SmartKids - Learning Superheroes

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Parents choose academic subjects for kids to practice, play.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice academic skills in eight subjects -- math, science, geography, languages, programming, creativity, health, and sustainability -- by playing games. Through mini-games that use memorization, problem-solving, puzzles, and more, kids practice skills based on their age (5-12). An independent study found that the game did improve math skills.

Ease of Play

Easy to play. Clearly defined subject areas (from customized choices that parents can set for their kids). Mostly just swipe, drag and drop, and tap to play games.

Violence & Scariness

A couple of games show images of heroes punching bad guys or characters colliding with objects.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Subscription-based app; free trial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SmartKids - Learning Superheroes is a subscription-based educational game app for kids age 5 to 12. Created by the same developer as Knowledge Battle, SmartKids is essentially the same educational play experience as that app, with more customization options and without the battles. Kids can rate their games with emojis and select their favorites. Parents can choose which academic subjects their kids have access to, and they can track their progress through the dashboard. The developer suggests 20 minutes of play each day on SmartKids to boost skills. Users can select English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese. Though the download is free, full access is available via a subscription of $5.99 per month. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play SMARTKIDS - LEARNING SUPERHEROES, choose the academic subjects that your child needs to practice (math, science, geography, language, programming, creativity, health, and sustainability). Select the child's age, create a parent account, and log in. When kids begin to play, they tap the icon for a specific academic subject (limited to the ones the parent has chosen) and then choose from the game options within that subject. After a game is complete, kids rate it by choosing a corresponding emoji. Kids earn points as they play and can purchase items for their avatar with those points. To choose a different game or subject area, tap the back arrow icon to go back to that screen.

Is it any good?

The games on this app will likely appeal most to kids who love arcade-style games and superheroes, but parents will like the targeted practice. In terms of efficacy, SmartKids - Learning Superheroes games have been evaluated by Yale's Play2Prevent Lab, and the math games did help kids' math performance. However, some games are a little confusing at first or just not as solid as others. For instance, some kids may struggle with the format of the algebraic thinking tower game if they haven't encountered it before, and others might wonder about the bat ray game if they don't already know about echolocation. Whether a 12-month subscription is worth $59.99 depends on whether your kid has a lot of educational subjects to practice or needs only limited practice on one subject and will go through all of those games in a month or two ($5.99/month). The good news is you can let your kid try 25 games for free to see if it's a good fit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why parents choose between the eight subject areas on SmartKids - Learning Superheroes. Why is it important to practice academic skills that may be more challenging than others?

  • Watch as your kid plays some of SmartKids - Learning Superheroes games and ask them questions about what they're seeing and doing. Read Common Sense Media's How Can I Help My Kids Learn with Digital Tools?

  • If kids are interested in how they're progressing, show them their progress on the parent dashboard.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, vocabulary
    Math: addition, algebra, counting, division, estimation, fractions, geometry, grouping, multiplication, numbers, patterns, sequences, shapes, subtraction
    Science: animals, biology, ecosystems, electricity, energy, life cycle, plants
    Social Studies: geography
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, problem solving, solving puzzles
    Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try
  • Subscription price: $5.99/month
  • Release date: August 28, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 71.50 MB
  • Publisher: Yogome
  • Version: 1.03
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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