If you need a way to break the tedium of repetitious math fact practice, get your students and iPad and let them have at Math Bingo, from ABCya! This is a clean, easy-to-use app for kids to practice their addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division.
There is a lot to like about this app, but several things jump out at me. First up, it’s a very polished program and incredibly intuitive for kids to use. Screen loads are brisk and clear. There are a couple of cute diversionary games built in. The design is clean and engaging. Instructional words are at a minimum, graphics point the way clearly, and with a few finger presses a child can be up and running with the program.
The program has a nice range to it. Each of the four areas (addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division) has three levels of difficulty. At the lower end, on the easy addition level you’ll see 1+1, for example. On the highest level of multiplication, you’ll see things like 13 times 19. I could easily see this app getting solid use in classrooms ranging from first through fourth grade, and you could probably stretch that either way with some teacher creativity. My second-grade daughter and third-grade son have played around with it for the past two nights and have had a great time with it. It’s going to be especially helpful for my daughter, who is just starting her multiplication facts in school. I expect she’ll get a lot of use out of the app.
One feature I did wish Math Bingo had would be a “mixed” category that threw all four skills into the mix at once. Better yet, how about a mixing feature that would let you choose which skills to mix? In this way a child could turn on, say, addition and subtraction to get practice at switching between those skills quickly.
Math Bingo is currently priced at $0.99, which is a steal. If you’d like to try it out, there is a more basic version of the program available free online, and if you like Math Bingo, you might want to check out the company’s other apps and online educational games. With no hesitation, I give Math Bingo a Learning Facilitated Seal of Approval! Well done!