Common Sense Review
Updated February 2013

Geometry Quest

Travel-themed geometry quiz needs more content
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 2
  • The complexity increases with different gears that move different ways.
  • Perimeter multiple choice question in Lima. All three passports at upper right indicate all answers have been correct so far.
  • Basic shape name multiple-choice question in Boston. All three passports at upper right indicate all answers have been correct so far.
  • Area question in Singapore with X over incorrect answer. Second passport stamp fell, and user selected help icon. Mascot gives the formula for area of a triangle prose style.
  • Equilateral triangle degrees question in Cairo. Five more correct answers (plus this one) needed to earn two stars (indicated by the two passport stamps).
Pros
The motivating travel theme wraps in quizzes, and thoughtful suggestions for improvement are packaged in.
Cons
A limited number of questions limits replay value, and age appeal is somewhat narrow.
Bottom Line
Third through sixth graders will like testing their geometry knowledge with Geometry Quest.
Leslie Crenna
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Bold graphics and an agreeable travel theme will appeal to younger kids. Some older kids will find the animated character cute (à la Om Nom); others may be turned off.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Questions are mostly grade-appropriate but tend toward too sophisticated. Lack of content will have some kids finishing and moving on rapidly. Help with content -- if kids find it -- is well-worded and thoughtful.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Navigation is simple and clear. Gameplay help is limited but sufficient. 

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Cartoonish graphics are perfect for third or fourth graders, yet content is challenging, reaching from properties of two-dimensional shapes all the way to the Pythagorean Theorem. On the other hand, kids who are older or more advanced may master the whole caboodle pretty quickly. Without multiple profiles or any progress tracking, this app would work best in your classroom for stand-alone skills reinforcement.

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What's It Like?

In Geometry Quest, kids travel across the world from Boston to Sydney, taking a quiz at each location. Questions are either true/false or multiple choice. If kids miss one question, they lose a passport stamp and get two stars at the end; if they miss two, they get two stars; if they miss all three, they have to play again to advance. If they get all the answers correct, they get a passport stamp displayed on the map and three stars. The "game over" screen gives the number of right and wrong answers and some encouragement.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The world map, iconic images for each city, zooming airplane, and animated character (sort of an Om Nom look-alike) combine to make an appealing narrative. Questions are well-worded and concise and usually avoid textbook language. An example is, "Do all the sides have to be the same length in a polygon?" One of the primary downsides, however, is lack of content, with only about 28 rotating questions at each of seven locations, and the game has narrow age appeal.

Feedback is gentle. When students miss a question, a small (hardly noticeable) question mark appears next to the character. If students tap the question mark, the character gives them a useful prompt, usually in the form of a question or information to consider, like, "Should you add or subtract? Draw the diagram on paper and label the lengths." Diagrams could be a tad larger, but otherwise they're simple and clear.

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