Top 10 high-tech math tutors
In the old days -- you know, a couple of years ago -- video games were the beeping, pinging distractions that got in the way of homework. Now iPhones, Nintendo, and the Web are homework. Recently the realm of edu-technology has exploded with a wide variety of mind-building games that do everything from teach basic money math to keep arithmetic skills sharp over winter and summer break. The proliferation of options has left parents with homework of their own: sorting out the worthwhile from the mediocre (not to mention the downright idiotic). Here are some of the more promising math offerings.
By Chris Colin
Windows, free (first two levels) or $20 (30 levels)
Some of the best math games are the simplest, and so it is with Dino Numbers, a basic save-the-cows-from-the-dinosaurs video game for kids brushing up on arithmetic. As with many of these applications, this one will look decidedly basic compared to, say, World of Warcraft, but a crudely rendered tyrannosaurus can teach addition as well as anyone.
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