How I Use It
IXL Math Practice is a great tool that includes items related to numbers and counting, algebra, geometry, measurement, and more. The tool divides practice by grade level and by math topic. If students get an answer wrong, feedback is timely and extremely helpful. Feedback includes step-by-step explanations. This is extremely helpful when students are working independently. The variety of questions engage and challenge students. Rewards are built-in and motivate students to continue. I have used this tool in both the elementary school and middle school for various reasons. Teachers can use this as a review tool (to revisit topics already covered) or to help advance students continue to move forward. This is a great tool for differentiating. If this tool included a virtual sketch pad and the ability to create student rosters directly in the app would make this tool all the better. Overall, the quality of the tool is excellent. Teachers can not only use this tool for reviewing or for moving advanced students forward, but it could be used for pre- and post-assessments. I have used this tool for whole-class activities (talking about it as a class), for small-group activities and students help each other, and for independent practice. Students have also been encouraged to use this for review as homework since we are in a one-to-one district.
Overall, IXL Math Practice is an excellent tool. I have had great success. Whenever I had a question - no matter how small - about the product and contacted customer service, they were extremely helpful and quick to respond. Like the fact that this tool provides such great detailed feedback to students with incorrect answers. I have had students re-work incorrect answers on paper with the help of the feedback. The students have also enjoyed using the tool.