Common Sense Review
Updated October 2012

KidgitZ - It adds up to fun!

Helps kids master addition block by block
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 2
  • Kids get to choose their own target number for each round.
  • When the screen fills with block tiles, time is up!
  • Kids receive positive reinforcement as they complete each level.
  • Settings adapt to kids who need a slower pace or different levels.
Pros
Kids can choose their own target numbers and block-dropping speed.
Cons
Bigger blocks mean the screen fills faster.
Bottom Line
A fun and customizable game that helps kids quickly recall and retain basic addition facts.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Fun and exciting arcade-style game includes quick-thinking math pratice and some nice customizable features. Changing the falling block tiles can help increase engagement as kids play with different styles.

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

Kids get to choose their target number for each round, which gives them a chance to calculate the same problems over and over again, promoting memorization of math facts. The game automatically starts on the slowest, easiest level.

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

Brief written instructions. The pause button allows kids to take a break and game mode lets users pick the level on which they want to start. There's also a slider bar to increase or decrease speed.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

KidgitZ can add blockloads of fun to rote addition practice. As kids see their scores improve, they are motivated to keep playing, which means they keep practicing. KidgitZ may be a good companion app to the DigitZ app in the classroom as an almost identical option for students who need to limit the target sums used in the DigitZ game, or who desire to a slower pace. For added fun, consider offering this app as a two-person game for students who are at similar skill level and would challenge each other to think even faster in a healthy competition.

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What's It Like?

KidgitZ is an easier version of the more advanced Tetris-like addition facts game DigitZ. In this version, kids get to choose a target number between four and 12 for each round. Then they have to tap the falling number block tiles that add to that target number. For example, if the target number is 10, kids would tap 4 and 6, or tap two blocks with 5, or 2 and 8, and so on. Kids earn more points the more times they add up to the target number. Blocks disappear after they've matched, opening up more room on the screen. When the screen is filled with blocks, the game ends. KidgitZ offers multiple settings, including choosing higer levels to cause the block tiles to fall faster, turning the sounds off, using different block tiles, and adjusting the speed of gameplay.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Since kids have to calculate the same problems over and over again to reach the target sum, this game can help kids transfer addition facts to long-term memory. KidgitZ has larger blocks with bigger numbers, and a limited number range compared to  DigitZ, making it better suited for students who are still developing basic addition skills. Unfortunately, the bigger blocks may unintentionally add some frustration because they fill the screen more quickly. Still, with the proper use of the settings, KidgitZ can be a nice alternative to the fun, faster paced, and more broad number range in DigitZ.

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