Review by Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2012
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Math Bingo

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Cute bug bingo draws kids in but offers little depth

Subjects & skills
  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: Kids will go gaga for the quirky design and get to make lots of choices in fun, organized levels.

Cons: The endless bonus challenge "Bug Bungee" could entice kids away from math games.

Bottom Line: While lacking constructive feedback, it's still a useful tool for practicing math operations.

Math Bingo wraps addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division practice into a bundle of germy bug fun. Kids choose a username and silly avatar, then individual operators or all four at once, and then easy, medium, or hard difficulty level. Kids try to earn the fastest times among five local users displayed on a device-level scoreboard. High scores are rewarded with bingo bugs that can be slingshotted at a matrix of gold coins in a separate game with separate score. The easiest level features single digits; the hardest includes three-digit sums and products. All operations are single-step.

Kids solve simple expressions by tapping the correct answer on a 5x5 bingo card. As with any bingo game, the goal is to get five in a row –- horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

Incorrect answers trigger a quiz show-like buzzer with the correct answer displayed at the bottom, eliminating the opportunity to try again. Incorrect answers are multiplied by two and added to the time score (so lower is better).

Be warned: You can't turn off the annoying music.

The "bugs" are disgustingly adorable, and colors are bold and bright, but the slingshot game is a bit of a distraction and only mildly fun. Choices empower kids so they’re less likely to get frustrated. Math Bingo doesn't offer any constructive feedback or instruction, so it won't help kids deepen their understanding of math concepts, but it's a useful tool for practicing math operations.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The "bugs" are disgustingly adorable, colors are bold and bright, and the slingshot game is a bit of a distraction and only mildly fun.

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

Semi-delayed rewards and integrated device-level scoreboard breaks down high scores for each operator and 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?

How to Play covers everything a kid needs to know. Navigation is quick and clear (however, exiting a game feels like exiting the app, although you won't).

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Justin B. , Other
Fun fluency game for kids but only for a short amount of time!
This is an incredibly simple app with very, very little learning curve. If you are looking for a fluency app that is entertaining and hits addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication, this certainly meets the criteria. Students can choose their own avatar and then play bingo by choosing correct answers based on a math fact. Once they get bingo, they can earn "bingo bugs" for high scores. There is also a new "bingo bug bungee" game that they can play afterwards. This game really doesn't hit ...
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