App review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2013
Measurement HD
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Measurement HD

Colorful app tackles key concepts but falls short on feedback, depth

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Pre-K–1 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Math, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Fun characters will help get kids engaged.

Cons: Single-level challenges and lack of teacher resources limit the depth of learning.

Bottom Line: More constructive feedback and more depth to the activities would give Measurement HD a boost.

Measurement HD could be used during an introduction to basic measurement concepts, or for independent practice. Ideally, you would first use real objects in the classroom, then introduce this app to help kids get practice with the concepts.

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Measurement HD introduces measurement concepts to young learners. The app includes five mini-games, each covering a specific topic related to measurement: "Crazy Clock" (time), "Scale Tale" (weight), "Fill Me Up" (volume), "Long & Short" (length), and "Action Month" (names of months). The weight, length, and volume games involve comparisons of two different objects, so kids have to choose which object is heavier, lighter, longer, etc.

Kids can learn about time, weight, length, and volume with Measurement HD. Touch-and-drag features of the games allow kids to set an analog clock to a given hour; compare weights, lengths, and volumes of different objects; and spell out the months of the year. Kid-friendly visual and audio instructions and clues help guide kids. The games are beginner-level and do not have options to increase the difficulty. More constructive feedback and more depth to the activities would give Measurement HD a boost, since scores and progress tracking aren't available, 

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Colorful characters and animations are very kid-friendly, and the games are interactive. Music, sounds, and sticker rewards keep the engagement level steady, making it fun to learn about measurement.  

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

You can't adjust the difficulty levels of the games, which are for beginners. Kids get only a surface-level experience with concepts, and the months activity has fun animations but isn't aligned to any learning goals.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

The app gives clear audio and visual instructions, and navigation through the various features is intuitive. Better feedback for incorrect answers would help support learning.  


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Jim V. , Classroom teacher
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Marshall Elementary School
Wexford, United States
Great interactive measurement practice for young students
Measurement HD is a kid-friendly app with stimulating visuals and audio instructions to guide kids through each activity. When playing the games, they are set at a beginner’s level and there seems to be no end unless you hit the home bottom. Also, there is no progress monitoring, which would be helpful to track to see how well students understand the concepts. In addition, I would recommend adding a ruler feature into this app where students can drag a ruler to measure objects and type in the correct ...
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