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What parents need to know
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What's it about?
In PRODIGY MATH GAME, kids start by creating an account with a username and password. They'll need to provide a parent's email address to get the account set up. After selecting a grade level and naming an avatar, users meet a friendly creature who guides them as they enter a fantasy world filled with battles and rewards. As kids encounter monsters to battle, they must answer math questions to earn a spell. The spell helps kids win the battle and move forward in the game. Math questions adapt to kids' skill level, and the more questions they answer correctly, the more spells, coins, and other rewards they earn. Though the game is free to use, there's an option to subscribe to have access to more content.
Is it any good?
This game-based learning app is a fun way for kids to practice essential math skills, but they may get distracted with the battles, pets, spells, and upgrade suggestions. One of the highlights of Prodigy Math Game is the adaptive platform that gives kids a personalized learning experience. Each question has some hints for how to solve the problem, which some kids may find useful, but others will find inadequate. The game is therefore best suited for practice rather than instruction, as there is also limited feedback for incorrect answers. Parents will enjoy tracking usage and progress with the user-friendly dashboard.
In terms of appearance, the graphics are nothing special, but should appeal to kids within the target age range. Sometimes the screens are glitchy, don't load properly, or crash completely, which will certainly lead to frustration when kids have to navigate their way back to where they were. Some may find the ever-present push to purchase a subscription overwhelming, or even a source of conflict. Parents will need to be clear with their kids about their intentions to purchase or not purchase an upgrade. And if kids are using it at school, the kids with premium accounts will get perks other kids won't, which sets up an inequity in experiences. With lots of superfluous narrative pieces, and non-math-related places to play and explore, it's also easy for kids to get lost in the weeds. A lot of time can pass between skills questions, and the focus is often on earning coins, treasures, pets, and other rewards. Sometimes it can seem as though the math part of the game is an afterthought. It would be nice to see math even more integrated into the adventure. Also, some parents may not appreciate the focus on battles and weapons. Overall, with the right expectations, and a bit of help focusing when necessary, Prodigy Math Game can be a good blend of adventure and math practice.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of math practice while playing Prodigy Math Game and how playing can improve skills. Look at the parent dashboard together and plan some assignments that focus on standards kids need to really work on.
Discuss your favorite and least favorite parts of the game. Do kids have a favorite pet or a least favorite spell? How does the game get them excited about math?
Talk about the consumerism aspect of the game. In what ways do the developers try to get users to purchase an upgrade? Do they interfere with your ability to play the game? Do they make you want to buy something?
- 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
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases include a monthly subscription at $8.95 per month, or a yearly subscription for $59.88 per year)
- Release date: April 1, 2019
- Category: Education
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Size: 44.00 MB
- Publisher: SMARTeacher Inc.
- Version: 3.0.37
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: February 16, 2021
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