MathBoard for iPad - app review

MathBoard for iPad is an educational application designed to help you or your child excel in arithmetic operations. The level of difficulty is customizable, making MathBoard a great learning tool for children in kindergarten through elementary school as well as adults who wish to brush up on their basic math skills.

MathBoard is simply a multiple choice quiz generator. You can customize which topics you wish to be quizzed on, how many questions are in the quiz, and what range of numbers you want in the problems. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, squares, cubes, and square roots.

While taking a quiz, there is a small area at the bottom of the screen where you can use your finger (or stylus, if you prefer) to work on the problem as if you were using a pencil and paper. This is an excellent feature of MathBoard, however, the area is too small. For example, when working out a multiplication problem of two numbers with two or more digits, you quickly run out of space to complete all the calculations in the traditional manner. Instead, you must continue your work next to the work you already did. This can be very confusing for a child who is new to the procedure. I would like to either see a pop-up to do scratch work on or landscape support. Most of these problems require vertical space to work out and rotating to landscape may solve the lack of space issue.

After completing the quiz, MathBoard displays your score and gives an option to save the quiz. If you do, you can come back to it later and retake the entire quiz or just the questions you got wrong.

Despite the small scratch work space, MathBoard is an excellent application for learning arithmetic. The interface is very beautiful and much more enjoyable than taking printed quizzes with pencil and paper!

Video and screenshots after the break!

Pros

  • Excellent problem generator
  • Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, squares, cubes, and square roots
  • Option to allow negative numbers
  • Quizzes can have 10-250 problems
  • Select number ranges from 0 to 1000
  • Option to time quiz
  • Space to do "scratch work"

Cons

  • Scratch work space is too small
  • No landscape support

[$2.99 - iTunes link]

TiPb iPad 4-star rated

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Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

Chris Vitek says:

Hey! I just posted a review of this on the forums! :)

Leanna Lofte says:

Ah! You did? Sorry :-/
I'll go read it now :)

Charles Szasz says:

At 1:30 8 x 8 = 64! The reviewer I guess is adding 8+8 =16

ipad guy says:

What a great concept to help people with their math skills. Great app. Must have if you have children in school, or if you need to brush up on your own math skills. Highly recommended.

fro says:

It does have extra space to write. Just tap the top of the scratch area. Needs to add erase without erasing entire area.

iPad Case says:

Forget the kids, I could use this! Do they offer any other products such as spelling, grammar etc?
I wonder at what point these apps will negate the need for our children to attend schools?

iPhone Jon says:

Nice! It's good to see some educational apps being reviewed for a change.

iPad Case Review says:

What an awesome app - i swear if i had an app like this when i was at school i might not have flunked out in the 8th grade!
I seriously thikn that the future of education lies in tablets like the ipdad and maybe even ereaders like the kindle.

james le says:

we have more cool iad case. share it to us

Adam says:

the strach space now can take up the whole screen and the app is $3.99

Paula says:

Which is better, MathBoard for iPad or for MacBook Pro? What are the differences?

Sheetal Nayar says:

Great post. I agree that the app is great for generating problems! Instead of using the scratch space our students use old school paper and pencil ;) See our review of this app! http://viva-learn.com/mathboard-app-review/