Product Review of Smart-EZE: Minutes A Day – Math, English, and Reading Comprehension Review
Teachers can set up accounts for up to five learners on one device, customizing their grade level from first through fifth. Students then choose English, Reading, or Math from the choice wheel and progress through 30 lessons. Each lesson consists of workbook-style questions requiring a variety of response types: multiple-choice, drag-and-sort, highlighting, and short-answer. Kids see immediately whether they answered correctly or not and then get their percentage score at the end of the quiz. They can go back and redo incorrect questions. Both content-matter help and app help are available from within the quizzes in a brief text document.
It’s marketed as an at-home summer program to avoid summer slump, and the lessons include material that may (or may not) be covered over the course of the entire year. Since there’s no way to set which skills are assessed, this may be most helpful as an end-of-the-school-year recap or test prep or at the beginning of the school year (for the previous grade level) as a review.
Smart-EZE covers a broad range of curriculum: English, reading, and math, each for grades 1 through 5. It’s not clear, though, how that curriculum is aligned or sequenced. First-grade Lesson One questions jump right into place value, for example, which likely hasn’t been taught early in the year. The MemoryBank is a slide-out tab that’s like a textbook chapter on the concept, but it isn’t available for every question, and learners have to skim through pages of information before finding what relates to the question at hand. The progress reports do not show results by concept or skill, only by the trophy learners earned (none, bronze, silver, gold, or platinum) based on their scores on each quiz. Overall, there’s some good information here, but it’s not well organized or easily accessed, and some strange interface issues — such as the on-screen keyboard covering the questions while kids try to answer them — mar the experience.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Worksheet-style drill is pretty dry. Animated encouragement after correct answers may appeal to younger kids but annoy older learners (it can be turned off in the settings).
Curriculum and Instruction
Students get immediate feedback on correct or incorrect answers and can redo missed questions once the quiz is completed. Kids can tap the graduation cap and glasses for help.