How I Use It
I use it as a center during math time and as an option during iPad time with my mixed-grade 1st/2nd class. It's a great way to get kids to practice solving problems aligned to what we're doing in class that week. I also appreciate how it's easy to differentiate- I create assignments based on what each group (advanced learners, general learners, below-grade-level learners) are working on and then have it set up to default to something they could all use review on after they finish that assignment. The kids love it because it's incredibly fun, cute, and easy to access- my non-readers love that they can still access the content because it reads every single part of the game to them. The dialogue is read, the math problems are read, each answer is read, and the hints are read to them as well, if they want. The kids also like that they can see each other's characters (although that does get distracting at times and I have to separate the kids).
This game is fabulous! The only reason I didn't offer 5 stars is because there's no in-game way to provide feedback and it is a great way to practice solving problems, but doesn't involve much exploration of concepts. I don't think either of those things are anything they're trying to do, so it works absolutely perfect for what the creators had in mind, but those are the closest things to "drawbacks" it has. Seriously, it's a great way to introduce a fun activity or center into your class, and it's definitely a good way to give the kids differentiated work while still allowing them to play together. I also wished it let me change the students usernames- our district assigns each student a unique username and password that they use to login to anything that the district sets up for them to use, and I like to use those when I add supplemental activities to minimize confusion during logins.