Parents' Guide to

Zebra Math

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Solid, timed drills don't always recognize correct answers.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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Math drills are helpful for kids who need practice, but the glitches with answer-recognition lessen this app's value. Zebra Math covers a lot of different skills, and the lower-level drills could benefit a lot of young kids. For older kids, trying to solve complex math problems while in a timed app that's really designed for mental math could be frustrating. That said, some kids may thrive on the challenge and find a great benefit. The need to draw answers that may or may not be recognized will be frustrating for kids of all abilities, but especially younger kids who are still developing fine motor skills. Unfortunately, there's no way for kids to know if their answer is incorrect because of their calculations or because of their drawing. Zebra Math also suffers from translation issues: Topic names have grammar errors (i.e., "Divided by Two-Digit" and "Understanding Fraction") that should be polished in a subscription service. Zebra Math could have some benefit for kids who need extra timed practice, but the question is whether or not the problems outweigh the benefits.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Math : arithmetic, fractions
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (seven-day free trial then $1.99/mo. or $29.99 lifetime)
  • Release date: October 18, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Zhenguanyu Tech
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 15, 2019

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