Website review by Pamela Brittain, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2021

Ardor Education

Solid adaptive math practice offers data around standards and skills

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Pros: Students must demonstrate proficiency before moving to harder questions; excellent teacher feedback.

Cons: Some feedback on student answers is limited, some parts of the system are clunky, and the interface won't thrill students.

Bottom Line: OK resource for limited, leveled practice that helps enforce proficiency.

Ardor Education is best used as a supplement to regular classroom lessons or other online content. It also has potential uses for students in younger grades who want to try more challenging questions or students in older grades who need a refresher and some practice with concepts. Have students practice what's been taught in class, and use the data to assess where they need more instruction or practice. Include links to your own video content and messages to your students to help supplement the lessons. Since it's probably most effective in small doses, you can assign it periodically as another means to see where students are in their understanding. You can also use it for particularly tricky concepts to have kids practice at home.

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Ardor Education is a math practice and assessment platform that provides data around standards and student readiness. Students/parents must create their own accounts and are added into the classroom by the teacher using an enrollment code. A free account will let you create one class with up to 41 students. Paid accounts give you more access, more classrooms, and more ways to export data, but they don't seem to give you any additional features. The platform also states that it uses the "Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium" methods for assessment, and this is what is shown in the teacher reporting center. 

Inside the system, a classroom can be generated with a set curriculum or with questions that can be assigned as individual subjects or a whole chapter. This allows teachers to fine-tune the materials being presented to the students and to focus on what is being taught in class. The adaptive leveling system, along with an extensive data collection area, allows teachers to see if their students really get it. Teachers can't change the curriculum for a classroom once the class has been created, and they can't view the materials in the curriculum prior to creating the class. This means that if you want to see if the content fits, you need to create a class and then delete it if it's not the correct one. When creating a lesson plan, teachers can see a sample problem related to each concept at different levels, from one to four. There's a Help button that links to a searchable "ask me a question"-type system, and there are videos throughout the site that help explain how to do various things. Teachers can attach videos and messages to the assignments and view the gradebook by chapter, assignment, or student readiness level.

As a way for kids to practice specific math concepts in a way that captures data for teachers, Ardor Education does a solid job. However, it's limited in terms of letting students approach problems in different ways, and in its relatively unfriendly interface. Though many problems offer a walkthrough when a student chooses an incorrect answer, the feedback provided for some questions was simply showing the student their answer and the correct answer below it, without any explanation or steps to get there. It's great that there's a solid amount of content available for grades seven and eight that could be used for younger or older grades as well. The adaptive system is nice for checking that a student knows the material but could be cumbersome for a stronger student who just wants to practice the more complicated content, as students have to go through all the lower-level materials first.

The system itself still has some bugs to work out, and things didn't always work like they were supposed to. For example, the reporting system is quite detailed but often shows students as being Level 1 in an area when they hadn't even done the questions. Navigating between the student and teacher accounts was also quite cumbersome, as was attempting to return to the main Ardor Education homepage from the account page. The built-in calculator is missing many operation buttons and, for certain types of questions, it allowed students to simply type the problem into the calculator and then click the answer button (which in itself was a bit of a clunky process). Overall, Ardor Education is a good tool for drilling concepts taught in class, but it'll work best when teachers use it in specific, targeted instances.

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Engagement

It's described as a "worksheet replacement," so it isn't designed to be fun, but it is meant to offer the right level of challenge.

Pedagogy

The large collection of problems available adapts to student ability with a leveling system with helpful feedback, but the approach is ultimately multiple-choice-based practice. 

Support

Help is readily available and quite useful, and student feedback adds value, but there are no additional resources, accessibility features, or languages other than English.


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