iLiveMath Ford Cars

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Multiplication, Division, Mode, Median, Mean, Addition, Subtraction, Word Problems

What we like best:

YouTube videos break up the repetition, adding fun for kids.

What you should know:

While videos feature cars and car history, they have little (if anything) to do with the math problems being covered. Sounds can also be somewhat annoying. App is educational, but feels flat and old-fashioned.
Full Review:

This app covers word problems on three levels, while incorporating Ford cars and their history. Levels include addition and subtraction; addition, subtraction and multiplication; and an advanced addition with subtraction, mean, median, mode and range.

Children can work at their own level and move up as they master the previous level. Real cars (Hello, mustang!), car noises, and car terminology like speedometer and odometer, attempt to engage kids as they move through the questions. Correct answers score kids the ability to watch car related videos, some of which are pretty interesting. Interface is incredibly basic: plain text questions sit atop color or black and white car photos, bonus videos appear in a small window beside the questions. Questions are multiple choice and not interactive—players scroll through several answer choices and tap the correct one.

Parents and teachers need to track the child's work, as there is no formal data collection. Overall, a decent way to quiz kids on word problems, in a format more visually appealing than a paper test.

Reviewed 2012-10-01 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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