We recently had the opportunity to review a fun online math game from EdAlive, Math Invaders Online. The girls have been having a blast with these fun and easy to use programs. Shhhh...don't tell them they are learning!
EdAlive is an Australian based online learning company that has received many educational awards for their work in creating excellent teaching games for students of all grade levels and ages.
Math Invaders Online is an carefully constructed online math game. It contains several levels that build on each other with unique coding that allow students to master the math questions as they work to save the planets from invaders. The way the game is programmed, students could answer almost 1,800 questions per hour! There is not a shortage of practice when it comes to Math Invaders Online.
There is approximately ten years worth of math levels included in the Math Invaders Online game. Students can start out at Year 1 or take a short test to get them placed at their current level of math. This Mastery Learning Mode allows students to continue to work with ten levels of Invader questions. If they are successful they earn a star, and then can choose to either go to the next level of questions or stay in that level and answer questions at a faster speed.
The teacher can adjust the student's level as needed in their classroom login areas. But students can use practice mode to choose their own level and stay in that same mode over and over again until they are ready to go into Mastery Learning Mode.
Practice doesn't always have to be online. Students can print worksheets for levels they are working on if they need to just practice numbers offline. This is helpful for students who may be struggling a bit with either typing the numbers in or just needs a break from the computer. Students with learning disabilities can become frustrated easily if they are struggling with math facts in a level, and their invaders keep landing. You can help them out by printing the worksheets and giving them some practice off screen, and then let them try again.
Students type the answer to the problem into their space ship and then click on the math problem they are trying to solve. They take out that invader if they type in the answer correctly.
This makes Math Invaders Online an easy to use math game for all levels of students.
Caty has been playing on Math Invaders Online for several weeks now. She has struggled with retaining her math facts for a while now, it's part of her learning disabilities. After just playing a few weeks, she has already started retaining and remembering many of her basic addition and subtraction facts! She has managed to go through several levels of the Mastery Learning Mode in her basic addition/subtraction facts. She is still working in slower speeds because she gets frustrated when she cannot type the answers fast enough. (Another issue due to finger dexterity.) So I like that she can choose speed to help her out.
Last week I forgot to write Math Invaders Online into her daily to-do list that she gets each day of her schoolwork she needs to complete, and she came to me and asked why she didn't get to play her "math game online". She was upset with me. I calmed her and said it was my mistake. I must have accidentally cleared the line without realizing it before I printed her list. And assured her she is to play it everyday if she wanted. That made her happy. In fact, she actually forgets how long she has been playing and will spend way longer than I planned taking out the invaders!!
Lydia has been working on Math Invaders Online also. She is above the basic addition/subtraction facts. Since she is middle school level math, she can skip the basics and choose the material that she needs extra practice on. She can choose what topics that she wants to work on that day.
She doesn't struggle with typing as much as Caty. So she was able to practice at levels much quicker. Even though she is older, she did not feel that this game was too "kiddie" because she felt like she was playing an arcade game that she would play on her other game systems. This makes Math Invaders Online a more appealing option for older students needing practice.
Lydia also worked with Typing Tournament Online. She has been typing for several years now, but not always correctly. And she struggled with using the Shift key at times. Typing Tournament Online really teaches students the way I learned how to type 30 years ago. A tried and true method that has been updated into a more modern style with an online game. The thing that made me laugh was how Lydia was so literal about the sentences that she was learning how to type. She said the sentences were non-sense. I laughed and said there are only so many ways to use the characters you are learning at this point. Until you master the whole keyboard, the sentences will be nonsense...lol
That being said, she has continued to make improvement in her typing. In fact, I have to make sure that Typing Tournament Online is the last thing that she works on daily. She has a tendency to want to spend a lot of extra time and keep working through levels. One day before I realized it, she has already worked for 45 minutes (that is the life of a busy mom losing track while working with others).
If you are looking for a good old-fashioned typing program for all ages...check out Typing Tournament Online. It's a great option for all families and learning styles.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Math Invaders Online and Typing Tournament Online from EdAlive. Click on the link below to read how they used these products with their families and what they felt about them.