Teacher Review for Prodigy

BEWARE: Love for math review, but over-the-top marketing directed at students = will probably discontinue use.

Isabelle O.
Classroom teacher
Seabrook Elementary School
Seabrook, United States
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Practice
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
My students use Prodigy to REVIEW skills they have learned in previous years or to REVIEW units we have already covered in class. They play for about 10 minutes a day on their Chromebooks during our rotating math centers (for now...keep reading...).
My Take
This game is not a way to introduce new content, but rather a great way to spiral review and keep students practicing math concepts they have already learned. The questions do not require great depth of knowledge, but rather review foundational skills. I do like the immediate feedback and the hints students are given when they are stuck. I also appreciate the data I get through the teacher end of the platform. HOWEVER, I am questioning if I will continue to use this platform in my classroom. Prodigy CONSTANTLY reminds students that if they buy a membership ($60/year), they will get many more pets, exclusive items, special treasure chests, custom character styles, and extra prize spins. I can deal with all that. What I ABSOLUTELY have an issue with, from a philosophical and compassionate point of view, is that a membership allows students to level up 50% faster. When students are battling each other, this matters. This gross disregard for sensitive socioeconomic statuses of students is an extreme oversight that I have messaged the company about several times. They NEVER say they will review their ways and their consumerism is marketed to YOUNG children. I'm not comfortable with my students going home begging their parents for a $60/year membership because it's being dangled in front of their faces every time they play the game. I really doubt I will continue to use this program to review student math skills. I'm extremely disappointed, I love the game as a review tool...but I'm not interested in furthering the financial divide in my classroom. I'm also disappointed in the company's refusal to even mention that they will look over their membership. Do they not value criticism from educators? I understand Prodigy has to make money...but leveling up more quickly should not be part of the membership.