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Understanding Math - Addition and Subtraction

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Interactive practice tool has touchscreen issues.

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This game is a valuable learning tool that presents math concepts in various ways, but be prepared for some issues with the touchscreen controls. Using a variety of methods to represent the steps involved in addition and subtraction helps kids better understand these concepts. The opportunity to earn rewards and to challenge another player motivates kids to improve fluency. However, some gameplay controls are frustrating. For example, tapping the screen for larger addends, such as 9 or 10, can be very difficult. If all fingers do not tap at the same time, kids get the answer wrong. Writing answers with a finger is also a challenge; the program often does not recognize a handwritten number, even if it is written properly. These glitches can distract kids from the learning experience.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Math : addition, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, memorization, part-whole relationships
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 29, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: appp media UG
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1.1 or later
  • Last updated: July 28, 2016

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