Prodigy: Kids Math Game
Math isn’t usually most students’ favorite subject. However, with the Prodigy iOS app, you can enthuse your child to take up math and hopefully gain interest in it. The app covers Common Core math for Grades 1-6, allowing kids to relearn math concepts while also offering instructor tools to assess and manage classrooms.
Prodigy affords you options either for the web-based fantasy game or the iOS app. The app targets children from Grades 1-6 and covers curricula from Common Core, TEKS, Ontario and MAFS.
Students need to tackle problems covering concepts such as multiplication, division, fractions, probability, functions, statistics, variables, data relationships and other key concepts taught in K12 math. There are over 900 concepts tested in Prodigy. The game does not expressly teach new math skills but instead reinforces and assesses a student’s abilities based on how they answer questions.
Teachers, through a dashboard, can create and customize assignments, view their students’ activity and monitor their progress. They can also create lesson plans and access reports.
Prodigy is only compatible with Apple devices (the latest version requires iOS 8.0 or later) and works on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Android devices are not supported.
Ease of Use
Using the teacher edition for planning is easy, with every function mapped out in a neat dashboard on the left panel of the screen. For students, the interactive prompts assist in inserting answers, which then lets them proceed with the game smoothly. The app doesn’t suffer too many issues other than an occasional freeze. One thing that irks most users with the app is that it heavily promotes paid membership; after each game played, a prompt appears asking you to upgrade to the paid version.
The newer updates introduced performance improvements and a couple of bug fixes.
The design of the app is sleek and seamless. On the teacher version, once you log in, you can check the Homeroom display with panels of your classes. Once you select a class option, you will proceed to the main panel with options such as Planner, Assignments and Reports. For the student option, gaming consists of simple 2D games and characters with interactive text and prompts guiding play. The design is uncluttered and intuitive, though some of the characters are dull.
The app can be installed free of charge. You can pay $8.99 for a monthly membership or $59.99 for a full yearly membership. You won’t be able to use the trial version with its limited resources effectively.
- Effective revision tool;
- Pleasant interface;
- Offers problems from different curricula.
- Occasionally, the app provides wrong answers;
- Too much premium advertising;
- Doesn’t teach new skills or concepts, instead just tests what the student knows already;
- Only available for iOS.
Apart from too many requests to upgrade to a paid membership, the app works well. The developers provide enough updates to keep it bug-free, and I didn’t experience too many glitches. If you’re using the app for teaching elementary kids, you’ll probably need an adult to guide them through a few answers as they might not understand some of the material that is beyond their level. Overall, Prodigy is one of the leading educational apps out there.