A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
TEST4TIME allows parents to give kids a screen time allotment, which they can then increase by answering math problems. Parents will need to set up a child account with the appropriate grade level. They can choose which apps will be limited, how much time kids start with, and if there's a limit to the total time kids can have. Once activated, kids use their device as usual until time runs out. They then have the choice to put the device away or solve math problems to earn more time. Each problem solved adds a minute of time to their total.
Is it any good?
This is a creative way for parents to encourage kids to balance learning activities with just-for-fun screen time, but it could make math the enemy. Test4Time doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it does what it sets out to do without being obtrusive about it (until the time limit is up, of course). It would probably be a bit more useful for older kids if parents could choose what math skills to focus on or even input their own problems to align with what kids are studying in school. And some parents might prefer to be able to set their own increments of time to earn. If your kid already groans when it's time to do math, it's possible using arithmetic problems as a barrier to fun could increase a kid's negative feelings about math. Also, the subscription costs seem hefty for what the app does, and it seems better suited to a one-time fee, but for the right kid, it could be worth it. It's a solid little app that does what it should, and the free trial is ample time to decide if it's right for you.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen time limits. What are they and why do you have them? How does an app like Test4Time try to help with screen use? How do we use screens in balance with other activities?
Talk about using math during the course of a normal day, and make a game of practicing math facts while waiting in line or sitting in traffic to help kids grow in comfort level and speed.
Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn?
Make sure to find really engaging, fun math activities and apps so that kids don't see math problems as a barrier to fun. Check out our lists to find something that works for your kid.
- Device: Android
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
- Skills: Self-Direction: motivation, time management, working efficiently
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to Try (Seven-day free trial)
- Subscription price: Starts at $1.99/month
- Release date: July 6, 2017
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Tim Smock
- Version: 1.1.2
- Minimum software requirements: Android 4.4 and up
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