Math was never my strong suit. It’s unfortunate I didn’t have a Mac available during my early, formative years. I had flash cards. And nightmares. Today, kids can benefit from plenty of math instruction tools including MathBoard, a Mac app for school age children from elementary to high school.
What’s unique about this app isn’t the math instruction or problems. It ranges from Addition and Subtraction to Division and Multiplication, but also goes to Squares, Cubes, and Square Root problems.
No, what’s unique is the interface. It’s a blackboard.
And, I mean blackboard. Or, rather, green. As in the old chalk boards that existed in schools at least a generation ahead of me.
MathBoard is actually fun to use because it has a built-in random equation generator, a timer for student quizzes, and can handle multiple student profiles.
There’s plenty of quick reference math tables, too. And, for smarter kids, it does single step algebraic equations. So, who needs MathBoard? And who needs it on a Mac? Obviously, math drills are good for any student capable of using a Mac, at home or at school.
One look at the Mac version of MathBoard and you can see it screams ‘I belong on the iPad!’ So be it. There’s a MathBoard iPad and iPhone version to match.
You’ll be hard pressed to find many negative reviews for the iOS version, and most of the Mac user reviews simply state that it’s not as good as the iPad version. I agree.