Prodigy: Kids Math Game

App review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Fantasy game helps kids become math wizards.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 430 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 514 reviews

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age 7+

Fun educational game for kids.

My boys love playing prodigy. I would much rather they spend their technology time on fun math games like this instead of other non-educational technology games. They are always so excited when they level up and when they get new pets. I would highly encourage you have your child try this game.

This title has:

Educational value
Easy to play/use
2 people found this helpful.
age 6+

This game has been reported by educational agencies to the Federal Trade Commision for exploiting kids.

I became aware of this app while working in a school district. I work with students as a "related service" provider; I am not a classroom teacher. However, I was disturbed by this app after watching it in the classroom. The students in the class (1st grade) were given one hour to use apps for learning. Lexia was going well for some kids. The child I was observing was playing Prodigy. I had never seen this app before, and I was appalled by how useless it was. The child played with her "pets" and wandered the community for 25 of the observed 30 minutes. I asked her twice to please do something math related. She went to the area to "battle" and did a math problem. But she kept wildly guessing the answer, and she obviously had no true comprehension of what the question was asking her to do. So... I was disturbed because this is a math app that 1. allows you to totally avoid math during game play and 2. does not track actual student learning well at all (the questions were way beyond her comprehension level). I was futher disturbed when I got back to my computer and googled the app. I found that in spring of 2021 there were formal complaints made against the Prodigy app to the Federal Trade Commission by various educational organizations for "exploiting children" among other things. Please review this link for additional information for why there have been so many complaints against this game. I think it should be removed from the school settings. I found it to be useless. The FTC complaint argues beyond that to say it is exploitative. https://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/newsletter-prodigy-032521#:~:text….

This title has:

Too much consumerism
2 people found this helpful.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
  • Subjects: Math: addition, counting, division, equations, fractions, functions, geometry, multiplication, numbers, probability, ratio, statistics, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, thinking critically, Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases include a monthly subscription starting at $9.95 per month, or a yearly subscription for $74.95 per year)
  • Release date: April 1, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
  • Publisher: SMARTeacher Inc.
  • Version: 3.0.37
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: January 14, 2022

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