"First in Math" is a website that allegedly teaches math through games. The company has apparently been wildly successful in selling its product to schools, on the grounds that it makes practice fun, and "kids love computer games!"
Both of my kids have been told to use "First in Math" as homework; Older Daughter at Natural Friends, a private school, and now Younger Daughter at Fragrant Hills, a public school. When Older Daughter got the assignment, I told her to ignore it, and we spent the time doing Singapore Math. Younger Daughter just got the assignment and wanted to give it a try, so I watched her play the games on the web site.
Ugh, what a complete and total waste of time. Younger Daughter was playing a game where you're supposed to add 2 numbers to get 10. For instance, you'd look at "3 + ___ = 10", and you could press buttons associated with the numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Younger Daughter had absolutely no idea what she was doing, so she was just randomly pressing buttons and getting rewarded with little audio riffs. Here's the epic fail — if you give a wrong answer, there's no provision for explaining why your answer was wrong, or giving you a chance to find the right answer. You just get an audio riff and a little button that you can press to play again. If you press the button, you're set up with a completely different problem, which you can again answer randomly, and so on.
If you give the right answer, you get a slightly different audio riff and a little graphic that says "Cool!" or "You're Hot!" or "Way to Go!", but if you give the wrong answer there's no graphic, just the "play again" button. In other words, it doesn't actually tell you that the answer was wrong, it just neglects to give praise.
Younger Daughter's got the day off tomorrow, so I'm digging out the Singapore Math books. It's way past time to get started on them.