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Ever since my review of Ululabs’ Slice Fractions I’ve been inundated with review requests for educational games and apps, which is how Splash Math first came to my attention. Splash Math is unique math learning app for Chromebooks, iPad, PCs & Laptops that features basic math practice for grades 1 – 5. Splash Math also features a parents’ account where they can keep track of their child’s progress and even assign additional practice sessions as needed.
Not exactly games, each practice session is arranged around a discipline based on the common core curriculum for math and consists of 20 different questions, usually multiple choice. This means that the app isn’t really suited for teaching new concepts, but the practice sessions exist more to reinforce ideas already presented in a school setting.
Progress is charted in dashboards for the child and the parents, accessible from both the browser version and the iPad app. Progress in a given discipline is charted in a pie graph while subject progression is charted in a bar graph. Parents also have access to other statistics, such as time spent in a given subject, etc.
Children are rewarded for correct answers with coins that can then be spent on items for one of two “games” included in the app. Again, these aren’t so much games as playsets, one aquarium themed, the other jungle themed and the items (animals, fish, plants, etc.) that can be added to the playsets have some level of interactivity. However, other than poking animals and plants or buying dances, these “games” are still rather limited and are unlikely to be of much interest to older children.
However, being that I don’t have any children at any age, it was difficult for me to accurately gauge how children would react to the app. Personally, I found questions took a long time to load and could often repeat themselves, making the “practice” feel too much like “work.” But, who knows. Maybe having a pink hippo with a lisp popping up to cheer them on is all your children need to get excited about math.