A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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, and spells. One of the highlights of Prodigy Math Game is the adaptive platform that gives kids a personalized learning experience. Although its best suited for practice rather than instruction, the feedback for incorrect answers is especially useful for struggling kids. And parents will enjoy tracking usage and progress with the user-friendly dashboard. In terms of appearance, the graphics are impressive and will appeal to kids within the target age range. Sometimes the screens are glitchy and don't load properly, but this isn't the norm. Overall, it's a great blend of adventure and math practice, but some parents will need to make sure their kids don't linger too long in the sections of the game that don't involve learning and communicate early if becoming a paid user is in the cards.
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- 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)
- Subscription price: $8.95/month
- Release date: September 7, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Size: 11.00 MB
- Publisher: SMARTeacher Inc.
- Version: 1.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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