How I Use It
I used a station rotation model and used Prodigy Math game in the technology center. Students take a diagnostic assessment in the game but you can also create a planner so students practice the skills they are learning in class. Students were surprised that they were encountering the same skills we were learning in class. I used the reports to monitor student understanding. It helped provide information so that I could work with students on skills they needed. It also showed the skills in a variety of ways so it was good to see the level of student understanding.
At first, I was concerned that it took too long for students to get to math problems and that they were not spending enough time practicing math skills but students were choosing to play the game during free time in class. They would rush in the morning before school starts and ask to play. Students loved the game. They loved the social aspect and the fact that they could battle friends. The built in rewards such as pets and powers kept students engaged. They loved sharing what they accumulated. They also spent more time on their own playing the game. During the weekends or days off, students were completing 100s of math questions. They would make play dates after school to meet in a world to continue to play. When students got stuck on skills that were more challenging, they would ask for help so they could continue in the game. I was amazed at the level of engagement and students did not tire of it. Even at the end of the school year, students were asking to play the game. In fact, many are still playing this summer. I loved that I could infuse the skills we were learning in class into their game. Overall, I highly recommend this game. Students loved leveling up and many would work to catch up to their friends. One of the biggest difficulties is asking the students to quit.