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Pros: Visuals look great and the math curriculum is thorough.
Cons: Tons of small issues and inconsistencies add up to a confusing, uneven experience.
Bottom Line: While the math curriculum has a nice look and some utility, the overall experience (especially in other subject areas) lacks cohesion and depth.
The heart of AdaptedMind is the math content. The math videos and lessons are light and engaging enough to keep students interested in learning, whether it's during independent study in a class or at home, especially during school breaks. However, teachers would be wise to carefully check out any math lessons that students will be doing ahead of time. This way teachers can be sure that the videos match well with the practice. Not to mention making sure that AdaptedMind's content and approach aligns effectively with what's being covered during class time.
All of the additional content for purchase isn't quite as compelling but could provide some variety and flavor. The additional science and social studies content could spark curiosity, prepare students for the next unit of study, or jump-start a "genius hour" project for upper elementary students. The SEL-focused Super Skills episodes could also help to build a class climate of support and understanding. These episodes could be watched as a group and then discussed to share reactions and experiences. Teachers could also send home the video links so that parents could watch with their own kiddos.
AdaptedMind is a paid website featuring video lessons and interactives. While the primary content is math and reading, it also has content available for social studies, social-emotional learning (SEL), and science. While all subjects feature a similar visual design, each one offers a unique learning experience.
- Young scientists watch videos, answer questions, and earn stars that lead to customizable Adventure Badges. Students explore topics like space, dinosaurs, and rainforests, which they track in their Adventurer's Book.
- In the reading experience, students help a cast of characters find their stolen stories. Prior to the reading material, students get introduced to key vocabulary that they'll encounter. After reading a passage, students must answer three questions to pass the level.
- For social studies, students travel through time and space to Egypt, where they help two friends recover a pharaoh's lost orbs. Students must learn all about obelisks, the Nile, and the Rosetta Stone and are tested with one question to successfully gather each orb.
- Math learners take a pretest before selecting any lesson in their grade, or any other grade if they wish. Correct answers earn students visual badges and points toward mastery. If they get something wrong, there's a pop-up explanation.
Teachers can assign lessons and register up to 35 students with email-free usernames and passwords. The student progress page provides a summary of percentage correct for lessons and the total number correct out of 20. The teacher progress page shows an overview for all students, plus it provides access to that same student summary page for each student.
AdaptedMind features vivid color and characters, cute badges, and a points system that keeps students focused on their progress. Math content covers a lot and can be useful for supplementing class instruction with recall-based activities. Lower grades might find the reading passages helpful, especially with the ability to find text-based answers, and the character-based social studies adventure is silly and fun.
There's a lot of room to improve the quality and depth of the learning experience, though. Students aren't provided many critical thinking opportunities, since questions focus mostly on factual recall. The social studies and science content is still under construction, making use of curated content from YouTube. Relying on YouTube videos also means that students can't review or rewind, and the quick pace of speech and longer duration of the videos could leave ELL or younger students bewildered. There are also limited opportunities to correct or learn from incorrect answers in most of the subject areas. While there are explanations offered for incorrect math answers, they're inconsistent and don't always address the particular problem the student is having. So while AdaptedMind makes an effort to provide a fairly comprehensive learning platform, teachers will need to review everything carefully and plan accordingly for any issues to make this a fully useful product.