App review by Christy Matte, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2013
Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom Into Numbers HD
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Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom Into Numbers HD

Cute mini-games introduce math to young learners

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Pre-K–K 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: Appropriate leveling, virtual rewards, and enthusiastic feedback boost learning.

Cons: Kids with a solid math foundation may outgrow this quickly.

Bottom Line: Preschoolers learn math foundations in a tactile way while playing cute games and earning rewards.

Give this to kids for independent practice during class or send it home for those who need a stronger foundation in numbers and counting. Pair it with other number-line and early-operations activities.

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Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers HD is a math game aimed at toddlers and preschoolers that has five mini-games: Toy Store Counting, Number Bubbles (number recognition), Rolling Toy Parade (number sequencing), Race Around Umi City (number comparisons), and Up! Up! And Balloons (addition/subtraction). Kids must unlock the last four games by completing at least one round of the game before it. When a round of a game is complete, kids earn a reward. After eight rewards in one game, they can earn a trophy. Earning trophies on all five games unlocks the "Key to the City." The city itself also has objects to interact with. The Number Bubbles game has characters chewing bubble gum and blowing bubbles.

The games are cute and directed at young learners. Older kids may enjoy the games, but they won't have as much sticking power. Most of the activities promote tactile learning experiences to the extent possible on a touchscreen. For example, kids move the toys to place them in correct order or pop a balloon to "subtract" it from a group of balloons. Mini-games increase in difficulty as kids play. The app has four user profiles so that multiple kids can maintain their own rewards and levels.

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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?

What's not to like about the Team Umizoomi characters? Between them and the "prizes" kids win when they complete levels, younger kids will return to play this one over and over.

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?

Kids will explore age-appropriate number concepts through a series of colorful games. The counting, addition, subtraction, and number line games closely align to the subject matter.

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 directions are clear and kids get hints if they're struggling. The app would benefit from a parent or teacher area with data, but kids can demonstrate success by the number of rewards they win in each area.


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Nathan G. , Classroom teacher
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Wooster High School
Wooster, United States
Math Made Fun for Little Ones
I think this app is great for PK-K students. It has fun characters, who many are already familiar with, and allows them to feel like they are helping solve a "mission" with Team Umizoomi. Students are able to earn badges and trophies for all of their work and the repetition helps students truly understand numbers. I wish it would tier the learning to increase difficulty after a certain amount of play even more, but some games are more difficult than others so you could assign certain "games" for varied ...
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