Zap Zap Math – K6 Math Games iOS Universal Education by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. is a universal space themed app for iOS which is free via iTunes and features a $9.99 annual subscription fee to access the full content of the app. The app includes math topics including: addition, subtraction, fractions, ratio’s, multiplication, geometry, coordinates, time, angles, and pre-school math. It is also aligned with #commoncore math standards and materials are delivered in a module type manner meaning the types of math are not intermixed within a teaching topic. The app allows for multiple profiles, meaning that you can use it with multiple children or users who can then practice specific types of content. Also included is a web dashboard where parents and teachers can login to see specific types of skills practiced, accuracy as well as areas that their child may have struggled with. The app does not require internet access to use it, however, in order for it to “sync” with the dashboard internet access is required.
The app opens with some test content for non subscribed users, for purposes of the review I used grade 1 content in a premium membership. The app features a four pronged approach to teaching content. Each of the modules is presented as a game which encourages kids to engage and seems to be a better way for my son to learn versus traditional worksheets. There are five “levels” to complete for each of the modules below before you move on to the next skill.
– Training: First you “train” which can include a tutorial on how to do a specific type of content. The tutorial provides instruction on how to move within the module using arrows and then a shovel to answer the question. Questions are poised which requires you to “jump” to the right answer using a number line, represented by boxes. When you get to the correct answer, another math problem is presented. Once you answer the problem correctly you are presented with a second problem and after every so many problems you are given a treasure chest to dig for. If you answer incorrectly, the flag does not drop most of the time. Your accuracy is tracked and given to you after you complete five problems successfully. After completing the problems you earn “z” coins which can be used to “purchase” content within the app. The coins are in-app currency and are earned by completing levels rather than something you purchase from the iTunes store.
– Accuracy: You are presented with problems to answer and after answering two problems correctly you can “fly” the space taxi. You earn an accuracy score as well as a regular score and earn more “z” coins. This level is meant to continue practicing the skill and improve your accuracy within the problems presented to mastery.
– Speed: you are presented with “how fast” can you make the number, accuracy (answering correctly) and speed are key components of this level. Typically you had to add two or more numbers to successfully complete the math problem.
– Mission: you are presented with a game to demonstrate mastery of a skill. For purposes of the review, I used the “orb” where you not only have to answer a math problem you also have to correctly pattern the color. This means that the problem may add up to 10 and there may be multiple colored orbs and you have to pick the right color pattern in order to answer the problem correctly. If you get too many problems incorrect, you earn a lower rank and don’t demonstrate “mastery” to move on to the next level.
I really liked the overall flexibility of the app as well as being able to see the areas that my son worked on while he was within the app. I used the dashboard to understand what areas he might have struggled with as well as looking to see improvement from the “training” to the “mission” modules. I also liked that the content was in modules rather than mixing it together with a variety of different skills being taught in one portion of the game. This is similar to how my son’s math is taught in school and a method we are familiar with. The graphics and games were interactive and encouraged my son. I also liked that by completing specific tasks my son could “spin” the wheel using his earned “Z” coins to gain additional items within the app.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the right “answer” shown if my child gets the answer wrong in training mode. For me, training mode is an opportunity to test and learn new concepts rather than master them. By putting a red “x” on the wrong answer from a field of 2 he knew he had it wrong but didn’t always understand why. For some of the games, my son had trouble differentiating “day” versus “night” in the clock to understand why he got the answer wrong. We did figure out the app was using military time versus what we traditionally used at home which is x time and AM/PM which then helped him get the answer correct. My son really struggled in the time telling section and got frustrated. I would also like a “redo” button just in case you select the wrong item by chance because there were times my son knew he had the answer wrong but had to continue with the “wrong” answer because we couldn’t figure out how to redo it.
Overall, I liked Zap Zap math because it aligned with common core learning standards and was much more fun for my son compared to written math sheets and he was still able to demonstrate that he knew a skill. I also liked that it was multiplayer and could be used with multiple children which will make the cost of the subscription less if you divide it out. The app could be a great supplement to classroom or even something you use with kids to prevent a summertime slide. You can download the app here or below using our iTunes widget. There are in-app purchases for the “premium” version and the app can be used across multiple devices using the correct student ID. There is a parental gate which requires a math problem to give feedback.
Zapzapmath: K-6 Math Gamesby Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd.
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 259.05 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.