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Anton

Skill-building platform provides reinforcement for basic skills

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Grades

Pre-K–5

Subjects & Skills

English Language Arts, English-Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies

Great for

Formative Assessment, Game-Based Learning

Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone

Pros: Bite-sized activities with built-in audio are designed to help students learn new concepts and practice skills, and the games provide a nice brain-break to celebrate small successes.

Cons: The user interface is a bit lackluster and light on content, and students receive little guidance for incorrect answers.

Bottom Line: Solid activities with real-time feedback help kids learn and earn rewards at their own pace.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

Teachers will easily see the usefulness of Anton in helping students grow in knowledge and understanding. Whether teachers are using the app for a warmup, a quick check for understanding, a supplement to a larger lesson, or an exit ticket, the short activities allow kids to practice skills and earn game time without the overwhelming feel of many skill-and-drill tools currently available. The interactive lessons are specific, offering practice in multiple subject areas, such as nouns, prime numbers, vocabulary, and scientific concepts. Use the study set feature to help kids acquire new domain-specific vocabulary. With careful planning, teachers can match their word sets to other lessons and activities on the site, thus giving students the preliminary knowledge they need to be successful. Once kids are familiar with the site, encourage them to bank their gaming coins for an extended gaming period on a day of their choosing. 

The games are more strategy-based than content-specific, so it does set up a bit of an "eat your broccoli to get dessert" dynamic. However, for kids who struggle with focus or who need SEL support, the ability to earn a gaming credit after only two or three short skill-building activities can be a motivator to engage in successful attempts. Although it's currently a bit light on content, the site promises more in the future, and the developers actively seek user feedback in order to improve their product.

Learning Rating

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Engagement

One of Anton's strengths in terms of engagement is the brevity of lessons. Kids can grasp a skill in six or eight questions and earn gaming coins if they need a break.

Pedagogy

Although the lesson library is still in development, lessons offer relevant content and skill reinforcement, making Anton an easy-to-integrate and potentially effective teaching tool.

Support

The site focuses on the positives, challenging learners without discouraging them. There are opportunities to redo answers or start over in order to attain mastery.

Common Sense reviewer
Marianne R.
Marianne R. Instructional Technology Facilitator

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A great tool for teachers in the classroom

I honestly think this is one of the best free learning apps. The interface is very clean (in comparison to some others which I find overwhelming and too busy) and easy to use. The lessons are very interactive and to the point which is great for kids - especially the younger ones. I wish they would separate Social Studies and Science into individual grades instead of making them K-2 and 3-5. I find it is a bit too easy to the older grades. Otherwise, no complaints. Kids are also encouraged to keep trying and have unlimited chances to complete levels and exercises. I think this is encouraging for them and helps motivate them to keep trying. There seems to be feedback where it is needed, otherwise they just learn by doing. Further, they create very diverse content and all my students can find themselves in the content. That's also not to be undervalued in my opinion. Overall fantastic app.

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