How I Use It
I recently tested out this app in my 4th grade math classroom. My students love any math activity that is easily disguised as a game. I noticed that the app doesn't organize content by specific standards that students need to work on so the teacher has to play around with the app until the activities that students need are located. I did notice that the skills do become more difficult as students move to different planets.
My students have very low proficiency ratings on their fact fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This app will be helpful in increasing my students' fact fluency proficiency. There is a helpful "skills tracker" section that shows the progression of skills for my students. This is helpful in knowing what to remediate students on and where students can advance.
I would assign students to use this app for homework as fact practice or allow my early finishers to use this app as well. I would also have my below level students use their app to increase their computation and fluency skills.
Unlike many educational websites, I found that this site did not include very many direct links to hints or videos to aide in student misconception or understanding. This would be a beneficial aide for my students to immediately address their misunderstandings and give them the coaching they may need.
I enjoy sending home information on free educational apps and websites to my parents to allow their child more practice at home. Parents have already commented to me that their child loves playing Math Planet and have even asked for my programs for their children!
I will defiantly continue to use the app in my classroom with my students. I am anxious to see the fact fluency progress for them and hope it will improve their ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently.
Overall I see more benefit using this app because it allows students a fun and quick way to practice math facts and track what they already know.