for free to see if it's a good fit for your kid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of math in everyday life. For example, knowing how to add is important when buying items at the store. Knowing about measurement is important when you want to design something.

  • After kids finish a lesson, have them summarize what they learned by writing a few of their own quiz questions.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, fractions, geometry, graphing, measurement, multiplication, numbers, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, working efficiently
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Subscription price: 10 minutes per week for free; subscription fees/in-app purchases $4.99-$69.99
  • Release date: January 9, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 366.00 MB
  • Publisher: MyBlee
  • Version: 3.4.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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