I was recently given a redemption code for the geometry math app Land of Venn ($2.99). I was excited to see what it was all about! Below you will find my honest review.
This app is presented as a game with levels, stars, potions to buy, and bosses to defeat. In fact, when I started playing I didn't immediately see the math involved. I think this would really pull kids in and get them started in a fun way. The app uses quirky characters and voices, which were sometimes hard to understand, but very fun to interact with. There was often the same text on the screen, so I didn't miss anything.
Once I had played for a short while I started to hear math vocabulary: point, straight line, open shape. As I was playing, I was actually practicing the concepts by drawing a straight line or open shape to destroy characters. The game repeatedly uses the vocabulary word as you create the shape. What a fabulous way for kids to practice geometry!
Once you complete several levels, you are asked a series of questions in order to move one. Kids are taking a quiz without even knowing it!
During the game, kids can purchase potions with points earned and retry levels to get more stars.
I could see this app appealing to and helping students in grades 1-5. It would be a great beginning app for younger students, and could help older students review previously learned concepts.
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Land of Venn is definitely a new treasure that I will be adding to my repertoire!