Friday, February 25, 2011

TOS Crew Math Rider Review!

Math Rider - Math Facts Fun!
Math Rider - Math Facts Fun!
Math Rider

I have a horse crazed 2nd grader living in my house.  When I saw this computer generated, math-facts game, I knew she'd love it!  We are also studying the Middle Ages - which is the time period setting for this game.

First, you choose the operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) with numbers 0 - 12 and the level that you'd like to start (easy (0-5), medium (0-10), or advanced (0-12).  After completing each of the three levels within a given operation, you are rewarded with either a gem, flower or flag.  To get your own castle, you must complete the previous levels within that function with 99% accuracy before going on to the "master level" where you will have 60 seconds to answer all questions correctly.  Once you have done that, you are presented with your very own castle!  SWEET!

There are some elements of magic within the game.  These are contained to the "story" where the player  obtains and finishes a quest.  During the actual drilling (horse jumping) there's just math facts.  You can also chart your progress between rides of a quest by viewing the current quest map.

From their website:

Game Intelligence

statistics view of division  Math Rider - Math Facts Fun! 

Division statistics example - most area are mastered (green), but a few problem spots (orange and red), mainly clustered around the number 7, need more practice.  The grey areas mean that these questions have not been played yet.

While the rider is playing, the game learns what the rider knows and what he or she still needs to practice. Every single response (or non-response) is stored in an internal database and statistically analysed by the software. In this way the program is able to custom-tailor to each rider, which questions are asked next. No repetitive drilling of random number facts the rider already knows – but real practice of what actually needs to be practiced!

Plenty of feedback is given on the rider’s mastery of each number fact and operation, including an innovative overview map of mastery for each number table. This is highly beneficial for both the rider and the parent/educator. You can see with one glance where your child is at and where he or she might need further assistance. Top challenges are also listed in a separate list box for further easy reference.
Clicking on a question brings up more information on it, including a visual representation as well as some detailed statistics.

A Fun and Entertaining Math Game

multiplication practice in the enchanted forest  Math Rider - Math Facts Fun! 
Your child is taken into a land of fantasy and quests. Living in the Land of Ray and riding a horse called Shadow, he or she will set out on various noble adventures. Riding across amazing, digitally matte-painted moving backdrops of distinct fantastic lands, they will accomplish their quest, be it finding magical flowers, returning gems to the elves or even rescuing a princess!

Each operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) contains four quests, ranging from easy to master.

The four quests are the same across the four operations, however, the rewards are not. Every combination of quest and reward holds a different reward. The rewards are all animated according to how well the player answered the questions.

All rewards are displayed on the main screen of the game. In this way there is a direct feedback and incentive for your child to do as best as they can.

Math Rider isn't just for "little kids".  Don't tell anyone, but, my tough 4th and 7th grade boys enjoyed the challenge of seeing who could get the fastest time and complete each quest in the least amount of rides.  Even I gave it a spin when the boys told me, "It's hard Mom".  It was good to get those math cells working again!

Here's what other crew members are saying.

I received this item in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Always looking for news ways to helps my kiddos learn their math facts!