Everyday Mathematics® Beat the Computer™ Multiplication

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What we like best:

This app offers drilling and practice for multiplication.

What you should know:

The computer interface that players compete against looks like it's from 1999—many fourth graders won’t recognize the form or understand it.
Full Review:

This app is a blast from the past with a super-dated interface that looks like an old PC from the 1990's. It's hard to say whether this was an intentional attempt at retro-chic, or a misstep on the part of the developers. In either case, fourth graders might find the old-fashioned computer character that they’re competing against silly, baffling, funny, unfamiliar, or all of the above.

Once students get going however, the practice problems are solid and on-point for the grade level. The ticking clock gives a sense of urgency, but kids are actually given plenty of time (20 seconds) to solve the straightforward multiplication problems. The computer is encouraging and the instructions and navigation are simple. When kids get a question right, it adds fuel to their power strip, so they can track progress throughout the set.

Parents should realize however that this app is more of an electronic flashcard tool than a true game—it offers no way to save scores and players can’t compete against their personal best score or against others. The app is not customizable and there's only one level of difficulty to master. Simple can be good; this app requires no directions—it’s instantly playable. But we’ve seen better for multiplication fact drilling.

Teacher Features:
Because the app is so focused on one skill it can be a good tool to use in the classroom for students who need extra practice in multiplication.
Reviewed 2012-10-08 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Grade:Fourth Grade
Platform:Apple, Android
Publisher:McGraw-Hill School Education Group
Standards:Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division