EdgeAll

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Math videos, drills thorough, boring; rewards questionable.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the ins and outs of a huge variety of math topics from basic numbers and addition to fractions and calculating profit and loss. With two levels in each topic (basic and advanced), kids can ease in before developing a stronger grasp on the material. They also can set goals to make sure they fully understand a concept before moving on to a new lesson. Unfortunately, the teaching approach isn't particularly exciting, so kids may also get the impression that math is boring and tedious. The material prize system could give the impression that the only worthy reward for learning is spending money for a toy. But EdgeAll's approach to teaching math, and its goal-setting features, are a great way to set up and learn the satisfaction of meeting the challenge of new concepts.

Positive Messages

Reward system strongly emphasizes learning (or sludging through videos and drills) for the sole purpose of earning material rewards. 

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Consumerism

Completing topics, reaching goals lets kids buy toys, games, other items. Rewards and their prices listed on site, with links to third-party sites (for example, Amazon) for purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that EdgeAll combines instructional videos with practice drills and tests to teach elementary school kids a wide variety of math topics. Parents create accounts for themselves and as many kids as they wish; they can even make an account for a teacher/other mentor to follow kids' progress and make assignments. Parents can access detailed reports that show progress and scores for kids, allowing them to assess learning at any time. Parents also set specific learning goals. Kids achieve those goals by watching videos along with completing practice sets and tests. Parents and kids also can attach rewards to each goal. Rewards are material items (toys, sports equipment, and so on) listed directly on EdgeAll's website and are linked to third-party sites, such as Amazon, where parents can purchase them.

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What's it about?

EDGEALL covers hundreds of math topics -- from simple addition to calculating interest -- with instructional videos, practice drills, and tests. In the drill phase, kids can use a "whiteboard" drawing tool to work through the problem and then get limited feedback when they answer incorrectly. Drill and test scores and saved whiteboard sketches are available in detailed progress reports for parents to review. Kids also form wish lists from a catalog of toys and other items; once kids finish a goal, parents are supposed to buy the wished-for item. 

Is it any good?

EdgeAll has lots of material and covers lots of ground. Parents and kids are likely to find something for practically any elementary level math topic. There's a nice system for homing in on specific topics and setting goals to get through those subjects. Videos are clean but basic, with a speaker talking and drawing on a whiteboard. Unfortunately, they're also dull. Although the script sounds like a parent explaining a concept to a kid, without the back and forth you get when you're talking to someone in real life, these videos often end up being quite confusing.

Lots of practice drills provide abundant opportunity for comprehension checks but are just what their name suggests: tedious, monotonous drills. The whiteboard function is neat, but drawing with the tool can be difficult due to its lack of precision, so it may not work well for kids trying to record their calculations. Finally, not all parents will appreciate the direct link between learning and material prizes. Learning can and should be rewarding in and of itself -- though, with EdgeAll's approach, it may not be.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about EdgeAll's rewards system. Are there other reasons to learn besides getting toys?

  • Follow along and keep up on your kids' progress. What are their strengths and weaknesses?

  • Make the math topics fun and relevant to your kids' lives. Link fractions to dividing up cake for everyone at a birthday party, or link calculating profit to budgeting allowance.

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