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NextGen Maths presents basic concepts of arithmetic and calculation in visual, animated format. Developers have set a goal of helping students truly understand how math works instead of simply learning processes by rote. The app is designed to provide a firm foundations of basic number concepts including place value and calculation in all four operations.
- Visual animated videos to explain concepts
- Conceptual and application practice questions
- Covers number concepts, place value, and computation concepts
- Teaches why math works the way that it does
- Includes discussion of decimals and negative numbers
NextGen Maths is a high quality app. The videos play smoothly, and the mechanism to answer the questions works well. The parents’ section urges users to complete the “Theory” section before the “Practice” section, but users who do not access the information for parents may not see this proviso. Both the Theory and the Practice sections are divided into sequential topics, but all are available at any time. It would be good if the app could keep track of the last section accessed; it might be difficult to recall after a period of disuse. There is a small concern with poor grammar on some of the items. For example, one item talks about subtracting 17 from 40 liters and asks “How many liters was used?”
NextGen Maths will be particularly helpful to visual learners. The demonstration “Theory” videos are animated and completely silent, relying solely on text, colored highlighting, and visual demonstrations of each concept. It would be more useful if the text had optional narration; some students will not be able to read well enough or at the pace required by the video’s play speed to keep up and process the information.
Each video includes one or two example problems or applications of the concept. For most students, especially those who are struggling, this is not enough. Developers could improve this aspect by including more examples for each concept and more practice problems and questions for each concept.
The app introduces important concepts in basic arithmetic, including number lines, positive and negative numbers, and the four operations. Most students, however, will need additional instruction in these concepts, preferably prior to using the app. It would be very useful as a review tool, though. Parents and teachers should preview each video, however, and note the differences between the terminology and methodology used by the app and that being taught in the student’s academic setting. For example, the app refers to “borrowing” and “carrying” and many current math curricula use the term “regrouping” instead.
One concern is that some concepts seem to be “lumped together” without real connection. For example, the addition and subtraction application theory videos both include reference to parallax errors in measurement. This concept is actually quite complex, and does not really belong with simple addition and subtraction practice.
This app is not intended to be entertaining.
NextGen Maths may seem somewhat expensive in the App Store; it retails for $9.99. The cost would be worthwhile for settings with multiple students using the app, and especially for providing additional review and practice for visual learners who are struggling with basic concepts in arithmetic. It will not be worth the money for students who are primarily auditory or kinesthetic learners, or for those who have difficulty reading independently.
This app is very child-friendly.
- Parent area (contains no external links)
- NO social media
- NO in-app purchase
- NO 3rd party ads
NextGen Maths is a specialized app that will provide supplemental review of basic arithmetic concepts and limited practice questions and problems. It is especially well-suited for visual learners with strong reading skills.