Cyberchase

Common Sense Media says

Site based on PBS show is online learning at its best.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids can have fun solving problems and learning math computation, logic, map skills, storytelling, and more. Boys and girls are equally capable in math.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Mostly private. Kids can create a username and password to store information on games on the site, but their name, email address, or any other identifying info is not required to register. Some stories and photos are identified by the creator's first name, last initial, age, and/or hometown.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fun, educational, keep-'em-coming-back-for-more site is the online version of PBS television's popular math cartoon Cyberchase. For kids new to reading, some elements here may be too challenging, while others can be played with a simple knowledge of basic numbers and good listening skills. Kids who are reading independently are likely to find this site highly engaging, whether or not they gravitate naturally to math.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension

Math

  • arithmetic
  • geometry
  • money

Science

  • astronomy
  • ecosystems
  • measurement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Games are engaging and appealing, and they provide solid practice with a variety of math skills. Some students may have difficulty reading the written prompts. 

Learning Approach

Material is educationally sound and engaging. Games give positive feedback. Many adapt to responses, though some repeat the difficulty level if played more than once.

Support

Kids get feedback about their progress as they complete activities, but there's not much data on progress over time. Printable activities and parent/teacher pages extend learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension

Math

  • arithmetic
  • geometry
  • money

Science

  • astronomy
  • ecosystems
  • measurement

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Kids can build their math, critical thinking, and reading comprehension skills through engaging games, activities, and challenges that emphasize math concepts and computation. Interactive games -- such as finding the shortest bike route to the library, sorting zoo animals by type in a venn diagram, and fixing a broken railroad using decimals -- can build kids' confidence and excitement about math. Kids can't review past performances, but that won't keep them away from these engaging, confidence-building activities.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

You'll find a colorful, futuristic hub with easy-to-navigate games, videos, and activities. Central to the site is a video player that holds episodes of the PBS show on which the website is based, as well as related web shorts. There are a variety of games framed as quests, and short polls for kids with questions such as, \"What magazines would you subscribe to?\" Parent and teacher portals offer more about the site's features and the show's research base.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Cyberchase is online education at its best. Elementary school math rarely gets presented online in the dynamic yet practical ways that it does here. If your child is already familiar with the lovable Cyberchase cast including Inez, Jackie, Matt, and the not-so-lovable Hacker, they will quickly jump into the games, quests, videos, and creative options here. Even for kids who don't watch the show, the creative multistep games -- like Cyberlympics and Eco-Haven Quest -- will likely have them brainstorming solutions to real-life situations in the make-believe cyberworld without even realizing they're in the midst of a math lesson.

Online interaction: Vote on poll questions, send in comments and drawings, create e-cards to send to friends with email accounts.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why math education is important. Play some of the games here with your kids and discuss how these skills are used in your everyday life.

  • If your child really likes this site, as many do, ask him or her why. Their answer might give you some clues for how to use computers, the Internet, and other forms of media to their educational advantage. Read Common Sense Media's Expert Article: Making the case for teaching with new media.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old April 7, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Good for the brain

I remember this site! This will have you thinking. Their games aren't too hard, easy, just in the middle. They can be fun too. It will help your child in Math. Perfect for learning!
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bydhudlow March 20, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Good for 6/7 year olds, might need some help from mom/dad

does a good job of promoting reading and thinking skills. Kids have to do things like record wind speed for various areas and pick the highest wind area to place a wind turbine to power a gondola so they can get to the top of a mountain. Does good on reading because kids need to read answers to pick the right answer
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